Boy killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza

Gaza: An eight-year-old boy was killed and three others wounded in a fresh Israeli airstrike Saturday afternoon on a house in the central Gaza Strip, medics said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, the health ministry spokesman in Gaza, told reporters that Hussein Ahmed was killed and three other civilians were inured in an Israeli airstrike on the central Gaza Strip town of Deit el-Ballah, Xinhua reported.

Al-Qedra said that the toll from Israeli Saturday reached nine, most of them children, while more than 20 other people were wounded in a series of airstrikes.

Britain mulls steps to combat extremism

London: To discourage extremist elements originating from Britain, Home Secretary Theresa May has plans to bring in new laws that may strip Britons fighting in Syria and Iraq of their citizenship.

May is poised to bring in laws to tackle British extremists in the wake of the killing of US journalist James Foley by a jihadist with an English accent, the Guardian reported Saturday. She feels Britain must introduce all the legal powers necessary to win the struggle against terror that is feared to last for decades.

Terror world is facing now, Israel saw years ago: Diplomat

Panaji: The terror which Israel had to face 30-40 years ago, India, the US and Europe are confronted with now, Israel's Mumbai consul general David Akov said here Saturday.

There is also a need for the "cultured" world to fight collectively against "barbarism" epitomized by journalist James Foley's beheading, Akov told IANS on the sidelines of a two-day Israeli film festival which got underway here Saturday.

"I think what is happening today, is that things we knew specifically from our experience 30-40 years ago, most of the cultured world is seeing today.

UN warns of possible 'massacre' in Iraqi town

Baghdad: Fearing a possible massacre in northern Iraqi town of Amerli, under siege by Islamic State (IS) for two months, the UN has called for action to prevent this.

According to UN secretary general's special representative for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov, he is "seriously alarmed" by reports regarding the conditions in which the town's residents live, BBC reported Saturday.

"The situation of the people in Amerli is desperate and demands immediate action to prevent the possible massacre of its citizens," Mladenov said in a statement.

18-year-old British Indian hailed as brainiest student in Britain

London: An 18-year-old British Indian boy has become Britain's brightest student after getting perfect fives in all major subjects with 100 percent score, a media report said.

Asanish Kalyanasundaram, who hails from Lancahsire in northwest England, got the highest possible grades in maths, physics, chemistry, biology and critical thinking, as required at A-Levels in Britain, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

Kalyanasundaram, an aspiring surgeon, will be going to Cambridge University to study medicine in October.

Indian American author wins award in US

New York: Indian American writer Nina McConigley is the recipient of the prestigious PEN Open Book Award for her collection of short stories, "Cowboys and East Indians".

McConigley, lecturer at the Department of English of University of Wyoming, is one of the two winners. The other is Ruth Ellen Kocher for her work, "Domina Un/blued", a press release issued by the university said.

UN chief condemns attack on mosque in Iraq

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in the strongest terms the attack on a mosque in eastern Iraq Friday that killed up to 73 people.

Ban called on all Iraqi authorities to ensure that the attack is properly investigated and its perpetrators held accountable.

"Attacks on places of worship are completely unacceptable and are prohibited under the international law," Ban said in a statement from his spokesperson.

Media reports put the toll in the attack at between 68 and 73.

Website launched for Modi's US reception

Washington: The Indian American Community Foundation (IACF) has launched a website to give a community reception for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the US in September, a media report said Saturday.

The website,, will ensure the success of the Sep 28 event where he will address an estimated 20,000 people, news analysis website Niti Central reported.

According to the IACF, more than 300 Indian American organisations have come together to organise the reception. It will be held at the Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York.

China used force to quell 2008 Tibet protests: Rights group

Dharamsala: Chinese security forces used machine guns to quell protests in Tibetan capital Lhasa in March 2008, a human rights watchdog here has said.

"A leaked document provides irrefutable evidence that Chinese security forces killed Tibetans in different localities in Lhasa city during the initial protests in March 2008 that ignited the uprising in large parts of the Tibetan plateau," the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) said.


New Zealand becoming popular with Indian students

Mumbai: New Zealand has emerged as a popular destination for Indian students, the country's high commissioner to India has said.

There was an increase of 83 percent in the number of student visas issued to Indians between January and July this year, compared to the same period last year, Grahame Morton said here Friday.

According to latest figures released by the state-run Education New Zealand (ENZ) department, first-time student visas issued to Indians for studying in that country shot up by a staggering 123 percent in 2014.