As US mulls Afghan exit, activist sees long fight for women

KABUL: Prominent activist Sima Samar has been fighting for women’s rights in Afghanistan for the past 40 years. She believes her struggle...

Yemen’s Houthis attack Saudi oil heartland with drones, missiles

SANAA: Yemen’s Houthi forces fired drones and missiles at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Sunday, including a Saudi Aramco...

Switzerland agree to outlaw facial coverings in ‘burqa ban’ vote

ZURICH: A far-right proposal to ban facial coverings in Switzerland won a narrow victory in a binding referendum on Sunday instigated by...

Meghan says British royals worried about her son’s dark skin

LONDON: Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, said there were concerns about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be before his...

US says all options on table for Afghanistan, decision unclear on force posture after May 1

WASHINGTON: The United States government said Sunday that all options remain on the table for its remaining 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, saying...

‘Peace more powerful than war’, Pope Francis says in Iraq’s ruined city of Mosul

MOSUL: Pope Francis heard Muslim and Christian residents in the ruined Iraqi city of Mosul tell of their lives under brutal IS...

Unions call for total strike in Myanmar; Suu Kyi party official dies in custody

YANGON: Myanmar’s major trade unions called on members to shut down the economy from Monday to support a campaign against last month’s...

Taliban says met with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Doha

DOHA: Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan met with the Taliban in Qatar, the latter said Saturday, as efforts intensify to revive a peace...

Indian farmers block highway outside Delhi to mark 100th day of protest

NEW DELHI: Indian farmers began gathering on Saturday to block a six-lane expressway outside New Delhi to mark the 100th day of...

UN envoy calls for action against Myanmar junta over bloodshed

NEW YORK: The United Nations special envoy on Myanmar called on the UN Security Council to take action against the ruling junta...

Twitter’s Dorsey auctions first ever tweet as digital memorabilia

CALIFORNIA: “just setting up my twttr” -- the first-ever tweet on the platform is up for sale after Twitter boss Jack Dorsey...

More than a quarter of lawmakers worldwide are women, but parity 50 years away

GENEVA: More than a quarter of lawmakers worldwide are women after the proportion inched higher in 2020, but progress is so slow that...

Indian farmers plan major road blockade outside Delhi to mark 100th day of protests

NEW DELHI: Indian farmers who have been protesting for months against deregulation of produce markets plan to block a major expressway outside New...

US report drops India from list of ‘free’ nations

Freedom House, a US-based government-funded organisation, has downgraded India from "free" to "partly free", voicing fear that the country was descending into...

Myanmar police break up protests again after bloodiest day since coup

YANGON: Myanmar police broke up demonstrations in several places with tear gas and gunfire on Thursday but there was no immediate word...