Najam Sethi likely to take over as interim ICC president

Dubai:Najam Sethi, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) executive committee, is likely to become the International Cricket Council's (ICC) interim president, filling the post left vacant by Mustafa Kamal's resignation earlier this month.

Sethi, who is currently in Dubai ahead of the ICC meeting, is a favourite to replace Kamal, reports espncricinfo.

Sethi, who is also the former chairman of the PCB, was slated to take over from Kamal as the ICC president for a period of 12 months from July 1.

Four ex-US security guards jailed for killing Iraqi civilians

Washington: Four former US Blackwater security guards were sentenced by a federal judge to long prison terms for the 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.

US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Nicholas Slatten to life in prison after his murder conviction in the killings at a Baghdad traffic circle, Efe news agency reported on Monday.

Three other former Blackwater guards who had been convicted of manslaughter in the killings -- Paul A. Slough, Evan S. Liberty and Dustin L. Heard -- were each sentenced to 30 years behind bars.

Domestic intelligence foils terror plot in Morocco

Rabat : Moroccan authorities have foiled a terror plot in the north African nation's northeastern town of Salwane which envisaged terror acts, including assassination of officials, the interior ministry said.

The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), an offshoot of Morocco's domestic intelligence agency (DGST), foiled the terror plot after investigations revealed that a jihadi cell was plotting "targeted" terror attacks in the country, including the assassination of officials, the interior ministry said in a statement on Monday.


Sri Lankan president calls for unity on national New Year

Colombo : As Sri Lanka celebrated its national New Year on Tuesday, President Maithripala Sirisena said important strides were being taken to realise the need for unity among all people.

In his message to mark the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Sirisena said that by giving prominence to religious and cultural traditions and the best social values in the New Year celebrations, Sri Lankans show their recognition of the age-old humane values that have enriched their lives to this day.


US state temporarily suspends death penalty

Washington : The Supreme Court of the southern US state of Tennessee has temporarily suspended executions pending its ruling on the constitutionality of carrying out the death sentence by a different lethal injection and the electric chair.

In a ruling on Friday, the judges suspended three executions scheduled for later this year and another for March 2016.

The court recently suspended half a dozen executions to hear individual appeals, but the ruling, announced on Monday, paralyses all protocol for executions pending revision, Efe news agency reported.


800,000 children forced to flee homes in Nigeria: Unicef

United Nations : The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) in a new report has revealed that at least 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups.


Airstrikes in Yemen leave 120,000 people displaced: UN

United Nations : The ongoing airstrikes that started late last month in Yemen have caused more than 120, 000 people to be evacuated, a UN spokesperson has said.

Yemen has been suffering from political unrest and clashes between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd- Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled the country. On March 26, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies launched airstrikes on the Shiite Houthi group that has seized parts of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa and is closing in on the southern port city of Aden.


Obama not ready to endorse Hillary Clinton

Washington : US President Barack Obama is not ready to formally endorse his ex-secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in her bid for the presidency because it is possible that other hopefuls for the post will appear, including other "friends" of the chief executive, the White House.


Obama to decide if Cuba will be taken off terrorism sponsor list

Washington : US President Barack Obama will decide soon on whether or not to remove Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism, a move that would allow Washington to lift a series of sanctions on the island, the White House said.

"Expect a decision in the coming days," spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House daily briefing on Monday.

Cuba demands that it be removed from the list, on which it has appeared every year since 1982 and which includes the imposition of sanctions such as prohibiting weapons sales and economic aid.


India, Australia could push for South China Sea conduct code: Bishop

New Delhi : Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday said her country wants to be the "partner of choice for India's energy security" and, with both countries sharing "similar views" on China's territorial ambitions and on unimpeded maritime rights, they could work together to push the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

Bishop, who is here to hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday, said Australia wants to be "a useful partner for India as it emerges on the world stage".