Saturday, January 19, 2019 | ePaper

News in brief

  • Print
Trump chooses army general to lead Joint Chiefs of Staff
AFP, Washington
US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced he was nominating Army chief of staff General Mark Milley as his next top military advisor - a new slap in the face for Pentagon chief Jim Mattis.
Milley, a four-star general who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, would replace General Joseph Dunford as the military's next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Teen dies in suspected drug overdose at Australia dance festival
Reuters, Melbourne
A teenager died early on Sunday after a suspected drug overdose at a Sydney dance festival where more than a dozen people were taken to hospital and another 130 sought medical assistance, the police said.
The 19-year-old man died after being taken to a hospital from the Knockout Games of Destiny dance party at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday, the police said in a statement. Three of those hospitalised remain in a critical but stable condition.

Indian troops kill 3 rebels in Kashmir fighting
AP, Srinagar
Indian troops killed three suspected rebels in the outskirts of disputed Kashmir's main city ending nearly 18-hour-long gunbattle, officials said Sunday.
Indian paramilitary spokesman Sanjay Sharma said the three militants were killed Sunday in the outskirts of Srinagar. Two counterinsurgency police officials and a soldier were wounded, he said.

15 civilians killed in ethnic attack on Mali village
Reuters, Bamako
Fifteen civilians from the Fulani community were killed last week when armed men from a rival ethnic group attacked their village in central Mali, a regional governor said on Saturday. Communal violence in the West African country has killed hundreds of civilians and displaced thousands this year, compounding a dire security situation in the north, where attacks by jihadist groups are common.

Iran arrests 10 suspects in suicide bombing that killed two
Reuters, Dubai
Iranian security forces have detained 10 people suspected of links to a suicide car bomb attack this week that killed at least two policemen, police chief Hossein Ashtari said on Sunday.
"Good clues have been obtained and hopefully with the public's cooperation ... we will get to the main leads," Ashtari was quoted by the state news agency IRNA as saying.

Armenia votes in snap polls to cement reform drive
AFP, Yerevan
Armenia votes in parliamentary elections on Sunday triggered years ahead of schedule by reformist leader Nikol Pashinyan, who is aiming to cement his political authority in the post-Soviet country.
The 43-year-old former journalist became prime minister in May after spearheading weeks of peaceful anti-government rallies that ousted veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian.

More News For this Category

Human diet causing ‘catastrophic’ damage to planet: Study

Human diet causing ‘catastrophic’ damage to planet: Study

AFP, Paris :The way humanity produces and eats food must radically change to avoid millions of deaths and "catastrophic" damage to the planet, according to a landmark study published

Top judge sworn in as Pakistan's SC Chief Justice, pledges reform

Top judge sworn in as Pakistan's SC Chief Justice, pledges reform

AP, Islamabad  : A top Pakistani judge has been sworn in as the country's new chief justice of the Supreme Court at a ceremony attended by President Arif Alvi, Prime

Modi's pre-election handouts to cost India billions, breach fiscal targets

Modi's pre-election handouts to cost India billions, breach fiscal targets

Reuters, New Delhi :A series of vote-catching measures planned by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he braces for a difficult general election may cost more than 1 trillion

Rigging polls was at the direction of  Trump, says ex-Lawyer

Rigging polls was at the direction of Trump, says ex-Lawyer

Reuters,  Washington :Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, said on Thursday he paid a firm to manipulate online polling data "at the direction of and for

News In Brief

Vietnam 'willing' to host Trump-Kim summitAFP, Hanoi Vietnam's premier has said his country is willing to host a much-anticipated second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean

US 'jihadist' sought to attack White House: FBI

US 'jihadist' sought to attack White House: FBI

AFP, Washington :Authorities in the US state of Georgia have arrested a 21-year-old man who sought to buy explosives and an anti-tank rocket for a "jihad" suicide attack on

Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats

Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats

AP, Hsinchu :Taiwan held live-fire exercises along its east coast Thursday amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed necessary.Artillery and assault

'Stupid' to suggest Trump a Russian agent: Putin's top aide

'Stupid' to suggest Trump a Russian agent: Putin's top aide

AFP, Moscow :A top Kremlin aide on Wednesday dismissed as ridiculous claims that US President Donald Trump has acted as an agent for Russia amid mounting controversy over his alleged

Vietnam prepares for Kim Jong Un visit amid talks of second summit with Trump

Vietnam prepares for Kim Jong Un visit amid talks of second summit with Trump

Reuters, Hanoi  :Hanoi is preparing to receive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a state visit, two sources told Reuters, while officials and diplomats said Vietnam is keen to

Sudan protests rumble on as Bashir remains defiant

Sudan protests rumble on as Bashir remains defiant

AFP, Khartoum :One month after protests erupted across Sudan against rising bread prices, anti-government demonstrations have turned into daily rallies against a defiant President Omar al-Bashir who has rejected calls