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Intelligence chief asked me to quit in 2014: Sharif

Intelligence chief asked me to quit in 2014: Sharif

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday accused a former intelligence chief of asking him to resign during opposition protests in 2014, comments likely to further fray tense civil-military relations ahead of general elections.

Karnataka CM to take floor test tomorrow

Karnataka CM to take floor test tomorrow

Karnataka’s new Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will take the floor test in the Assembly tomorrow to prove that the Janata Dal-Secular-Congress coalition government enjoys a majority in the house.

Karnataka reports cases of rare virus

Karnataka reports cases of rare virus

Health officials were checking yesterday if a rare, brain-damaging virus had spread to a second state after two suspected cases reported in southern Karnataka, as the death toll in adjacent Kerala, where the outbreak began, rose to 11.

Colossal sculpture Kerala’s new tourist attraction

Colossal sculpture Kerala’s new tourist attraction

Kerala is set to open its new tourist attraction — a gigantic sculpture that houses various facilities atop a hill 1,000ft above sea level.

Protester killed in smelter agitation

Protester killed in smelter agitation

One person died and others were wounded by gunfire in south India yesterday in fresh violence related to protesters’ demands that a copper smelter be shut on environmental grounds.

Irish PM urges voters to see through abortion ‘tactics’

Irish PM urges voters to see through abortion ‘tactics’

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar accused campaigners opposing a referendum on liberalising Ireland’s abortion regime of trying to dupe voters into thinking the government could still change the laws even if they voted ‘No’.

MH370 latest search draws a blank, to end next week

MH370 latest search draws a blank, to end next week

The search for flight MH370 will end next week, Malaysia’s transport minister said yesterday, more than four years after the plane disappeared and triggered one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

N Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite doubts

N Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite doubts

Invited foreign journalists began a long journey up North Korea’s east coast yesterday to witness the slated destruction of the reclusive regime’s nuclear test site, a high profile gesture on the road to a summit with the US that Donald Trump now says might not happen.

World Cup fever causes sleepless nights for Bangladesh flag-makers

World Cup fever causes sleepless nights for Bangladesh flag-makers

Flag-makers in Bangladesh are doing a roaring trade weeks ahead of the World Cup, but no-one is interested in the home nation’s colours - the money is all on pennants for Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Neymar’s Brazil.

Thai bay to close for four months

Thai bay to close for four months

Thailand’s Maya Bay, made famous by the film The Beach, will close to visitors for four months from June to allow its coral reefs to recover from rising temperatures and the environmental impact of thousands of visitors each day.

Everest’s Hillary Step now a ‘slope’

Everest’s Hillary Step now a ‘slope’

Mount Everest’s Hillary Step - a rocky outcrop just below the summit - is now a slope, say climbers who recently returned from the mountain.

Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruption

Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruption

Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano is exploding as it pours into the ocean, shooting rock fragments that are a danger to boaters.

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