Japan’s Abe takes G7 leaders to shrine as economy tops summit agenda

Courtesy The News International Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe escorted Group of Seven (G7) leaders to the Shinto religion’s holiest site on Thursday before a summit covering topics from risks to the global economy to refugees and China’s maritime assertiveness. Abe greeted U.S. President Barack Obama and other G7 partners one-by-one at Ise Grand Shrine…

Taliban announce Maulvi Hibatullah Akhunzada as new chief, confirm Mansour’s death

Courtesy The News International KABUL: After the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who headed the Taliban after Mullah Muhammad Omar, the banned organisation has chosen Maulvi Hibatullah Akhundzada as their new Emir or chief.  Meanwhile, senior Taliban military commander Sirajuddin Haqqani and the son of Mullah Muhammad Omar, Mullah Yaqoob, have been appointed as Deputy…

Hunger, child marriage, prostitution – India drought hurts women, low-caste Dalits more

Courtesy The News International MUMBAI: India’s worst drought in decades is hurting women and lower-caste Dalits disproportionately, with impacts ranging from malnutrition to early marriage to prostitution, activists say. The government estimates the drought has affected more than 330 million people – almost a quarter of India’s population – across 13 of the country’s 29…