After sexual harassment row, a #MeToo moment for Japan?

Women march during a protest as a part of the #MeToo movement on International Women’s Day in Seoul, South Korea, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files TOKYO: A firestorm in Japan over allegations of sexual harassment by the top finance…

North Korea’s Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to the crowd in Pyongyang, North Korea, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files SEOUL: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un announced Friday night his country will carry out no more nuclear or intercontinental…

Democrats sue Trump campaign, Russia for alleged conspiracy

US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Palm Beach International in West Palm Beach, Florida, US, April 18, 2018. AFP/Mandel Ngan The Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that Russia, WikiLeaks, and top…

Shooting at Florida school as students stage walkout

Police officers stand outside Forest High School after a school shooting on April 20, 2018 in Ocala, Florida-AFPWASHINGTON: A Florida high school student shot and wounded a classmate on Friday as students around the United States staged walkouts to…

Former Modi party leader cleared of involvement in savage riots in India’s Gujarat

Maya Kodnani, a sitting lawmaker from the state’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat minister for women and child development between 2007-2009, arrives at a court in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad August 31,…

German police defuse WW2 bomb after evacuating central Berlin

BERLIN: Bomb disposal experts defused a World War Two bomb in Berlin on Friday after evacuating an area in the heart of Berlin including the central train station, a hospital and the Economy Ministry.The 500kg British bomb was discovered during…

Students to walk out across the United States in call for gun reforms

LITTLETON, Colorado: Thousands of students across the United States will mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School by walking out of classes on Friday, in a show of unity intended to put pressure on politicians to enact…

South Sudan says head of army has died

 South Sudanese newly appointed army chief General James Ajongo speaks to the media after his swearing in at the Presidential Palace in South Sudan’s capital of Juba, May 10, 2017. Photo: Reuters  JUBA: South Sudan’s army chief General James…

Pakistani accused of peddling drugs via WhatsApp in UAE

Photo: LifewireA Pakistani man has been arrested in UAE for selling drugs via WhatsApp.The 41-year-old, who works as a driver, allegedly peddled drugs by sending messages on WhatsApp, according to reports in the Khaleej Times.Prosecutors accused…

Cheap and cheerful: Street traders undervalued in Asia’s cities

A street-food vendor serves customers in Kuala Lumpur, April 13, 2018. Photo: ReutersAs a seemingly never-ending line of office workers patiently wait to be served lunch at a makeshift food stall in Malaysia’s capital, owner Masidah Jais takes a…

Natalie Portman ‘not comfortable’ participating in Israeli award ceremony

Natalie Portman. Photo: FileHollywood actor and film producer Natalie Portman has cancelled her trip to Israel to receive an honour in light of “recent eventsâ€�.The organisation, Genesis Prize Foundation, has cancelled its annual ceremony after…

US school shootings rise rapidly in two decades: study

Survivors of a school shooting in Florida organized the March for Our Lives rally against gun violence, in Washington. Photo: AFP Mass shootings at US schools are rising rapidly, killing more people in the last 18 years than in the entire 20th…

Queen puts forward son as next head of Commonwealth

Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: AFPQueen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Commonwealth, opened the Commonwealth summit for what may be the last time on Thursday voicing hope that her son would be allowed to carry on her role.Queen…

IM chief urges India to focus on women in wake of child rapes

IMF chief Christine Lagarde. Photo: AFPIMF chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday called on India´s leader to focus more on women in the wake of the ‘revolting’ rape and murder of two young girls.While she praised the nation´s economic…

Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

French passport. Photo: AFPFrance´s highest administrative court has upheld a decision to deny a French passport to an Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony, according to a ruling seen by AFP…

Implementation of UN’s energy goal important: Lodhi

Pakistani Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi. Photo: Geo NewsPakistani Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi emphasized, on implementing United Nations’ 2030 development agenda, among other objectives, placing high priority on…

Men arrested at Starbucks hope scandal sparks change

Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson. Photo: ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’.A week after their arrests at a Starbucks Corp cafe in Philadelphia sparked protests and calls for boycotts of the coffee chain, the two black men involved broke their silence…

Four Saudi officers killed in Asir gun attack

A Saudi cop is seen gesturing besides other policemen in this file photo.RIYADH: Four Saudi officers were shot dead and four others wounded Thursday when their checkpoint came under gunfire in southern Asir province, state media said citing the…

Mayor Sadiq Khan named in Time’s most influential list

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been named among 100 influential people all around the world, according to the Time magazine’s annual list. Photo: File London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been named among 100 influential people all around the world,…

Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in occupied Kashmir

Many Bakarwals speeded up their annual migration out of Jammu region because of rape, murder of eight-year-old girl. Photo: AFPThe Muslim nomads who lead their goats, cows and horses up and down the occupied Kashmir hills have never felt at ease in…

Pakistan, Poland sign defence cooperation agreement

Pakistan Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan and his Polish counterpart Mariusz Blaszczak. Photo: Geo News Pakistan Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir-Khan and his Polish counterpart Mariusz Blaszczak signed an agreement between the two…

As Macron heads to US, ‘strong relationship’ with Trump under test

 French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump. Photo: AFPWhen France´s ambassador to Washington told American officials last July that he was heading to Paris and would shortly see President Emmanuel Macron, one of them handed…

Indian Supreme Court rejects calls for probe into Judge Loya’s death

Media personnel outside the Indian Supreme Court. Photo: File NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court dismissed on Thursday petitions calling for an investigation into the death of a lower court judge in 2014 when he was presiding over a case against Prime…

Indian journalist faces threats over anti-rape cartoon

 Sathi Vadlamudi is a journalist and cartoonist. Photo: BBCIndian journalist and cartoonist, Sathi Vadlamudi’s who received threats over an anti-rape illustration, says she will not back down. The journalist started receiving online threats after…

Britain accuses ‘reckless Russia’ of breaking chemical arms ban

Britain’s ambassador Peter Wilson speaks after a meeting with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague, the Netherlands, April 18, 2018. Evert-Jan Daniels/Pool via Reuters THE HAGUE: Britain accused Russia on…

US envoy to UN Haley says relationship with Trump ‘perfect’

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at the UN headquarters in New York, US, April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said her relationship with President…

Playboy model free to discuss Trump ‘affair’

Karen McDougal attends Playboy’s Super Saturday Night Party at Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, US, February 5, 2010. AFP/Dimitrios Kambouris/Files NEW YORK: A media group agreed to release an ex-Playboy model from a deal that stopped her…

UN team fired upon in Syria while visiting suspected chemical sites

The United Nation vehicle — carrying inspectors of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) — is seen in Damascus, Syria, April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki THE HAGUE/BEIRUT: A UN security team came under fire in…

Trump says Stormy Daniels sketch is of a ‘nonexistent man’

Adult film star Stormy Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — and her security arrive at the Detroit Police Department 4th Precinct in Detroit, Michigan, US, April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump…

Push for ‘Dreamer’ immigration bill gains steam in US House

Activists and DACA recipients march up Broadway during the start of their ‘Walk to Stay Home’ — a five-day 250-mile walk from New York to Washington to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act — in Manhattan, New York, US, February 15, 2018….