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Yemen struggles with food shortages

A trickle of aid, medicine and commercial food cargoes is reaching Yemen yet the process remains slow as more ships await clearance to discharge at ports and logistical chains buckle due to fuel short

Australia rejects criticism, says it is generous to refugees

Australia hit back Friday at criticism of its response to thousands of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia, saying it was generous towards refugees in the region.

Myanmar Navy makes first rescue

Myanmar police officers speak to would-be migrants below deck on a fishing boat off the western coast of Rakhine, Myanmar.  AFP

Myanmar’s Navy Friday said it had carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat after mounting international pressure, as the UN warned the impending monsoon rains imperil thousands still stranded at

Authors demand end to attacks on bloggers

Salman Rushdie

Leading authors, including Salm-an Rushdie and fellow Booker Prize winners Ma-rgaret Atwood and Yann Martel, called on Bangla-desh’s government Friday to put an end to a spate of deadly attacks on ath

South Korean Air heiress freed in ‘nut rage’ case by court

A South Korean appeals court on Friday freed the former Korean Air executive jai-led for a year in February for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts.

24-yr-old case against Nawaz Sharif dropped

A Pakistani court on Friday dismissed a 24-year old petition accusing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of money laundering and declared it non-maintainable.

Ireland votes on gay marriage

A woman drops her ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station in Drumcondra, north Dublin, on Friday.  	—AFP

Polls opened in Ireland on Friday for a historic referendum on allowing same-sex marriage that is backed by all the main political parties but opposed by the Catholic Church.

ISIS claims Saudi Arabia Shia mosque attack

A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers during Friday prayers in a packed Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, in an attack claimed by ISIS.

ISIS grip over Iraq-Syria border tightens

ISIS consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border Friday after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a famed Syrian heritage site in an offensive that has forced a review of US strategy.

US rules out full-scale Iraq re-invasion

The US on Friday ruled out a full-scale re-invasion of Iraq by American military in view of ISIS gaining ground in the country.

Arvind Kejriwal’s transfor-mation from an anti-corruption advocate and street fighter to a shrewd hard-boiled politician is a remarkable Indian political phenomenon without parallel.

“Descartes was wrong: To simply be conscious is not to be; Our constant song Is ‘I must make a mark, acknowledge me!’ The mirrored face Is not sufficient evidence that we Are in the race