Category Archives: World

Tech breakthroughs take a backseat in upcoming Apple iPhone launch

When Apple Inc launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured. The new iPhone is expected to include new features such as high-resolution displays,

Several agreements to be signed during King Salman Asian tour

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud will embark on a five-nation Asian tour next week. Several landmark pacts are expected to be signed during the 31-day long historic and unprecedented royal visit to East Asia. Leading a strong

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to step down, to stay as Chairman

Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will step down as chief executive at the Japanese automaker but will remain chairman as he focuses on its alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi, the company said Thursday. Ghosn, who is widely credited with turning around

Katy Perry skeletons resemble Trump, May at BRIT awards

A performance by Katy Perry at the Brit Awards on Wednesday saw skeletons wearing outfits matching those of US President Donald Trump and his British counterpart Theresa May. Pop superstar Perry took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena to

UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries: Guterres

UN aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday. More than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is needed

British ISIS bomber was ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee

A suicide bomber from the ISIS group was a British citizen detained at Guantanamo Bay, a family member told The Times newspaper on Wednesday. The British fighter who ISIS claimed detonated a suicide bomb against Iraqi forces outside Mosul was

UN mediator expects ‘no breakthrough’ in Syria talks

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday that he expects no breakthrough at Syria peace talks starting on Thursday, but the beginning of a series of rounds of negotiations that aim to reach a political agreement. “We are not

Houston police chief: No injuries amid gunfire reports at Texas Medical Center

The police chief in Houston says no one has been found injured and there’s no evidence of a shooting amid reports of gunfire inside the hospital at the Texas Medical Center. Chief Art Acevedo says his officers were making a

Indian doctor abducted by ISIS in Libya rescued

An Indian doctor, who was kidnapped in Libya, has been rescued and is being brought back to India shortly, a news report has revealed quoting a series of tweets sent out by the country’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj

Canada to welcome 1,200 Yazidi refugees in $21m operation

Canada will resettle 1,200 Yazidi refugees who faced persecution by ISIS, the immigration minister said Tuesday. Some 400 have already been airlifted to this country. “Our operation is under way and individual survivors of Daesh have been arriving in Canada

UK appoints 1st female Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

Cressida Dick

The British government says senior officer Cressida Dick will be the next commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police — the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in its 188-year history. Dick, a former assistant commissioner of the force, succeeds Bernard Hogan-Howe,

Somali president says no quick fix for nation’s woes

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed sought to downplay soaring expectations of his new administration at his inauguration Wednesday, warning it would take decades to fix the nation’s many ills. “Our government is facing so many challenges and even though

Sri Lanka creates panel to stem sexual abuse of women

Sri Lanka will set up a special panel to tackle widespread sexual abuse and exploitation of women including thousands of war widows, the government said Wednesday. The establishment of a new National Commission on Women comes amid warnings that women

CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels ‘frozen’ after Islamist attack

CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad. Rebel officials said that

WhatsApp is the latest Facebook product to roll out its own version of Snapchat

The Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has copied Snapchat’s popular stories format and is using it to replace its text-based status messages, Technology website The Verge reported on Monday. Similar to Snapchat, WhatsApp stories will allow the user to take a

WTO ratifies first multilateral trade deal

The first multilateral deal agreed at the World Trade Organization came into force on Wednesday, a step billed as a milestone for the body facing unprecedented threats from a hostile US administration. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has now been

Airbus faces challenges as it enters new era

Airbus will draw a line under two decades of M&A dealmaking and frenetic orders on Wednesday as it reports its first results since the European aerospace and defense group unified under its dominant planemaking arm last month. The sense of

Shahrukh Khan movie Raees releases in Egypt, Jordan

Shahrukh Khan-starrer movie Raees, which opened to 3500 screens worldwide on January 25, is now releasing in Egypt and Jordan, beginning Wednesday, February 22. The announcement was made by the star himself in a tweet on Wednesday. The action crime

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