Trump meets Florida shooting victims, first responders

POMPANO BEACH (Fla.): President Donald Trump came face-to-face Friday with hospitalized victims of the horrific school shooting in Florida and offered thanks to the doctors and nurses who helped the wounded, declaring “the job they’ve done is incredible.” Asked if he’d talked with victims, Trump added: “I did indeed, and it’s very sad something like

Battle to free Mosul of IS ‘intellectual terrorism’

MOSUL: In a classroom of the University of Mosul, in the Islamic State group’s former Iraqi capital, around 50 volunteers have undergone a week’s training on how to combat the jihadists’ ideology. The ulema, or Islamic scholars, aim to set up “brigades” tasked with ridding Mosul residents of extremist ideas following the city’s recapture last

‘Towels’ and telephone codes: five things to know about Kosovo

PRISTINA: Kosovo, which celebrates 10 years of independence on Saturday, has a flag that few people care about, four international telephone codes and a judoka hero. Here are five things to know about the youngest European country. Kosovo’s flag bears the shape of its territory and six yellow stars, for its six main ethnic groups,

Pakistan borrows $500 million from China

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has contracted another foreign commercial loan of $500 million from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to shore up its depleting reserves. The Express Tribune reported that the with new borrowing the Chinese financial institution’s contribution to supporting a strong rupee against the US dollar increased to $1 billion in just

13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexican earthquake

    Mexico City: A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. The Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site

‘Putin’s chef’ among Russians indicted by Mueller

MOSCOW: He’s known as “Putin’s chef” — a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Vladimir Putin through his stomach. On Friday, Yevgeny Prigozhin — along with 12 other Russians and three Russian organizations — was charged by the US government as part of a vast and wide-ranging effort to sway political opinion

Israel strikes Gaza after blast wounds four soldiers

Gaza City: Israeli jets struck the Gaza Strip on Saturday after four soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border with the Palestinian enclave. The explosion earlier Saturday, which left two of the Israeli soldiers severely injured, was one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled

Cameroon separatists prepare for guerrilla war

IKOM, NIGERIA: For the first time in his life, Victor Obi believes that the only way to win freedom in Cameroon is with a gun. “I don’t want to die, but the only future is our independence, and they will not give it to us,” said the student, whose name has been changed for his