IS jihadists threaten ancient Palmyra ruins

May 22, 2015 7:54 pm

DAMASCUS: The Islamic State group seized Syria’s Palmyra on Thursday, reportedly giving it control of half of the country as UNESCO warned the destruction of the ancient city would be “an enormous loss to humanity”. Experts said the capture of … Read more »

US: Air strike in Syria killed 2 children

May 22, 2015 7:53 pm

WASHINGTON: US air strikes last year against Islamist extremists in Syria killed two children by mistake, officials said Thursday, marking the first time the American military acknowledged inflicting civilian casualties in the war. “We regret the unintentional loss of lives,” … Read more »

Kuwait magnate Khorafi dies at 75

May 22, 2015 7:53 pm

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s richest independent businessman, Jassem al-Khorafi, who served as speaker of the Gulf emirate’s parliament for a decade, has died at the age of 75, his family said. Kuwaiti media said he had suffered a heart attack while … Read more »

Australia rejects criticism on migrants

May 22, 2015 7:53 pm

SYDNEY: Australia hit back Friday at criticism of its response to thousands of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia, saying it was generous towards refugees in the region. When asked Thursday whether Australia would offer to resettle the migrants … Read more »

Myanmar rescues migrant boat

May 22, 2015 7:52 pm

SITTWE, Myanmar: Myanmar’s navy has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat, bringing 208 people to shore, an official told AFP Friday, as it faced mounting international pressure to tackle a regional migration crisis. “A navy ship found … Read more »

Mao enemy buried 50 years later

May 22, 2015 7:52 pm

BEIJING: A funeral has finally been held for one of the Chinese Communist party’s early high-profile political targets nearly 50 years after he disappeared, but state-run media said Friday it was not a moment to reevaluate the past. Chu Anping, … Read more »

Thai groups to protest on coup anniversary

May 22, 2015 7:51 pm

BANGKOK: Small groups of anti-junta activists vowed to hold protests Friday marking one year since Thailand’s generals seized power from the elected government, but widespread dissent is unlikely in a country still locked down by the military. One group of … Read more »

Tibetan father sets himself alight in China

May 22, 2015 7:51 pm

BEIJING: A Tibetan father of four set himself on fire in protest at China’s rule over the Himalayan region, overseas media and rights groups said, adding it was unclear whether he survived. Tenzin Gyatso attempted to self-immolate after being “upset” … Read more »

Appeals court frees ‘nut rage’ Korean Air heiress

May 22, 2015 7:51 pm

SEOUL: The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws. The High Court in Seoul ruled … Read more »

California scrambles to clean up oil spill

May 21, 2015 7:32 pm

LOS ANGELES: California authorities scrambled on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to contain an oil slick and clean up normally tourist-friendly beaches after a pipeline rupture dumped thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean. A day after the spill near … Read more »