International News Headlines

India, Japan vow to build special strategic ties

Tokyo , Sep 1

In what could worry China, India and Japan Monday pledged to develop "closer and strategic partnership" as Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared on the third day of a path-breaking visit that relations with Tokyo were "the highest priority for my government".

Nigerian troops, Boko Haram militants exchange gunfire

Abuja , Sep 1

Heavy gunfire was heard Monday from the scene of a gunfight between Nigerian security forces and suspected members of the Boko Haram in the restive northeastern state of Borno, residents said.

Indian in UAE unable to pay hospital bills

Abu Dhabi , Sep 1

An uninsured Indian man in the UAE has run up more than $160,000 in medical bills after he suffered a brain haemorrhage and spent about six months in an Abu Dhabi hospital, a media report said.

India, Japan to elevate strategic partnership

Tokyo , Sep 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said relations with Japan were of the "highest priority" for his government and announced a slew of initiatives, including turning the strategic partnership into a "special" partnership and a fast-track channel for Japanese investors.

200,000 Indians granted Saudi visas in one month

Riyadh , Sep 1

More than 200,000 Indians, mostly domestic helpers and labourers, were granted visas by Saudi authorities in one month, an official said Monday.

Indians in Saudi Arabia asked to get machine-readable passports

Riyadh , Sep 1

The Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia has appealed to all Indians living in the kingdom to get machine-readable passports issued as soon as possible, a media report said Monday.

Saudi preacher jailed for praising IS

Riyadh , Sep 1

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a preacher to five years in jail for praising the Islamic State (IS) Sunni militant organisation during an Eid sermon at a mosque in Riyadh in 2013, a media report said Monday.

Abdullah al-Thinni asked to form new Libyan government

Tripoli , Sep 1

Libya's newly-elected parliament Monday asked Abdullah al-Thinni to form a new government, a lawmaker said.

IS committing crimes against humanity in Iraq: UN

Geneva , Sep 1

Violence carried out by militants of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation in Iraq, including murders, executions, abduction, sexual violence and torture, amount to crimes against humanity, the UN said Monday.

Iran vows to free Al-Aqsa mosque from Israel

Tehran , Sep 1

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Monday vowed to liberate the Al-Aqsa mosque in the old city of Jerusalem from the Israeli forces and spare no efforts to help the Palestinian people, state-owned Press TV reported.