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US: Human error led to Afghanistan hospital hit

A US airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan that killed at least 30 people was caused primarily by human error, the commander of the US forces said on Wednesday, promising disc

Bangla activists held for ISIS propaganda

The police have detained two members of Bangladesh’s biggest religion-based party on suspicion they were involved in ISIS propaganda, including one who called himself “Jihadi John”, a police commissio

‘Hasina’s gains from hangings short-lived’

The execution of two Bangladeshi Opposition leaders for war crimes appears to have cowed rivals of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, but critics said her success comes at the cost of free discourse and th

UK rejects Malaysia massacre appeal

Britain’s highest court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by relatives of 24 rubber plantation workers killed by British troops in Malaysia in 1948 for a public inquiry into the shootings.

Pakistan President stays disabled convict’s execution

Amid appeals from rights groups, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday stayed the execution of a disabled convicted murderer who was set to be hanged in a Faislabad jail the same day.

Turkey to ease tension with ‘friend’ Russia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to play down tensions with Russia Wednesday after Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane on the Syria border sparked fears among Nato allies of a wider conflict.

Russia will not wage war on Turkey: Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a news conference in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: AP)

Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its Air Force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note af

Brussels schools reopen as terror threat looms

Children pass a police officer as they arrive for school in the centre of Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday.	— AFP

Brussels struggled to return to normal Wednesday after four days on maximum terror alert, with schools and the metro reopening despite two suspects from the Paris attacks still being at large.

US raises Philippines military aid

The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines in 2015 to $79 million, the US ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region over China’s new assertiveness in the South

Are countries which have not been responsible over decades, perhaps even over centuries, for huge greenhouse gas emissions, promoting global warming now obliged to cut on their CO2 emissions in global

ISIS, or more accurately Daesh, is a creation of multiple forces – its seeds were sown by America during its Cold War confrontation against the erstwhile Soviet Union, it has been nurtured well since