Syria's Raqqa city liberated from Islamic State

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:48

Damascus, Oct 17 (IANS) A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters said on Tuesday it has taken full control of the Islamic State terror organisation's one-time "capital" of Raqqa.


US hits Haqqanis again despite Pakistan caution

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:26

Islamabad, Oct 17 (IANS) Two suspected US drone strikes on Tuesday killed 11 people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border even as Pakistan cautioned the US to show restraint.


China's Party Congress to begin on Wednesday

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:14

Beijing, Oct 17 (IANS) China will hold its most important political event -- the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) -- on Wednesday where some 2,300 delegates will meet to decide the leadership of the world's second-largest economy.


Cyber security top concern for corporate IoT deployments: BlackBerry

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:28

Ontario, Oct 17 (IANS) Cyber security is the top concern regarding digital technologies and processes for firms globally (63 per cent) but only a few (37 per cent) actually have a formal digital transformation strategy in place when it comes to Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, new research said on Tuesday.


IS-linked woman arrested in Spain

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:16

Madrid, Oct 17 (IANS) Spanish police on Tuesday arrested a woman suspected of belonging to an international network linked to the Islamic State (IS) terror group aiming to recruit women to travel to conflict zones.


China urges all parties to resolve North Korea crisis

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:46

Beijing, Oct 17 (IANS) China on Tuesday urged all parties involved in the North Korean crisis to not add fuel to the fire and insisted that they should seek to resolve the situation through dialogue instead of provocation.


Trump urges Hillary to run in 2020

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:24

Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has jokingly encouraged his former presidential rival Hillary Clinton to run against him in 2020, saying that she lost to him last year partly because "she wasnt good at what she did".


Chinese university offers weight-loss course

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:30

Beijing, Oct 17 (IANS) A Chinese university is offering a course which will link a student's weight loss directly to their marks in a bid to curb obesity.


Spain detains 2 Catalonia separatists

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:28

Madrid, Oct 17 (IANS) A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement as the country moves closer to imposing direct rule over the region to thwart its push for freedom.


'Extraordinary global pressure needed for North Korea'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:56

Seoul, Oct 17 (IANS) The international community needs to exert "extraordinary" pressure to convince North Korea that dialogue offers a better option for its survival, a former US diplomat said on Tuesday.


Six killed in Afghan suicide attack

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:44

Kabul, Oct 17 (IANS) At least six people were killed and over 30 others injured on Tuesday in a suicide attack next to a police training centre in Afghanistan's Paktia province, police said.


Nearly 300 Rohingya villages torched in Myanmar: HRW

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:30

Nay Pyi Taw, Oct 17 (IANS) The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said nearly 300 Rohingya villages have been torched in Myanmar since the current spate of violence began in late August.


CPN (Maoist Centre) to quit Nepal's Deuba government

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:16

Kathmandu, Oct 17, The CPN (Maoist Centre), which joined the leftist alliance led by main opposition CPN-UML, has decided to quit as coalition partner of the Nepali Congress-led government on Tuesday, a media report said.


Duterte declares Marawi liberated after five-month siege

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:04

Manila, Oct 17 (IANS) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared the conflict-hit city of Marawi liberated from Islamic State (IS)-affiliated militants following a five-month-long siege.