“Blue Beach” offers Gazans a glimpse of the good life

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 17:54

GAZA: A luxurious new tourist resort has opened in the Gaza Strip, its manicured lawns, sparkling pool and private beach in stark contrast to the impoverished territory still struggling to recover from last year’s war.

Myanmar flood toll rises as more torrential rain forecast

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:59

YANGON: Major floods have killed at least 27 people across Myanmar and inundated the homes and fields of tens of thousands more, a disaster relief official said Friday, warning of further heavy rains.

Japan says TPP is not a place to negotiate currencies

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:46

TOKYO: Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso dismissed on Friday a call to set up a forum within the Pacific free trade negotiations to stop countries from manipulating exchange rates.

Fourteen wounded as rebels storm base in Thai south

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:24

BANGKOK: Fourteen people were wounded in an attack Friday by suspected rebels wielding grenade launchers and automatic weapon in Thailand’s war-torn Muslim-majority south, officials said.

Bangladesh, India exchange land islands in historic deal

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 14:29

DAHALA-KHAGRABARI: Bangladesh and India prepared Friday to swap tiny islands of land, ending one of the world’s most intractable border disputes that has kept thousands of people in stateless limbo for nearly 70 years.

Palestinian baby dies in fire started by Israeli settlers

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 13:56

NABLUS: An 18-month-old Palestinian baby died and its parents were injured in a fire started by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, Palestinian security officials said Friday.

Florida on hunt for wily snails that can grow as big as tennis shoe

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:56

MIAMI: Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe.

MH370: Search conducted in the right area, says Australia

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:45

SYDNEY: Australia on Friday said it was confident the search for MH370 was being conducted in the right area with aircraft wreckage being washed to La Reunion consistent with currents from the zone they are scouring.

Afghan Taliban announce Mullah Akhtar Mansour as new leader

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:32

KABUL: The Taliban appointed Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their new leader, a statement said Friday, marking a historic power transition for the militant movement that has waged a 14-year insurgency in Afghanistan.

Australia ‘increasingly confident debris from MH370’

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:29

SYDNEY: Australian search authorities Friday said they were "increasingly confident" plane debris that washed up on a tiny Indian Ocean island is from missing flight MH370, with formal identification possible within 24 hours.

PM Abbott calls on fans to 'respect' Goodes

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:51

SYDNEY: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called on Australian Rules fans to show “respect and civility” to Adam Goodes as support for the Aboriginal footballer continued to build on Friday.

US launches probe into killing of ‘Cecil the lion’

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:48

WASHINGTON: US authorities launched an investigation Thursday into the killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, as the American dentist who hunted the big cat remained in hiding amid mounting global outrage.

French police slow migrant bids to cross Channel

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:42

CALAIS, France: The British government was to hold an emergency meeting Friday to grapple with a migrant crisis on its doorstep, as police in northern France blocked at least 200 people from reaching the Channel tunnel.

Death toll in Mexico truck accident rises to 26

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 09:34

MAZAPIL: At least 26 people, including four children, were killed when a truck plowed into pilgrims after its brakes failed in Mexico, authorities said Thursday, while the driver fled the scene.

Surfer punches shark to escape attack in Australia

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 09:04

SYDNEY: A surfer punched a shark after being attacked on Australia’s east coast Friday, suffering bite wounds to his legs and hands in what a witness said was like “a Mick Fanning replay.”

At least 12 dead as truck hits pilgrims in Mexico

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:39

MEXICO CITY: A truck plowed into a crowd of pilgrims in central Mexico on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 20 others, civil protection and Red Cross officials said.

China says seeking to confirm situation over possible MH370 debris

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:35

BEIJING: China said on Thursday that it is “seeking to confirm the situation with relevant countries” after French authorities said they were studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

MH370: Plane debris being investigated, says JACC

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:39

KUALA LUMPUR: The wreckage of an airplane discovered off La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean early morning today (Malaysia time) is now being investigated by experts.

Virgin Australia flight turns back to LA after window crack

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:18

SYDNEY: A Virgin Australia flight bound for Brisbane was turned back to Los Angeles after a crack was found in the passenger jet’s windscreen, the airline said Thursday.

Zimbabwe hunter given bail over death of Cecil the lion

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:06

HWANGE, Zimbabwe: A professional hunter was granted bail Wednesday on charges of “failing to prevent an illegal hunt” after he organised the expedition on which an American dentist killed Zimbabwe’s beloved Cecil the lion.

Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon hanged

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 09:58

MUMBAI: India on Thursday executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon for his role in a series of coordinated attacks that killed hundreds of people in Mumbai in 1993, television stations reported.

Cop charged with murder after deadly traffic stop

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 09:46

CHICAGO: A white Ohio police officer who shot a black man during a routine traffic stop was charged with murder Wednesday in what prosecutors called a "senseless" act motivated by anger.

Russia vetoes bid to set up tribunal for downed flight MH17

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 08:53

UNITED NATIONS: Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution on Wednesday that would have set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine.

Man dies in Channel Tunnel as migrant crisis deepens

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 21:44

LONDON: A Sudanese man died on Wednesday as migrants desperate to enter Britain from France stormed the channel tunnel entrance, prompting governments in both countries to promise to beef up security there.

Putin opposes MH17 tribunal ahead of UN vote

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 21:17

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he opposed the creation of an international tribunal to prosecute those who shot down a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, hours before a UN vote on such a proposal.

Myanmar ruling party braces for poll slump

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 19:25

YANGON: Myanmar’s ruling party Wednesday admitted it was facing big losses in a general election likely to be swept by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition, as tensions mount between its leader and the powerful army.

Asiana in legal tangle over pilot’s beard

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 19:22

SEOUL: South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines said Wednesday it was taking legal action to resolve a dispute with a pilot who was grounded for refusing to shave off his beard.

At least 26 dead in flash floods in western India

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 19:15

AHMEDABAD, (India) : Flash floods triggered by torrential monsoon rain have killed at least 26 people in a west Indian state in the past 48 hours, authorities said Wednesday.

Factory worker condemned to death for murdering six

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 19:00

SHANGHAI: A Chinese court on Wednesday condemned to death a chemicals factory worker who murdered six people in the commercial hub Shanghai over a dispute with his colleagues, local media reported.

Pakistan police kill head of anti-Shiite group, 13 others

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 17:28

LAHORE, (Pakistan): The leader of an anti-Shiite group behind some of Pakistan’s worst sectarian atrocities was killed in a shootout with police early Wednesday along with 13 other militants, authorities said.