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21 Egypt inmates on hunger strike over ‘unfair’ trial

Twenty one Egyptians imprisoned for protesting the government’s surrender to Saudi Arabia of two Red Sea islands have gone on hunger strike over their “unfair” trial. Heba Mohamed, the wife of Egyptian detainee Nagi Kamel, said on Sunday that ten detainees have been refusing to eat food since last week, ...

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Ghannouchi re-elected as Tunisia’s Ennahda party chief

Rached Ghannouchi has been re-elected as the leader of Tunisia’s Ennahda party by a landslide majority. According to local media, Ghannouchi received 800 votes – about 570 more votes than his nearest rival – during a three-day congress held by the party. Ghannouchi, 74, said his party is a “Tunisian ...

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Blasts kill at least 100 in western Syria: Monitor

Seven bomb explosions have rocked the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh in western Syria, leaving at least 101 people dead, a London-based monitor says.  In Jableh, the attacks took the lives of at least 53 people and left scores of others injured on Monday morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights ...

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Obama confirms Mullah Mansour killed in US air strike

HANOI: President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed that Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US air strike, hailing his death as an “important milestone” in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. “We have removed the leader of an organisation that has continued to plot against and ...

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US strike crosses ‘red line’ on Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: The US drone strike targeting Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was the first-ever in Balochistan, which has long been a ‘red line’ for Pakistan. There have been about 391 drone strikes by the US in Pakistani territory, primarily targeting Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders since 2004, according to a ...

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Smoke detected in EgyptAir plane before crash

The doomed EgyptAir flight 804, traveling from Paris to Cairo, might have been crashed due to a flight control system fault, a new report suggests, after smoke was detected in the nose of the Airbus A320. According to the report published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday, automated communication ...

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Time running out for Pakistan on F-16 decision

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is left with barely a few days to decide if it will pay for the eight F-16 aircraft it intends to procure from the United States from its own kitty or else lose the opportunity of buying the jets believed to be one of the best fourth-generation multi-role ...

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Search teams hunt for EgyptAir black boxes

CAIRO: Search teams scoured the Mediterranean Saturday for more wreckage and the black boxes from EgyptAir flight MS804 for clues on why the plane plummeted and turned full circle before disappearing off radar. An EgyptAir official said the search was focused on finding the bodies of the passengers and the ...

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