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Fires destroy more villages in Myanmar’s Rohingya region: sources

YANGON: Several more villages were burnt down on Saturday in a part of northwest Myanmar where many Rohingya Muslims had been sheltering from violence sweeping the area, two sources monitoring the situation said. The fires, which started on Friday when up to eight villages went up in flames in the ethnically mixed Rathedaung region, have increased concerns that more minority Rohingya will flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. Blazes started on Saturday engulfed as many as four more settlements in Rathedaung, likely…

Trump says ‘all options on the table’ after North Korea fires missile over Japan

TOKYO/SEOUL: North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea on Tuesday, prompting a warning from US President Donald Trump that “all options are on the table” as the United States considers its response. The test, one of the most provocative ever from the reclusive state, came as U.S. and South Korean forces conduct annual military exercises on the peninsula, angering North Korea which sees them as a preparation for invasion. North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic…

Ronaldo fires Real to first title since 2012 with win at Malaga

BARCELONA: Real Madrid ended a five-year wait to win La Liga on Sunday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema secured a 2-0 win at Malaga which clinched a 33rd league triumph. Barcelona fought back from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 but the result could not stop Real from lifting the trophy. Real finished the campaign on 93 points, three clear of last year's champions Barca. ‎Zinedine Zidane's men only needed a draw to wrap up the title in their final game of the season and raced into the lead when Ronaldo latched…

North Korea fires missile days after new South Korea leader pledges dialogue

SEOUL: North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in defiance of calls to rein in its weapons program, days after a new leader in its old rival South Korea came to power pledging to engage it in dialogue. The US Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile but it was "not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile". Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be of a new type. The missile flew 700 km (430 miles) and reached an altitude of more than 2,000 km (1,245 miles),…

Trump fires FBI Director amid probe into Russia meddling in US elections

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump ignited a political firestorm on Tuesday by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign's possible collusion with Russia to influence the election outcome. The Republican president said he fired Comey, the top U.S. law enforcement official, over his handling of an election-year email scandal involving then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The move stunned Washington and raised suspicions among…

Salman fires his three bodyguards for leaking info to media

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has reportedly fired three of his bodyguards after he learnt that they were leaking his personal details to the media. According to a report in Zoom TV, Khan got to know that his staff was divulging details about him in the public and hence fired them. However, according to the report, Salman has retained his trusted aide Shera. The actor had learnt of the bodyguards tipping off personal information to others and got them removed from their job. Recently, Salman Khan parted…

Usain Bolt fires ‘All-Stars’ to Nitro Series win

MELBOURNE: Usain Bolt fired his team of international 'All Stars' to victory in the inaugural Nitro Athletics Series in Melbourne on Saturday, capping the glitzy event with a dominant win in the 4x100m relay to pip hosts Australia in the final standings. Running the second leg of the relay, the eight-times Olympic gold medal-winner took the baton from fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell before Jeneba Tarmoh and Natasha Morrison powered to the finish in front of a sell-out crowd at Lakeside Stadium. Having run in only…