Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani declares intention to contest in 2019 presidential election

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday entered the 2019 presidential race after forging an alliance with a staunch critic to challenge his former governing partners at a time when the Taliban has shut him out of talks to end more than 17 years of war. 69-year-old Ghani is seeking a second term amid the war… Read More Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani declares intention to contest in 2019 presidential election

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao defeats Adrien Broner

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao showed flashes of his past brilliance as he delivered a dominant performance to earn a unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on Saturday. The 40-year-old Filipino multiple world champion was quicker and more accurate as he controlled each round and cruised to the triumph to take his… Read More WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao defeats Adrien Broner

Two arrested over car bomb attack in Northern Ireland

Two men were arrested early on Sunday over a car bomb attack in Northern Ireland’s Londonderry and police were looking into whether the New IRA militant group was responsible, officers said. The men in their twenties were detained hours after the explosion on Saturday evening outside the city’s courthouse, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton told… Read More Two arrested over car bomb attack in Northern Ireland

Indonesia to release alleged mastermind of 2002 Bali bombings Abu Bakar Bashir

Abu Bakar Bashir, the radical Muslim cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, will be granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds, Indonesia’s president said on Friday. 81-year-old Bashir, who is considered the spiritual leader of the Islamist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), was convicted in 2010 under anti-terrorism laws for links to… Read More Indonesia to release alleged mastermind of 2002 Bali bombings Abu Bakar Bashir

Two monks killed, two injured as gunmen attack Buddhist temple in Thailand

Unknown gunmen shot dead two Buddhist monks and injured two others in an attack at a temple in Thailand’s mainly Muslim south, the first such killing of a Buddhist monk in the restive region in more than three years. An abbot and vice abbot were killed when at least six assailants believed to be dressed… Read More Two monks killed, two injured as gunmen attack Buddhist temple in Thailand

Data breach affects hundreds of thousands of clients of Philippine financial service firm

Cebuana Lhuillier, a Philippine financial service provider, said on Saturday that the data of 900,000 clients had been accessed without authorization and that it had already alerted authorities to investigate the incident. The breach came as Philippine investigators were looking into allegations by the country’s foreign minister last week that a privately contracted firm took… Read More Data breach affects hundreds of thousands of clients of Philippine financial service firm

Twenty-one killed, dozens injured following explosion of ruptured pipeline in central Mexico

At least 21 people were killed and 71 were injured on Friday when a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico as dozens of people tried to fill up containers, state and federal authorities said. Mexican television footage showed flames leaping into the night sky in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, in Hidalgo… Read More Twenty-one killed, dozens injured following explosion of ruptured pipeline in central Mexico

Algeria to hold presidential election on April 18

Algeria on Friday announced a presidential election for April 18 without indicating whether veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika would stand, following calls for his nomination by a loyal ruling caste of businessmen, trade unions and the military. The 81-year old leader, who has been in office since 1999 and rarely been seen in public since suffering… Read More Algeria to hold presidential election on April 18