Curfew lifted in Myanmar's Mandalay city

Yangon : A dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed in Mandalay, Myanmar's second largest city, was lifted Monday.

All seven townships in Mandalay were placed under curfew since July 3, Xinhua reported.

As the security situation in the city has improved, the authorities gradually reduced the curfew hours and finally lifted the prohibition Monday.

The authorities have so far arrested a total of 56 suspects for their involvement in a sectarian riot which broke out in Mandalay last month and punished those who were charged for murder, arson, and illegal possession of weapons.


Australian terrorist's son holds severed head in picture

London : Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Monday voiced strong condemnation after an image emerged showing a boy, reportedly the son of an Australian ex-terror convict, holding a Syrian's severed head.

The photograph was posted by terrorist Khaled Sharrouf on Twitter and captioned, “Thats my boy!”, The Australian reported.

Sharrouf, who was jailed in 2009 for four years for being part of a cell planning attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, has now joined Islamic State (IS) previously known as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants in Syria.


US told about humanitarian aid delivery in Ukraine

Moscow : Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has informed US Secretary of State, John Kerry, about the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country's eastern regions.

In a telephonic conversation, Poroshenko notified Kerry of "the invitation of representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to coordinate all matters aimed at arranging for humanitarian aid", the presidential press said Sunday.

According to reports, Kerry welcomed the Ukrainian president's initiative about an international humanitarian mission.


Former prime minister returns to Thailand

Bangkok : Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is facing legal allegations in her country, has returned to Thailand from her vacation, media reported Monday.

Yingluck arrived at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport Sunday night from Singapore, the Bangkok Post reported.

Yingluck left Thailand for a holiday in Europe and the US after she was granted permission to leave the country between July 23 and Aug 10.

She was required to request permission because of pending legal allegations against her.


Russia urges for aid delivery to eastern Ukraine

Moscow: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that his country hopes that the issue of humanitarian aid corridors in eastern Ukraine would be resolved soon.

Lavrov said Russia was making efforts to reach an agreement with Ukraine, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the UN on humanitarian aid deliveries to Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

"We think this is a pressing issue that admits of no delay. This issue is under control of the Russian president," Lavrov said.


Egypt pushes for ending Gaza 'inhumane' blockade

Cairo: Egypt is continuing its efforts to put an end to the "inhumane blockade" imposed by Israel on the Gaza strip, Egypt's foreign ministry said Sunday.

"Practical procedures made by Egypt to end the Gaza blockade will continue out of Egypt's historical and ethical responsibility towards its Palestinian brothers," Xinhua reported citing the statement.

Israeli airstrikes kill three in Gaza

Gaza: Fresh Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Sunday killed three Palestinians and wounded 20 others, according to medics and eyewitnesses.

Ashraf al-Qedra, health ministry spokesman in Gaza, confirmed that three Palestinians were killed in fresh Israeli airstrikes on houses in the Gaza Strip, including two children.

The Israeli airstrikes on the coastal enclave were a response to several rockets fired from the territory into Israel, according to Israeli Radio, adding that no damages or injures were reported.

18 terror attack suspects surrender in China

Beijing : As many as 18 suspects have surrendered to the police in connection with last month's terrorist attack in China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, the regional government said Sunday

The attack took place in Shache county of Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture June 28 and claimed the lives of 37 civilians.

"Few of the surrendered suspects were diehard terrorists, and many of them were cheated or coerced into joining the attack," Xinhua reported citing Shache public security bureau official Abdulkeyum Abdukhadir as saying.

China sends remote-sensing satellite into space

Beijing: China Saturday successfully put a remote-sensing satellite into its scheduled orbit.

The Yaogan XX satellite lifted off at 1.45 p.m. on a Long March 4C carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gobi desert, Xinhua quoted the centre as saying in a statement.

The satellite would be used to conduct scientific experiments, monitor crop yields and aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters.

The launch marked the 190th mission for China's Long March rocket family.


US drone kills three suspected militants in Yemen

Sana'a: A US drone strike killed three suspected Al Qaeda men in Yemen's Marib province Saturday, security officials here said.

The strike targeted a house in Wadi Abida area in the province, killing three men and injuring two women, Xinhua quoted the officials as saying.

US drone strikes against Al Qaeda militants have increased in Yemen since Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February 2012.

However, critics from human rights groups said the drone strikes violate international law and cause heavy civilian casualties.