Afghanistan agrees ceasefire with Taliban for Muslim Eid holiday

​Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, days after fighting in the central city of Ghazni and a northern province. Taliban sources said their leaders had also provisionally agreed a four-day truce during the annual Islamic feast of sacrifice, though supreme leader Sheikh… Read More Afghanistan agrees ceasefire with Taliban for Muslim Eid holiday

Court hands Matias Messi suspended 30-month sentence for illegal possession of firearm 

Lionel Messi’s older brother, Matias Messi, has been sentenced to 30-month jail time for illegally possessing a firearm in 2017. An automatic 380 caliber pistol with six intact cartridges were found inside a blood-stained boat which Matias crashed in the Parana River, the second-longest river in South America after the Amazon. Messi reportedly suffered injuries… Read More Court hands Matias Messi suspended 30-month sentence for illegal possession of firearm 

Pakistan swears in cricket legend Imran Khan as Prime Minister

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, ushering in a new political era as the World Cup cricket hero officially took the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country. The ceremony at the President’s House in the capital marks the end of decades of rotating leadership… Read More Pakistan swears in cricket legend Imran Khan as Prime Minister

Funeral ceremony for soul legend Aretha Franklin set at August 31 

A funeral for the late recording star Aretha Franklin has been scheduled for August 31 in Detroit, following a two-day public viewing of her casket, and her body will be entombed at a family gravesite, relatives announced on Friday through a publicist. Franklin, the preacher’s daughter who became the long-reigning ‘Queen of Soul’ with such… Read More Funeral ceremony for soul legend Aretha Franklin set at August 31 

Google employees sign petition demanding transparency in China search engine plan

​More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company. “Currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about our work, our… Read More Google employees sign petition demanding transparency in China search engine plan

Scores dead as torrential rains trigger floodings in Indian state of Kerala

Troop reinforcements stepped up desperate rescue attempts in India’s flood-stricken Kerala state on Friday after more than 100 bodies were found in a day and a half, taking the crisis death toll to at least 164. With thousands still trapped, power and communication lines down and fresh alerts of further torrential rain, authorities warned of… Read More Scores dead as torrential rains trigger floodings in Indian state of Kerala

FG declares August 21, 22 public holidays in celebration of Eid-el-Kabir

The federal government has declared Tuesday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 22 as public holidays to celebrate the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja in a statement issued by Mohammed Umar, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry. While wishing Nigerians a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Mr Dambazau,… Read More FG declares August 21, 22 public holidays in celebration of Eid-el-Kabir