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TRIPOLI/AMMAN : Jordan’s ambassador to Libya was kidnapped in Tripoli on Tuesday by masked gunmen who attacked his car and shot his driver, Libya’s Foreign Ministry said, the latest in a slew of kidnappings as Libya struggles to establish rule of law.The driver survived the attack and was in hospital, Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Laswad said.Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour told lawmakers in parliament that the ...

BETHLEHEM  -  A Palestinian woman died in hospital after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli army to disperse protesters near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a medical official said Tuesday. But the military denied tear gas was the cause of death.Late on Monday the army “fired tear gas near the home of the woman, who was suffering from health problems,” the medical official told AFP.The woman, in her 40s, “died ...

LONDON : Britain on Tuesday sent in a former counter-terror chief to investigate claims of an extremists’ plot to take over schools in the second city of Birmingham.The education ministry has appointed Peter Clarke, who headed the police investigation into the July 7, 2005 London bombings, to conduct a probe into the allegations.The former head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command will “analyse evidence of extremist ...

MAIDUGURI : Heavily armed Boko Haram militants abducted more than 100 ...

ATHENS : Two suspected members of Greece’s neo-Nazi party ...

KABUL : A US air strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed three ...

OTTAWA : Five students died overnight in a stabbing rampage at a ...

Czechs are often seen through a post-communist lens as sceptical ...

Indian election officials have seized a record $36 million dollars of ...

RIYADH : Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh’s policy on Syria, has been removed from his post, a royal decree carried by state news ...

IZYUM, Ukraine  - Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over ...

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the air force to adopt an integrated air and space defence capability, in what state media on Tuesday called a response to the increasing military use of ...

NEW DELHI  - Hardline nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi and his allies were forecast to win an overall majority in India’s elections in a poll Tuesday, dealing another blow to ...

WASHINGTON - The Guardian and Washington Post have shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism for a series of stories on US electronic spying.Their reporting was based on documents ...

BAGHDAD - Iraq has closed Abu Ghraib prison, made infamous by Saddam Hussein’s regime and US forces, due to security concerns following a mass breakout last year, the justice ministry said ...

NEW DELHI - India’s highest court ruled Tuesday that a person can be legally recognised as gender-neutral, a landmark judgement that raises hopes of an end to discrimination against several ...

CAIRO : A bomb blast in an upmarket central Cairo district wounded two policemen and a passer-by Tuesday, the latest attack on Egypt’s security forces since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ...

PERTH, Australia : Australia decided Monday to deploy a mini-submarine to scour the unmapped Indian Ocean seabed for Malaysian jet MH370 at a daunting depth of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet), ending the ...

WASHINGTON : Utah police responded to a tip that led to a grim discovery over the weekend, with seven dead infants found at their mother’s home.A woman identified by local media as Megan ...

TRIPOLI : Libyan prosecutors opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and more than two dozen of his ex-officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state’s ...

JERUSALEM : Israel’s intelligence minister Monday slammed as unacceptable comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme which he said ...

Dirty it may be, but coal is cheap. For this simple reason, it remains the world’s main source of power, providing a quarter of our primary energy and more than 40% of our electricity. And it ...

DUBAI : Iran has complained to the United Nations about the United States refusing to grant a visa to its newly appointed UN ambassador over his role in the 1979 hostage crisis, state news agency ...

VIENNA - The United States and three European allies want a global body controlling nuclear exports to consider whether to establish closer ties with non-members including Israel, despite its assumed ...

CAIRO : Egypt’s ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday officially submitted his bid to run for president, with his lawyer handing over the required documents to the authorities, a ...

MANILA : Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Monday formally received a draft law representing a crucial step towards the creation of an autonomous area for the country’s Muslim minority, ...

Imagine this. A pogrom takes place in a foreign country targeting a minority group, say Christians, with hundreds brutally killed by rampaging mobs, many mutilated and raped, and foetuses removed ...

UNITED NATIONS  - The US and Russia engaged in verbal clash over Ukraine at the UN late Sunday night after clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists claimed their first ...

SLAVYANSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian insurgents gained more ground on Monday in Ukraine’s separatist east while Kiev’s Western-backed leader sought a way out of the crisis by proposing a ...

NEW DELHI  - The head of India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), tipped to win ongoing national elections, has ruled out any change in the country’s ...

NEW DELHI  - The list of charges against Indian politician Kameshwar Baitha is long and startling: 16 counts of murder, 25 of attempted murder, six of assault with a dangerous weapon, three of ...

STOCKHOLM - World military expenditure fell in 2013 as the United States and other Western countries cut back, but spending in emerging economies grew, a Swedish think tank said on Monday.The 1.9 ...

THE HAGUE  - Syria has surrendered almost two-thirds of its chemical weapons with the resumption of transfers from the war-torn country, the global chemical watchdog said Monday, although it ...

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