'Big Bang Theory' Johnny Galecki house burns down

Los Angeles: “Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki’s house has burned down in a massive fire on Monday night. The 42-year-old actor was not at the property at the time of the fire and is unharmed, reported Variety. “My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some

Salvador Dali's body dug up for paternity test

London: Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s body will be exhumed as a result of a Madrid court order to get DNA samples for a paternity suit brought on by a woman who claims to be his daughter. The woman, Maria Pilar Abel Martinez, who was born in 1956 said her mother, a maid, had a clandestine affair with the painter in 1955, reported The Guardian. “The DNA study of the

Kidnapped journalist found dead in Mexico

Mexico City: Authorities in Mexico found the burned remains of a journalist who was kidnapped in May, the sixth reporter killed this year in the country, a state prosecutor said today. “DNA samples have confirmed that these remains are those of Salvador Adame,” the public prosecutor for the central state of Michoacan, Jose Martin Godoy, told a news conference.

Colombia FARC rebels complete disarmament: UN

Bogota: Colombia’s leftist FARC rebel force formally completed its disarmament process to end half-a-century of war against the State, the United Nations has said. UN monitors “today stored away the entirety of the FARC’s registered individual arms,” except for some that were exempted for transitional security at demobilisation camps, the body said yesterday in a statement. The move carried out by Colombia’s biggest rebel group under a 2016 peace accord

Merkel softens her opposition to gay marriage

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has softened for the first time her opposition to gay marriage, as her conservative party comes under growing pressure on the issue ahead of elections in September. Merkel, who had repeatedly voiced her opposition to gay marriage, said yesterday that lawmakers could vote according to their conscience, and not toe the party line. Germany introduced civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in 2001, but

US warns Assad may be preparing chemical attack

Washington: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing a chemical weapons attack that would result in the “mass murder” of civilians, the White House said today, warning the regime would pay a “heavy price” if it goes ahead. The White House said the preparations were similar to those undertaken by the Assad regime ahead of an apparent chemical attack on a rebel-held town. Washington launched a strike against a Syrian

34 killed in China floods, 93 missing in landslide

Beijing: At least 34 people have been killed in floods triggered by incessant rains while another 93 remained missing following a massive landslide in southwest China that have forced authorities to relocate over 4.50 lakh people. More than 3,000 rescuers were searching for the 93 people still buried under rocks and mud brought by the landslide in Sichuan Province, authorities said. The landslide engulfed at least 62 homes in Xinmo

Government websites hacked with pro-IS rant

Columbus (US): Government websites, many of them in Ohio, were hacked with a message that purports to be supportive of the Islamic State terrorist group. A message posted on the website of Republican Ohio Gov John Kasich said, “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.” The message, left by “Team System Dz,” also ended, “I love the

Diaspora Indians optimistic about India-US ties

Washington: More than 600 diaspora Indians, dressed in their traditional finery, converged in Virginia for a reception in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and voiced optimism about the future of India-US relations under the leadership of Modi and US President Donald Trump. Modi, in his nearly 50-minute address in Hindi to the diaspora, outlined the achievements of his government in the past three years, including introduction of social benefits

Pinarayi seeks probe into Keralite priest's death in UK

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged the Centre to take steps for a probe into the death of 33-year-old Keralite priest at Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, yesterday. The body of Martin Xavier Vazhachira, belonging to the CMI Congregation, who had gone missing, was found on a beach in Edinburgh yesterday, as per a message received by the CMI Church here. In a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma

Pak: At least 120 burnt to death in oil tanker fire

Bahawalpur: At least 123 people were killed after an oil tanker caught fire in Punjab, Pakistan today morning, Pakistani media reported. Dozens more were injured in the massive blaze, that was sparked in Ahmedpur Sharqia in Bahawalpur after the oil tanker overturned on a highway. Pakistani media outlets reported that the injured were moved to Bahawal Victoria Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital in critical conditions and that the death toll