Political solution needed in Afghanistan: NATO

LONDON/KABUL:NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said he believed that a "political negotiated solution" was needed in Afghanistan, while reaffirming the bloc's support for Afghan security forces with training, assist and advising.

Rajasthan BJP, Congress state chiefs to share stage in UK

JAIPUR:Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot will share the dais with BJP state president Satish Poonia on Thursday in a special programme in the UK on Thursday.

Bankrupt Katie Price sells £230K diamond rings

LONDON/NEW DELHI:Katie Price, declared bankrupt by a London court a few days ago, is said to have been forced to sell her 230,000-pound (Rs 2.15 crore) diamond engagement rings ex-husband Peter Andre gave her, a media report said.

Swedish royal couple in India on 5-day visit

NEW DELHI:Swedish royal couple King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived here on Monday on a five-day state visit and were accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Indian brought to US from Afghanistan for trial on assault charges

NEW YORK: An Indian man working for the US in Afghanistan has been brought to Washington to be tried on charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted an American woman there, according to Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski.

IS claims responsibility for London terror attack

LONDON: The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibilty for the Friday's terror attack at London Bridge where two people were killed and three others injured.

Pakistani students sing song of freedom, video goes viral

NEW DELHI:A video of students mobilising crowds at the Faiz Festival in Lahore has gone viral on social media since Monday in which a young Pakistani woman is seen chanting a poem on freedom.

E-tailers eye Super Bowl of shopping to boost sales in India

NEW DELHI:Like all things American, Black Friday madness that began after Thanksgiving Thursday took over the Indian shoppers as several online players as well as offline stores on Friday jumped on the bandwagon to boost sales and add new customers in the festive season.

Maldives ex-prez sentenced to five years in prison

MALE:Maldives former President Abdulla Yameen was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to five years in prison with a fine of USD 5 million.

South Korea's top court orders retrial for ex-president Park

SEOUL:South Korea's top court on Thursday ordered a retrial for former president Park Geun-hye for illegally accepting state funds after a lower court acquitted her of bribery and embezzlement.

Hong Kong police enter university after 11-day siege

HONG KONG:Molotov cocktails, barricades made from furniture, a trail of masks, helmets, umbrellas and backpacks and a nauseating smell greet one at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where the police entered on Thursday after an 11-day siege.

Animals could help humans monitor oceans: Study

LONDON:Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags, a new study suggests.

US to press NATO allies on burden sharing at London summit

WASHINGTON:The US will highlight the progress on burden sharing, security and defence cooperation as well as the future development of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the upcoming summit, said the US State Department.

Muttiah Muralitharan to be Governor of Lankan province

COLOMBO:Sri Lankan cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan is tipped to be appointed as Governor of Sri Lanka's Northern Province by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Pak appoints retired army general as CPEC Authority head

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan has appointed a retired army general as the first chairman of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority, formed in October to ensure timely completion of the multi-billion corridor project.

I will always be shaped by violence: Fatima Bhutto

NEW DELHI:She says sometimes happiness can be a radical undertaking as well as an act of defiance.

Court reserves order on contempt plea against Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD:Islamabad High Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition accusing Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan of contempt of court for his recent statement about the judiciary.

Capt Amarinder singh calls for peace & friendship with pakistan, but makes it clear india won't let isi back sfj disturb its stability

BIRMINGHAM(UK):Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday night strongly advocated peace and friendship with Pakistan to enable both countries to move forward towards development and progress, but made it clear that India would not allow ISI-backed forces such as the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) to disturb its harmony and stability.

Commonwealth signs pact to reduce violence against women

NEW DELHI:The Commonwealth has announced a new partnership designed to reduce domestic violence in member countries, including India.
Secretary-General Patricia Scotland on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with the NO MORE Foundation, a global movement of 1,400 allied organisations and 40 international chapters working together to stop and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

US kids are consuming less sugary drinks: Study

NEW YORK:Children and adolescents in the United States consuming sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) declined significantly between 2003 and 2014, says a study.


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