Category: World News

Dozens dead after Kabul bomb attack

24 July, Kabul, Afghanistan: At least 24 people have been killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul on Monday morning, according to an Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman. At least 42 others were injured in the blast. The blast occurred around 6:40 a.m. local time (10:10 pm ET), when a Toyota Corolla exploded in the city’s Police District 3, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told CNN. The target of the blast was not immediately clear, Danish said. No claim of responsibility has yet been made. The bombing is the latest in a long line of attacks in the Afghan...

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China shuts down over 3,900 illegal websites

23 July, Beijing: A total of 3,918 illegal websites were shut down by China’s Internet watchdogs from April to June this year, official media reported today. The websites included those that published content that jeopardised national security, and those that spread violence, vulgarity or ungrounded rumours, according to the statement by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued last night. Up to 316 cases related to illegal websites were handed to judicial organs in the same period, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. More than 810,000 illicit cyber accounts were also closed in the second quarter of the year, the...

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Egypt sentences 28 to death over prosecutor killing

22 July, Cairo: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 28 people to death for involvement in the killing of a top prosecutor two years ago, security and judicial officials said. Hisham Barakat was killed in 2015 when a car bomb struck his convoy in Cairo after jihadist calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge a crackdown on Islamists. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but police later said they had arrested the perpetrators, charging they were members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The court also sentenced 15 defendants to life in prison in the same case, while...

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Paris spotlight on latest in AIDS science

22 July, Paris: Some 6,000 HIV experts gather in Paris from Sunday to report advances in AIDS science as fading hopes of finding a cure push research into new fields. In their 36-year battle, researchers have always come up short against the virus’ guerrilla tactics — hiding out in human cells and playing dead only to reemerge and attack as soon as treatment is stopped. Today’s research is about finding ways to keep the virus dormant with as few drugs and side-effects as possible.And, of course, better ways to prevent infection in the first place. “Eradicating the virus from...

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Qatar changes anti-terror law amid Gulf row

21 July, Doha: Qatar has announced changes to its anti-terror legislation, one of the controversial issues at the core of the crisis between Doha and its neighbours who accuse it of backing extremists. The decree from Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani establishes two national lists for individuals and terrorist entities and sets out the requirements for being included on them. It also defines terrorists, terrorist crimes, terrorist entities as well as the financing of terrorism. The decree follows the signing of a US-Qatar agreement to combat terror funding, later dismissed by the Gulf nation’s neighbours. Saudi Arabia, the...

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India gets new president from bottom of Hindu caste system

21 July, New Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind was elected India’s new president Thursday, the second time since independence a head of state has been chosen from the bottom of the Hindu caste system. Kovind won the largely ceremonial position with more than 65 percent of the vote by members of India’s parliament and state assemblies, the election commission said. The 71-year-old former lawyer and state governor from the marginalised Dalit community was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party for post. The opposition Congress Party also put forward a Dalit candidate, a former parliamentary speaker Meira Kumar. But...

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Qatar foreign minister in China after visit by UAE official

21 July, Beijing: Qatar’s foreign minister is visiting Beijing a day after his Chinese counterpart told a top official from the United Arab Emirates that China hoped the rift between the Gulf countries could be repaired. China’s foreign ministry says Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China supported calls to fight terrorism, maintain stability in the Gulf and shore up unity among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and cut air,...

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Turkish PM changes 11 positions in cabinet reshuffle

20 July, Ankara: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, replacing or swapping 11 ministers in the 27-member government cabinet. The announcement came after an unscheduled meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this day at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara. In the new cabinet list, Bekir Bozdag, Mehmet Simsek, Fikri Isik, Recep Akdag and Hakan Cavusoglu were named as deputy prime ministers, where four were newly appointed. A cabinet reshuffle has been widely expected since May, when Erdogan resumed his leadership of the ruling Justice and Development Party following the April 16...

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Pakistani PM concerned about Mideast tensions in meeting with Qatari FM

19 July, Islamabad: Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, who arrived in Pakistan on an unannounced visit on Tuesday, discussed with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the current tensions in the Middle East. Sheikh Mohammed is the first high level official to visit Pakistan since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives cut diplomatic relations with Qatar on June 5. Pakistan had adopted a neutral stance during the tensions between Qatar and several Arab countries. The Prime Minister office in Islamabad said in a statement that Sheikh Mohammed briefed the Pakistani...

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100-year-old tortoise stolen from NYC animal shelter

19 July, New York: New York City police are searching for the person who stole a 100-year-old tortoise from an animal shelter. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2tAHfWH ) police were called to the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens on Monday after staffers discovered the reptile was gone and its enclosure had been broken. Police confirmed there was a forced entry. Investigators are searching for surveillance video footage. Alley Pond is a nonprofit educational organization that advocates for sustainable environmental policies and practices....

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