Global News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Global News Plane crashes in Iran killing all 66 aboard An Iranian passenger plane on a domestic flight crashed into the country's Zagros mountains on Sunday killing all 66 people on board, officials said. Afghan civilians increasingly targeted in 2017: UN More and more Afghan civilians are being deliberately targeted by militant attacks and suicide blasts, new UN figures published Thursday show, as the Taliban and the Islamic State group ramp up their assaults on urban areas. 17 killed in US school shooting by former student: sheriff Authorities in Florida could offer no explanation Wednesday night as to why a former student armed with an AR-15 rifle opened fire at a high school earlier that day, killing at least 17 people. Sharif says his opponents would fail to punish him Ousted Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif on Tueasday warned his opponents that they would fail to "punish" him as he appeared before an anti-graft court for the 17th time to face trial in the Panama Papers scandal. Indian, British journalists arrested in Maldives Two foreign journalists, including an Indian national, have been detained in the Maldives for working in the country in "violation" of its immigration rules, the Maldivian police said on Friday amid political turmoil in the island nation. Don't want Maldives to be another flashpoint, in talks with India: China China today said it is in touch with India to discuss a way to resolve the political turmoil gripping the Maldives and underlined that Beijing doesn't want the issue to become another "flashpoint". US-led strikes on Syria pro-regime forces kill 100: official The US-led anti-jihadist coalition carried out strikes in "self-defense" against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, leaving an estimated more than 100 pro-regime personnel dead, a US military official said. Ex-Bangla PM Khaleda Zia sentenced to 5 years in graft case Bangladesh's ex-premier and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia was on Thursday sentenced to five years in jail in a corruption case. Award-winning Pakistani journalist escapes kidnap attempt A Pakistani journalist known for criticising the powerful military said he had escaped an abduction attempt after being assaulted by armed men in Islamabad Wednesday, in the latest case involving forced disappearances in the turbulent country. All 32 Iranian crew missing after tanker collision off China An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China's east coast, leaving the tanker's entire crew of 32 missing and causing it to spill oil into the sea, authorities said Sunday. One tourist killed, 12 injured in air balloon crash in Egypt A tourist was killed and 12 other people were injured in a hot air balloon crash near Luxor in Egypt on Friday, state-run news agency MENA reported. 14 dead, 180 injured as South Africa train ploughs into truck  A passenger train smashed into a truck at a level crossing in South Africa on Thursday, killing at least 14 people, injuring 180 and throwing several carriages off the rails. Girl, fiance gunned down for speaking before marriage in Pakistan A girl and her fiance were gunned down today, allegedly by the girl's maternal uncle after spotting them chatting in Pakistan's Sindh province, in the latest case of honour killing, a media report said. Trump attacks Pak; says it has given US nothing but 'lies and deceit' In a scathing attack, President Donald Trump today accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" in return for USD 33 billion aid and said Islamabad has provided "safe haven" to terrorists. 30 dead in central Kenya bus crash Thirty people were killed and 16 injured early Sunday morning in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry on a road in central Kenya, police said. Egypt, Sudan relations at a new low over Erdogan's visit Egypt's pro-government media is vilifying neighboring Sudan over its expanding ties with Turkey and Qatar, Cairo's regional nemesis, saying the three are conspiring against Egypt. Lebanese PM Hariri 'pressured to resign' by the Saudis Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh expecting to spend the day with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but instead found himself manhandled by Saudi security forces and forced to resign his position, according to a report by the New York Times. 20 died in Philippines bus crash on the way to Christmas mass A five-month-old baby is among those who died on the way to a Christmas Day service at the famous Manaoag church. Five dead after bus ploughs into Moscow underpass: police Five people were killed when a city bus ploughed into a pedestrian underpass in western Moscow on Monday, traffic police said. 128 nations including India vote against Trump's move on Jerusalem India today joined 127 other countries to vote in the United Nations General Assembly in favour of a resolution opposing the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. U.N. resoundingly rejects U.S. decision on Jerusalem in pointed rebuke The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure rejecting the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a stunning rebuke of a U.S. decision that allies and adversaries alike warned would undermine prospects for peace. Report finds 512 died in deadliest Somalia bombing As many as 512 died in an October truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu, an emergency committee investigating the terrorist atrocity has found. An earlier death toll of 358 already made the October 14 bombing the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia's history. No group claimed responsibility, but the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militant group has been blamed. Hafiz Saeed has 'blood on his hands': Former CIA dy director Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has "blood on his hands", and wants to bring extremism into the mainstream politics of Pakistan, a former top American spymaster said today. The Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head and LeT founder, who has a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, was freed by Pakistan on Thursday. "Saeed is a terrorist. Worked with the LeT, a Kashmiri militant group, and al-Qaida on attacks," Michael Morell, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) deputy director, who has also served twice as its acting director, said in a tweet. 235 killed in terror attack on Egypt mosque  At least 235 worshippers were killed and 109 others injured when heavily-armed militants bombed a mosque and opened fire on people attending Friday prayers in Egypt's restive North Sinai region, in the deadliest terror attack in the country. The militants launched a targeted bomb and gun attack on the al-Rowda mosque in Al-Arish city during the Friday prayers, the state-run MENA news agency reported. After the bomb ripped through the mosque, the gunmen on four off-road vehicles opened fire on the worshippers who tried to escape from the site after the explosion, it said. At least 235 worshippers were killed and 109 others injured in the attack, Ahram Online said. New day in Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as President Harare: Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe's president Friday, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover. Mnangagwa, until recently one of Mugabe's closest allies, took the oath of office at the national sports stadium on the outskirts of Harare before thousands of supporters, dignitaries and foreign diplomats. Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe's president after 37 years Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigned as president with immediate effect today after 37 years in power, shortly after parliament began impeachment proceedings against him. "My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power," said Mugabe in his letter which was read out in parliament, sparking cheers and dancing. Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terror President Donald Trump on Monday declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, returning Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear-armed pariah regime to a short blacklist of targeted US foes. “Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago,” Trump declared, announcing the designation at the start of a White House cabinet meeting. North Korea is already under a wide array of United States and United Nations sanctions, and what is at this stage a largely-symbolic terror designation will not have much immediate economic impact in itself. But US officials see the designation — which was removed by then-president George W. Bush in 2008 — as a way of ratcheting up pressure on Pyongyang and especially on other states that may be failing to fully enforce the sanctions already in place. 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes off Australia coast A powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck off the eastern coast of Australia, on Monday, triggering Tsunami alert. Turkey opens criminal probes into two US attorneys Turkish prosecutors on Saturday launched a criminal probe against the American attorneys behind a case that has angered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing them of faking evidence. Earthquake strikes Tibet near India China border An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck a remote part of Tibet on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries. Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills over 330 A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region killed over 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities reported today. Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor, with Iran's state-run news agency reported the quake killed 328 people in the country. State television said some 3,950 were injured. The area is a rural, mountainous region where residents rely mainly on farming to make a living. Modi, Trump hold talks on defence, security issues Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on Monday held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit here during which they discussed a range of key issues, including defence and security. The meeting in the Philippines capital came a day after officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held talks to give shape to the much talked about quadrilateral alliance to keep the strategically important Indo-Pacific region free, open and inclusive. 6 dead as 7.2 magnitude earthquake jolts Iran-Iraq border area; tremors reach Turkey and UAE At least six people have been reported killed after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook Iraq on Sunday, authorities said. Pak arrests 55 Indian fishermen Fifty-five Indian fishermen have been arrested by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency for allegedly fishing in the country's territorial waters. The PMSA has also seized nine Indian fishing boats during a four-day operation (between Wednesday and Saturday) in the Arabian Sea, a PMSA spokesman said. The spokesman said that speed boats were deployed to intercept the boats of Indian fishermen, who were arrested as they were fishing illegally in Pakistan's territorial waters. "The fishermen, after initial investigations, have been handed over to the Docks police," he said. Musharraf forms ‘grand alliance’ of 23 political parties Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has formed a “grand alliance” of 23 political parties, according to media reports. The grand alliance named Pakistan Awami Ittehad (PAI) will be headed by 74-year-old Musharraf, while Iqbal Dar has been appointed as Secretary General. Addressing media persons through video conferencing from Dubai, the former president said all parties representing Muhajir (migrant) community should be united, local media reported. He invited the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) to join the new political alliance. About the nature of alliance, he said all the member parties will contest together with one name. 27 killed, 69 injured as bus falls into ravine in Pakistan A speeding bus carrying over 100 passengers fell into a ravine killing at least 27 people and injuring 69 others in Pakistan's Punjab province, police said today. The overloaded bus was going from Kohat to Raiwind when the accident took place in Kallar Kahar town last night. "The passengers were going to Raiwind to attend an annual religious congregation," said Muhammad Afzal, the Station House Officer of Saddar Police Station. Trump arrives in China for wide ranging talks with Xi US President Donald Trump arrived here today to hold wide ranging talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a host of issues, including ramping up pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme and trade frictions between the two most powerful economies. Both countries are also expected to sign trade deals worth billions of dollars during Trump's three-day visit. China is pulling out all the stops to give a "state visit-plus" reception to Trump on his maiden visit. Woman discovers husband's affair mid-air, forces flight to land in Chennai A spat between an Iranian couple mid-air forced a Bali-bound international flight to make an unscheduled landing here recently, airport officials said. Gunman kills 26 at Texas church service A black-clad gunman armed with an assault rifle opened fire on a small town Texas church during Sunday morning services, killing 26 people and wounding 20 in the latest mass shooting to shock the United States. Authorities did not identify the gunman, saying only that he was a "young white male, maybe in his early 20s," who was wearing a bulletproof vest and found dead in his vehicle after being confronted by a local resident. 27 dead as Typhoon Damrey batters Vietnam At least 27 people have died and nearly two dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said Sunday, just days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. The storm, which made landfall Saturday, is the worst in decades to strike the southern coastal region - an area normally spared of typhoons that usually hit further north. More than 40,000 homes were destroyed as heavy rains and 130 km/h (80 mph) winds tore through the region, leaving 27 dead and 22 missing, according to Vietnam's disaster management office. Despite Gulf crisis, US OKs $1bn Qatar arms deal The US government has approved a $1.1 billion deal to service Qatar’s F-15 fighter jets despite the country’s diplomatic standoff with the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ) — comprising Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. India, Bhutan recall historical ties of friendship The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who is on a four-day visit to India along with his Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck and son, Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, recalled the historical ties of friendship between India and Bhutan. Earlier today, the Bhutanese King met President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hosted a dinner in honour of the King and the Queen. Also, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the King of Bhutan. Both the leaders exchanged views on bilateral cooperation as well as other issues of mutual interest. They recalled the unique and historical ties of friendship and understanding that exist between the two countries. 3 killed in shooting at Walmart store in US An unidentified gunman opened fire at a Walmart store in the US state of Colorado today, killing three persons including a woman. Hundreds of emergency responders ringed the Thornton Town Centre shopping complex for hours after the shooting was reported around 5 am IST. The Walmart is part of the centre. "Multiple parties" were down, Thornton police said in a tweet. An hour later, the Thornton Police Department tweeted, "At this time this is not an active shooter". The men died at the store, and the woman died at a hospital. No arrests have been made. Double gold for India in Commonwealth Shooting Championship India continued their strong showing at the Commonwealth Shooting Championship, winning a gold each in the mens 10m air pistol and womens 10m air rifle events, respectively, here today. 23 dead, more than 30 wounded in Mogadishu hotel attack A suicide truck bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, and gunfire continued as security forces pursued other attackers inside the building, police said. Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a suicide vest yesterday. Xi Jinping secures second term as head of Chinese Communist Party President Xi Jinping was formally reappointed head of the Communist Party Wednesday, commanding a new ruling council whose role will likely be eclipsed after he established himself as China's most powerful leader in decades. In a highly choreographed event, Xi led the new members of the elite Politburo Standing Committee in front of television cameras at Beijing's massive Great Hall of the People after their selection by 204 party officials in a closed-door vote. Two Indian nationals charged for molesting women in Singapore Two Indian nationals were charged in court under outrage of modesty cases in Singapore and may face up to two years jail, fine or canning. Dadyala Balwinder Singh, 30, allegedly molested a 37- year-old woman in a pub at Orchard Towers, one of the most popular spots along hotels on Orchard Road, The Straits Times reported today. Singh is alleged to have committed the offence at around 3.45 PM on January 29, 2017. Modi wants peace with Pak but not at security cost:US official Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot "pursue peace" with Pakistan in a way that "cuts his own security", a top Trump administration official has said, asserting that it is in the interest of Islamabad to build confidence with New Delhi to restart commercial ties. Ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's maiden visit to India and Pakistan next week, the official, with an insight into the administration's policy over South Asia, was responding to questions on what India could do to bring peace and stability in the region, in particular with Pakistan. Missing Pakistan journalist recovered after two years A Pakistani woman journalist who was allegedly kidnapped while pursuing the case of an Indian engineer two years ago has been rescued, officials said. Zeenat Shahzadi, a 26-year-old reporter of Daily Nai Khaber and Metro News TV channel, went missing on August 19, 2015, when some unidentified men allegedly kidnapped her while she was en route to her office in an auto-rickshaw from her home in a populated locality of Lahore. Shahzadi was believed to have 'forcibly disappeared' while working on the case of Indian citizen Hamid Ansari, before her abduction. Ansari went missing within the country in November 2012. 38 people injured in twin blasts in Pak Two grenade blasts have rocked Pakistan's restive south-western province of Baluchistan, injuring at least 38 people, police said. The twin blasts took place within minutes in the Mastung and Gwadar districts, police said. According to senior police officials, around 12 people were injured, three of them seriously, when two men on a motorcycle wearing helmets threw a hand grenade at a crowd in the Sultan Shaheed area in Mastung town yesterday. North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’ North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s — and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense. Panama Papers journalist who accused Maltese govt of graft killed by car bomb Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent Maltese journalist and blogger who made repeated and detailed corruption allegations against Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's inner circle, was killed by a car bomb on Monday. Muscat condemned the killing as a "barbaric" act and ordered security services to devote maximum resources to bringing those responsible to justice. "What happened today is unacceptable on various levels. Today is a black day for our democracy and our freedom of speech," he told reporters. Trump launches new Iran strategy, leaves nuclear deal hanging President Donald Trump launched a tougher strategy to check Iran's "fanatical regime" on Friday and warned that a landmark international nuclear deal could be terminated at any time. In a much-anticipated White House speech, Trump stopped short of withdrawing from the 2015 accord, but "decertified" his support for the agreement and left its fate in the hands of Congress. And, outlining the results of a review of efforts to counter Tehran's "aggression" in a series of Middle East conflicts, Trump ordered tougher sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps and on its ballistic missile program. India 100th among 119 on global hunger index, trails N Korea, B'desh India has a “serious” hunger problem and ranks 100th out of 119 countries on the global hunger index — behind North Korea, Bangladesh and Iraq but ahead of Pakistan, according to a report. The country’s serious hunger level is driven by high child malnutrition and underlines need for stronger commitment to the social sector, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said in its report. India stood at 97th position in last year’s rankings. 11 Indian crew missing after vessel sinks off Philippines: Japan Eleven Indian crew members were missing on Friday after their cargo ship sank in the Pacific off the Philippines as a typhoon churned in the region, Japan’s coastguard said. Pak EC issues non-bailable arrest warrants for PTI chief Non-bailable arrest warrants have been issued against Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan by the Election Commission of Pakistan upon his failure to appear before the body in a contempt of court case. The Commission has ordered that Imran be arrested and brought to the next hearing of the case filed by PTI dissident and one of the party's founding members Akbar S. Babar on October 26. GST Council to discuss bringing real estate under its ambit: Jaitley  Identifying real estate as the one sector where maximum amount of tax evasion takes place, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said there was a strong case to bring it under the ambit of the GST. The matter will be discussed in the next meeting of the GST, which will be held on November 9, in Guwahati, Jaitley said, while delivering a lecture at Harvard University. India slams Pakistan for repeatedly raising Kashmir issue at UN  India on Tuesday slammed Pakistan at the UN for repeatedly raising the Kashmir issue on platforms where it has not been part of the agenda, saying the neighbouring country has ventured to plough a "lonely furrow contrary to the onward march of history". India’s response came after Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said that the decolonisation agenda of the UN will "remain incomplete" without resolution of the "long festering dispute" of Jammu and Kashmir. Protests across Australia against Adani coal mine project A large number of Australians have come out to protest the India-based group, Adani Enterprises' proposed coal mine">Carmichael coal mine in Queensland state, which is slated to become the country's largest coal mine, but had been delayed for years over environmental and financing issues. The members of the Stop Adani Alliance even formed a human sign that spelled out 'STOP ADANI' at beaches and other popular locations across the country. While the conservative voters are backing the project, the environmental activists argue that it will damage the Great Barrier Reef and increase global warming. Vijay Mallya arrested again in London in connection with money laundering case, gets bail The arrest of Vijay Mallya took place after the extradition request was pursued by the Government of India based on the money laundering charges against him. Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya has been arrested in a second money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate, the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said today. The 61-year-old businessman, already out on bail on an extradition warrant executed by the Metropolitan Police earlier this year, will be appearing before Westminster Magistrates' Court in London this afternoon where he is expected to be bailed. Three scientists awarded Nobel Physics Prize for work on gravtitational waves  Scientists Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics for decisive contributions in the observation of gravitational waves, the award-giving body said on Tuesday. “This is something completely new and different, opening up unseen worlds,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement on awarding the 9 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million)prize. “A wealth of discoveries awaits those who succeed in capturing the waves and interpreting their message.” Pak minister Khawaja Asif terms Modi ‘terrorist’, RSS 'terrorist group'  Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "terrorist, who has the blood of Muslims on his hands." Asif, who was speaking in a show on Geo News, made his statement in an attempt to rebut External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who recently ripped into Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for supporting and exporting terror. 50 killed at Las Vegas concert in deadliest US shooting A gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Police said the gunman, a 64-year-old Nevada resident identified as Stephen Paddock, had been killed after a SWAT team responded to reports of multiple gunfire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, a hotel-casino next to the concert venue. Shooting at Las Vegas music festival: 2 dead, 26 injured; '1 suspect down' At least two people died and 26 were hospitalised with suspected gunshot wounds after a shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip early on Monday. At least 12 of the injured victims were in critical condition. University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 26 people were admitted to the hospital. Negotiating with NKorea a waste of time: Trump  US President Donald Trump said negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program would be a waste of time Sunday after it emerged that Washington had channels of contact with Pyongyang. Only hours after his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that US officials were in touch with North Korean counterparts, Trump undercut his top diplomat by declaring on Twitter that any talks would be futile. Nawaz Sharif to be re-elected PML-N President on October 3 Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharifwill be re-elected as the President of  Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) during the party's general council meeting at Islamabad Convention Centre on October 3. The first meeting of the council would be held at the Islamabad Convention Centre on Oct 2 after a meeting of the Central Working Committee (CWC) earlier in the morning to amend the PML-N constitution that also barred a disqualified person from holding any party office. Zuckerberg hits back at Trump over allegations of Facebook bias Mark Zuckerberg has hit back at US President Donald Trump for accusing Facebook of being "anti-Trump", saying the social networking site is a platform for all ideas. Responding to Trump's tweet labeling the leading social network platform "anti-Trump", the Facebook CEO and founder said the social media platform had tried to be neutral in the US elections. Hurricane Irma death toll rises to 72 in Florida Hurricane Irma killed 72 people in Florida when it battered the southern state on September 10, according to an updated death toll that includes figures from individual counties. Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) spokesman Alberto Moscoso confirmed an official toll of 54 to AFP yesterday. Where are the sanctions against Myanmar? BY announcing a token aid of $32 million to the Rohingya refugees, the US has at last acknowledged the deepening humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar. Given the overwhelming nature of the crisis, this is like a drop in the ocean. Yet something is better than nothing US ex-prez Obama personally warned Zuckberberg over fake news: report Former US President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last year's election, the Washington Post reported Sunday. The encounter reportedly took place on the sidelines of a meeting of global leaders in Lima, Peru on November 19, two months before Trump's inauguration and days after Zuckerberg had dismissed as "crazy" the idea that misleading stories driven by Russian operatives had made a major impact on the outcome of the vote. Kim and Trump are fighting like kindergarten children: Russia An escalating war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un ratcheted up a notch on Friday as the US president dubbed North Korea's leader a "madman," a day after the reclusive regime hinted it may explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. Hours earlier, in a rare personal attack, Kim took aim at Trump, branding him "mentally deranged" and a "dotard", and warning he would "pay dearly" for his threat to destroy North Korea if challenged, uttered before the United Nations General Assembly. More than 100 migrants missing after shipwreck off Libya: Navy More than 100 migrants are missing after a shipwreck off the coast of western Libya, the Libyan navy said on Thursday. Rescuers found at least seven survivors on Wednesday after they had remained for three days at sea, navy spokesman Ayub Kassem said, without providing further details. 21 children among 149 dead in powerful Mexico quake At least 149 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble. The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the anniversary of another massive quake in 1985, the disaster-prone country's deadliest ever. One of the most gut-wrenching scenes was at the Enrique Rebsamen primary school on Mexico City's south side, whose three floors collapsed into one, trapping students and teachers inside. Intolerance, unemployment key issues facing India, says Rahul Gandhi Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has said that intolerance and unemployment are the key issues that pose a serious challenge to India’s national security and development. Gandhi, who is in the US on a two-week-long tour, held a a series of meetings, including a roundtable with eminent Indian /South Asia experts hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic-leaning think tank. Prominent among the attendees were CAP head Neera Tandon, the former US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, and Hillary Clinton’s top campaign advisor John Podesta. Lisa Curtis, who heads the South Asia division at the National Security Council of the W India seeks probe into nuclear proliferation links between Pak and N Korea  India today sought investigations into North Korea's nuclear proliferation linkages and asked to hold accountable those responsible for it, in a veiled reference to Pakistan. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's remarks came days after North Korea fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday. North Korea says it will ‘sink’ Japan A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test. The Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which handles the North’s external ties and propaganda, also called for the breakup of the Security Council, which it called “a tool of evil” made up of “money-bribed” countries that move at the order of the United States. Irma weakens to Cat 1 Hurricane but still poses threat Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm early today as it marched up the US state of Florida's northwestern coast, with its eye located about 40 kilometers northeast of the vulnerable Tampa area. Maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 85 miles per hour as of 2:00 am local time, with Irma projected to become a tropical storm as it moved into northern Florida or southern Georgia later today. Death toll rises to 60 in powerful Mexico earthquake One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country's southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night. At least 60 people were reported dead. UK school bans skirts to make uniform 'gender neutral' A secondary school in the UK has banned girls from wearing skirts in a bid to make its uniform gender neutral and deal with complaints over the "decency" of short skirts. Priory School in Lewes, east Sussex, has announced that starting from this autumn term, all new students must wear trousers, while returning students have the option to wear either trousers or skirts. Tony Smith, the school's h Modi visits Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah Zafar's grave in Yangon Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the grave of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar here and paid his respects. Modi visited the 'Mazar' of the emperor here and paid floral tributes. India shares Myanmar’s concerns over ‘extremist violence’ in Rakhine state: Modi India said on Wednesday that it shares Myanmar’s concerns over “extremist violence” in the Rakhine state from where 125,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging all stakeholders to find a solution that respects the country’s unity. Mr. Modi, who held wide-ranging talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, asserted that it was important to maintain the security and stability of the land and maritime boundaries of the two countries. India turning into open economy fast, GST biggest reform: Modi  India is fast changing into one of the most open economies in the world, with improvements on global indices and the biggest ever reform GST weaving the nation into one unified market, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. In his intervention at the Dialogue with BRICS Business Council, he said programmes to promote use of digital mode for payments and transactions, encourage start-ups to set up businesses and boost local manufacturing are changing the economic landscape of the country. North Korea conducts 6th nuclear test, says it was H-bomb North Korea said it set off a hydrogen bomb today in its sixth nuclear test, which judging by the earthquake it set off appeared to be its most powerful explosion yet. South Korea's weather agency estimated the nuclear blast yield of the presumed test was between 50 and 60 kilotons, or five to six times stronger than North Korea's fifth test in September 2016. That would mark a significant step forward in the North's quest for a viable nuclear missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States. Pervez Musharraf declared fugitive in ex-Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto murder trial; five acquitted A Pakistan anti-terrorism court has declared former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto's murder trial, ordering his property confiscated, a court official said Thursday. Musharraf was charged with Bhutto's 2007 assassination in 2013, but has been in self-imposed exile in Dubai ever since a travel ban was lifted three years later. The official said he had "absconded". China says it hopes India will 'learn lessons' from Doklam standoff China said Wednesday it hopes India will "learn lessons" following the end of a months-long military stand-off in a strategically important disputed area in the Himalayas. The two nations resolved the deadlock over the Doklam area claimed by both China and Bhutan, an ally of India, just days before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend a BRICS summit in eastern China. Suicide bombing in Nigerian camp kills 28, wound 82 Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82, local sources said. The attack -- the latest in a string of assaults in the troubled region -- took place in the town of Mandarari, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Baba Kura, a member of a vigilante force set up to fight jihadists. "Three female bombers triggered their explosive outside of the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp... killing 28 people and wounding 82 others," Kura said. Pakistan celebrates 70th Independence Day, hoists largest flag in its history Pakistan on Monday hoisted the largest flag in its history at Attari-Wagah border near Lahore to mark the country’s 70th Independence Day. Pakistan army chief general Qamar Javed Bajwa hoisted the flag at the border at 12 in the midnight, kicking off the festivities of across the country. 44 killed in Egypt train collision, 179 injured At least 44 people were killed and nearly 180 others injured when two trains collided near Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, officials said. The Egyptian cabinet said in a statement that the number of deaths may increase and a final toll will be announced after clearing the debris from the accident site later. Japan deploys missile defence over N. Korea threat to Guam: reports Japan is deploying its Patriot missile defence system after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, reports said today. Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US. Indian-origin man convicted of child sex offences in UK An Indian-origin man is among 18 people convicted of child sex offences by a UK court on Wednesday. India's laws ample for sharing banking info: Swiss govt Switzerland found India’s data security and confidentiality laws “adequate” for entering into an automatic exchange of information pact. Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima atomic bomb Japan today marked 72 years since the world's first nuclear attack on Hiroshima, with the nation's traditional contradictions over atomic weapons again coming into focus. The anniversary came after Japan sided last month with nuclear powers Britain, France and the US to dismiss a UN treaty banning atomic weapons, which was rejected by critics for ignoring the reality of security threats such as North Korea. Cabinet of Pak PM sworn in, Khawaja Asif becomes new FM Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today unveiled his Cabinet with Khawaja Asif appointed as the country's first full-time foreign minister since 2013. President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to 28 federal ministers and 18 state ministers at a ceremony at the President House in Islamabad, Dawn newspaper reported. Abbasi to be interim Pak PM till Shehbaz gets elected as MP Senior PML-N leader and former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will run the PML-N government as interim prime minister of Pakistan until Nawaz Sharif's brother Shehbaz is elected as member of parliament, according to Pakistan media reports. The Supreme Court yesterday disqualified 67-year-old Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing the embattled leader out of office. After Nawaz Sharif's ouster, brother Shehbaz could be Pak PM: reports Pakistan's Punjab province Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif is likely to be made Prime Minister after his brother Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court over the Panama Papers scandal, according to a media report. After a consultative session of the ruling PML-N, Shehbaz has emerged as the most likely candidate to be the next prime minister of Pakistan after an interim premier has served the 45-day period, Geo News reported. SC disqualifies Sharif, orders filing of graft cases against him Pakistan's Supreme Court today ordered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down and ruled that graft cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal. It is the third time the 67-year-old veteran politician's term as premier has been cut short. Nearly 80 injured in Turkey by quake: report Almost 80 people were injured in the Turkish resort of Bodrum after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook the Dodecanese Islands in Greece and the Aegean coast of Turkey, local media reported today. Pakistan PM Sharif's legal team rejects Panamagate probe panel's report Embattled Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's legal team today dismissed as illegal and biased a probe panel's final report that recommended filing of a graft case against him and his children as the Supreme Court resumed the hearing of the Panamagate graft case. A six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) set up by the Supreme Court to investigate charges of money laundering against 67-year-old Sharif and his family had submitted the report on July 10 to the court. Khawja Harris on behalf of Sharif filed a response to the JIT report, rejecting its findings and accusing it of bias and violation of the original mandate. Travel ban on Muslims raises concerns of physical safety among Indian students in US: Survey Indian students have a “high level of concern” about a potential study in the US and a large number of them worry about their physical safety and about the feeling of being welcomed, according to a new survey. US House passes USD 621.5 billion bill to boost defence ties with India The US House of Representatives has passed a USD 621.5 billion defence policy bill that proposes to advance defence cooperation with India. An amendment in this regard, moved by Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018, beginning October 1 this year. NDAA-2018 was passed by the House 344-81. The India-related amendment passed by the House requires the Secretary of Defence, in consultation with the Secretary o