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King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned Rama X of Thailand

Bangkok, May 4: King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Rama X of Thailand, was crowned Saturday in a dazzling show of pageantry, laced with Hindu and Buddhist rituals, vowing to reign "with righteousness" on behalf of the Thai people.

Starting at the auspicious time of 10:09 am (0309 GMT), the public was...

Boeing 737 goes into Florida river with 136 on board, no fatalities

May 4: A Boeing 737 commercial jet with 136 people on board slid into the St. Johns River near Jacksonville, Florida after landing on Friday, a spokesman for Naval Air Station Jacksonville said.

There were no reports of fatalities but local WOKV-TV that at least two people suffered minor...

Naruhito urges world peace in first public speech

Tokyo, May 4: Emperor Naruhito urged Japan to work together for world peace as he made his first public appearance Saturday in front of a cheering, flag-waving crowd of tens of thousands.

"I sincerely wish that our country, hand-in-hand with foreign countries, seeks world peace and further development," said...

Ebola death toll to pass 1,000: UN

Geneva, May 3: The current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed nearly 1,000 people, the UN said Friday, warning the "intense" spread of the virus was set to persist.

The World Health Organisation had initially voiced hope it would be able to contain the outbreak...

Pakistan issues order to freeze assets of Masood Azhar, impose travel ban

Islamabad. May 3: Pakistan has issued an official order to freeze the assets of and impose a travel ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar after the UN declared him a "global terrorist".

Pakistan-based Azhar is also banned from selling or purchasing arms and ammunition.

The...

WikiLeaks’ Assange facing hearing on US extradition request

London, May 2: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was facing a court hearing Thursday over a US request to extradite him for allegedly conspiring to hack a Pentagon computer.

Assange, who is fighting attempts to send him to the United States, is expected to appear by video link from prison...

'Azhar designation proof of commitment against terror'

Washington, May 2: The designation of Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN demonstrates the international commitment to rooting out terrorism in Pakistan and bringing security and stability to South Asia, the White House has said.

The UN sanctions committee on the...

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Four members of Sikh family shot dead in US

Washington, May 1: Four members of a Sikh family, including three women, have been fatally shot in their home in the US, authorities said.

The victims who died of gunshot wounds in their home in a suburban Ohio community were found by another relative who called the police, West...

Japan New Emperor Naruhito Formally Ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Tokyo, May 1: Japan's new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, a day after his father's historic abdication, and vowed to stand with the people as the country begins a new imperial era.

In a brief address, his first to the nation since inheriting the throne,...

Nepal’s clean-up campaign gathers momentum and 3,000-kg garbage collected from Mt Everest

Kathmandu, May 1: A total of 3,000 kilogrammes of solid waste has been collected from Mt Everest since April 14 when Nepal launched an ambitious clean-up campaign aimed at bringing back tonnes of trash from the world's highest peak, which has lately turned into a "garbage dump".

The 45-day...