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South Asia

Addressing the media persons here Friday, Sirisena said he would use his address at the UN general assembly later this month to make a case for removal of war crimes charges. (Photo: File)

Sri Lanka to urge UN to remove war crime charges against its troops

Sirisena, who will lead a delegation to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, will address general debate on September 25.

Sharif appeared before the Islamabad-based court for hearing in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and the Hill Metal Establishment cases. (Photo: File)

Paid day-to-day expenses of PM House from my own pocket: Sharif

Sharif's comments came a day after PM Khan, in his first address broke down the expenses of the Prime Minister House.

There was a debate in Pakistan whether the new Prime Minister would attend the UN session or stay home as part of his austerity drive and focus on economic issues. (Photo: File)

Imran Khan to skip UN General Assembly session to focus on Pak economy

'No, the prime minister is not going. I will lead Pakistani delegation,' foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.

The chief justice said the court would issue notice to NGOs and the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while it hears the case related to basic rights of transgenders. (Photo: AFP)

Pakistan Supreme Court to provide jobs to transgenders

Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on Tuesday said two transgenders would be provided jobs in the Supreme Court.

The official, who spoke to The Associated Press from Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office, said they are waiting on Washington for a second meeting date. (Representational Image)

Taliban say they're ready for second round of talks

One of the officials said the meeting ended with a plan to meet again in September. The US has refused to confirm or deny that meeting.


China will not be content to only play defence in an escalating trade war with the United States, a widely read Chinese tabloid warned, as Trump was expected to announce new tariffs on USD 200 billion in Chinese goods as early as Monday. (Photo: AP)

China won’t just play defence in trade war with US: Media

US and China already levied duties on USD 50 bn worth of each other’s goods in intensifying row that has jolted global financial markets.

People clean up debris caused by Typhoon Mangkhut outside a housing estate on the waterfront in Hong Kong on Monday. (Photo:  AP)

Hong Kong begins massive clean-up after Typhoon Mangkhut chaos

The death toll in the Philippines, where the main island of Luzon was mauled with fierce winds and rain, rose to 65 overnight.

'China does not interfere in Africa's internal affairs and does not impose its own will on Africa. What we value is the sharing of development experience and the support we can offer to Africa's national rejuvenation and prosperity,' Xi said. (Photo: File)

No strings attached, says Xi Jinping on funding for vanity projects in Africa

Xi said plan, for which Beijing has pledged USD 126 bn, would help provide resources and facilities for Africa and expand shared markets.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan told ISI officials that his govt and people of country firmly stood behind the armed forces and intelligence agencies. (Photo: File)

ISI world’s best intel agency, 'our first line of defence’: Pak PM Imran Khan

Khan was briefed on Wednesday in detail on various strategic intelligence and national security matters by senior ISI officials.

Middle East

Participants, including Saudi women, attend a hackathon in Jeddah prior to the start of the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. (Photo: AFP)

Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech solutions to Haj calamities

The scheme for the post-oil era aims to draw six million Haj pilgrims annually.

The new law appears to be in preparation for the historic lifting of the kingdom's driving ban on women on June 24. (Representational Image)

Saudi Arabia criminalises sexual harassment

The new law would introduce prison term of up to five years, maximum penalty of 300,000 riyals (USD 80,000).

The footage, which sparked outrage on social media in the ultra-conservative kingdom, showed the pair sharing a meal at a desk. (Representational Image)

Saudi Arabia arrests man for posting ‘offensive breakfast video’ with woman

The footage, which sparked outrage on social media in the ultra-conservative kingdom, showed the pair sharing a meal at a desk.

The Shipping Corporation of India says the explosion struck the MT Desh Vaibhav on Tuesday in the Gulf of Oman while it was en route to Fujairah on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. (Representational Image)

Indian oil tanker suffers explosion off Oman, 3 crew missing

The company did not identify the nationalities of the missing.

Israel has warned of a growing Iranian military presence in neighbouring Syria, which it sees as a threat to its safety. (Photo: ANI/Representational)

2 Israeli missiles strike near Damascus airport: Syrian state media

Head of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman said that Israeli missiles hit arms depots for Hezbollah near airport.


The new 3,510-acre (1,420-hectare) command, whose construction cost USD 11 billion, is the largest overseas US base. (Photo: AP)

US ends 70 years of military presence in South Korean capital

Command’s move to expanded facility Camp Humphreys, about 70 km south of Seoul, comes amid fledgeling detente on Korean Peninsula.

On the sidelines of the BRICS Education Ministers' meeting here, the minister of state for HRD echoed the views of his counterparts that many of the current traditional jobs will become redundant or demand different qualification requirements in future. (Photo: @dr_satyapal/Twitter)

Youth needs to be prepared for 'fourth industrial revolution': Satya Pal

Singh underlined role of digital technologies to enhance education, saying it was key to help India, S Africa prepare youth for future.

The Open Arms and its companion ship, the Astral, will likely need four days to reach Barcelona, said the Astral’s captain, Riccardo Gatti. (Photo: AP)

Fear turns into joy: Rescue boat saves 60 in Mediterranean

By nightfall Saturday, Spain agreed to let Open Arms dock in Barcelona, where humanitarian aid group which operates vessel is based.

Opposition party supporters react after police fired tear gas, in Harare on Wednesday. (Photo: AP)

Ruling party wins majority in Zimbabwe, EU questions poll

The EU did not understand why the release of the presidential result was taking so long, he said.


US President Donald Trump joins European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel,  Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, for a “family picture” ahead of the opening ceremony of the Nato summit in Brussels on Wednesday. (Photo: AP)

Trump, Merkel trade barbs over Russia at Nato summit

Merkel ramped up the febrile atmosphere of the summit with a sharp reply on arriving at Nato HQ.

'Twenty-five years ago... someone mentioned about a problem of sexual allegations' at a conference for western Buddhist teachers in Dharamshala, a hill town in northern India, he added. (Photo: AP)

Knew of sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers since 1990s: Dalai Lama

He was responding to a call from a dozen of the victims who had launched a petition asking to meet him during his trip to the Netherlands.

Iran is facing an 'economic, psychological and propaganda war', Rouhani said.

US sends Iran messages 'every day' to begin negotiations: Rouhani

Tensions ramped up between Iran and US after Trump pulled out of landmark nuclear deal with Iran in May and reimposed sanctions last month.

India's Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador Virander Paul said, 'Regarding the so-called 'China-Pakistan Economic Corridor', which is being projected as the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative, the international community is well aware of India's position.' (Photo: File)

India raises concern over China-Pakistan economic corridor project at UN

India at United Nations reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of the Right to Development.

The 49-year-old had refused to sell the tobacco related item to the boy and his two friends who came into his shop on January 6 because they were under 18 years of age. (Photo: UK Police website)

Indian-origin man killed by UK teen for refusing to sell cigarette paper

The shopkeeper, Vijaykumar Patel sustained fatal head injury in unprovoked attack by the boy, whose name has not been revealed.


Donald Trump wants to stop the subsidies that growing economies like India and China have been receiving as he wants the US, which he considers as a developing nation, to grow faster than any other nation. (Photo: File)

Donald Trump says India called him, wants trade deal with US

'Frankly, I'll tell you, India called us the other day. They said they would like to start doing trade deal, first time,' Trump said.

A member of the military walks the grounds of the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial before the start of the September 11th Pentagon Memorial Observance at the Pentagon on the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. (Photo: AP)

9/11 US attacks: 17 years after deadliest attack, wounds of victims still fresh

United States President Donald Trump will be in Pennsylvania for a memorial for the Flight 93 victims.

Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman held the crucial talks with Mattis and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New Delhi on September 6. (Photo: File)

First 2+2 dialogue 'defining moment' for Indo-US relations: Mattis

'I did go to India for what could only be considered highly successful consultations between world's two largest democracies,' Mattis said.

President Donald Trump has previously accused Pakistan of deceiving the US while receiving billions of dollars. (Photo: File)

Nature of ties to depend on action against terror, US tells Pakistan

US and others have long complained that Pakistan provides safe haven to militant networks allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks.


According to media reports, emergency services were called to the scene and Maulin  Rathod was found with life-threatening injuries. (Photo: Facebook)

25-yr-old Indian student killed in Australia after online date goes wrong

Maulin Rathod, an accounting student, died at a local hospital, after he was found critically injured at the girl's house on Monday night.

The decision meant ballot papers would be sent out as scheduled next week, with results known in November. (Photo: AFP)

Australian court dismisses challenge to gay marriage survey; Turbull welcomes ruling

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a supporter of same-sex rights, welcomed the ruling, which was handed down in Melbourne.

Scott Morrison will be Australia's new Prime Minister. (Photo: AP)

Scott Morrison next PM of Australia, ousts Malcolm Turnbull: reports

Scott Morrison, an ally of deposed leader Malcolm Turnbull, won a party-room ballot 45-40.

'The woman is lucky to be alive after police rescued her from a mine shaft in the state's north-west,' says New South Wales police. (Photo: Facebook/@nswpoliceforce)

Woman stuck in mine shaft rescued 2 days later, after being spotted by drone

The 26-year-old vanished from her home in Lightning Ridge after going for walk, sparking a large-scale search and rescue operation.

Rescuers managed to reach Terry Harch late Thursday and he was airlifted out during a break in bad weather on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Twitter | @SoldierOnAust)

'Lucky to be alive': Climber found just in time on deadly mountain

Terry Harch, a 29-year-old Australian soldier, was spotted waving his arm in the snow on the South Island's notorious Mount Aspiring.