• masks, MERS, SARS, Asia
    Jul 01, 2015 11:02 IST

    South Korea waives visa fees to boost tourism amid MERS outbreak

    In an effort to rejuvinate its tourism sector, South Korea has said on Wednesday that it will waive off visa fees for visitors from China and southeast Asia. The numbers of tourists to the country have plummetted as it stuggles to recover from MERS outbreak.

  • Hillary Clinton
    Jul 01, 2015 12:06 IST

    Hillary Clinton emails show old friend advising on foreign policy

    Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton gave her advice on issues ranging from British politics to Afghanistan and Iran while she was secretary of state even though he was not employed by the US government, according to emails released on Tuesday.

  • Tunisia gunman
    Jul 01, 2015 03:05 IST

    Tunisia beach killer trained in Libya with museum attackers

    The young college student who killed 38 tourists in a Tunisian seaside resort was in a jihadi training camp in western Libya at the same time as the two attackers who hit the National Bardo Museum in March, a top security official said on Tuesday.

  • A Facebook user
    Jul 01, 2015 11:21 IST

    China passes new security law, expands legal reach over internet

    China passed a new national security law on Wednesday, in an attempt to expand its legal reach over the Internet and even outer space as there have been growing concerns about the country's tight limits on rights.

  • US presidential Candidate, Chris Christie, Republican
    Jul 01, 2015 05:26 IST

    Republican number 14: Christie jumps in race for US president

    New Jersey governor Chris Christie became on Tuesday the 14th Republican running for the White House with “telling it like it is” as his slogan, in keeping with his reputation for bluntness.

  • Nigeria abducted girls
    Jul 01, 2015 10:40 IST

    Man accused in Boko Haram abduction of 273 Chibok girls arrested

    Nigerian troops have arrested a businessman accused of "participating actively" in connection with Boko Haram's mass abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok last year, Nigeria's Defense Ministry said.

  • Obama and Castro shake hands
    Jul 01, 2015 04:11 IST

    United States and Cuba reach historic deal to re-open embassies

    A US source announced on Tuesday that the United States and Cuba have made a major step towards ending decades of Cold War enmity by reaching a deal to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana.

  • Yemeni policeman
    Jul 01, 2015 03:23 IST

    Prison break: Fighting in Yemen allows 1,200 prisoners to flee

    Nearly 1,200 inmates, inlcuind al-Qaeda suspects, have fled a Yemeni prison on Tuesday after their guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, according to official statements.

  • Kurds, Turkey
    Jul 01, 2015 03:12 IST

    Islamic State scores up gains and losses in Syrian fighting

    Islamic State fighters stormed the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border on Tuesday and captured a neighbourhood from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, but suffered setbacks in the northeastern city of Hasaka, a monitor and the army said.

  • Indonesia 3
    Jul 01, 2015 08:29 IST

    Death toll in Indonesia military plane crash reaches 141

    An Indonesian police official said more than 140 bodies have been recovered from the crash of a military plane in Medan. Rescue teams are searching rubble in the residential neighbourhood where the plane crashed Tuesday but hold out little hope of finding survivors.

  • confederate flag
    Jul 01, 2015 03:42 IST

    Ku Klux Klan plans pro-Confederate flag rally in South Carolina

    The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at the South Carolina Capitol, where a statue of a former state governor who championed white supremacy was vandalized on Tuesday amid scrutiny of symbols associated with slavery.

  • Indonesia 7
    Jul 01, 2015 10:30 IST

    Ageing air force fleet to blame for 140 deaths in Indonesia crash?

    Indonesian president Joko Widodo promised a review of the country's ageing air force fleet and a defence modernisation drive on Wednesday, as the death toll from the crash of a military transport plane in the north of the country climbed past 140.

  • US President Barack Obama
    Jul 01, 2015 03:05 IST

    'I will walk away from a bad deal': Obama on Iran discussions

    US President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that he would "walk away" from a bad nuclear deal with Iran, emphasising that the goal of the agreement is to ensure that Tehran does not get a nuclear weapon and that the pact has a strong verifiable mechanism.

  • Greece
    Jul 01, 2015 02:40 IST

    Greece loses access to existing financing as bailout expires

    Eurozone finance ministers declined to extend Greece's bailout on Tuesday just hours before its expiry and a possible IMF default, but talks will continue on Wednesday after Athens asked for a new aid plan, officials said.

  • Cuba, HIV, Syphillis, Elimination, Mother to child
    Jul 01, 2015 02:32 IST

    Cuba is the first nation to eliminate mother-to-child HIV

    Cuba on Tuesday became the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.