‘An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern UK’ The creator of a wizarding empire which has dazzled the world, J. K. Rowling struggled...
BEIJING: President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong this week to celebrate 20 years since the former British colony’s return to China, state media confirmed on Sunday, a trip that will stoke resentment among pro-democracy activists. It will be Xi’s...
LONDON: At least six people were injured on Sunday after a car mounted a pavement outside a sports centre in the northern English city of Newcastle, but the incident is not believed to be terrorism-related, police said on Sunday. Local...
Rival Cypriot leaders at a make-or-break summit in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to seal an elusive peace deal for their divided island or face the consequences. "We are looking for a final settlement... We expect both parties...
MADRID: More than 1,500 people were evacuated as a precaution on Sunday after a fire broke out at a nature reserve in southern Spain famed for its biodiversity, authorities said. The fire started overnight and had by morning encroached on...
Hanuman Prasad Garg doesn’t blame rising fuel prices or pressure from cheap knock-offs for the slow demise of the glass industry where Indian artisans have forged bangles for centuries. He blames the Taj Mahal. The ancient glass quarter in Firozabad...
ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday welcomed Qatar’s dismissal of a sweeping list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies in an escalating crisis and said the ultimatum was "against international law". "We welcome Qatar’s position because...
LONDON: The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, called on Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday to set up a cross-party commission to "draw much of the poison" from the debate over Britain’s decision to exit the European Union. In an...
DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led Eid al-Fitr prayers in the central city of Hama on Sunday, appearing in public outside the capital for the first time in a year. Assad’s office published images of him praying inside the brightly-lit...
Frozen out of power in Washington and having lost a string of congressional races this year, Democrats are struggling to craft winning strategies to convert disillusionment with President Donald Trump into victory in 2018’s midterm elections. The party fielded a...

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