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Global outrage as IS apparently beheads US journalist

Global outrage as IS apparently beheads US journalist

The apparent beheading by jihadists of a US journalist sparked worldwide revulsion yesterday and drew pledges by outraged Western governments to aid those battling the militants. In a video posted online Tuesday, a masked militant is shown beheading a man resembling James Foley, who has been missing since he was seized in Syria in...

Ukraine Crisis

Dozens killed in army offensive

Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels left dozens of civilians dead yesterday as Ukrainian troops pushed on with a bloody offensive to break the insurgency in the east of the country. Deadly battles to crush the ailing rebellion appeared to intensify ahead of a fresh round of diplomatic haggling that will see the presidents of Russia and Ukraine sit down next week for their first meeting in months. Clashes in Donetsk region, one of the two separatist areas, have...

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said yesterday, cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation. Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197-strong appointed assembly convenes on...

Pakistan hopeful of stronger India ties

Pakistan remains hopeful of strengthening ties with India despite an angry New Delhi last week cancelling scheduled talks between the nuclear-armed rival neighbours, Pakistan's high commissioner said yesterday. Pakistan's top envoy to India yesterday meanwhile defended his decision to meet Kashmiri separatists, a move that prompted an angry New Delhi to cancel high-level talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours. High Commissioner (ambassador) Abdul Basit said he met Kashmiri separatist leaders as part of efforts to resolve tensions between the two arch-rivals, including...

Protests to Oust Pakistan Government

Talks begin to end crisis

Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters yesterday in a bid to end a week-long political crisis that has rattled the restive nuclear-armed nation. Thousands of followers of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri are demonstrating outside the parliament building, trying to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office. Khan and Qadri say last year's general election that swept Sharif to power by a landslide was rigged, and they are demanding his resignation. The showdown has added to the sense...

Human Barbie

Human Barbie

Meet Lolita Richi, the youngest 'Human Barbie' yet to emerge, who claims to be the most doll-like beauty yet. Lolita, 16, from Kiev, Ukraine, boasts the same improbable body proportions and blank facial features as a Barbie. She has a tiny 20-inch waist, a 32F bra size and wears contact lenses that give her a wide-eyed, doll-like stare. Lolita maintains that her striking looks were achieved without plastic surgery, dieting or Photoshop. One person who is wholly supportive of her eccentric look is Lolita's mother, Anya Richi, 33. Anya is her photographer and captures all of the snaps that Lolita uploads online. Lolita says there is no man out there at the moment...

Ferguson Protests

Calm degenerates; 47 arrested

Police said yesterday they had arrested 47 people as tensions rose after an otherwise peaceful night of protests in Ferguson, the Missouri town rocked by violence over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Three guns were seized in the latest protest rally in Ferguson, which has become ground zero of a new national debate on police treatment of minorities after Michael Brown, 18, was shot August 9 by a white police officer. Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway...

Congress will comeback, says Sonia

Opposition Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday said her party will stage a comeback as she attacked ruling Bharatiya Janata Party accusing it of having woven "false dreams" and people got caught in the "trap". She targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi government -- charging it with copying the schemes and programmes of the previous Congress-led UPA dispensation and taking credit for the same. Addressing a convention of the party's women wing, Sonia, along with her son Rahul Gandhi, sought to reach out...

Landslides kill 36 in Japan

Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said yesterday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes. Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential downpours in Hiroshima, television pictures showed, leaving rescuers to pick through the devastation for any signs of life. A spokesman for Hiroshima Police told AFP the death toll was still climbing. Among the dead was a 53-year-old rescuer, who...

News in Brief

News in Brief

Ukraine flag hoisted on Moscow skyscraper Afp, Moscow A Ukrainian flag was unfurled on the top of a Moscow skyscraper within sight of the Kremlin yesterday, officials said, as fighting in eastern Ukraine has frayed bilateral ties. The Soviet star crowning the Stalin-era skyscraper, located just a kilometre from the Kremlin, was also painted in the yellow and blue colours of the national flag.   Japanese becomes world's oldest man Mail Online A 111-year-old retired Japanese teacher who enjoys poetry has been recognised as the world's oldest man. Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records yesterday after succeeding Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years,...