• Mücahid Cihad Han
    May 26, 2015 11:49 IST

    Masturbation causes pregnant hands in afterlife: Turkish preacher

    Turkish Televangelist Mücahid Cihad Han claims masturbation is prohibited in Islam and leads to pregnant hands in the afterlife.

  • Mexico Tornado
    May 26, 2015 10:49 IST

    Tornado, floods leave deadly trail at Mexico-US border

    A tornado ripped into a town in northern Mexico on Monday, killing at least 13 people and flattening hundreds of homes in a deadly six-second blast of carnage, officials said.

  • Blues legend B.B. King
    May 26, 2015 09:11 IST

    BB King death probed as homicide after poison claim, says coroner

    Police in Las Vegas have launched a homicide investigation into the death of BB King, a Nevada coroner's office said on Monday, after the blues guitar legend's daughters reportedly accused his aides of poisoning him.

  • Taliban lay siege on Afghan police compound, 26 people killed
    May 26, 2015 01:12 IST

    Taliban lay siege to police compound, kill 19 Afghan security men

    Taliban gunmen have surrounded a police compound in a the volatile southern province of Helmand after killing 19 policemen and seven soldiers in an ongoing siege, the senior police officer said on Monday.

  • China fire
    May 26, 2015 07:25 IST

    Fire at China care home kills 38, injures 6; cause unclear

    A fire at a care home in central China left 38 people dead and six injured, officials and reports said Tuesday.

  • Palmyra
    May 26, 2015 00:02 IST

    Syrian warplanes batter IS jihadists in ancient Palmyra

    Syrian government aircraft carried out intense strikes Monday against the Islamic State group in and around the ancient city of Palmyra after its fall to the jihadists, a military source said. "The air force struck more than 160 Daesh targets, killing and wounding terrorists and destroying weapons and vehicles equipped with machineguns" on Palmyra's outskirts and elsewhere in the east of Homs province, the source said.

  • Ali Abdullah Saleh
    May 26, 2015 00:12 IST

    Fierce fighting in Yemen continues as UN postpones peace talks

    Rebel forces and loyalist fighters were locked in fierce fighting in Yemen Monday as hopes of a political solution faded after the United Nations postponed peace talks.

  • Polish President Duda
    May 25, 2015 23:06 IST

    Conservative challenger Duda wins Polish presidential vote

    Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election and ousted the incumbent in a runoff vote, according to official results Monday.

  • Tunisia soldier army base shooting
    May 25, 2015 19:19 IST

    Tunisian soldier shot dead after killing seven in army base

    A Tunisian soldier opened fire at a military base in the capital on Monday, killing seven colleagues and wounding 10 others before being shot dead himself, according to the army which said the shooter had "family problems".

  • Social activists hold a banner of blogger and author Ananta Bijoy Das during a protest against his killing in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    May 26, 2015 00:34 IST

    Bangladesh bans radical group Ansarullah Bangla Team

    The government in Bangladesh on Monday banned Islamist radical group Ansarullah Bangla Team for attacking and killing secular writers and bloggers. The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday issued a gazette notification banning the group that has been active since 2008. The ministry also requested Ministry of Information to take necessary steps to spread the news.

  • A Pakistani Taliban
    May 25, 2015 23:18 IST

    Risky strategy: Kabul plans to form anti-Taliban militias

    Facing a fierce Taliban offensive across a corridor of northern Afghanistan, the government in Kabul is turning to a strategy fraught with risk: forming local militias and beseeching old warlords for military assistance, according to Afghan and Western officials.

  • Student Esther with Gurnimrat Sidhu. Photo courtesy: University of Oxford
    May 25, 2015 23:38 IST

    Oxford award for ‘inspirational’ Punjabi-origin teacher

    Gurnimrat Sidhu, a teacher at Oaks Park High School in Ilford, is among the 12 teachers honoured as ‘inspirational teachers’ by the University of Oxford as part of an awards scheme designed to recognise excellent teachers from state schools and colleges.

  • Remembering 9/11 attack victims
    May 25, 2015 23:22 IST

    No referendum vote for EU citizens: UK government

    Nearly 1.5 million citizens of European Union (EU) countries resident in the UK will not be allowed to vote in the forthcoming referendum to decide Britain’s membership of the 28-member union that was one of the key issues in the May 7 elections.

  • Nepal earthquake
    May 25, 2015 23:29 IST

    Nepal quake destroyed 1/2 mn houses, people still residing under tents

    Imagine living under threat of death and destruction for nearly a month. That’s what life has been for millions in Nepal, a month since a devastating earthquake jolted this Himalayan nation.

  • John Nash
    May 25, 2015 20:58 IST

    Nash Equilibrium: A theory of choosing the best response

    The greatest contribution of professor John Nash, the renowned mathematician who died in a car crash on Sunday, was in the expansion of Game Theory — a theory that’s widely applied across fields from foreign affairs to economics, from politics to biology.