There were warning signs ahead of Sri Lanka mudslide: survivors

Koslanda (Sri Lanka) – Sniffer dogs were deployed Friday to search for mudslide victims in Sri Lanka as survivors said they had seen warning signs of the disaster, such as cracks in the ground and livestock fleeing. An estimated 100 people [...]

India pays low-key Indira Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination

New Delhi  - India’s president Pranab Mukherjee, members of Nehru-Gandhi family and Congress leaders paid a low-key tribute Friday to Indira Gandhi on the 30th anniversary of the ex-premier’s assassination. No ministers of India’s [...]

Cosmopolitan new Afghan first lady backs French veil ban

Kabul  - Afghanistan’s cosmopolitan new first lady has backed France’s controversial ban on the niqab, comparing the full veil to “blinders” as she prepares to campaign for more respect for women in her conservative [...]

Bangladesh shuts down for 24-hours protesting death sentence of Islamist leader

Dhaka,  Dhaka observed a 24-hour general strike on Thursday protesting the death sentence awarded to the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party chief, Motiur Rahman Nizami, by the Bangladesh war crimes tribunal, as supporters of Jamaat said the government [...]

China says Facebook may enter if it abides by regulations

London,  China may be blocking access to Facebook but that does not mean that the social networking website can never set foot on Chinese soil, as long as it abides by its laws and regulations, the director of the nation’s internet regulator [...]

Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga Enter Kobani to Aid in Fight Against IS Militants

JERUSALEM— Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly ambushed a right-wing Israeli activist known for pushing for greater access for Jews at a flashpoint religious site in Jerusalem. Police say the suspected gunman shot [...]

Egypt Targets Universities as Last Haven for Political Expression

CAIRO— Hundreds of police surround its walls, patrolling in armored vehicles with sirens blaring, while muscle-bound security guards man metal detectors, searching all who enter. But this is not a military barracks or police station. It is [...]

In Israel, Palestinian Bus Ban Slammed as Racist

WASHINGTON— Rights groups are condemning an Israeli proposal that would effectively ban Palestinian workers from traveling on the same buses as Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The proposal by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon would require [...]

San Francisco Giants Win Baseball World Series

The San Francisco Giants have defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in the deciding seventh game to win the Major League Baseball World Series. Giants ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner threw five scoreless innings in relief Wednesday night to close [...]

Control of Senate in US Midterm Elections Could Hinge on Iowa Turnout

IOWA CITY, IOWA—The balance of power between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate hinges on the outcome of the November 4 midterm elections. Each party is campaigning for votes in close races, including the midwestern state of Iowa. [...]

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