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India says doesn't want 'escalation' after Pakistan air strike

Published On: February 27, 2019 11:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, Feb 27: New Delhi sought to ease soaring tensions with an infuriated Islamabad Wednesday after carrying out an air strike on Pakistan's territory, as the US urged the nuclear-armed neighbours to "exercise restraint".

Boundless energy and 'Uncle Park' - why Vietnam is dreaming of the World Cup

Published On: February 27, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

HANOI, Feb 27: An escalating series of successes has got Vietnam dreaming of a maiden appearance at the World Cup -- and it's an ambition that suddenly doesn't seem all that far-fetched.

Trump to delay China tariff hike after trade talks 'progress'

Published On: February 25, 2019 11:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

FLORIDA, Feb 25: US President Donald Trump said Sunday he would delay a planned tariff increase on Chinese exports after both sides hailed "substantial progress" in trade talks, raising the prospect of a summit with President Xi Jinping to seal the deal.

'Beauty boot camps' key to Philippine pageant dominance

Published On: February 24, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Rodgil Flores casts a stern taskmaster's glance as grimacing young women in bikinis stride across one of the mirror-walled studios that is central to making the Philippines a beauty pageant juggernaut.

Venezuela's Guaido to leave for Colombia as aid standoff hardens

Published On: February 21, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

CARACAS, Feb 21: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido made plans to head for the border with Colombia to personally bring in US-supplied food and medicine in defiance of the military-backed government, raising fears of possible weekend confrontations.

US fails to halt Iran bid to free frozen billions

Published On: February 14, 2019 09:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

HAGUE, Feb 14: An international court Wednesday ruled Iran can proceed with a bid to unfreeze assets in the United States, rejecting Washington's claims the case must be halted because of Tehran's alleged support for international terrorism.

Catalan separatists' long-awaited trial begins in Madrid

Published On: February 12, 2019 03:55 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

SPAIN, Feb 12: Twelve Catalan separatist leaders involved in an attempt to break from Spain went on trial on Tuesday under intense scrutiny, as tensions over the future of the region flare again.

Delhi hotel fire kills 17

Published On: February 12, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, Feb 12: At least 17 people died on Tuesday as a fire tore through a budget hotel in Delhi before dawn, in the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in India.

Berlin woos US in Europe gas battle

Published On: February 12, 2019 11:22 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BERLIN, Feb 12: Germany will put on a show of unity with the United States Tuesday in talks on importing natural gas, as Berlin battles accusations an under-construction pipeline deepens European energy dependence on Russia.

Thai junta chief decries coup conjecture as 'fake news'

Published On: February 11, 2019 01:20 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BANGKOK, Feb 11: Thailand's junta chief on Monday dismissed rumours of an impending coup as "fake news", as speculation ricocheted across a kingdom unsettled by the ill-fated political union between a princess and a party allied to the powerful Shinawatra clan.

Brazil’s Lula sentenced to nearly 13 years in new corruption case

Published On: February 7, 2019 03:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BRAZIL, Feb 7: A Brazilian court Wednesday handed a near 13-year sentence to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in a new corruption conviction for the former leftist president already serving a lengthy jail term in a separate case.

Qatar Asian Cup victory to 'deepen' Gulf tensions: analysts

Published On: February 7, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

DOHA, Feb 7: Qatar's remarkable Asian Cup victory may have been a sporting triumph which sparked wild celebrations in Doha but it is almost certain to come at a political price, analysts say.

Inside a Berlin 'gaming house' - where eSports elite hone their skills

Published On: February 7, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BERLIN, Feb 7: Living on site with colleagues for months on end sounds like a nightmare for many, but Berlin is becoming home to a growing number of 'gaming houses' within the eSports community.

Venezuela's military blocks humanitarian aid shipment

Published On: February 6, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

VENEZUELA, Feb 6: Venezuelan military officers blocked a bridge on the border with Colombia ahead of an anticipated humanitarian aid shipment Tuesday, as opposition leader Juan Guaido stepped up his challenge to President Nicolas Maduro's authority.

After World Cup, Russians flock to matches

Published On: February 5, 2019 11:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

RUSSIA, Feb 5: Many thought the football craze in Russia would not last and the shiny new stadiums built for the World Cup would rapidly become "white elephants" the country could not afford.

Chinese communities around world welcome Year of the Pig

Published On: February 5, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BEIJING, Feb 5: Chinese communities began welcoming the Year of the Pig on Tuesday, ushering in the Lunar New Year with prayers, family feasts and shopping sprees after embarking on the world's largest annual migration.

Hip-hop turns 40 -- and its parents are beaming with pride

Published On: February 1, 2019 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Forty years ago, hip-hop was little known outside its birthplace, New York -- until the Sugarhill Gang decided to record their rhymes, launching the genre's rise as a dominant cultural and commercial force.

Mexican president declares war on drugs over

Published On: January 31, 2019 03:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MEXICO CITY, Jan 31: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declared the country’s war on drugs over Wednesday, saying his government would no longer prioritize using the army to capture cartel kingpins.

Sevilla hammering shows Barca want to win all three titles - Messi

Published On: January 31, 2019 09:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

CAMP NOU, Jan 31: Lionel Messi believes Barcelona showed their appetite for the Copa del Rey by blowing away Sevilla 6-1 on Thursday to pull off a brilliant comeback and book their place in the semi-finals.

First Indian film museum opens in Bollywood

Published On: January 29, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MUMBAI, Jan 29: From silent black-and-white films to colourful blockbusters bursting with song and dance, the evolution of Indian cinema is traced by a new museum in the home of Bollywood.