US government shuts down

The US government began shutting down on Saturday, putting thousands of workers on unpaid leave, after the Senate failed to pass a stopgap budget.

Trump ends year as 'most unpopular' president

US President Donald Trump ended his first year in office more unpopular than any President in modern history, various polls have said.

Ex-US lawmaker sentenced to 18 years for drug trafficking

A former US Republican lawmaker was sentenced to 18 years in prison for drug trafficking, officials said.

Three decades on, FBI re-launches search for Pan Am hijacking suspects

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has re-launched its search to catch four hijackers of the Pan Am Flight 73, almost 32 years after the failed attempt at Karachi airport.

Ex-CIA officer suspected of helping China arrested

A former CIA officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle Washington's spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said.

Libya's Afriqiyah Airways suspends flights following airport attack

Libya's state-owned Afriqiyah Airways on Monday suspended all flights after heavy clashes damaged a number of its airplanes.

Parents arrested after children found shackled in California home

Two parents have been arrested in California in the US after police found 13 people allegedly being held captive at their home, including some "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks".

Nawaz Sharif appears before accountability court for 13th time

 A hearing of corruption references against former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law, is underway in an accountability court in Islamabad, media reports said.

36 killed in Baghdad twin suicide bombings

At least 36 persons were killed and 91 others injured in twin suicide attacks in Baghdad early on Monday, medical sources told Efe news agency.

Speedboat explodes off Thailand, 1 killed

BANGKOK: A Thai crew member was killed and several others injured as a speedboat carrying 27 Chinese tourists and some crew exploded off Thailand's Andaman Sea near Phi-Phi Islands on Sunday, local media reported.

Toll in California mudslides rises to 20

LOS ANGELES: The death toll in the flooding and landslide that last week hit Montecito, California - northwest of Los Angeles - rose to 20 on Sunday, with four people remaining missing, authorities said.

Photographers accused of sexual exploitation of male models

Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been accused of sexually exploiting male models in incidents that date back to the 1990s.

Photographers accused of sexual exploitation of male models

LOS ANGELES: Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been accused of sexually exploiting male models in incidents that date back to the 1990s.

Qatar files new complaint to UN over UAE violation of airspace

Qatar has filed new complaint to the UN Security Council over a second United Arab Emirates (UAE) military fighter jet which violated its airspace, Qatar News Agency reported on Saturday.

8 killed in Portugal building fire

 At least eight persons have been killed and over 50 injured in a fire that broke out at a two-storey building in Portugal, the media reported.

Russia strongly opposes US attempt to renegotiate Iran n-deal

MOSCOW: Moscow has a critical attitude toward the latest US statement on reviewing the Iran nuclear deal and will do all it can to resist any attempt to scrape the deal, Russian authorities said on Saturday.

New Zealand restaurant's 'racist menu' sparks anger

A New Zealand restaurant has been accused of using mocking racial cliches on its menu.

Trump lashes out in 'crude outburst' against migrants

US President Donald Trump has reportedly lashed out at immigrants in a foul-mouthed Oval Office outburst, media reports said. A backlash to his latest remarks was swift.

Republican legislators unveil new US immigration Bill

A group of US Republican lawmakers has unveiled the details of an immigration bill that has the support of President Donald Trump.

US could "go back in" Paris Agreement: Trump

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that Washington could "conceivably" re-enter into the global Paris climate agreement, from which he announced the withdrawal last year.