Not leaving New Zealand because of allegations: Indian envoy

Wellington: India's High Commissioner to New Zealand Ravi Thapar on Saturday said he was not leaving the country because of assault allegations against his wife but because he wanted to take care of his mother living in India.

Thapar's wife has been accused of physically assaulting a domestic help at their residence. He has denied the allegations and said his wife was an "experienced diplomatic spouse" incapable of assaulting an "able-bodied man".

18 suspects arrested for Kuwait bombing

Kuwait City: Eighteen suspects were arrested following a suicide bombing at a Shia mosque here that killed 27 people and left 222 wounded on Friday, a media report said on Saturday.

After holding an emergency meet on Friday, the cabinet declared Saturday as the national day of mourning, the Kuwait Times reported.

A suicide bomber sneaked into the Imam Al-Sadeq Mosque near Kuwait's famous Al-Sawaber district at the end of Friday afternoon prayers.

Death toll rises to 39 in Tunisia attack

Tunis: The death toll has risen to 39 in the deadly attack on a tourist resort in Tunisia's Sousse district, the health ministry said.

The fatalities rose from the initial 27 to 39 as some of the critically injured victims died at a hospital, Xinhua quoted the ministry as saying on late Friday.

The main perpetrator of the massacre, a 23-year-old Tunisian student, was killed by security forces. Another 39 people were wounded in the horrific attack.

China warns British festival organisers over inviting Dalai Lama

London: China has warned the organisers of the annual British Glastonbury Music Festival over inviting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, a media report said on Saturday.

"China resolutely opposes any country, organisation, body or individual giving any kind of platform to the 14th Dalai Lama to engage in anti-China activities," The Telegraph quoted Lu Kang, China's foreign ministry spokesman, as saying.

Lu said on Friday that he was not aware of the details of what the Dalai Lama would be doing at the Glastonbury Festival.


UN condemns France, Kuwait, Tunisia terror attacks

United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, an official statement said.

In the string of attacks on Friday, a man was beheaded at a gas factory in France, at least 27 people were killed in a Shia mosque attack in Kuwait and 39 people were massacred by a gunman at a Tunisian beach resort.

Ban condemned the attacks in the strongest terms and stressed, "those responsible for these appalling acts of violence must be swiftly brought to justice", the statement issued on Friday said.

New compound could terminate pancreatic tumours

London: An effective therapy for pancreatic cancer could soon be a reality as researchers have discovered a chemical compound that reduces the growth of cancerous tumours in the pancreas by 80 percent in treated mice.

The compound -- MM41 -- was designed to block faulty genes. It appears to do this by targeting little knots in their DNA called quadruplexes, especially found in faulty genes.

UN chief hails US' same-sex marriage ruling

United Nations : UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the US decision to legalise same-sex marriage in all 50 states, a media report said on Saturday.

The US Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the country that meant that the 14 states with bans will no longer be able to enforce them, Xinhua reported.


Bobby Jindal wants to get rid of US Supreme Court

Washington : Finding himself at odds with the US Supreme Court over its two landmark judgements upholding healthcare law and same-sex marriage, Louisiana's Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal wants to get rid of the court.

"Thursday, the Supreme Court had its say on Obamacare; soon, the American people will have theirs," wrote the newly minted aspirant for Republican nomination for President in an opinion piece in Time magazine.


Greece to hold referendum on debt deal

Athens : Greek Prime Minister Alexia Tsipras on Saturday said the country will hold a referendum on July 5 on the latest debt deal proposed by its international creditors.

On June 30, the second extension of the Greek bailout expires and Athens must later this month make a payment of 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) or risk crashing out of the single currency and possibly the EU. The talks have been in deadlock for five months.


Same-sex couples can now marry across US

By Arun Kumar

Washington : Giving gay rights activists their biggest victory yet, the US Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples can marry nationwide and states cannot ban such marriages - an issue that divides America and India too.

President Barack Obama, who come out in support of same sex marriage only three years ago in the face of fast-changing public opinion in the midst of his 2012 re-election campaign, hailed the apex court's 5-4 ruling as "a victory for America".