Over 500 injured as fire hits Taiwan water park party

A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a Saturday night party at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 500 people, including eight in critical condition, authorities said Sunday.
The fire was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from…


North Korea warns foreign residents against sharing ‘false propaganda’

Seoul: North Korea has warned foreigners living in Pyongyang not to share outside media on memory sticks with its citizens, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a note, cracking down on what the isolated country called “undesirable content”. The vast majority of North Koreans…

Need to maintain probity in public life, I resigned after Hawala scam, says LK Advani

New Delhi: In a veiled message to the Modi government in the wake of the controversy over Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje, BJP patriarch L K Advani on Saturday said there is a need to maintain probity in public life and recalled how he resigned soon after his name cropped up in the Hawala…


Vatican recognises state of Palestine; Israel irked

Israel expressed disappointment when the Vatican announced last month that it had reached final agreement with the “State of Palestine” on the treaty.

The Vatican signed a treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help …


India recalls NZ High Commissioner after assault allegations

The staff member had told the police that he was assaulted by the High Commissioner’s wife.

India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Ravi Thapar has been recalled to the Headquarters in New Delhi, following allegations that his wife assaulted a domestic help who worked in their kitchen.
The Mi…


India’s first bullet train corridor may be world’s cheapest high-speed service

India’s first bullet train corridor, between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, could turn out to be the cheapest high-speed train service in the world.
The Japanese team working on its feasibility study has worked out its “fare box revenue” model, according to which the bullet train fare will be just one-a…


Tunisia launches security clampdown after resort attack

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid has announced a clampdown on security after an attack on a holiday resort in which 38 people were killed.
He said army reservists would be deployed to archaeological sites and resorts.
About 80 mosques accused of “spreading venom” will…