Shawwal moon sighted in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Sunday is the first day of Eid ul Fitr as the crescent of Shawwal has been sighted in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. The Saudi Supreme Court called on all Muslims throughout the...

Over 140 people feared buried in China landslide

BEIJING: Chinese rescuers scoured through rocks on Saturday in a frantic search for more than 140 people feared buried after a landslide smashed through a mountain village in southwest Sichuan province. A couple and a...

If Baghdadi death confirmed, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

BAGHDAD: If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were army officers under late Iraqi dictator...

Yemen cholera cases could pass 300,000 by September: UN      

GENEVA: A cholera outbreak raging in war-ravaged Yemen could infect more than 300,000 people by the end of August, up from nearly 193,000 cases today, the United Nations said Friday.   "Probably at the end...

US likely to OK India drone purchase during Modi visit

NEW DLEHI: The United States is expected to authorise India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, two sources familiar with the situation said, ahead of a visit next week by Indian...

Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

RIYADH: Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official...

Turkey sends first cargo ship with aid for Qatar

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Thursday sent a first ship loaded with aid for its embattled regional ally Qatar, which has been hit by sanctions from Gulf powers led by Saudi Arabia, state media said. Almost...

US defense contractor accused of spying for China

WASHINGTON: A US defense contractor and former State Department security officer was arrested by American counterintelligence officials on Thursday and charged with spying for China. The Justice Department said Kevin Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia had...

India drops sedition charges against villagers over Pakistan win

NEW DELHI:  Indian police said Thursday that 15 Muslims arrested for celebrating a recent Pakistani cricket victory over India would not be charged with sedition, but could still face prison for cheering the rival...

Removing Assad no longer priority in Syria: Macron

PARIS: France no longer sees the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as a priority in the Syrian conflict, President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday, making the policy official for the first time.    The new...

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