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Dozens killed in ‘terrorist attack’ in Xinjiang

Dozens of people were killed and injured in a “terrorist attack” in China’s far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, state media reported Tuesday.

Kuala Lumpur struggles to cope with haze

Malaysia’s iconic Twin Towers emerge out of thick haze in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.  	— AFP

Air quality around Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was “unhealthy” on Tuesday, with one town reaching “very unhealthy” levels as haze — mostly from forest fires in Indonesia — obs

Japanese teen killer ‘wanted to dissect a body’

A 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl has confessed to decapitating a classmate and cutting off her hand, the police said Tuesday, with the suspect reportedly telling investigators she “wanted to dissect”

Nepal allows Tibet monk’s cremation

Nepal said Tuesday it had agreed to allow a senior Tibetan Buddhist monk to be cremated in Kathmandu, overturning an earlier ban which had sparked claims that it had caved to pressure from China.

Iran: Israel is committing ‘genocide’

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Islamic world on Tuesday to arm Palestinians to allow them to counter what he called Israel’s “genocide” in the Gaza Strip.

War could dent, not break Israel economy

Israel’s war against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is expected to cost it billions of dollars, temporarily hurt economic growth and put pressure on the government’s finances.

Benjamin Netanyahu asks for US aid on Gaza truce

Palestinian children, killed the night before in an Israeli airstrike, are laid on a bed at the Khan Yunis Hospital. AFP

Mahmoud Abbas to head to Cairo for ceasefire talks; Israel flattens Gaza’s only power plant

Former security chief under probe

Zhou Yongkang

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang is under investigation, authorities said Tuesday, in a move targeting one of the ruling Communist Party’s most powerful men.

North Korea slams report of arms deal with Hamas

North Korea has denounced allegations that it supplied missiles to Hamas and material support to Hezbollah as “sheer fiction” and a “sinister” effort to link Pyongyang to West Asia disputes.

The conscience of Justice Markandey Katju, dormant for over 10 years, erupted recently, throwing out allegations against everyone around him — mostly in the nature of ipse dixit. His targets — three former Chief Justices of India in the collegium (Justices R.C. Lahoti, Y.K. Sabharwal and K.G. Balakrishnan) that could have but did not select Justice Katju to the Supreme Court in 2004 or earlier.

If you care about India’s children, prepare to shed a tear now. If you care about Gujarat’s children, prepare to cry buckets now. Because Dinanath Batra, ace scholar, perfervid activist, slayer of Donigers, is a revered figure in the schools of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s motherland.