Indian spacecraft to reach Mars

Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

NEW DELHI: With homegrown technology and a remarkably low budget of merely $75 million(RM243million), India is on course to become the first nation to conduct a successful Mars mission on its first try.

Gaza truce negotiations set to resume in Cairo

Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

CAIRO: An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo today for indirect talks with Palestinians on a long-term Gaza truce, hours after Israeli soldiers killed two suspects in the June murder of three Jewish teenagers.

Israel shoots down Syrian warplane over Golan Heights

Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

JERUSALEM: Israel downed a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday in the first such incident in three decades and warned it would respond “forcefully” if its security is threatened.

US strikes kill 50 Al-Qaeda fighters in Syria: monitor

Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

BEIRUT: US air strikes killed 50 Al-Qaeda militants and eight civilians, including children, in northern Syria today, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Turkey lifts ban on ‘tudung’ in schools

Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

ISTANBUL: Turkey has lifted a ban on Islamic-style headscarves in schools, allowing girls from the fifth grade and up to cover their hair in a further easing of generations-old restrictions on the public expression of faith.

Former Hong Kong chief secretary says he accepted secret payoff from Beijing

Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

HONG KONG: A former top Hong Kong civil servant told a court on Tuesday that he had received a secret payment of HK$11 million (RM 4.6 million) “from Beijing” in 2007 through a businessman intermediary, local media reported.

Student killed while trying to take photo of tiger in Indian zoo

Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

NEW DELHI:A school student was killed by a white tiger while attempting to take a photo of the animal at Delhi Zoo on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported. A senior official said the student fell into the tiger’s enclosure at around 2 p.m. local time and was mauled to death by the animal.

Arab League takes steps to protect children in conflict areas

Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

UNITED NATIONS: The League of Arab States and the United Nations Office of Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has signed a pact to strengthen protection of children affected by armed conflict in the Arab world.

India’s Modi to get a rock star reception in New Year

Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

NEW YORK: It is a rock ‘n’ roller’s dream to “sell out The Garden,” but for a foreign politician to pack New York City’s most famous sports and entertainment arena is another thing entirely.

US bombs IS jihadists in Syria: Pentagon

Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

WASHINGTON: The United States and “partners” have launched bombing raids against Islamic State extremists in Syria, the Pentagon said today.