November 25, 2017

All refugees cleared from Australia camp in PNG: Police

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-24
SYDNEY, Nov 24: Papua New Guinea police have emptied a shuttered Australian detention camp where hundreds of refugees were holed up in, police said Friday (Nov 24), ending a three-week-old standoff. The police operation, which started on Thursday and saw 50 men removed from the closed, Australia-run centre

Pakistan releases Hafiz Saeed from house arrest

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-24
Islamabad, Nov 24: Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) founder, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attack, has been set free by a Pakistani court, his spokesperson has said. Indian authorities suspect Saeed to be the mastermind of the deadly Mumbai attacks. He is likely to be freed by Thursday

13 Myanmar passengers killed in Thai van crash: police

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-24
BANGKOK, Nov 24: Thirteen Burmese people were killed Friday when their van collided with a truck in central Thailand and burst into flames, police said, the latest gruesome accident on the kingdom’s notoriously dangerous roads. The van was travelling from the border town of Mae Sot, a

India, US will continue to work for inclusive growth: Ivanka

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-23
Washington, Nov 23: India and the US will continue to work together to increase economic opportunities and inclusive growth, US President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump on Thursday said, days ahead of her visit to Hyderabad for a global business summit. Ivanka, 36, will lead

‘Child marriage’ bill stirs outrage in Iraq

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-23
BAGHDAD, Nov 23: A proposal in Iraq’s parliament to scrap the minimum age for Muslim girls to marry has stirred outrage among critics who view it as a licence “to rape children”. Conservative Shiite deputies on Oct 31 proposed an amendment to a 1959 law that

5 killed as scaffold collapses in China

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-23
Beijing, Nov 23: A scaffold has collapsed at a construction site in China’s central Hubei province, killing five persons including two women, officials said today. The incident occurred when workers were dismantling the old office building of Jianshi county’s branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank

Philippines’ Duterte cancels communist peace talks

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-22
Manila, Nov 22: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has cancelled all future peace talks with communist rebels waging one of Asia’s longest insurgencies, in a blow to efforts to end the half century-long conflict. In a speech Tuesday night, Duterte criticised the insurgents over deadly attacks against soldiers

Zimbabwe poised to swear in new president, Mnangagwa

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-22
Harare, Nov 22: Zimbabwe’s recently fired vice president was set to return on Wednesday to be sworn in as the country’s new leader, after Robert Mugabe announced his stunning resignation during impeachment proceedings against him. The state-run broadcaster reported that Emmerson Mnangagwa would arrive at a

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri says resignation on hold awaiting talks

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-22
Beirut, Nov 22: Lebanon’s prime minister Saad al-Hariri has said that he has put his resignation “on hold” pending talks with the rest of the Lebanese government. In a televised speech on Wednesday after an Independence Day parade, Mr Hariri said he had offered his resignation

Trump promises Americans ‘huge tax cut’ for Christmas

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-21
Washington, Nov 21: President Donald Trump on Monday promised a tax overhaul by Christmas, even as a nonpartisan tax analysis group said the Senate package would leave half of taxpayers facing higher levies by 2027. Speaking before a Cabinet meeting, Trump said, “We’re going to give

Putin hails Assad for ‘fighting terrorists’ : Kremlin

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-21
Moscow, Nov 21: Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Syrian counterpart Bashar-al-Assad to discuss the war in Syria, the Kremlin said in on Tuesday. The meeting took place on Monday in the Russian seaside city of Sochi. Putin told Assad that joint military operations against terrorists

Zimbabwe’s ousted vice-president joins calls for Mugabe to resign

TAP | Updated: 2017-11-21
Harare, Nov 21: Talks in Zimbabwe on Robert Mugabe’s departure as president were set back after his deputy, whose sacking triggered last week’s military takeover, refused to return to the country and joined calls for the 93-year-old leader to step down. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled the southern African
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