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Victims of US airstrike in Kabul angry over mistaken attack

KABUL: Haji Rabbani was preparing for afternoon prayers when he saw the US helicopters hovering above his mud-brick house in a residential area of Kabul. Moments later bombs started raining…

EU commissioner Jourova drops Facebook as ‘highway of hatred’

BRUSSELS: An EU commissioner admitted yesterday to cancelling her account on Facebook because it was a “highway for hatred”, as the bloc warned US internet giants to tackle online abuse…

Germany on alert after blackmailer threatens to poison food

BERLIN: One or more blackmailers have threatened to poison food products in shops in Germany and elsewhere in Europe unless they receive millions in cash, police warned yesterday. Authorities have…

Iranian Americans in limbo, despair after new travel rules

LONG BEACH: US Navy veteran Mohammed Jahanfar has traveled overseas four times in the last year to visit his Iranian fiancee, most recently hoping to complete government paperwork that would…

Race row hampers Rohingya registration in Bangladesh

COX’S BAZAR: Many of the half a million Rohingya refugees newly arrived in Bangladesh are refusing to be registered because their ethnicity is not included in the document, slowing a…

Indian court charges ex-editor with raping colleague

MUMBAI: An Indian court yesterday charged the former editor of a renowned news magazine with raping a female colleague four years ago, the prosecutor said. Tarun Tejpal pleaded not guilty…

Pakistan’s crackdown on ‘Red Mosque’ extremism

Aziz calls for caliphate to be established in Pakistan ISLAMABAD: Despite public humiliation and periods of house arrest, the former leader of Pakistan’s notorious Red Mosque is inspiring a new…

Turkish family of PakTurk schools director abducted in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The family of a former director of the Turkish PakTurk Schools in Pakistan has been abducted by authorities in the eastern city of Lahore, the Human Rights Commission of…

Philippine leader changes his tune with praise for US allies

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte voiced rare praise for the United States yesterday, calling it an important security ally, and dismissing historic grievances and his slew of past tirades against…

Two Malaysian teens charged with murder over school fire

KUALA LUMPUR: Two Malaysian teenagers were charged with murder yesterday in connection with a fire that killed 23 children and teachers at an Islamic school this month. The pair, who…

China orders North Korean firms closed under sanctions

China bans imports of N Korean coal, iron, seafood BEIJING: China yesterday ordered North Korean-owned businesses to close, cutting foreign revenue for the isolated North under UN sanctions imposed over…

Audrey Hepburn’s personal memorabilia auction tops $6 million

An auction of items from screen icon Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection has made more than $6 million, including a world record for her script of the 1961 film “Breakfast at…