Chennai floods: Airlifted pregnant woman delivers healthy twin girls

A nine-month pregnant woman, who was aerially rescued last week from one of the worst rain-affected areas of the city, has given birth to healthy twin girls at a hospital here, bringing some cheer as residents grapple with the aftermath of the unprecedented deluge. The IAF, which had rescued 28-year-old Deepthi Velchamyon December 2, again airlifted her to a hospital ... Read More »

National Herald case: Rahul Gandhi hits out at ‘absolute political vendetta’

National Herald case: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today alleged a “political vendetta” by the rulingBJP into the National Herald case, and insisted that he will not be cowed down and will continue asking questions to put pressure on NDA at Centre. Earlier, a combative Sonia Gandhi, raecting to the latest developments in the National Herald case, invoking the legacy of ... Read More »

National Herald case: BJP tells Rahul Gandhi, Sonia to go to court

Intensifying attack on top Congress leaders Rahul Gandhiand Sonia Gandhi over National Herald case, BJP accused them of using “pressure tactics” by “obstructing” the Parliament to prevent further investigation in the matter. “Congress leaders are trying to obstruct Parliament for their own interest. They are creating hurdles in the country’s progress and jeopardising people’s interests,” BJP National General Secretary Arun ... Read More »

With landmark climate accord, world marks turn from fossil fuels

The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming. After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against poor, imperiled island states against rising economic powerhouses, French Foreign Minister ... Read More »

For China, climate deal is imperfect but huge step forward

For China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, the global climate accord reached in Paris marked a huge step toward greener growth that safeguards its sovereignty while falling short on funding for cleaner energy. Xie Zhenhua, Beijing’s senior climate change envoy, said he welcomed what he described as a flawed agreement, echoing a similar summation from U.S. President Barack Obama. ... Read More »

First women elected to Saudi local councils

Women rest after casting their votes at a polling station during municipal elections, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 12, 2015. REUTERS/FAISAL AL NASSER Saudi Arabians voted 17 women into public office in municipal elections in the conservative Islamic kingdom on Saturday, the first to allow female participation, a state-aligned news site reported on Sunday. The election was the first in ... Read More »

Iran’s possible next Supreme Leader being examined: Rafsanjani

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei departs after casting his ballot in the parliamentary election in Tehran March 2, 2012. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ An Iranian committee is examining potential candidates to be the next Supreme Leader, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Sunday, breaking a taboo of talking publicly about succession in the Islamic Republic. Even after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ... Read More »

As Cruz rises in presidential polls, Trump calls him ‘maniac’

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R) greets businessman Donald Trump onstage as they address a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 9, 2015. REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump had a new target on Sunday, calling fellow White House contender Ted Cruz “a little bit of a maniac” as the ... Read More »

Dozens die in strikes on Syrian school district, other areas

Intense air and missile strikes on a school district and other areas in insurgent-held Damascus suburbs killed dozens of people on Sunday, including children, a monitoring group and local rescue workers said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said unidentified war planes hit the town of Douma, 10 miles (15 km) northeast of the capital, and surface-to-surface missiles fired by ... Read More »

FBI wraps up search of California lake for shooting clues

An FBI diver searches the water at Seccombe Lake Park after a shooting earlier this month in San Bernardino, California December 11, 2015. REUTERS/JONATHAN ALCORN left 1 of 4 right image: left 2 of 4 right image: left 3 of 4 right image: left 4 of 4 right image: left 1 of 4 right FBI divers have wrapped up ... Read More »