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19 gunmen killed in clashes with Mexico police

CULIACÁN (MEXICO)  – Clashes killed 19 gunmen and injured five police officers in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa, the heart of operations of some of the country’s biggest drug traffickers, authorities said Saturday. The incident occurred late Friday when a group of gunmen clashed with Mazatlan city police who were on a routine tour led […]

318 Nepalis languishing in foreign jails


  Kathmandu: The government has come up with shocking revelation that as many as 318 Nepalis were languishing in foreign jails. The data is from the countries except India. The section of the foreign affairs advisor under the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers had taken initiative to search the Nepalis in […]

Nobel Peace winner Malala ‘heartbroken’ by Trump orde


NEW YORK (AFP) – Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student activist and Nobel Peace laureate, said Friday she was “heartbroken” by Donald Trump’s order on refugees and urged the US president not to abandon the world’s “most defenseless.” “I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war,” […]

Trump and May underscore US-UK ‘special relationship’


US President Donald Trump on Friday pledged America’s “lasting support” with Britain after he emerged from his first meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, a leader hoping to nudge the populist president toward the political mainstream. May, who said the meeting gave the two a chance to build a relationship, announced that Trump had […]

Mali car bomb kills 50 in fresh blow to peace efforts


GAO (MALI) (AFP) – A suicide bombing targeting militia groups committed to restoring peace in Mali left around 50 people dead and struck a fresh blow at long-running efforts to stabilise the troubled north. The car bomb attack on Wednesday in Gao, the region’s biggest city, targeted a camp housing former rebels and pro-government militia who are […]

Several feared dead after avalanche hits Italian mountain hotel


A number of people were killed in a small hotel that was hit by an avalanche in the mountains of central Italy after a series of earthquakes, Italian media reported on Thursday. Up to 30 people were believed to be in the hotel when the avalanche hit on Wednesday night, officials said. SkyTG24 television said […]

Did you eat your veggies? Urine test can tell


PARIS (AFP) – A simple urine test can reveal whether you had steamed fish or a fat-riddled steak for dinner, and could one day end dietary dishonesty, according to a study published Friday. The test may also boost the health of people suffering from diabetes, obesity or heart disease, the study said. Monitoring calories is notoriously difficult […]

Iraqi forces make fresh gains in southeast Mosul: military statement

An Iraqi soldier stands guard near displaced people who fled the clashes from Mosul during a battle with Islamic State militants at the south of Mosul, Iraq, December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraqi forces drove back Islamic State militants in southeastern Mosul on Thursday, making gains in an area where advances have been particularly tough, the military said in a statement. Rapid response units from Iraq’s federal police advanced in the Sumer district, which lies on the eastern bank of the Tigris river, and also in neighboring […]

Pen power: China closer to ballpoint success


It has sent rockets into space, produced millions of the world’s smartphones and built high-speed trains. But until now, one bit of manufacturing had perhaps unexpectedly eluded China: the ballpoint pen. A year ago Premier Li Keqiang went on national television and bemoaned the failure of his country to produce a good quality version of […]

Car bomb kills at least 19 in Syria’s Azaz: monitor


BEIRUT (AFP) – A car bomb killed at least 19 people, mostly civilians, in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz on the border with Turkey on Saturday, a monitor said. Dozens were also wounded in the attack which struck in front of an Islamic courthouse where a market is located, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights […]