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Johannesburg: As a Pretoria judge on Monday prepared to rule on whether South African authorities must arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for "crimes against humanity", there were conflicting reports about his whereabouts.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said that one of its reporters saw al-Bashir outside a hotel near the Sandton International Convention Centre where the 25th session of the African Union (AU) Summit has been taking place since Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.


Kathmandu: Nepal's historical monuments and heritage sites, most of them damaged by the devastating April 25 earthquake, reopened to the public on Monday, an official said.

All the heritage and historical sites have reopened, including the famous Basantapur Durbar Square, Nepal's Department of Archaeology said.

However, Changunarayan temple in Bhaktapur, a world heritage site, will be reopened later as restoration work was yet to be completed, it said.


Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian court sentenced on Friday four tourists among a group blamed for triggering an earthquake by posing naked on Malaysia'a sacred Mount Kinabalu tourists to three days in prison and a fine.

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the 13,400-foot-high mountain on June 5, killing 18 people and leaving hundreds stranded,


Kathmandu: The cost for reconstruction of the earthquake-ravaged Nepal is approximately $6,663.1 million, according to a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) carried out by the Nepal Planning Commission on Saturday.

Reconstruction of damaged physical infrastructures has become the most difficult task to the Nepal government after two major earthquakes jolted the Himalayan Nation on April 25 and May 12, Xinhua reported.


Sanaa: War planes of the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces bombed a historical site inscribed on the UN World Heritage List in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Friday and killed at least six civilians, a security source told Xinhua news agency.

"They bombed the Old City of Sanaa in the city centre, killing at least six civilians and wounding several others. At least five houses in the historical site were destroyed, and many buildings in the Old City were damaged," the security official told Xinhua.


New York: The US government has opened an investigation against two of the biggest Indian outsourcing companies for possible violations of H1-B visa rules, according to a media report.

The Department of Labour has opened the investigation against Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys for "possible violations of rules for visas for foreign technology workers under contracts they held with an electric utility Southern California Edison," the New York Times said.


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Kathmandu: An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on Thursday night, a media report said on Friday.

The National Seismological Centre of Nepal said that the epicentre of Thursday's quake was in Sindhupalchowk district, 65 km off Kathmandu, Xinhua news agency reported.

The quake is considered an aftershock of the April 25 temblor that devastated Nepal and claimed over 8,500 lives.

Sindhupalchowk was one of the worse-hit districts in the massive quake of April 25.


Kathmandu: At least 55 have been killed in several landslides that hit Taplejung district in northeastern Nepal on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, media reported.

Republica, an English daily, said the massive landslides caused the death of 55 villagers in six village development committees and injured over one dozen, while nearly 40 are still missing as of Thursday evening.


Islamabad: Accusing India of destabilising Pakistan, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said nuclear weapons are for the defence of the country and not for “celebratory” occasion.

Mr. Musharraf, who ruled from 1999 to 2008, claimed India is carrying an aggressive attitude as a pre-planned strategy with the ultimate end game of denuclearising Pakistan.


Kathmandu: At least 47 people were killed and 80 injured when a landslide swept away a number of villages of Taplejung district in Nepal, officials said.