Bangladesh rescues ‘abducted’ Malaysia-bound Rohingya

Dhaka, February 14: Bangladesh police have stopped 43 Rohingya refugees from being smuggled to Malaysia by boat with a dozen women claiming they were abducted by traffickers, officials said Thursday. Acting on tip-offs, police found the refugees at two separate…

US warns countries, including India, against buying Venezuelan oil

Washington, February 14: America’s tough-talking National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned countries, including India, against buying Venezuelan oil, saying nations and firms that support the embattled President Nicolas Maduro’s “theft” will “not be forgotten”. Bolton’s warning through a tweet…

Mission complete: NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

Washington, February 14: During 14 years of intrepid exploration across Mars, it advanced human knowledge by confirming that water once flowed on the red planet — but NASA’s Opportunity rover has analyzed its last soil sample. The robot has been…

Maldives’ former president Abdulla Yameen charged with money laundering

COLOMBO, February 13: Maldives’ former president Abdulla Yameen, who is accused of using money stolen from state coffers, was charged with money laundering on Wednesday, according to a local media report. The case stems from an allegedly shady deal to…

Thai party fighting for survival after gaffe with princess

BANGKOK, February 13: The Thai political party that took the unprecedented and ultimately unsuccessful step of nominating a member of the royal family as its candidate for prime minister was fighting for its political life Wednesday, while the princess herself…

Climate change could wipe out Bengal tigers over next 50 years:Scientists

Melbourne, February 13: Sundarbans — the iconic Bengal tiger’s last coastal stronghold and the world’s biggest mangrove forest — could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years, scientists say. Spanning more than 10,000…

Myanmar police use rubber bullets, tear gas to break up ethnic minority protest

YANGON, February 12: Myanmar police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon on Tuesday to disperse a protest over a statue of independence hero General Aung San that is opposed by members of the Karenni ethnic minority, police and…

India, China leading global greening effort: NASA study

Washington, February 12: India and China are leading the global greening effort, which is quite contrary to the general perception worldwide, a latest NASA study said Monday, observing that the world is a greener place than it was 20 years…

China, Russia pose challenge to US space capabilities: Pentagon

Washington, February 12: China and Russia have developed robust and capable space services and the two countries pose a challenge and threat to the space capabilities of the US, the Pentagon has said. Chinese and Russian military doctrines indicate they…

UN chief willing to broker end to Venezuela crisis

UNITED NATIONS, February 12: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres renewed his offer Monday to help broker an end to the crisis in Venezuela during talks with the country’s foreign minister. Guterres met with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in New York,…