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Manila to evacuate 13,000 amid renewed Libya clashes TRIPOLI: The Philippines was preparing Thursday to evacuate 13,000 citizens from Libya as violence raged and after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse was gang-raped there.Greece is also sending a warship to evacuate some of its citizens as well as people from other countries.Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario was heading to neighbouring Tunisia to organise an evacuation as fighting resumed between militias seeking to control the Libyan capital's crippled international airport.Del Rosario said he was repeating a 2011 mission that evacuated thousands of Filipino workers during the uprising that toppled Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi."Our major challenge, as in 2011, is to convince our folks that they must leave Libya at the soonest time to avoid the perils of a highly exacerbating situation there," he told reporters in Manila.The Philippines ordered an evacuation on July 20, hours after the discovery in the eastern city of Benghazi of the ...

21 bodies of holidaymakers retrieved from Karachi sea beaches KARACHI: At least 21 bodies of picnickers, most of them youth were pulled out at different points of Clifton and Hawke's bay beaches here till Thursday while search for the other missing people was continued by the rescue agencies. Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui is personally monitoring the rescue operation being conducted with the help of Pakistan Coast Guards, Fire Brigade and other City government departments at the beaches, official sources said.More than two dozens ...

Gaza toll his 1,374 on day 24 of conflict GAZA CITY: At least 10 people were killed in Israeli strikes on central and southern Gaza on Thursday, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 1,374 on day 24 of the conflict. Another three people, including a local journalist, died of injuries sustained in earlier attacks, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.Six people were killed in two separate raids on the southern city of Khan Yunis, including a woman, while two more people died in a ...

Both sides must stop fighting at MH17 crash site: Malaysia PM THE HAGUE: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appealed Thursday for an "immediate cessation" of fighting between Ukraine government forces and rebels around the crash site of flight MH17 near the Russian border."I ask the immediate cessation of the hostilities in and around the crash site by both Ukraine and separatist forces," he said after talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in The Hague."We ask that all sides respect the lives lost and the integrity ...

Kerry 'excited' about Modi, seeks India-US reboot NEW DELHI: US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced optimism Thursday about working with India's new right-wing government as he paid a first visit aimed at reviving a relationship clouded by mistrust.The United States and India have described each other as natural allies with common concerns about a rising China and extremism, but the world's largest democracies have weathered an unusually large number of disputes in the past year.Kerry, who met senior Indian leaders in ...

Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations KOROR: Pacific leaders warned Thursday that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change.The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) wrapped up its annual meeting in Palau with a call to action on the issue of global warming, with the 15-nation regional grouping saying there was no excuse not to act to curb climate change."We all know the causes of climate change, we know the solutions," Samoa Prime Minister ...


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