07:57:01 on 22 May 2019,Wed
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered "immediate" return of garbage containers to Canada after Ottawa did not comply with a deadline to remove the waste it had sent six years ago. The order came after the Philippines recalled its ambassador and consuls in Canada last week in response to the expiry of the May 15 deadline it had given Ottawa.
07:57:01 on 22 May
07:44:34 on 22 May 2019,Wed
A newspaper clipping has gone viral on social media which claims that “King Mswati III of Swaziland has announced in Mababa, Swaziland that men will have to marry at least two or more wives from June 2019. The person who does not do this will be put in jail.” However, the claim made in the news clipping is false.
07:44:34 on 22 May
06:59:53 on 22 May 2019,Wed
The SL govt has expressed doubts over achieving its FDI target for this year following the Easter bombings, the media reported on Wednesday. Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama said the April 21 attacks which killed over 250 people and the ethnic violence in the aftermath of the bombings had taken a hit on investor confidence.
06:59:53 on 22 May
03:51:57 on 22 May 2019,Wed
Demonstrations over the outcome of last month's presidential election gripped the heart of Indonesia's capital on Wednesday after an overnight face-off between police and protesters in which six people were killed. The protests followed an announcement before dawn on Tuesday by the election commission confirming that President Joko Widodo had won the poll.
03:51:57 on 22 May
03:36:53 on 22 May 2019,Wed
Jokha Alharthi, the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English, has won the Man Booker International prize, 2019 for her novel Celestial Bodies. The author will share the prize money £50,000 equally with her translator Marilyn Booth. It is a compelling tale of love and heartbreak, written in Arabic, is posited in Omani village and traces the lives of sisters
03:36:53 on 22 May
02:43:13 on 22 May 2019,Wed
Member of SL Parliament Md Naushad Jalaldeen, who was arrested on charges of having close links with local Islamic terror group NTJ, will be questioned, police said. The 42-year-old parliamentarian, who has served as a translator attached to the Hanzard Department of Sri Lankan parliament since 2006, was arrested by a special police team in Kurunegala on Monday.
02:43:13 on 22 May
12:19:34 on 22 May 2019,Wed
A 53-year-old millionaire trader could get a five-year jail term after pleading guilty to engaging in sex acts with a 15-year-old girl, once even putting his private plane in autopilot mode for the purpose. Stephen Bradley Mell, 53, of Bedminster, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to federal charges of engaging in interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
12:19:34 on 22 May
09:57:01 on 22 May 2019,Wed
US sportswear giant Nike said Tuesday it was withdrawing its latest shoe after Panama's indigenous Guna community accused it of "pirating" a protected traditional design. Lawyers for the Guna said the special-edition Air Force 1 model shoe sports a traditional "mola" design without their permission, flouting their intellectual property rights.
09:57:01 on 22 May
12:27:01 on 22 May 2019,Wed
Five years ago, British street artist Banksy adorned the side of a once uninspiring white brick building in Bristol with the familiar image of a girl gazing out solemnly. The dank courtyard beneath the stencil has, like many other spots the mysterious artist has decorated in his purported home city in southwest England, become one of Britain's most photographed places.
12:27:01 on 22 May
07:36:10 on 21 May 2019,Tue
US President Donald Trump has said that Twitter, where his posts often circulate as memes, is nothing more than just a "typewriter" to him. Trump spoke about his "Twitter Theory" during an interview with Fox News Channel, CNN reported on Monday. From his statement it stands clear that Trump tweets using his personal account to make sure that things are noticed distinctly.
07:36:10 on 21 May
05:44:11 on 21 May 2019,Tue
Sri Lankan authorities have confirmed through DNA tests that one of the two suicide bombers who died in the Shangri-La Hotel bombing during Easter Sunday attacks was Zahran Cassim, the leader of the local terror group NTJ. Zahran, the mastermind behind the Easter blasts, led the attack and was accompanied by a second bomber identified as Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim.
05:44:11 on 21 May
02:57:29 on 21 May 2019,Tue
Career diplomat Moin-ul-Haq has been appointed as Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to India to start a new process of engagement with the country where a new government will be formed soon, amid strained relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Imran Khan approved appointments of over two dozen ambassadors in various countries including India, China and Japan.
02:57:29 on 21 May
01:07:27 on 21 May 2019,Tue
Accounts tagged #hatetrump and #ihatetrump are part of a coordinated campaign to undermine US President Donald Trump that has emerged on social media site Instagram, an independent study has revealed. The photo-sharing app Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said it was investigating the report and had already removed some of the profiles it highlighted.
01:07:27 on 21 May
11:54:31 on 21 May 2019,Tue
The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said. In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder over the March 15 attacks.
11:54:31 on 21 May
03:26:01 on 21 May 2019,Tue
Venice Biennale has been running for well over a century, but it is only in this, it’s 58th edition, that its central exhibition has achieved an equal balance of male and female artists. As with so many things, the upper end of the art world has long been a boys’ club. Of the 87 national pavilions at this year’s Biennale, there are 17 female curator-and-artist pairings.
03:26:01 on 21 May
10:57:01 on 20 May 2019,Mon
Swedish authorities on Monday issued a request for a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now jailed in Britain, a Swedish prosecutor said. Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson says "if the Swedish court decided to detain Assange on probable cause suspected for rape ... I will issue a European Arrest Warrant."
10:57:01 on 20 May
09:25:01 on 20 May 2019,Mon
The Rose Garden, a 125-foot-long French-style garden, has in recent months become President Donald Trump’s preferred venue for public events at the White House, whether he is hosting athletes and world leaders, or pitching his own defeats as victories. He has insisted on the locale even when it has been uncomfortably cold.
09:25:01 on 20 May
08:12:01 on 20 May 2019,Mon
Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy has sought to capitalise on his huge popularity by dissolving the country's parliament minutes after he was sworn in as the president. Zelenskiy, who won 73% of the votes in April in his landslide victory, slammed parliament as a hot-bed of self-enrichment, and promised to stop the war in the east against Russian-backed separatists.
08:12:01 on 20 May
07:22:20 on 20 May 2019,Mon
China on Monday lacerated the US for sailing its warship in the disputed South China Sea, saying Washington was trying to disturb peace and stability in the region. The disputed South China Sea is one of the hot button issues between the US and China who are going through a very rough patch in their ties.
07:22:20 on 20 May
06:46:01 on 20 May 2019,Mon
Doctors treating French quadriplegic Vincent Lambert, who has been in a deep vegetative state for more than a decade, plan to stop feeding him this week, renewing a furious debate over the right-to-die that has split France and Lambert's family. Lambert, a former psychiatric nurse, has been completely paralysed since a motorcycle accident in 2008.
06:46:01 on 20 May
05:57:20 on 20 May 2019,Mon
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called on countries to join hands in sharing intelligence to deal with international terror threats, media reported on Monday. The call has come after the last month's terror attacks that claimed around 250 lives in the island country.
05:57:20 on 20 May
05:01:12 on 20 May 2019,Mon
The US military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between them. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include a trade war, US sanctions and Taiwan.
05:01:12 on 20 May
03:04:40 on 20 May 2019,Mon
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command of the Indian Army on Monday praised the air strike carried out by the Indian Army Force on a terrorist camp in Pakistan's Balakot earlier this year and told Pakistan to dare not try and come anywhere near the Line of Control (LoC) to carry out any actions.
03:04:40 on 20 May
01:55:31 on 20 May 2019,Mon
Morehouse College seniors got a surprise Sunday when billionaire investor Robert F. Smith announced during his commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt for the historically black college's graduating class. The announcement was met with a standing ovation and chants of "MVP!" The total amount covered for the 396 students is up to $40 million.
01:55:31 on 20 May
12:41:59 on 20 May 2019,Mon
Pakistan needs to launch an aggressive diplomatic effort to secure enough support to come out of the grey list or prevent itself from falling into the black list of FATF next month, a senior government official has said. The FATF currently comprises 36 members with voting powers and two regional organisations, representing most of the major financial centres.
12:41:59 on 20 May
05:57:01 on 20 May 2019,Mon
Alphabet's Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware and software products except those covered by open source licenses, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the US government has sought to blacklist around the world. Huawei Technologies will immediately lose access to updates to the Android operating system.
05:57:01 on 20 May
10:27:01 on 19 May 2019,Sun
Thailand, one of Asia’s top pork producers, is intensifying efforts to hold off a lethal pig virus that’s causing havoc as it spreads across the region. African swine fever -- a disease that kills nearly all the pigs it infects -- has been spreading through Asia from China and Mongolia to Vietnam and Cambodia.
10:27:01 on 19 May
09:57:01 on 19 May 2019,Sun
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's dream of the cash-strapped country becoming self-sufficient in oil has been dashed after no reserves were discovered in the Arabian Sea off the Karachi coast, media reports said Sunday. The drilling work at Kekra-1 well in deep sea near Karachi has been stopped after no oil or gas reservoir could be found.
09:57:01 on 19 May
12:13:33 on 18 May 2019,Sat
The founder of an alleged New York sex cult held meetings in which female "slaves" gathered naked on the floor around him while he sat in a chair and lectured them on philosophy, one of the women testified at his criminal trial on Friday. The former "slave," Lauren Salzman, told jurors that the group's leader, Keith Raniere, would preside over the meetings fully clothed.
12:13:33 on 18 May
08:57:01 on 18 May 2019,Sat
The UN said Friday it has registered more than 250,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, providing many with their first ever identification cards and proof of their right to return to Myanmar in the future. The UN refugee agency also said the registration could serve as a tool for law enforcement to help counter human trafficking.
08:57:01 on 18 May
07:57:01 on 18 May 2019,Sat
An Ohio State University team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students over nearly two decades and was never disciplined at the US school despite reports of his actions, an investigation found. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005, committed the abuse while employed at the school from 1978 to 1998, and university staff were made aware of claims as early as 1979.
07:57:01 on 18 May
06:57:01 on 18 May 2019,Sat
The Missouri House passed a bill on Friday banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, making it the latest US state to pass restrictions on ending a pregnancy. The bill, overwhelmingly approved by the Republican-led legislature and expected to be signed by the Midwestern state's Republican governor, would ban abortions from about eight weeks of pregnancy.
06:57:01 on 18 May
07:41:48 on 17 May 2019,Fri
A researcher is still spotting videos of the Christchurch shootings on Facebook and Instagram - two months after the New Zealand attacks. As of yesterday, there were at least two videos of the shootings available on Instagram and two videos available on Facebook, according to Eric Feinberg, a researcher and chief executive of GiPEC, a cyberintelligence start-up.
07:41:48 on 17 May
05:34:48 on 17 May 2019,Fri
In a landmark decision, Taiwan’s parliament approved same-sex marriage on Friday, 17 May. Taiwan's parliament had begun debating Asia's first gay marriage law on Friday as conservative lawmakers launched a last-ditch attempt to scupper the most progressive bill in favour of a watered-down "civil-union" law.
05:34:48 on 17 May
02:55:14 on 17 May 2019,Fri
I.M. Pei, the architect who designed Louvre Pyramid, dies at 102. His death was confirmed by a spokesman at his New York architecture firm. Pei’s works added elegance to landscapes worldwide with their powerful geometric shapes. His work earned the 1983 Pritzker Prize, considered architecture’s Nobel.
02:55:14 on 17 May
02:53:21 on 17 May 2019,Fri
Trump has said he will replace the existing green cards with 'Build America' visa, as the US President unveiled a new merit and points-based immigration policy that seeks to increase the quota for highly-skilled workers from 12 to 57%. Every year the US issues nearly 1.1 million green cards, which gives foreign nationals life-time permission to live and work in the US.
02:53:21 on 17 May
09:57:02 on 17 May 2019,Fri
Parents nervously watch as their children wait to be tested for HIV in a village in southern Pakistan, where hundreds of people have been allegedly infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe. Dispatched to keep order, police scan the anxious crowd as families hustle into one of five different screening rooms set up in the last month in the village of Wasayo.
09:57:02 on 17 May
07:41:33 on 16 May 2019,Thu
Nike has enlisted four female stalwarts of streetwear—Ambush’s Yoon Ahn, Koche’s Christelle Kocher, MadeMe’s Erin Magee and Marine Serre—to create a new lifestyle collection in time for the Women’s World Cup 2019. Due to be unveiled in the coming weeks, the football-inspired lifestyle collection follows in the footsteps of another female-first launch earlier this year.
07:41:33 on 16 May
06:41:47 on 16 May 2019,Thu
In a bid to save a class from being shut in the French village of Crêts-en-Belledonne, 15 sheep were registered in Jules Ferry School by herder Michel Girerd. According to a report in BBC, the herder took the step as a mark of protest against the closure of the class. Three of the sheep enrolled are named Baa-bete, Dolly and Shaun.
06:41:47 on 16 May
06:33:48 on 16 May 2019,Thu
BJP’s Bhopal candidate and terror accused Pragya Thakur has come under fire once again, this time for terming Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot. Several political leaders, including her main contender in the constituency – Congress’s Digvijaya Singh, hit out at Thakur and demanded that she tender an apologise.
06:33:48 on 16 May
06:29:51 on 16 May 2019,Thu
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, despite a panning by US media and polls which suggest he faces a tough fight. Mr. De Blasio becomes the 23rd prospective Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump.
06:29:51 on 16 May
06:18:14 on 16 May 2019,Thu
A South African business executive reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday in what is believed to be the first summit of the world's highest mountain by a black African woman. Saray Khumalo, 47, reached the top of the 8,848-metre mountain after three previous bids were thwarted by bad weather, injury and tragedy.
06:18:14 on 16 May
06:09:26 on 16 May 2019,Thu
Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister Bob Hawke died Thursday aged 89. "Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian - many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," his second wife Blanche d'Alpuget said in a statement. "He died peacefully at home."
06:09:26 on 16 May
06:07:19 on 16 May 2019,Thu
Pakistan’s currency has reached a new all-time low against the dollar after the government last week reached a preliminary agreement with the IMF for $6 billion bailout. It dropped to 147 rupees to the dollar on Thursday morning. The rupee was traded at 141 to the dollar earlier this week, prompting government officials to discuss how to stabilize the currency.
06:07:19 on 16 May
04:37:47 on 16 May 2019,Thu
Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Yemeni rebel targets, including in the capital Sanaa, today, two days after the insurgents claimed drone strikes that shut a key oil pipeline in neighbouring kingdom. The new bombardment came after the UN envoy, who has been spearheading efforts to end years of conflict, warned it still faced the threat of plunging into all-out war.
04:37:47 on 16 May
03:55:50 on 16 May 2019,Thu
United Nations Secy General Antonio Guterres raised concerns that a concrete dome built last century to contain waste from atomic bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacific. Speaking to students in Fiji, Guterres described the structure on Enewetak atoll in the Marshall Islands as “a kind of coffin” and said it was a legacy of Cold War-era nuclear tests.
03:55:50 on 16 May
03:26:39 on 16 May 2019,Thu
Scientists on Wednesday said they could be a step closer to solving the riddle behind the Moon’s formation, unveiling the most detailed survey yet of the far side of Earth’s satellite. In January, the Chinese spacecraft Chang’e-4 -- named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology -- became the first ever craft to touch down on the far side of the lunar surface.
03:26:39 on 16 May
09:57:02 on 16 May 2019,Thu
Declaring a national emergency, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order barring American companies from using telecom equipment made by firms believed to pose a "national security risk." The order gives US President Donald Trump the power to regulate interstate trade under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
09:57:02 on 16 May
06:52:06 on 15 May 2019,Wed
Pakistan on May 15 decided not to lift its airspace ban for Indian flights till May 30, as Islamabad is awaiting the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls in India. Pak fully closed its airspace after an Indian Air Force strike on a J-e-M terror camp in Balakot on Feb 26. However, Pak opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27.
06:52:06 on 15 May
06:17:24 on 15 May 2019,Wed
Sri Lankan authorities said they had the situation "under control" after mosques and Muslim-owned shops and businesses were targeted in a violent backlash after the Easter Sunday terror attacks. A second overnight curfew imposed nationwide ensured there was no repeat of Monday's violence against Muslims, who make up some 10 per cent of Sri Lanka's population of 21 mn.
06:17:24 on 15 May
05:14:57 on 15 May 2019,Wed
Brexit-supporting rebels in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s party said on May 15 they would vote down her European Union divorce deal when she brings it back to parliament early next month. Brexit had been due to take place on March 29 but lawmakers rejected the withdrawal agreement that Ms. May struck with Brussels three times.
05:14:57 on 15 May
03:59:42 on 15 May 2019,Wed
Indonesia has recently come on top of a global list, but it's not anything Indonesians should be proud of. The country is already notorious as one the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, but now it's been revealed that Indonesians make up the most number of people who don't believe in human-driven climate change compared to other countries in the world.
03:59:42 on 15 May
07:31:32 on 14 May 2019,Tue
Sri Lanka's police declared Tuesday a nationwide curfew for a second night running, after anti-Muslim riots killed one man and left dozens of shops, homes and mosques damaged. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said the night curfew will go into effect from 9:00 pm (15:30 GMT) while the most affected North Western Province will have a longer shutdown.
07:31:32 on 14 May
05:35:13 on 14 May 2019,Tue
Two pumping stations on a major Saudi oil pipeline were attacked by drones on Tuesday, halting the flow of crude along it, Saudi Energy Minister said. He said the attacks on the pipeline from the oil-rich Eastern Province to the Red Sea took place early Tuesday. Yemen's Huthi rebels said on Tuesday that they had targeted several vital Saudi targets with drones.
05:35:13 on 14 May
05:05:00 on 14 May 2019,Tue
Sri Lankan government has banned three Islamist extremist groups, including the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) that carried out the country’s worth terror attack on Easter Sunday in which over 250 people were killed. President Maithripala Sirisena issued an extraordinary gazette banning a number of extremist organisations on Monday.
05:05:00 on 14 May
04:09:26 on 14 May 2019,Tue
Sri Lanka has been in a state of turmoil for over 3 weeks now, since the 21 April suicide terror attack that targeted churches and hotels. Amidst the rising communal tensions in the country, citizens of Sri Lanka appealed for peace to avoid a repeat of the 1983 riots that sank the country into a civil war that lasted for 26 years.
04:09:26 on 14 May
03:45:47 on 14 May 2019,Tue
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has rejected a "bribe" from an 11-year-old girl who wrote asking the government to conduct dragon research, her office confirmed on Tuesday. The girl, identified as Victoria, wanted to be given telekinetic powers so she could become a dragon trainer, the BBC reported.
03:45:47 on 14 May
03:13:44 on 14 May 2019,Tue
Sri Lanka on Tuesday partially lifted an overnight curfew imposed nationwide after an upsurge in anti-Muslim violence and warned that rioters will be dealt with maximum force -- three weeks after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings. The curfew will, however, remain until further notice in the NW Province where anti-Muslim violence broke out on Monday, the police said.
03:13:44 on 14 May
02:34:36 on 14 May 2019,Tue
A Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects, investigators said.
02:34:36 on 14 May
09:06:19 on 14 May 2019,Tue
The first Hindu congresswoman in the US, and Democratic Party presidential hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard’s praise for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a topic of debate in America. Gabbard has maintained that her objective is to maintain strong bilateral ties between the US and India and that she is not a Hindu nationalist.
09:06:19 on 14 May
08:50:37 on 14 May 2019,Tue
One person was killed in Sri Lanka as police fired tear gas at mobs attacking mosques and Muslim-owned shops and imposed a curfew after the worst outbreak of sectarian violence since the Easter bombings by Islamist militants. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a statement that acts of sabotage were hampering an investigation by security forces.
08:50:37 on 14 May
06:26:36 on 13 May 2019,Mon
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said on Sunday that US officials should consider breaking up Facebook, the world's largest social media company, saying it is a utility that has gone unregulated. She said Facebook has prioritised growth over consumers' interests, especially on privacy.
06:26:36 on 13 May
05:55:33 on 13 May 2019,Mon
Sweden reopened an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday and will seek his extradition from Britain, potentially delaying efforts by the United States to bring him to its courts to face trial over a huge release of secret documents.
05:55:33 on 13 May
05:43:01 on 13 May 2019,Mon
The disciplinary trial of the New York City police officer who put Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a fatal chokehold will begin on Monday. Daniel Pantaleo, who is white, could be fired after the conclusion of what is expected to be a 10-day trial at the New York Police Department's headquarters in Manhattan.
05:43:01 on 13 May
05:27:26 on 13 May 2019,Mon
On May 11, residents of southern Singapore woke up to the sighting of a rare waterspout off the coast. Multiple videos of the naturally-occurring phenomenon made their way to social media. The waterspout – a tall spinning column of water stretching from the surface of the sea to the cloud – was spotted near the Tanjong Pagar terminal.
05:27:26 on 13 May
03:54:22 on 13 May 2019,Mon
If Pakistan continues to support cross-border terrorism, India will have no option but to take the "hard" decision of stopping its share of water of three common rivers, Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. He told that India is starting a study and a DPR of all the three rivers over which it has complete right under the Indus Water Treaty.
03:54:22 on 13 May
10:54:36 on 13 May 2019,Mon
Sri Lanka is temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, it said on Monday after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants. Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores on the west coast on Sunday.
10:54:36 on 13 May
06:44:15 on 12 May 2019,Sun
Trump took on the Democrats for their repeated attempts to make his personal and business tax returns public, saying that he is still "under audit" and the voters "did not care" about the issue. Taking on the Democrats for changing their stance after the release of Mueller's report, Trump said that there was no "obstruction of justice" from his side.
06:44:15 on 12 May
04:28:12 on 12 May 2019,Sun
Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings. He is the founder of the Centre for Islamic Guidance, which boasts a mosque, a religious school and a library in Zahran’s hometown of Kattankudy, a Muslim-dominated city on Sri Lanka’s eastern shores.
04:28:12 on 12 May
02:32:22 on 12 May 2019,Sun
The Myanmar Airlines flight UB-103 -- an Embraer-190 model -- was grounded at around 9 am in Mandalay (0230 GMT), a city popular among foreign tourists, with all 89 people on board including seven crew members, safe. The nailbiting touchdown -- in which nobody was injured -- was the second instance of a malfunctioning flight in less than a week within the country.
02:32:22 on 12 May
12:39:27 on 12 May 2019,Sun
The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has held the first regular Sunday Mass on May 12 since the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels on April 21 killed more than 250 people. Military forces and police armed with assault rifles are patrolling the streets leading to churches and standing guard outside the compounds.
12:39:27 on 12 May
10:57:49 on 11 May 2019,Sat
Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to the church authorities. The new church law provides whistle-blower protection for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially.
10:57:49 on 11 May
10:42:01 on 10 May 2019,Fri
For more than half a century, biologists studying Antarctica focused their research on understanding how organisms cope with the continent's severe drought and the coldest conditions on the planet. One thing they didn't really factor in, however, was the role played by the nitrogen-rich droppings from colonies of cute penguins and seals - until now.
10:42:01 on 10 May
09:25:01 on 10 May 2019,Fri
Of late, there appears to be a sense of bewilderment in the aftermath of terrorist attacks that the perpetrators were “rich and educated”. One appears incredulous that socially and economically emancipated individuals would wilfully embark on suicide missions. Which is because the phenomenon of terror is often misunderstood.
09:25:01 on 10 May
01:33:27 on 10 May 2019,Fri
Australia has printed 46 million of its new $50 notes with a typo, the country's Reserve Bank said. The "new and improved" 50 Australian dollars banknote was rolled out in October 2018, with a host of new technologies designed to improve accessibility and prevent counterfeiting. But the yellow note also contains a typo that misspells the word "responsibility".
01:33:27 on 10 May
07:30:27 on 09 May 2019,Thu
A Canadian man kept a family heirloom in a safe deposit box for years, without realizing what it actually was: a 27 kg natural pearl. The pearl, possibly the world’s largest and costliest, weighs 27.65 kilograms— four times the weight of the Lao-Tzu Pearl, also called the Pearl of Allah, which until recently was thought to be the world's largest.
07:30:27 on 09 May
07:06:26 on 09 May 2019,Thu
Prime Minister Theresa May has repeated the UK government's deep regret over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre to mark the 100th anniversary of the British colonial era attack in Amritsar on Vaisakhi. "We deeply regret what happened and the pain inflicted on so many people," she told a gathering of the Indian diaspora.
07:06:26 on 09 May
05:39:07 on 09 May 2019,Thu
Narendra Modi has said JeM chief Masood Azhar was designated as a global terrorist because India is now seen as a nation that will leave no stone unturned to ensure the safety and security of its citizens. Masood Azhar was designated as a global terrorist on May 1 after China withdrew its long-standing block to the move. Beijing had blocked the move four times.
05:39:07 on 09 May
05:18:22 on 09 May 2019,Thu
The BBC has fired a British radio presenter who tweeted an image of a chimpanzee dressed in clothes below the caption "Royal Baby leaves hospital". Meghan, wife of Prince Harry, gave birth in the early hours of Monday morning to a baby boy, Archie, the first mixed-race child to be born into a senior position in British royalty in recent history.
05:18:22 on 09 May
05:14:10 on 09 May 2019,Thu
Sri Lanka's Catholic Church on Thursday announced it will reopen its schools next week for the first time since Easter Sunday bombings killed 258 people. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the schools would open Tuesday after remaining shut following fears of a repeat of the April 21 attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels.
05:14:10 on 09 May
04:13:56 on 09 May 2019,Thu
Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, gave the world a first look at their son on Wednesday. They announced the royal baby's name - Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor - through an Instagram post. To mark the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Cadbury World chocolatiers have created a giant chocolate teddy bear.
04:13:56 on 09 May
04:10:11 on 09 May 2019,Thu
A Mongolian couple died of bubonic plague in the westernmost province of Bayan-Ulgii, after eating raw marmot kidney which triggered a quarantine. According to the reports in BBC, the couple had consumed the raw meat and kidney of a marmot which is considered as a folk remedy for good health. It is considered as one of the most deadly threats humans had to face.
04:10:11 on 09 May
03:26:44 on 09 May 2019,Thu
Across the United States, drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft turned off their apps on Wednesday to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors. Demonstrations took place in 10 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, as well as some European locations like London.
03:26:44 on 09 May
09:57:02 on 09 May 2019,Thu
Two teenage students accused of fatally shooting a classmate and wounding eight others in a suburban Denver school made separate court appearances on Wednesday, a day after their arrest on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. The two youths are accused of opening fire with handguns on fellow students on Tuesday in two classrooms.
09:57:02 on 09 May
09:27:02 on 09 May 2019,Thu
Following the deadly attacks that killed more than 250 people in the country’s capital on Easter Sunday, the Sri Lankan government banned the covering of face that “hinders the identification of individuals in a way that threatens national security.” This includes the burqa and the niqab, face coverings worn by several Muslim women.
09:27:02 on 09 May
05:44:27 on 08 May 2019,Wed
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, showed off their newborn baby boy to the public on Wednesday before introducing him to Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. The beaming couple said parenting had been a "dream" and "amazing" but kept the world guessing as to the name of their son, who was born on Monday.
05:44:27 on 08 May
02:43:45 on 08 May 2019,Wed
A Christian woman in Pakistan, Asia Bibi, who had spent eight years on death over blasphemy charges, has left the country and reached Canada on Wednesday. Her lawyer has confirmed the development. This comes more than six months after Asia Bibi was acquitted by Pakistan's top court in the blasphemy case.
02:43:45 on 08 May
02:36:20 on 08 May 2019,Wed
A powerful suicide blast outside a Sufi shrine in Lahore killed nine, including five policemen, and wounded at least 25 others, Pakistani police Wednesday said. Reports from local media suggest the blast took place at around 8.45 am outside Gate 2 of Data Darbar, a famous shrine in Punjab province.
02:36:20 on 08 May
11:19:39 on 08 May 2019,Wed
An explosion close to a major Sufi shrine in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore caused several casualties on Wednesday. The bomb targeted security personnel stationed near the shrine. Four people have died so far. The blast took place close to the Data Darbar, one of the largest shrines in South Asia, and several people including police officers had been wounded.
11:19:39 on 08 May
09:57:02 on 08 May 2019,Wed
Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan will show their baby son off to the world on Wednesday amid fevered suspense for British royal watchers desperate for a glimpse. Harry announced on Monday the arrival of the couple's firstborn, who will be seventh in the line to the British throne. They will release a photograph of their new arrival later Wednesday.
09:57:02 on 08 May
07:57:01 on 08 May 2019,Wed
At least seven students were wounded on Tuesday in a school shooting in the US state of Colorado, police said, across town from one of the worst gun massacres in the country's modern history. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter that "7 possibly 8 students have been injured" while two shooters were in custody.
07:57:01 on 08 May
07:21:55 on 07 May 2019,Tue
India and China will reap the biggest health benefits of a robust climate policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Vermont in the US and colleagues found that the price tag for cutting global emissions may seem expensive, until the human toll of deaths from air pollution and climate change are factored in.
07:21:55 on 07 May
04:40:32 on 07 May 2019,Tue
A Pakistani charity in Karachi is serving up a rare treat for the city's Muslims ahead of their fast for the holy month of Ramadan - ostrich meat. Expensive and seldom eaten in Pakistan, ostrich is deemed exotic in the mainly Muslim nation of 208 million or nearly 21 crore people.
04:40:32 on 07 May
03:35:20 on 07 May 2019,Tue
Police in Australia are looking for a man who broke into a shopping centre wearing a Donald Trump mask which he lost while trying to escape from the spot. The man was seen wearing what appeared to be a Donald Trump mask, a black Nike hooded jumper, black track pants, white Nike shoes and was carrying a number of Uber Eats bags, Queensland Police said in a statement.
03:35:20 on 07 May
01:54:39 on 07 May 2019,Tue
Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka tumbled 7.5 per cent in April from a year ago, as travellers shunned the island nation after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings, a senior official of the state tourism bureau said. "This is a direct impact of the attacks. There were a lot of cancellations," said Kishu Gomes, chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said.
01:54:39 on 07 May
12:53:00 on 07 May 2019,Tue
India and nations like Germany, Brazil and Japan are “absolutely needed” as permanent members of a reformed and enlarged UN Security Council to better reflect contemporary realities and the addition of these key members to the UN high-table is among France’s “strategic” priorities, the French envoy to the UN has said.
12:53:00 on 07 May
11:20:29 on 07 May 2019,Tue
Two Reuters journalists who were arrested in 2017 were released after more than 500 days from Myanmar. Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, were convicted for breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act. In 2017, they were investigating the massacre of ten Rohingya Muslim men and boys. The Reuters journalists were arrested on the evening of 12 December 2017.
11:20:29 on 07 May
09:57:01 on 07 May 2019,Tue
President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to golfer Tiger Woods on Monday evening, saying it his "privilege" to bestow the honour on "one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports." Noting that Woods' family was on hand for the White House event, Trump called the 15-time major winner "a global symbol to excellence, devotion and drive."
09:57:01 on 07 May