Friday , 19 October 2018

World News

Crew of Soyuz rocket survive emergency landing

AFP   Moscow The two-man crew of a Soyuz rocket made a successful emergency landing Thursday after an engine problem on lift-off to the International Space Station, in a major setback for the beleaguered  Russian space industry. US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injuries in Kazakhstan. “The emergency rescue system worked, the vessel was ... Read More »

Malaysia says it will end death penalty for all crimes

AP   Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s new government said it will abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions, a rare move against capital punishment in Asia that human rights groups hailed Thursday as a major advance. More than 1,200 people are on death row in Malaysia, which mandates hanging as punishment for a wide range of ... Read More »

SC tells Musharraf to return to Pak

PTI   Islamabad “There are good doctors in Pakistan”, Supreme Court Chief Justice Saqib Nisar told Pervez Musharraf on Thursday as he directed the Dubai-based former dictator to appear before the apex court to record his statement in the treason case against him. General (retd) Musharraf, 75, who has been living in Dubai since 2016, is facing the treason case ... Read More »

Donald Trump mocks #MeToo movement

PTI   Washington US President Donald Trump has mocked the #MeToo movement as he intensified his criticism of the campaign against sexual harassment and assault which nearly hit his Supreme Court pick Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Trump’s claim that #MeToo prevents him for using the phrase is his latest volley against the movement, which became a force after sexual assault allegations ... Read More »

Bangladesh court gives death penalty to 19

PTI   Dhaka Opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s fugitive son and political heir Tarique Rahman was sentenced to life and 19 others, including a former home minister, were given death penalty by a Bangladesh court Wednesday for their role in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2004. An attack on an Awami League rally on August 21, ... Read More »

Communist Party leadership, not America, rebuilt China: foreign ministry

PTI   Beijing China Wednesday refuted President Donald Trump’s assertions that “the US has really rebuilt China”, attributing its economic success to the leadership of the ruling Communist Party. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China’s development is due to unwavering efforts in pushing forward reform and opening up, as well as the diligence and wisdom of the Chinese ... Read More »

Hurricane Michael strengthens to ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 4

AFP   Washington Michael has strengthened to an “extremely dangerous” Category Four hurricane as it rumbles toward the Gulf Coast of Florida, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday. It said the storm is now packing maximum wind gusts of 130 mph (210 kilometers), could grow even more and is expected to make landfall later in the day along the Florida ... Read More »

Trump says his daughter Ivanka would be “dynamite” as US envoy at UN

PTI   Washington President Donald Trump said he is certain that his daughter Ivanka would be “dynamite” as the US ambassador to the UN, but conceded that he would be accused of “nepotism” if he selected her to replace Indian-American Nikki Haley. Haley, 46, announced Tuesday that she would resign from her post as the US ambassador to the UN ... Read More »

Key Madhesi party threatens to withdraw support to Oli

PTI   Kathmandu The Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal, a key Madhesi party which has been demanding amendments to Nepal’s Constitution, has threatened to withdraw its support to Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli-led government. The RJP-N leaders, who presented a memorandum to Prime Minister Oli on Monday, warned that if the government failed to address their demands, the party would withdraw ... Read More »

US seeks thorough probe into disappearance of Saudi Journalist Khashoggi

PTI   Washington The US has sought a thorough and transparent investigation into the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist after President Donald Trump expressed concern over the scribe’s whereabouts. Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor, went missing after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. According to some media reports, Khashoggi, 59, has ... Read More »