Pompeo asks Pak army chief to act against terrorists

Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to take action against terrorist groups without any distinction. Pompeo spoke with Bajwa over phone, his spokesperson said. “They discussed ways to advance US-Pakistani bilateral relations, the need for political reconciliation in Afghanistan, and the importance of targeting all militant and terrorist groups in South Asia without distinction,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

Guatemala volcano: 200 missing, 73 dead

Alotenango: Nearly 200 people are missing and at least 73 people were killed since Guatemala’s Fuego volcano began erupting over the weekend, officials said today. Seven communities in already devastated areas were evacuated as the volcano’s activity increased, with rescue operations halted. In the city of Escuintla, near the summit, panicked locals rushed to their cars to escape, causing chaotic traffic. An AFP photographer witnessed a large plume of ash

Hawaii volacano lava makes many homeless

Honolulu (US): Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds more homes overnight, overtaking two oceanfront communities where residents were advised to evacuate last week, officials have said. No injuries were reported as most residents heeded the advice to leave. The latest lost homes were in addition to at least 117 others that were previously reported by officials since lava began spilling last month from cracks in the ground in a

Facebook shares data with four China mobile cos

Washington: Facebook has data-sharing pacts with at least four Chinese companies including Huawei that has been flagged by American intelligence agencies as a national security threat, a media report has claimed. Facebook said the agreements with the Chinese companies allowed them access similar to what was offered to BlackBerry, which could retrieve detailed information on both device users and all of their friends including religious and political leanings, work and

Preparations for N Korea summit going well: Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump said that preparations for the June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is moving along very well. The President’s statement comes a day after Singapore designated a special event area of the Sentosa island tourist resort for Tuesday’s historic summit, which is expected to be covered by over 2,500 journalists from across the world. There was initially much uncertainty over whether the

Singapore re-sanctifies 148-year-old Hindu temple

Singapore: Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran and priests flown in from India led some 10,000 devotees at a ceremony to re-sanctify a 148-year old Hindu temple here. The ceremony that began at 9:15 am yesterday, marked the start of a 48-day consecration process of the temple that underwent renovation for over four years at a cost of nearly SGD 4 million, The Straits Times reported. Maha Samprokshanam, as the