India-born doctor, wife charged in US for FGM

New York: An India-born doctor and his wife have been arrested and charged with helping another Indian-origin doctor perform genital mutilations, a procedure that is criminalised in the United States, on minor girls. Fakhruddin Attar, 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, both from Michigan state, were charged with conspiring to perform female genital mutilations (FGM) on minor girls out of Fakhruddin Attar’s medical clinic in Livonia. The Attars were

Dozens of children evacuated from Caracas hospital

Caracas (Venezuela): About 50 children were evacuated from a Caracas hospital which the Venezuelan government blamed on an attack by armed gangs but the opposition attributed to tear gas used to quell unrest. As protests and looting continued into the night following another day of clashes between police and demonstrators in the capital, the government and opposition traded blows over the events at the maternity hospital. “I denounce before the

IMF 'pleased' to see 'rebalancing' in China's economy: Lagarde

Washington: The IMF has praised the ‘rebalancing’ taking place in China’s economy, saying there are ‘good numbers’ coming out from the Asian economic giant as a result of its recent stimulus. “As far as China is concerned, there are clearly good numbers coming out that are certainly a result of some stimulus, some encouragement from the Chinese authorities,” IMF chief Christine Lagarde said at a news conference held at the beginning of

Armed gangs attack Venezuelan maternity hospital

Caracas (Venezuela): Armed gangs attacked a Venezuelan hospital where 54 children were housed today, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said, blaming opponents of President Nicolas Maduro after another day of violent unrest. “I denounce before the international community that armed gangs hired by the opposition attacked a maternity hospital with 54 children,” Rodriguez tweeted, noting that Maduro had ordered the hospital’s evacuation without specifying its location.

Drift analysis says MH370 likely crashed north of search

Canberra: Analysis of a genuine Boeing 777 wing flap has reaffirmed experts’ opinion that a missing Malaysian airliner most likely crashed north of an abandoned search area in the Indian Ocean. The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended in January after a deep-sea sonar scan southwest of Australia failed to find any trace of the plane that vanished in 2014. But research has continued in an effort to refine

Man arrested over attack on German soccer team: Prosecutors

Berlin: Prosecutors say a 28-year-old German-Russian citizen has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the bomb attack against a bus carrying members of the Borussia Dortmund soccer team. A Dortmund player and a policeman were injured in the triple blasts last week as the bus was heading to the stadium for a match against AS Monaco. Investigators found notes at the scene claiming responsibility in the name of Islamic

Sentence next for Volkswagen in US diesel emissions scandal

Detroit: Volkswagen and the US government are asking a judge to approve a USD 2.8 billion criminal penalty against the automaker for cheating on diesel emissions tests. Federal Judge Sean Cox is holding a hearing today in Detroit, six weeks after the German automaker pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The judge wanted more time to consider the plea deal and fine negotiated by VW and the US

George Bush still in hospital, gets 'morale boost' from son

Houston: Former US President George HW Bush, who is recovering from his second bout of pneumonia, got a ‘big morale boost’ from his son after he paid a visit to him at a hospital here. Bush, 92, posted a photograph with his son former US President Geroge W Bush on Twitter with the caption: “Big morale boost from a high-level delegation. No father has ever been more blessed, or prouder.” The former

Trump condemns Paris terrorist attack

Washington: US President Donald Trump has condemned the Paris terrorist attack, saying there is a need to stay strong and vigilant. “First of all, our condolences from our country to the people of France. Again, it is happening, it seems…It is a very, very terrible thing that’s going on in the world today,” Trump told reporters in a joint press conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Palo Gentiloni. “But it

Islamic State claims Champs Elysees police killing

Paris: A known terror suspect gunned down a police officer and wounded two others on Paris’s Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group days before France’s presidential election. The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police car on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00 pm (local time) yesterday, prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives. After killing the officer and injuring his

Strawberries help fight breast cancer, according to study

London: Scientists have found that strawberry extracts may help prevent the spread of aggressively growing breast cancer cells and reduce the size of tumours. Researchers showed that strawberry extract can inhibit the spread of laboratory-grown breast cancer cells, even when they are inoculated in female mice to induce tumours. Past studies have shown that the ingestion of 500 grammes of strawberries (between 10 and 15 strawberries) per day offers antioxidant and