US to roll out economic part of Mideast peace plan

The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House said Sunday. Continue Reading

‘French docs begin halting life support for man in vegetative state’

French doctors Monday began switching off the life support of a quadriplegic man who has been in a vegetative state for the last decade, in a hugely controversial case that has divided France, the lawyer for his parents said. Continue Reading

US’ richest billionaire promises to pay off 400 students’ loans

America’s richest billionaire and a prominent philanthropist stunned an entire graduating class at a college in Atlanta when he promised to pay off nearly 400 students’ loans estimated at USD 40 million. Continue Reading

Starbucks opens ‘silent cafe’ in China

Leading American coffee chain Starbucks has opened a ‘silent cafe’ in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, in which nearly half of the staff are hearing-impaired, as part of an initiative to support the employment for people with disabilities. Continue Reading

Japan court grants $4.5 mn bail for former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn was initially released last month, but then re-arrested on 4 April on the new charges, returning to the same Tokyo detention centre where he had previously spent 108 days following his first arrest in November. Continue Reading

Sri Lanka bleeds as serial blasts leave 129 dead, 300 injured

The blasts occurred at around 8.45 am as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress in churches, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Suicide bombers reportedly blew up two churches, say reports. Continue Reading

Death toll rises to 129 in Lanka serial blasts, over 300 injured

The first blast ripped through St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo. A second explosion was reported at St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo. Continue Reading