China to build important ‘passageway’ to South Asia through Tibet: Report

China has included building of an important “passageway” connecting Tibet with South Asia in the 14th Five Year plan which is due to commence from this year, the official... Read more »

From Saddam’s ouster to brutal Islamic State campaign, a timeline of disaster and displacement for Iraqi Christians

BAGHDAD — In Iraq, two decades of back-to-back conflicts have left ancient Christian communities that were once a vibrant and integral part of the landscape scattered and in ruins.... Read more »

Lawsuit demanding Harvard return photos of enslaved African Americans ‘exploited for profit’ dismissed by a Massachusetts court

Boston: A Massachusetts state judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a Connecticut woman who said Harvard University illegally owned photos of her enslaved ancestors and refused to turn them... Read more »

Banksy confirms Reading prison artwork as his; throws weight behind campaign to turn site into arts centre

London: Banksy appears to have thrown his support behind a campaign to turn a former prison in the English town of Reading into an arts venue, a town spokesman... Read more »

Myanmar cracked down brutally on protests. It may get worse

Myanmar’s security forces have killed scores of demonstrators protesting a coup. The new junta has jailed journalists — and anyone else capable of exposing the violence. It has done... Read more »

WHO inquiry into COVID-19 origins ‘compromised by politics’, say scientists awaiting overdue report

A team of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on a mission to trace the origins of the COVID-19 epidemic, intend to scrap an eagerly-awaited interim report of their mission to... Read more »

China boosts defence spending to $209 billion, over three times that of India

Beijing: China on Friday hiked its defence budget for the first time to more than US $200 billion, over three times higher than that of India, maintaining a single-digit growth... Read more »

US condemns infiltration across LoC, supports ‘dialogue’ on Kashmir between India and Pakistan

The US has condemned terrorists who seek to infiltrate across the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan, calling on all the parties to reduce tensions along the... Read more »

Chinese astronauts under training for crewed missions to space station in 2021: CNSA

China said Thursday a cohort of astronauts is training for four crewed missions this year as the country works to complete its first permanent orbiting space station. The station’s... Read more »

American Anthem, the song referred to by US president Joe Biden in his speech, to be published as a picture book soon

Composer Gene Scheer, whose song ‘American Anthem’ was quoted by President Joe Biden during his inaugural address, is returning the favour. The picture book American Anthem will be released... Read more »