Argentine crowned world youth chess champion

Buenos Aires: Argentine Alan Pichot was crowned the under-16 world champion after beating Russian Maxim Litvinov during the World Youth Chess Championship in Durban, South Africa.

The 16-year-old became the youngest Argentine to achieve this result in the last 22 years, finishing the meet with nine points from 11 games, half more than his closest rivals, reports Xinhua.

Pichot ended with nine wins and two losses.


Israel slams militant Islamists in UN address

United Nations:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday lashed out at militant Islamists in a speech at the UN, saying Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Islamic State (IS) "share a fanatical creed".

"ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree," Xinhua quoted him as saying in an address at the general debate of UN General Assembly, using an alternate acronym for the extremist group. "When it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas. And what they share in common, all militant Islamists share in common."

Modi arrives in Washington for summit meeting with Obama

Washington: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Washington Monday evening for his summit meeting with US President Barack Obama.

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns received Modi at the Andrews Air Force Base.

A large number of Indian American supporters were present along the road to cheer Modi on his way to Blair House. They welcomed him with chants of "Bharat Mata ki Jai" and "Modi, Modi".

Hostages in Philippines plead for their lives

Manila:Two German hostages held by the Philippine Islamic group Abu Sayyaf appealed for their lives Monday, urging authorities in Berlin to pay a ransom and withdraw support from the international military operation against Islamic State (IS) militia in Iraq.

"I'm suffering a lot because I was taken hostage... and now I have to lay on the ground, to sleep on the ground... and my medical condition worsened, and I fear a lot for myself," said the older of the two hostages, a 74-year-old man, in an interview with Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), media reported.

Requested US not to repeat Iraq mistake in Afghanistan: Modi

New York:India has requested the US not to repeat its mistake of Iraq and instead withdraw gradually from Afghanistan till the country is able to stand on its own in order to prevent the Taliban from again becoming powerful, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday.

To a question after his address at the Council of Foreign Relations here, Modi said the US and India “should believe how to work for each other's benefit".

Modi meets Bill and Hillary Clinton

New York : Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former US president Bill Clinton and his wife and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton here Monday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was also present during the meeting. Hillary Clinton and Sushma Swaraj shared a hug, according to pictures of their meeting tweeted by the external affairs ministry.

Hillary Clinton, who was an active US secretary of state during President Barack Obama’s first stint as president, is being touted as a 2016 US presidential hopeful, though she has not revealed her cards yet.

Belgium's biggest terror trial begins

Brussels : Belgium's biggest ever trial for alleged terrorism offences began Monday in the northern city of Antwerp.

The trial involves 46 defendants accused of conspiring to overthrow Western democracies through the means of terrorist acts, Xinhua reported.

All accused are members of the militant Islamic group Sharia4Belgium. State prosecutor Ann Fransen will try to prove to the court that the group is part of a terrorist conspiracy.


Italy on terror alert

Brussels : Italy was put on a high level of alert for possible terrorist attacks even though no specific threats have been made, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Monday.

"The alert for Italy is high, even in the absence of a specific threat," ANSA news agency quoted Alfano as saying on the sidelines of a security conference in Brussels.

Over 2,000 Germans volunteer to help battle Ebola

Addia Ababa : Over 2,000 Germans have heeded the government's call to register as volunteers for deployment to fight the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the African Union (AU) said in a statement Monday.

German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, informed this to AU Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, after the chairperson briefed him on AU's ongoing efforts to fight the disease, Xinhua reported.

The two officials met on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, said the statement.

56 killed in South Sudan road accident

Khartoum : At least 56 people were killed in a traffic accident in South Sudan Monday when a minibus collided with a truck on a road linking South Sudan with Uganda, according to a medial source in Juba Hospital.

"The victims could be more, but (the number of) those who were brought to the hospital is 56," Xinhua quoted a source as saying on condition of anonymity.