19 People Killed In A Car Bomb Near A Market And Mosque In A Rebel-Held City In Northwestern Syria

New Delhi: Terror onslaught on humanity continues as at least 19 people were killed in a car bomb near a bustling market and mosque in a rebel-held city in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said. Four children were among those killed in the explosion in Azaz, in the heart of a Turkish zone of influence in Aleppo province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The attack also wounded more than 20 people, according to the Britain-based monitor. “Many people were leaving evening prayers when the explosion happened,” Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP.


Applicants For US Visas To Submit Their Social Media Details Under New Rules By The State Department

New Delhi: Nearly all applicants for US visas will have to submit their social media details under new rules by the State Department. The State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names and five years’ worth of email addresses and phone numbers.

When proposed last year, authorities estimated the proposal would affect 14.7 million people annually. Certain diplomatic and official visa applicants will be exempt from the stringent new measures. However, people travelling to the US to work or to study will have to hand over their information.

“We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States,” the department reportedly said.


North Korea Executes Its Special Envoy To The US Following Collapse Of The Second Summit

New Delhi: North Korea executed its special envoy to the United States following the collapse of the second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.

The Chosun Ilbo said Kim Hyok Chol, who laid the groundwork for the Hanoi meeting and accompanied Kim on his private train, was executed by firing squad for “betraying the supreme leader” after he was turned by the US.

“Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March at Mirim Airport along with four senior foreign ministry officials following an investigation,” the newspaper quoted an unidentified source as saying.

The other officials were not named.


China’s Grip On Rare-Earth Metals Gives It The Ability To Target American Weaponry In Its Trade War

New Delhi: China’s grip on the global market for rare-earth metals gives it the ability to target American weaponry in its trade war with the US. Everything from Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet to guided missiles and lasers used to determine targets rely on the elements to perform key functions. China accounts for as much as 95% of global output and the US relies on the Asian nation for 80% of its rare-earths requirement.

Rare earths, which despite the name are more widely available than precious metals in the Earth’s crust, have been thrust into the spotlight by a series of media reports in China signaling Beijing is gearing up to use the minerals as a counter in its trade battle with Washington. Tit-for-tat tariffs on a slew of commodities including soybeans, natural gas and aluminum have already roiled global markets and threatened global economic growth.


Quality Of Paperwork Provided By India In Nirav Modi Extradition Case To Be Under Focus

New Delhi: Days after he was denied bail by the same court, the quality of paperwork provided by India in the Nirav Modi extradition case will be under focus during a case management hearing in the Westminster Magistrates Court.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which represents the Indian government in UK courts, assured chief judge Emma Arbuthnot at the May 8 hearing that the paperwork would be submitted to the required standard by the hearing on May 30.

Modi was denied bail on the third occasion during the last hearing, when the judge sought the papers to be ‘perfectly paginated’. He remains in custody in the Wandsworth jail in west London.