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Western-backed Syrian Terrorist has appointed new chief

BEIRUT:The Western-backed Free Syrian Army has appointed a new military chief, opposition groups announced Monday as they try to restructure a rebel movement that has fallen into disarray as it faces rampant infighting and declining international support for its fight to topple President Bashar Assad. Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir replaces Gen. Salim Idris, who was criticized by many in the …

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America’s “Invisible” Drone War in Pakistan

A recently released short film focuses on the physical, moral and political invisibility of the United States drone war in Pakistan. “Unseen War” is made by “Exposing the Invisible”, an initiative of the international non-profit Tactical Technology Collective which uses information, communications and digital technologies to maximize the impact of their advocacy work through short films. Their series explores new frontiers of investigation and …

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US will meet former USSR’s fate: Taliban

KABUL:The Taliban called on Afghans to expel the United States from Afghanistan on Saturday just as they said Afghan mujahideen fighters had done to Soviet forces 25 years ago to the day. In a statement issued on the 25th anniversary of the final Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, a national holiday for Afghans, the Taliban sought to connect the steady departure …

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Taliban likely to announce ceasefire soon

ISLAMABAD :Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) nominated committee’s spokesman Yousuf Shah anticipated that the Taliban will soon announce ceasefire. He was talking to media on Sunday where he said that the meeting of Taliban shura (council) regarding announcement of ceasefire was underway, however, he added that it could not be specified when the meeting would end. He further termed it premature to …

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Aam Aadmi Party declares first list of LS candidates

DELHI:The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced the first list of 20 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. Prominent among them are social activist Medha Patkar, Anjali Damania, Yogendra Yadav and Kumar Vishwas. Party spokesperson Ashutosh will contest from Chandni Chowk, the constituency of law minister Kapil Sibal, Mukul Tripathi will be contesting against external affairs minister Salman Khurshid …

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Nepal:18 killed in plane crash

BHAIRAHWA:All 18 persons on board a Nepal Airlines plane are believed to have been killed when a small twin otter aircraft reportedly crashed during a routine flight in Nepal’s Arghakhanchi district on Sunday. The twin otter, belonging to the state-owned Nepal Airlines and carrying 15 passengers, including a foreigner, besides three crew members, crashed in Arghakhanchi district in western Nepal, …

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200 illegal miners trapped in South Africa

JOHANNAESBURG: Rescue services in South Africa are trying to reach more than 200 illegal miners reported trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft in a suburb just east of Johannesburg, an emergency services spokesman said on Sunday. Werner Vermaak of ER24 emergency services said rescuers were communicating with a group of about 30 miners trapped by fallen boulders below the …

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President’s rule in Delhi recommended

NEW DELHI: Delhi LG Najeeb Jung has sent a report to the Union home ministry recommending imposition of President’s rule in the state while keeping the assembly under suspended animation. This is contrary to outgoing chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s call for immediate dissolution of the Delhi assembly and holding of fresh polls in the state. Keeping the assembly under suspended …

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Bahrain: policeman dies from injuries after car bomb attack

MANAMA:A policeman has died after being injured in a bomb attack in Bahrain. The blast happened during protests marking the third anniversary of the country’s uprising on Friday when demonstrators attempted to reach the site of a brutal crackdown almost three years ago. The policeman was one of two officers wounded in the village of Dair close to the capital …

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Bilawal Bhutto lashes out at the ‘stone-age’ Taleban

KARACHI: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan’s assassinated premier Benazir Bhutto, on Saturday slammed the Taleban for trying to drag the country back to the “stone-age.” Addressing a gathering during the closing ceremony of a two-week cultural festival in his home province of Sindh, Bhutto also urged the country to rise up against the threats. “The Taleban want to …

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