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At least 43 killed in car bomb in Syrian town

At least 43 people were killed Saturday when a car bomb went off in a busy market in a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border, activists and rescue workers said. The explosion ripped through the central market in the town of Azaz in the northern province of Aleppo, damaging ...

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US built tactical operations centre in Pakistan: Kerry

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Pakistan was among the key countries where the United States has constructed state-of-the-art tactical security operations centres. In a 21-page exit memo, the outgoing top US diplomat also named Afghanistan and Iraq among the countries where the Obama administration has ...

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At least five dead in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting in Florida

A shooter wearing a Star Wars T-shirt opened fire at the baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, killing at least five people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Five people died and eight more were wounded in the incident, the local sheriff’s office said. ...

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Donald Trump calls Russian hacking controversy a ‘witch hunt’

President elect Donald Trump was hours away on Friday from listening to the nation’s top intelligence officials make their most detailed and persuasive case yet that Russia’s government interfered in this year’s US presidential elections. Without seeing the intelligence, Trump dismissed the findings and told The New York Times the ...

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Turkey mails bombed parliament debris in New Year cards

It’s a New Year’s card with a message. Turkey has mailed thousands of diplomats and journalists a fragment of its bomb-damaged parliament, along with its wishes for a happy year of democracy. The national assembly in Ankara was hit by air strikes in July during a failed coup against President ...

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A 2016 lover story: The Macedonian cop and the Iraqi refugee

The scene was hardly conducive to romance: she was a sick Iraqi in a wave of refugees trying to enter Serbia, while he belonged to the stern Macedonian police force keeping guard. But Noora Arkavazi, a Kurdish Muslim, and Orthodox Christian Bobi Dodevski quickly fell in love after they met ...

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India resists World Bank move to resolve Indus Water Treaty dispute

India has asked the World Bank not to rush in to resolve a dispute with Pakistan over the Kishanganga and Ratle hydropower projects. Indian officials told a World Bank representative in New Delhi on January 5 that any differences over the projects can be resolved bilaterally or through a neutral ...

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US army eases rules on beards, turbans for Muslim, Sikh troops

The US army has taken new steps to make it easier for Sikhs, Muslims and other religious minorities to obtain approval to dress and groom themselves according to their religious customs while serving in the military, a spokesman said on Thursday. Army Secretary Eric Fanning, in a memorandum signed this ...

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US spy chiefs stand firm on Russia findings

US spy chiefs insisted they have strong evidence that Russia mounted an unprecedented bid to disrupt the American election, standing firm in the face of Donald Trump’s refusal to accept their conclusions. One day before the heads of four top intelligence bodies brief the president-elect on their assessment of Russian ...

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IDPs unwilling to return will be deregistered

PESHAWAR: The government has decided to deregister the internally displaced families disinclined to return to native towns in Fata. The decision was made during a meeting here on Thursday, which discussed the return, rehabilitation and other issues related to militancy-hit people of Fata. KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra chaired the ...

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