Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq

A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said. Islamic State, the ultra hard-line Sunni militant group that considers all Shi’ites to be apostates, claimed responsibility the attack in an online statement. The group also is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive on its stronghold Mosul, in northern Iraq, in which Iranian-trained Shi’ite militias are taking part. The pilgrims were en route back to Iran from the Iraqi Shi’ite holy city Read more...

Thirteen dead in Kabul university raid

Thirteen people, including seven students, died in an attack by gunmen on the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say. Two attackers were also shot dead by security forces nearly 10 hours after the assault began with an explosion on Wednesday evening. Students and staff were trapped inside the university during the attack, which police said was now over. No group has so far claimed responsibility. The victims also included three police and three guards. Thirty-five students and Read more...

Nepal bus crash kills at least 33

At least 33 people were killed Monday (15) when a passenger bus skidded off the road and plunged down a hill in Nepal’s Kavrepalanchok district, authorities said. Thirty-eight injured passengers were airlifted to Kathmandu, 70 kilometers (44 miles) away, by an army team. Twenty-seven bodies have been identified, and search operations have ended because rescuers think all the victims have been found, authorities said. The bus fell more than 300 meters (about 985 feet) down the hill.  Read more...

Trump is the Official Republican Nominee

United for a night, Republicans nominated Donald Trump Tuesday as their presidential standard-bearer, capping the billionaire businessman’s stunning takeover of the GOP and propelling him into a November faceoff with Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump’s campaign hoped the formal nomination would both end the discord surging through the Republican Party and overshadow the convention’s chaotic kickoff, including a plagiarism charge involving Melania Trump’s address on opening Read more...

Lebanon hit by deadly suicide attack

At least five people have been killed and 13 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in a village in eastern Lebanon, reports say. Three bombers blew themselves up in the village of Qaa, close to the Syrian border, the Lebanese Red Cross told AFP news agency. The Hezbollah TV station al-Manar put the death toll at six. It is not clear who carried out the attack or why. Sectarian tensions in Lebanon have been stoked by the civil war in Syria.  Read more...

US election: Man ‘tried to shoot Donald Trump’ at Las Vegas rally

A Briton who tried to grab a police officer’s gun at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas said he wanted to shoot the US candidate, court papers say. Michael Steven Sandford, 20, did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge in Nevada and was remanded in custody until a hearing on 5 July. He is charged with an act of violence “on restricted grounds”. He had reportedly tried to seize the gun after saying he was seeking Mr Trump’s autograph at Saturday’s rally. He said he had been planning Read more...

India to launch 20 satellites on June 22

India has announced that 20 satellites will be launched in a single mission on June 22. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stated, at 9.25 a.m. that day, the Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with 20 satellites. “While the rocket’s main cargo will be India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation, the other 19 satellites weighing around 560 kg are from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia Read more...

Jaya asks Modi to retake Kachchatheevu

The regaining of Katchatheevu island, from Sri Lanka, was one of the prime demands made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jeyaram, when she met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (14) after her land mark victory in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly last month. Jayalalithaa handed over a 29-page memorandum to Modi and her prime demand was the retaking of the Katchchtheevu island from Sri Lanka. Jayalalithaa also emphasized on the retrieval of Kachchathheevu island from Sri Lanka, Read more...

Taiwan’s first female leader sworn in

Tsai Ing-wen has been sworn in as the new president of Taiwan, the island’s first female leader. Ms Tsai, seen as a shy but determined leader, led her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to a landslide win in elections in January. The DPP has traditionally leaned towards independence from China, and its victory has led to a cooling of relations with Beijing. China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. In the past, it has threatened to take it by force if necessary. It still has hundreds of missiles Read more...

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi

In the wake of reports that the Sri Lankan Government was planning to pull down St. Anthony’s Church at Katchatheevu islet, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday insisting that fishermen from Tamil Nadu be consulted over the issue and suggested that the church be jointly rebuilt by India and Sri Lanka. Citing the considerable religious significance of the church to the fisherfolk in the coastal districts like Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Read more...