Middle East

Hurricane Harvey: Texas battered by high winds and rain

Meteorologists have warned Harvey could continue to dump rain until the middle of next week Hurricane Harvey has slammed into Texas with initial winds of up to 130mph (215km/h) battering coastal areas. The biggest storm to hit the US mainland … read more

Pictorial: Bahir Dar city shuts down businesses to commemorate one year anniversary of protest killings

ADDIS STANDARD – Addis Abeba, August 07/2017 Several businesses in the city of Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara Regional state, 558 kms from Addis Abeba, have spent today closed off.   Residents of the city are commemorating the … read more

Yemen man convicted of raping and murdering three-year-old girl executed by machine gun

Yemen man convicted of raping and murdering three-year-old girl executed by machine gun.Hundreds gathered on Sanaa’s main square and many filmed the sentencing on their phones A man convicted of raping and murdering a three-year-old girl has been executed in public … read more

Justin Gatlin defeats world record holder Usain Bolt in the 100-meter final in London.

(CNN) There was to be no triumphant end to Usain Bolt’s final individual race. The great Jamaican will retire after the IAAF World Championships in London, bringing the curtain down on an incomparable career. But in the 100m final on … read more

Kenya’s Kirui wins men’s world marathon

AFP – Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui won the men’s world marathon on Sunday, making up for his country’s podium no-show in the last two championships. Kirui, this season’s Boston marathon winner, clocked 2hr 08min 27sec for gold, 1min 22sec ahead … read more

Renault to sign joint venture deal in Iran: ministry source

AFP – French carmaker Renault will sign a long-awaited deal on Monday to build more than 150,000 cars a year in Iran, a source close to the country’s industry ministry told AFP. Unlike its chief competitor PSA, which makes Peugeots … read more

US and China pressure North Korea after sanctions vote

AFP – The United States and China piled pressure on North Korea Sunday to abandon its nuclear missile programme after the UN Security Council approved tough sanctions which could cost Pyongyang $1 billion a year. One day after Council members … read more