Al-Qaida group raids Burkina Faso hotel, at least 20 dead

Ouagadougou, Jan 16 : At least 20 were killed and 15 others wounded after an Al-Qaida affiliated group attacked the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, and took hostages there on Friday, Xinhua reported. SITE Intelligence group, a US-based monitor group, said on its website “Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed credit for […]

IS fighter blows himself up in Syria

Damascus, Jan 16 : A suicide bomber with the Islamic State (IS) militant group blew himself up near the headquarters of Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria on Friday, killing two people, Xinhua reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based watchdog group, said the IS suicide bomber blew himself up near a position of […]

New movie about El Chapo’s prison break released in Mexico

Mexico City, Jan 16 : A new film about the life of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera was screened in Mexico on Friday, providing a fictional account of the drug cartel boss’ daring escape from a maximum-security prison last July. Coming a week after Guzman Loera was re-captured in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa, […]

Ban offers support for resumption of India-Pakistan talks

By Arul Louis United Nations, Jan 16 : Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the resumption of India-Pakistan diplomacy and offered his support for holding talks. Asked by a reporter Friday about the on-again, off-again interactions between the two South Asian neighbors, Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, “Advice of the secretary general would always be […]

IS militants start withdrawing from key Syria border city

Damascus, Jan 16 : Militants of the Islamic State (IS) group started withdrawing from a key city in Aleppo province on the Syrian-Turkish borders on Friday, following the progress of the Syrian army in the northern province of Aleppo. The IS started pulling out of the city of al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo […]

Catalan president rules out unilateral declaration of independence

Madrid, Jan 16 : Carles Puigdemont, the President of the Catalan region in the north east of Spain, denied on Thursday night on Catalan television that he was planning to declare the independence of the area in the near future. Puigdemont, a member of the pro-independence coalition Junts pel Si, was on Sunday confirmed as […]