Train derailment in US causes massive explosion, oil spill

Washington: A train carrying crude oil derailed in the US state of West Virginia Monday, causing a massive explosion and an oil spill, as a state of emergency was declared in two counties of the state, media reported.

A home was destroyed in the accident, but there were no reports of injuries, CNN said, citing Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the West Virginia department of military affairs and public safety.


Sudan elections April 13

Khartoum : Sudan's presidential and parliamentary elections polls are set to take place April 13, authorities said.

"The poll process will last for three days to avail the opportunity for the large number of people to cast their votes," National Election Commission (NEC) Chairman Muhktar al-Asam said.

The counting will begin April 16 and the final results will be announced April 27, al-Asam said, adding that the number of the ballot cards range between 80 to 85 million, Xinhua reported Monday.


Christians' execution by IS: Egypt reserves right to respond

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Monday that his country reserves the right to respond at the proper time to the killing of 21 Coptic Egyptians in Libya by Islamic State (IS) militants, according to a Xinhua report.

The president said that Egypt would be able to defeat terrorism because "Egypt is defending humanity".

On Sunday, the IS militant group published a video purportedly showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians abducted in Libya. Later, the Egyptian Orthodox Church confirmed the killings.

Egyptian Church confirms Coptic Christians' execution by IS

Cairo: The Egyptian Orthodox Church confirmed late Sunday that the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians abducted by the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Libya have been executed by the militants, Xinhua reported, citing Egypt's state-run MENA news agency.

"We watched the painful video. We can confirm (that) the slain were our kidnapped sons in Libya," spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, Polis Halim, was quoted by MENA as saying.

The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed in a video Sunday to have executed 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians abducted in Libya.

IS video shows beheading of 21 Egyptians in Libya

Tripoli: The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed in a video Sunday to have executed 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians abducted in Libya.

Some Libyan affiliates of the IS circulated a video purporting to show the beheading of the Egyptians, according to a Xinhua report.

The Egyptian foreign ministry has not commented on the video yet.

The Egyptians were abducted in the Libyan city of Sirte in two separate incidents in December and January, only a week apart from each other.

Copenhagen double attack perpetrator identified

Copenhagen: The alleged perpetrator of the double terrorist attack in the Danish capital Copenhagen was identified as a 22-year-old man born in Denmark, who was known to have a criminal past.

Police said in a press release that the man was known for several crimes, including those related to contraventions of the Weapons Act and violence, according to a Xinhua report.

The Danish Security and Intelligence Agency (PET) said Sunday that it had prior knowledge of the alleged perpetrator.

Foreign minister's US visit successful: Sri Lanka

Colombo : The Sri Lankan government Sunday said its foreign minister's just-concluded visit to the US was successful.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera briefed US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the efforts taken by the new Sri Lankan government to address human rights concerns, Xinhua reported.

Sri Lanka has been accused of committing human rights abuses during the final stages of the war between Tamil Tigers and the military which ended in May 2009.


Three killed in Denmark terror attacks, shooter shot dead

Copenhagen : At least three people were killed and five others injured in separate shooting attacks in Denmark, involving a gunman who was killed in a later shootout Sunday. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt termed the attacks as a "terrorist strike", media reports said.

The gunman stormed a cafe Saturday evening where French ambassador Francois Zimeray and controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks were present for an event titled "Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression", CNN reported.

Obama condemns 'outrageous murders' of Muslim students

Washington : US President Barack Obama condemned the "brutal and outrageous murders" of three Muslim students in the state of North Carolina earlier this week and said that no one should be targeted for their looks or modes of worship.

"No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship," Obama said in a statement, according to a CNN report Friday.

"Michelle and I offer our condolences to the victims' loved ones," the US president said.

Discarded Laptop batteries can help light up India

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

India is power starved country. There are ways and means are being searched in order to get round the problem. In the high profile visit of the US president Brack Obama, Prime Minister Narander Modi told the nation that a breakthrough in nuclear energy has made with the Civil -Nuclear deal with the US and soon India will become a power surplus nation.