BRUSSELS: Key allies of Washington expressed concern on Friday about the resignation of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the policies of President Donald Trump that prompted it, praising Mattis as a committed partner. Mattis said on Thursday he would quit after falling out with Trump over the latter’s foreign policies, including the surprise decision to pull troops out of Syria and plans for a drawdown in Afghanistan. “Secretary Mattis has made a key contribution to keeping NATO strong and ready to deal with the…
MUMBAI: Thousands of people took to the streets in central India this week demanding the death penalty for assailants who raped a seven-year-old girl lured away from school as she waited to be picked up by her parents. Two men have been arrested for the crime in the city of Mandsaur, police said. The victim was hospitalised but is recovering, doctors said. Following rise in rape cases across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government introduced the death penalty for rape of girls under 12 and increased the…
NEW DELHI: India’s government Tuesday ordered a probe into the death of a girl at a private hospital after her father’s social media posts alleging negligence and being overcharged went viral. The case made national headlines in a country where a crumbling and often overburdened government health facilities forces many of India’s flourishing and increasingly influential middle classes to seek out expensive private healthcare providers. The little girl, called Adya, died in September after almost a fortnight at the…
Indian singer Sonu Nigam has sparked a controversy once again by posting a two-minute video, ostensibly from his house, in which Azaan can be heard in low voice. This post seems an attempt to clear the air about perception people had created that he was against Muslim call of prayer after he had wrote a post on his social media account which hurt many and drew criticism from across the world. This time Hindu extremists have started taking Sonu to task for presumably supporting Azaan. Goodmorning India…
ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of people clashed with members of a remote animist tribe in Pakistan's north Thursday after a teenager claimed she was forced to convert to Islam, police and residents said, bringing violence to a previously peaceful part of the country.
RABAT: A mouse triggered panic and a crush in a Casablanca mosque has left more than 80 injured, mostly women, the Moroccan news agency MAP reported.
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis sparked a diplomatic row on Sunday by calling the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians 100 years ago "the first genocide of the 20th century," prompting Turkey to accuse him of inciting hatred.
WORCESTER: A hefty robot designed for search-and-rescue and a spindly four-legged rival that bounds along on hydraulic limbs will face off next month along with more than a dozen other entrants in the debut Vecna Robot Sprint Challenge outside Boston.
NEW YORK: Seven children from the same family died Saturday when their New York home was engulfed in flames after a portable cooker malfunctioned.
BAGHDAD: A video of jihadists in Iraq gleefully smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers sparked global outrage and fears Friday that more of the world's oldest heritage will be destroyed.