International

Dussehra Shastra Pujan and sword dance enthral Londoners


By Arvind Singh  London: Under a canopy Maa Durga was invoked with  Vedic hymns and the chanting of hymns continued for hours on Dussehra as community members gathered for annual Shashtra Pujan – worshipping of the arms. This could be a scene from any part of India on the day of Dussehra but North London on...

People pray together at Mecca mosque as Covid norms eased


New York: The Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia operated at full capacity with worshippers praying shoulder-to-shoulder for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. Workers removed floor markings that guide people to social distance in and around the Grand Mosque, which is built around the Kaaba, the black...

17 US missionaries and families kidnapped in Haiti


Washington: As many as 17 American Christian missionaries and their families, including children, were kidnapped on October 17 by gang members in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, the New York Times reported, citing security officials there. Haiti's Justice Minister Liszt Quitel said the gang was demanding $1 million per person. The kidnapping happened as the missionaries were leaving...

China denies report of hypersonic missile test


Beijing: China tested a space vehicle in July, not a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile as reported by the Financial Times, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Quoting five people familiar with the matter, the Financial Times reported that China had tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that flew through space, circling the globe before cruising down toward its target,...

US, India, Israel, UAE meet opens possibility of Mideast ‘Quad’


New York: The foreign policy leaders of India, the US, Israel, and the UAE held a virtual ministerial meeting for what could have the makings of a grouping in the Middle East similar to the Quad, but with a more limited security agenda. "Discussed working together more closely on economic growth and global issues. Agreed on...

IS says it will target Shia Muslims everywhere


New Delhi: The Islamic State (IS) terror group has said that they will attack Shia Muslims everywhere, Khaama Press reported. The group's Al-Naba weekly has published the warning, which adds that Shia Muslims will be targeted in their homes and center. The warning came a day after the terror group's Khorasan branch (IS-K) carried out the twin...

US Afghan representative Zalmay Khalilzad quits


Kabul: Thomas West has been appointed as the new US special representative to Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in a statement. This comes after Zalmay Khalilzad resigned from the post following chaotic withdrawal of the American forces from Afghanistan. Blinken thanked Khalilzad for his "decades of service". Khalilzad was the person who led talks with...

India invites Pakistan for NSA meet on Afghanistan


New Delhi: India has proposed to host an in-person meet of the National Security Advisors (NSA) on Afghanistan in Delhi in November. Key stakeholders in the region, including Russia, China, and Pakistan, have been invited to the meet. India has proposed two dates - November 10 and 11 - for the meeting in the national capital. The...

Islam is not our state religion: Bangladesh minister


Bangladesh State Minister for Information Murad Hassan has stated that Bangladesh is a secular country that would revert to the 1972 constitution proposed by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. "I do not think that Islam is our state religion. We'll go back to the constitution of 1972. We'll get that bill...