Israeli soldier convicted in death of Palestinian assailant

TEL AVIV, January 5 An Israeli soldier was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, capping a nine-month saga that has deeply divided the country. The verdict, which marks an extremely rare case of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal action taken in the

Defence relationship with India on excellent path: Pentagon

Washington, January 5 The India-US Defence relationship is on an “excellent path” and will continue to be so in the next administration and beyond, the Pentagon has said, days ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. “The (Defence) secretary’s (Ashton Carter’s) commitment to this (India-US) is clear. We think the defence relationship with India is on

Rough start for US Republicans on 1st day of Trump-era Congress

Washington, January 5 The Republican-led US Congress had a rough start to its first session of the Donald Trump era on Tuesday when a public outcry that included a dressing-down from the president-elect prompted the House of Representatives to backtrack on its plans to defang an ethics watchdog. It was supposed to have been a

Clashes near Damascus despite Syria truce

Beirut, January 5 Syrian pro-government forces clashed with rebels around the main water source for Damascus on Thursday, a monitor said, threatening a fragile ceasefire as it entered its seventh day. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime troops backed by fighters from Lebanon`s Hezbollah movement were battling to recapture parts of the Wadi

Car bomb wounds four UN guards in Somalia’s capital

Car bomb wounds four UN guards in Somalia’s capital

Mogadishu, January 4 A car bomb wounded at least four UN guards when it exploded near a United Nations compound in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu today, police said. Al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack. “We can confirm that four guards working for the United Nations were injured,” Major Nur Osman, a police

Dollar edges down from 14-yr high as traders await cues

London, January 4 The dollar edged down from a 14-year high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday, with investors cautious about increasing bets on the greenback before getting fresh clues on the U.S. economy and timing of intrest rate rises. The greenback surged to its highest levels since late 2002 on Tuesday after U.S.

S Korean Prez refuses to testify in impeachment trial

Seoul, January 4 South Korean President Park Geun-hye refused to testify on Tuesday in the impeachment trial that will decide her future, prompting the prosecutors to question why she has publicly denied the charges of corruption but will not do so before the court. After Park’s refusal, the Constitutional Court delayed the start of oral