Following the Silk Roads

Within two months of their seizure of Palmyra, in Syria, the militant Islamic State group (IS) had demolished both the Temple of Baalshamin and the Temple of Bel, leaving little of the city’s world heritage standing by the end of August 2015. Palmyra was a world heritage site, scattered with the architectural remains of the […]

62 killed as FlyDubai plane crashes in southern Russia

MOSCOW: All 62 people on board Flydubai flight FZ981 were killed when their Boeing 737 plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on Saturday morning, officials said. The plane flying from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don was making its second attempt to land in bad weather when it missed […]

Afghan Taliban leader rallies supporters, calls for unity

KABUL: The leader of the Afghan Taliban on Friday called on followers to end divisions and rally behind him in the battle against the Kabul government as authorities step up the fight against the 15-year-old insurgency. In a message distributed to media, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor claimed the Taliban were winning the war and were “in […]

Indian politician arrested for attacking police horse

DEHRADUN: An Indian politician was arrested on Friday on suspicion of attacking a police horse whose injuries led to a leg amputation, with the animal becoming a tool in a fierce battle between rival parties. Police said Ganesh Joshi, from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was remanded in custody for two weeks on charges […]

UN warns Saudi-led forces of committing international crimes in Yemen

SANAA: The Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen for one year has caused the vast majority of civilian deaths in the conflict, the UN rights chief said on Friday, warning international crimes may have been committed. During its campaign against rebels in Yemen there have been repeated criticisms that coalition air strikes have not done enough to […]

4 killed, 20 wounded in Istanbul blast

Istanbul:Five people including a suicide bomber were killed and 36 wounded in a suspected attack by Kurdish militants on a major shopping and tourist district in central Istanbul on Saturday. The fourth suicide bombing in Turkey this year hit part of Istiklal Street, a long pedestrian zone lined with global brand name shops and foreign consulates, […]

Lal Masjid cleric disappointed over govt’s decision to allow Musharraf to travel

ISLAMABAD: Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz expressed on Friday, disappointment over the government’s decision to allow former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf to leave the country on the grounds of medical treatment. “The government’s decision is an insult to all those who had instituted criminal cases against Musharraf,” Aziz’s spokesperson, Maulana Abdul Qadir quoted […]

Mehbooba-Amit talks hit dead-end

New Delhi: Efforts to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir have hit a dead end as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has refused to accept the demands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), sources from the party said. A senior PDP leader close to party chief Mehbooba Mufti said that the negotiations between the […]

Omar baffled:What tripped Mehbooba

   Mehbooba Mufti to explain what was wrong with the agenda of alliance her late father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed had authored a year ago before forming the PDP-BJP ruling alliance in Jammu and Kashmir. “Mehbooba’s father negotiated the agenda of alliance (with the BJP). So she (Mehbooba) must tell us what was wrong with it,” […]

Expose BJP’s misdeeds: G A Mir

JKPCC Chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir Friday asked the party cadres to gear up for the forthcoming elections to the ULBs in the State.  Mir said this while chairing a meeting of senior leaders and functionaries of JKPCC held today. Mir stressed upon the need to have a coordinated effort to expose the misdeeds of the […]

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