Pakistan On Alert As Nation Marks 1 Year Since School Massacre

A mother of a student who was killed in the Taliban massacre at an army-run school on December 16, 2014, place burning candles beside photographs of their sons ahead of the first anniversary, in Peshawar on December 15, 2015. (AFP) PESHAWAR:  Pakistan deployed paramilitary forces and police in major cities today as it marked the first anniversary of a Taliban ... Read More »

EU Demands Italy Use Force To Fingerprint All Migrants

Stranded migrants line up for a food distribution at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, on December 1, 2015. (Reuters Photo) ROME, ITALY:  The European Commission on Tuesday demanded Italy use force if required to take the fingerprints of migrant arrivals after launching legal action against the country for its failure to register all newcomers in an ... Read More »

North Korea Sentences Canadian Pastor To Life Imprisonment

Canadian reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, who is being held in North Korea, during a public interrogation at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang. (AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS) BEIJING:  North Korea has sentenced a Canadian pastor to life imprisonment, the latest in a series of high-profile arrests and jailings of foreign missionaries accused of meddling in state affairs. ... Read More »

Ban On New Diesel SUVs, Luxury Cars Above 2000cc In Delhi Till March 31

The Supreme Court has banned the registration of diesel cars and SUVs above 2000cc in the national capital till March 31 (Agence France-Presse photo) NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court today banned the registration of diesel cars and SUVs above 2000cc in the national capital till March 31, in an attempt to clean up the city tackling one of its worst-ever ... Read More »

9 Killed As Storm Causes Chaos In Central Philippines

Residents stand next to their damaged houses with blown out roofs after typhoon Melor hit Bulan town, Sorsogon province, south of Manila on December 15, 2015. (AFP) MANILA:  Nine people were killed and hundreds spent the night huddled on their roofs in the central Philippines as floods generated by a powerful typhoon inundated villages, disaster officials said on Wednesday. Typhoon ... Read More »

On Rainy Scottish Isle, Syrians Struggle to Adapt

The town of Rothesay on the Isle Of Bute, an island off of the west coast of Scotland is seen from a ferry on December 11, 2015. (AFP) From war-torn Syria to a windswept island off the west coast of Scotland, nine newly-arrived refugee families are struggling to adjust to new lives in a very unfamiliar world. “It’s hard. We ... Read More »

Overcoming The Fear Of Spiders, In 2 Minutes

The study is good news for anyone with an abiding fear of spiders. (Representational Image) The tarantula sits in an open cage in the center of the room, dark and hairy and as big as a man’s fist. Its eight thick legs, sharp fangs and large glassy eyes are enough to give anyone the creeps, let alone someone who has ... Read More »

US Welcomes Ground-Breaking Of TAPI Pipeline

Vice President, Hamid Ansari (L), along with President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimohamedov (R), President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani (2R) and Pakistan PM, Nawaz Sharif launching TAPI. WASHINGTON:  The US today congratulated India, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan on the recent ground-breaking for the construction of USD 7.6 billion TAPI pipeline crisscrossing the four countries across South and Central Asia. “The United ... Read More »

Maternal Exposure To Anti-Depressant SSRIs Linked To Autism In Children

Researchers identified 4,724 infants (3.2 per cent) who were exposed to antidepressants in utero, with 4,200 exposed ruing the first trimester; 2,532 during the second and/or third trimester. (Representational Image) A new study provides some of the strongest evidence yet that using an antidepressant like Prozac, Paxil or Zoloft during the final two trimesters of pregnancy may be linked to ... Read More »

United Nations Formally Kicks Off Race For Next Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, is due to step down at the end of 2016 after serving two five-year terms. (Reuters) UNITED NATIONS:  The United Nations formally kicked off the race for the next secretary-general on Tuesday and the world body’s 193 members were encouraged to consider putting forward a woman for the top job ... Read More »