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Dhaka sacks minister over Haj criticism

Abdul Latif Siddique

Bangladesh has sacked a top minister after his criticism of the Muslim pilgrimage of Haj triggered protests by Islamists who declared him an apostate and set a 24-hour deadline to replace him.

Anti-polio drive misses over 16,000 kids in Pakistan

Over 16,000 children in Pakistan could not be vaccinated against the polio virus due to their parents’ resistance during the day-long national campaign against the crippling disease in Peshawar.

‘Umbrella Revolution’ still works online

China’s censors, who have barred most online discussion of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, have so far not blocked searches for the movement’s “Umbrella Revolution” nickname, although it may

Controversial Rohingya plan to go on: Myanmar

Myanmar has confirmed to the United Nations it is finalising a plan that will offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they change their ethnicity to suggest Bangladeshi origin, a move rights gr

Thailand court cancels order to expel Indian

A Thai court on Tuesday annulled the expulsion order against prominent Bangkok-based Indian businessman Satish Sehgal for allegedly participating in anti-government demonstrations, ruling that the the

James Foley’s New York advert photo creates row

A picture of US journalist James Foley moments before his murder at the hands of extremists in Syria has been pulled from a New York ad campaign criticised as anti-Muslim.

Ashraf Ghani signs troops pact with US

Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to allow some US troops to stay in the country in 2015, signalling that new President Ashraf Ghani intends to mend frayed ties with Washingto

HK protesters reject demands to end rallies

Student activists sleep on a road, many under the shade of umbrellas, near the government headquarters. AP

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kongstreets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by the po

Manila seizes art from Imelda Marcos

Imelda Marcos

Philippines authorities said they seized paintings Tuesday from a Manila property of former First Lady Imelda Marcos as part of efforts to recover works by Picasso, Gauguin, Miro, Michelangelo and oth

Between 2 pm on October 1 and 10.30 am on October 2, Central government offices in New Delhi remained closed. Why? Because Prime Minister Narendra Modi, concerned about widespread filth in India, is “launching” the nation-wide “Swachchh Bharat” (Clean India) campaign today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Indian diaspora in New York with a grand promise: “India will touch new heights.” The crowd of 20,000 Americans of Indian origin erupted in re