Heavy rain kills 34 in Pakistan: officials

ISLAMABAD: Days of torrential rain have killed 34 people in Pakistan, mostly on the northwestern border with Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.The worst-hit region was Khyber

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US: Obama regional agenda ‘urgent’ on Israel visit

JERUSALEM: President Barack Obama will bring an “urgent” agenda to Israel on his upcoming visit, focusing on regional developments including Iran and Syria as well as the resumption of peace

Heavy clashes erupt in Syrian capital

BEIRUT: Heavy fighting between rebels and President Bashar Assad’s forces broke out in parts of Damascus on Wednesday in some of the worst violence to hit the Syrian capital in

British lawmakers vote in favor of gay marriage

LONDON: A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Britain cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, as lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposals championed by Prime Minister David Cameron. The

Israel unlikely to retaliate after Bulgaria report

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday welcomed a Bulgarian report implicating Hezbollah in the deaths of five Israelis in a bus bombing last summer, signaling that it will use the

Small tsunami hits Solomons, other warnings ended

SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islandsgenerated a tsunami of up to 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) that damaged dozens of homes in the South Pacific island

Kuwait sentences 3 former MPs for emir insults

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Three former Kuwaiti opposition lawmakers were sentenced to three years hard labor Tuesday for insulting the country’s ruler in the latest crackdown on perceived political dissent

Iran says nuclear talks with West on for Feb. 26

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran has agreed to hold talks with six world powers in Kazakhstan on Feb. 26 over its nuclear program, Iranian state TV said Tuesday. The TV says the

Iran president visits Egypt in warming of ties

CAIRO: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed the crisis in Syria with his Egyptian counterpart Tuesday in the first visit by an Iranian leader to Cairo in more than three decades,

At 900 years, Knights of Malta confronts modernity

ROME: Matthew Festing — aka His Most Eminent Highness The Prince and Grand Master of the Knights of Malta — bounds into the sitting room of his magnificent Renaissance palazzo