A file photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
A file photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Kerry visits Djibouti, U.S. military base as Yemen conflict drags on

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Djibouti on Wednesday for talks with the government and to visit a key U.S. military base from where pilots fly missions over Yemen and Somalia.The... »
A view of Nepal's Rashtrapati Bhawan

Nepal’s Rastrapati Bhawan declared unsafe for use

The building developed cracks after the powerful April 25 earthquake that has killed 7,652 people. »

French investigators to release report on Germanwings crash

France’s air accident investigation agency says it will release an interim report about the crash of Germanwings Flight 4525, amid lingering questions about why the co-pilot appeared to intentiona... »
For twenty of the past twenty six years, a person with the last name Bush or Clinton has been in the White House. File photo

U.S. presidential race: Hillary Clinton leads Democrats, no Republican frontrunner

Despite questions about the Clinton Foundation and her use of private email as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton starts her second presidential bid as a Democratic favourite, while no frontrunne... »
A file photo of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Australia doesn’t want to take sides on Kashmir: Foreign Minister

Julie Bishop said that Australia does not want to take sides on disputes like Kashmir between Pakistan and India »
A woman takes her dog for a walk past a Green Party campaign poster and painted blue, yellow and red front doors - the colours of the current three main political parties in the UK, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour respectively - in Isleworth, west London, Britain, April 30, 2015. Britain goes to the polls in a national election on May 7. Reuters
London, May 6, 2015

Last minute dash for votes on eve of UK general election

Party leaders and candidates are in a last-minute scramble for votes as tomorrow’s UK general election is expected to be too close to call with opinion polls indicating just a wafer-thin lead for... »
The UK political scene is no longer a two-party fight between Labour and Conservative. Support for other parties, such as the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and SNP are significant this time.
May 6, 2015

UK elections, through a South Asian lens

Of the 46 million people who cast their ballot on Thursday, 4 million will be foreign-born voters. The U.K. elections this time will see more Black, Asian and Minority candidates than ever before,... »
Maldives President, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. File photo: Ramesh Sharma
Islamabad, May 6, 2015

Maldivian President in Pakistan to promote bilateral ties

Maldivian President Abdullah Yameen Gayoom on Wednesday arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with the country’s top leadership to promote bilateral ties. P... »
TEHRAN, Iran, May 6, 2015

Iran to release seized Maersk vessel after it pays fine

A Marshal Islands-flagged cargo vessel seized by Iranian forces as it was traversing the Strait of Hormuz in April will likely be released in two days, after it pays a fine, Iran’s Foreign Ministr... »
MOSCOW, May 6, 2015

Russia's failed cargo spacecraft to fall from orbit Friday

Russian space agency Roscosmos says the cargo ship that failed in its mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station will fall from orbit on Friday. The Progress was laun... »
YOLA, Nigeria, May 6, 2015

Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run

A year ago, a dozen Nigerian troops fighting about 200 Boko Haram militants in the town of Chibok exhausted their ammunition and ran, leaving the road open for the abduction of nearly 300 girls. »
Kathmandu, May 6, 2015

Nepal bans use of drones

The Nepal government has banned drones in its skies following the April 25 earthquake, fearing sensitive information might be leaked and pictures of its valuable heritage sites clicked illegally.<... »
The RMAX drone sprays water over grapevines at the University of California, Davis' Oakville Station test vineyard in Oakville.
FRESNO, California, May 6, 2015

U.S. farmers to use RMAX drones to spray crops

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilisers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said on Tuesday. The drone, c... »
White House spokesman Josh Earnest disparaged the budget plan for increasing money for defence but not for non-defence domestic programmes.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015

Senate adopts Republican budget targeting 'Obamacare'

The Senate on Tuesday adopted a Republican budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills thi... »
COLOMBO, May 6, 2015

Sri Lanka: probe into missing persons

A few days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Sri Lankan government to pursue vigorously complaints on missing persons and take the cooperation of the United Nations and the Inter... »

Picture of Lenin’s ‘true love’ uncovered

Chinese man dies after binge drinking contest, organisers to compensate

Palestine backs India’s bid for UNSC

Selfie-taking tourists break Hercules statue in Italy

Will the 'Green surge' make an electoral difference?

Texas gunman links himself to ISIS in tweets

Modi to visit China from May 14

Metro trains crash in Mexico City, injuring 12

PRAGUE, May 6, 2015

3 suspected of terror attack on train in Czech Republic

A prosecution official says Czech authorities have detained three suspects for allegedly planning a terrorist attack on a train. Stepanka Zenklova, a spokeswoman for Prague’s state prose... »
New York, May 6, 2015

New smartphone app to help people cut diabetes risk

A new smartphone app aims to tackle type 2 diabetes by allowing users to track their exercise and eating habits to curb the risk of developing the disease. The app, called Noom, developed b... »
Lahore, May 6, 2015

Pakistan court seeks reply from police on security threat to Lakhvi

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Wednesday sought a reply from the Islamabad police chief about alleged security threats to 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi. “The Anti... »
They found that individual dolphins exhibited human-like preference and avoidance behaviour - they have dolphins they like and associate with and ones they avoid.
Washington, May 6, 2015

Dolphins have social networks too!

Just like humans, dolphins form highly complex and dynamic networks of friends, preferring to mingle with some fellow dolphins while avoiding others, scientists say. Researchers studied int... »
 The economy – and closing the deficit -- has been a major election promise of both the Conservative and Labour parties. Doing so will require a substantial slash in public spending, and the question hanging fire is where the axe will fall. Here public sector workers protest over pension and government cuts in 2011.
London, May 6, 2015

What's on UK's mind as it goes to the polls?  

The top four concerns for voters in the 2015 elections, according to YouGov the leading British pollsters, are the economy, health (especially the future of the National Health Service), im... »
BERLIN, May 6, 2015

German police arrest 4 in alleged plot to attack Islamic targets

German authorities conducted raids across the country on Wednesday, seizing explosives and arresting four people accused of founding a right-wing extremist group to attack mosques and housing for... »
Afghan women rights activists carry the coffin of a woman, who was beaten to death by a mob, during her funeral, in Kabul. File photo
KABUL, May 6, 2015

Four get death for mob killing of Afghan woman

An Afghan judge has convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March. Judge Safiullah Mojadedi announced the sente... »
NEW YORK, May 6, 2015

Van Gogh painting fetches over $66 million at auction

A Vincent van Gogh painting of an autumnal scene in the south of France has brought in more than $66 million at an auction in New York City. The painting was made in 1888 during a two-month... »
A woman jogs on the Malecon as the Thomson Dream cruise ship arrives in Havana bay. The Obama administration on Tuesday approved the first ferry service in decades between the U.S. and Cuba.
Washington, May 6, 2015

U.S. approves first ferry service to Cuba

The U.S. issued “specific licenses” for commercial ferry passenger service to Cuba, opening the door to the start of operations between Florida and the island, the Treasury Department told Efe<... »
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed (second from right) and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke in Mogadishu on Tuesday.
MOGADISHU, May 6, 2015

Kerry makes surprise visit to Somalia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Somalia?s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Tuesday on an unannounced visit, the first trip by a U.S. Secretary of State to the Horn of Africa nation th... »

Pakistan Army charges India with whipping up terror

A faux pas by govt. on Dawood’s whereabouts

Can Islamic Republic of Pakistan be a secular state?

Take care not to leak defence secrets on social media, China cautions military staff

Zardari skips court appearance due to food poisoning

Obama says black men feel disadvantaged

Strong quake rocks Papua New Guinea, local tsunami possible

On April 25, 2015, a 7.9 magnitude strong earthquake struck Nepal which devastated important historic places. India and some neighbouring countries were also affected. Relief materials from India and other countries were sent to Nepal.


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