• Mullah Akhtar Mansour New Taliban head
    Aug 02, 2015 21:43 IST

    New Taliban leader doesn't have backing of Mullah Omar's family

    The family of late Taliban leader Mullah Omar on Sunday said it does not back his announced successor and wants the new chief to be chosen by leading Islamic scholars and veterans of the movement.

  • Joe Biden
    Aug 02, 2015 21:42 IST

    Joe Biden exploring White House run: Reports

    Vice-president Joe Biden is reported to be actively exploring a White House run with aides reaching out in recent weeks to donors and strategists not committed to any campaign yet.

  • Russia chopper crash
    Aug 02, 2015 20:32 IST

    In pics: Russian chopper goes down in flames during airshow

    Dramatic pictures and a video have emerged of the moment when a Russian military helicopter crashed during an aerobatic display at the Dubrovichi firing range in Ryazan region, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of Moscow.

  • Jalaluddin Haqqani,
    Aug 02, 2015 18:30 IST

    Haqqani network founder backs new Taliban leader in statement

    Jalaluddin Haqqani-led militant group in Afghanistan, the Haqqani network, posted a statement on Sunday backing the appointment of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour whose legitimacy has been challenged internally.

  • Militants on the march
    Aug 02, 2015 21:21 IST

    Russian forces kill 8 suspected Islamic State members

    Russian Anti-Terrorist Committee said on Sunday that the militants killed in combat in the province of Ingushetia west of Chechnya were involved in a series of attacks on police. It added that they had recently swore an oath of allegiance to IS.

  • AFP, La Reunion, MH370 debris 
    Aug 02, 2015 15:53 IST

    New 'metallic debris' on La Reunion island has no link to MH370

    A fevered hunt for more wreckage from missing flight MH370 on La Reunion island turned up no new clues Sunday as authorities said metallic debris found by locals did not come from an airplane.

  • Wall Street, Stocks, Federal Reserve
    Aug 02, 2015 18:02 IST

    All eyes on Greek banks as Athens stock exchange reopens tomorrow

    Attention will be focused on Greece's embattled banks on Monday when the Athens stock exchange reopens after a six-week shutdown imposed while the country was negotiating with the European Union, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other creditors regarding the bail-out talks on its debt crisis.

  • A butterfly collecting nectar
    Aug 02, 2015 17:37 IST

    Butterflies, ants battle it out to become UK's favourite insect

    Will it be the small tortoiseshell butterfly or the black garden ant that bags the title of UK's favourite insect? An online poll will decide! The poll has been launched to find the answer by the Royal Society of Biology.

  • Paramilitary
    Aug 02, 2015 20:23 IST

    Pak security forces claim killing a major al Qaeda commander

    Pakistani security forces have killed a senior al Qaeda commander in an overnight raid at his hideout in Baluchistan, a provincial minister said on Sunday. The security forces also detained his wife and took the couple's two young daughters into custody during the raid in the Chaghi district.

  • Turkey clashes Kurds Air strikes
    Aug 02, 2015 12:40 IST

    Two soldiers dead, 24 injured in Kurdish suicide attack in Turkey

    Kurdish rebels on Sunday drove an explosives-laden agricultural vehicle into a military police station in eastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding a further 24 according to the authorities, in the latest escalation of violence between government forces and the autonomy-seeking insurgents.

  • Mars
    Aug 02, 2015 19:44 IST

    NASA monitoring Mars orbit to avoid traffic jams and collisions

    With two more Mars orbiters sent into space last year, including India's MOM probe, traffic has picked up around the red planet — so much so that NASA has bolstered its traffic monitoring process to avoid spacecraft collisions.

  • Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood
    Aug 02, 2015 12:22 IST

    Egyptian court jails 300 Muslim Brotherhood loyalists

    An Egyptian court sentenced 300 loyalists of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for three to 10 years in prison over violence charges.

  • Ahmad al-Basheer, The Basheer Show, Iraq comedy, IS
    Aug 02, 2015 10:20 IST

    Laughing at IS: Iraq's Jon Stewart combats jihadists with satire

    Defying death threats, an Iraqi television comedian, Ahmad al-Basheer, is taking on the Islamic State group with biting satirical sketches like the one above, with his sharp, incisive humour aimed at dispelling the aura of fear that surrounds the militant group.

  • Cecil the Lion, Zimbabwe, Lion Poaching
    Aug 02, 2015 07:58 IST

    Conflicting reports over killing of Cecil the lion's 'brother'

    Uncertainty surrounds the fate of another lion linked to Cecil, the beloved Zimbabwean lion slain by an American dentist whose killing caused a global outcry, after a conservation group reported that his "brother" Jericho had also been killed Saturday.

  • Myanmar floods
    Aug 02, 2015 08:40 IST

    Severe flooding hampers rescue efforts in Myanmar, at least 27 dead

    Severe flooding across Myanmar hampered rescue efforts on Saturday as thousands sheltered at monasteries after rising waters triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people, officials said.