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South Asia

Nepal will, however, seek help from India and China for getting crucial data for the exercise, Nepal’s Survey Department’s Director General Ganesh Bhatta said. (Photo: File/Representational)

Don't need India: Nepal declines offer to jointly re-measure Mt Everest

India is being requested to provide the levelling data while China has been asked to provide the gravity data.

The CPEC, a flagship project of China's prestigious One Belt One Road, links its restive Xinjiang region with Pakistan's Balochistan province. (Photo: Representational Image | AFP)

Don't want discussion from any third country in CPEC: China nudges India

'CPEC is not directed at any third party and we hope it can bring benefits for third country,' Chinese spokesperson said.

Ghafoor said the US had only reimbursed the expenditure which Pakistan had incurred while supporting coalition forces in Afghanistan. (Photo: AP)

Reacting to US threats, Pak army official says ‘no amount of coercion can dictate us’

Ghafoor emphasised that Pakistan needed to remain united in order to tackle the challenges it faces.

The usually forthright pontiff walked a diplomatic tightrope during his four days in Myanmar - the first papal visit to the country - avoiding any direct reference to the Rohingya in public. (Photo: AFP)

Pope Francis wraps up Asia tour after meeting Rohingyas refugees

Pope Francis is known for championing the rights of refugees and has repeatedly expressed support for the long-suffering Rohingya.

2017 has been a crippling year in so far as natural calamities are concerned, snowballing the earth into -- albeit gradual -- decay, in the form of floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires. (Photo: AP)

Year ender 2017: The toll of environmental disasters on Earth

Hurricanes were more powerful, floods more debilitating and wildfires more damning in 2017.

Asia

Afghan policemen keeping watch following blasts at a Shia cultural centre in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Kabul. (Photo: AFP)

ISIS cells operate in Kabul under noses of Afghan and US forces

The militants meet at night to discuss jihad, or holy war, and plot attacks on targets in the city they know well.

Bajwa said that entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over US recent statements despite decades of cooperation. (Photo: AP)

We feel betrayed by criticism on terror, aid cut: Pak army chief to US general

US general Joseph Votel told General Qamar Bajwa during a telephone call that US was not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pak.

'Belt and Road,' announced by Xi in 2013, is a loosely defined umbrella for Chinese-built or -financed projects across 65 countries from the South Pacific through Asia to Africa and Europe. (Photo: AP)

China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ project hits political, financial hurdles

From Pak to Tanzania to Hungary, projects under Xi Jinping's 'Belt and Road Initiative' are being cancelled, renegotiated or delayed.

Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan: Jadhav a proof of Indian interference

The minister said India had been involved in “grave human rights violations” in Kashmir.

Middle East

Abbas would refuse to meet Pence later in December in protest at the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Photo: File)

Jerusalem row: Palestinians 'walking away' from peace, says US

The comments come after the Palestinian Authority said that its president Mahmud Abbas would refuse to meet Pence.

Michael Oren

Israel minister on India trip to woo Bollywood producers

The Israeli minister would also be meeting minister of state for external affairs, M.J. Akbar.

Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration sparked protests across the Palestinian territories, and Palestinian leaders said Washington could no longer serve as a Mideast peace broker. (Photo: File)

Palestinians' reaction to Trump's Jerusalem declaration 'anti-Semitic': US envoy

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman also said that there will be no peace process without US involvement.

Saad Hariri stepped down from the Prime Minister's post in a televised broadcast from Riyadh. (Photo: AFP)

Resigned Lebanon PM Saad Hariri says he is ‘free’, will return to Beirut

Hariri brushed aside rumours that he was under de facto house arrest in the kingdom and said he would land in Beirut 'in two or three days'.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all cut diplomatic ties and began a boycott of Qatar on June 5. (Photo: AFP)

If FIFA World Cup goes out of Qatar, diplomatic crisis will end: UAE officials

Qatari officials did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Africa

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management. (Photo: Twitter)

Egypt: Toll rises to 43 in trains collision; officials say deadliest rail accident

An eyewitness who lives close to the crash site said he and others ran toward the site when they heard the sound of the impact.

Ambulance sirens still echo across the city as bewildered families wander in the rubble of buildings. (Photo: AFP)

Mogadishu blast: Death toll rises to 53, 60 injured

Hospitals struggle to cope with the high number of casualties, more than 60 others are injured.

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, speaks with German chancellor Angela Merkel upon her arrival at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny airport in Abidjan on Wednesday, ahead of the Afican Union-European Union summit. (Photo: AFP)

Curb illegal migration into Africa, says Angela Merkel

Libya is the main departure point for African migrants trying to cross to Europe.

‘He looked down and said people were chameleons,’ one of the sources was quoted as saying. (Photo: AP)

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe cried when he agreed to resign: report

Mugabe agreed to step down under pressure from the military and his party after 37 years in power.

Europe

Resident of Budapest’s inner seventh district, these days called the “party quarter”, are fed up with having to clean the mess left by streams of partygoers drawn from all over Europe by cheap flights, drinks and accommodation. (Photo: AFP)

Sleepless locals tired of Budapest as party hub

Beer rarely costs more than 1.50 euros ($2.50), while a glut of Airbnb flats are on offer for under 30 euros a night.

Pope Francis urges people to put intelligence and technology at the 'service of peace and true progress.' (Photo: File)

Pope Francis, 'crusader for environment,' calls for world without nuclear arms

Pope stressed on 'the strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament.'

'You are plainly highly intelligent and capable of determined manipulation. You told sustained lies to your girlfriend and her family about your own parents, particularly your father,' the judge told Randhawa. (Photo: Twitter/@NCA_UK)

UK: Sikh teenager jailed for trying to blow up father who disapproved of white girlfriend

Undercover officers replaced a car bomb he ordered online with a harmless dummy device before it was delivered.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and visiting President Andrzej Duda of Poland laid flowers on Wednesday at a monument to Polish soldiers killed by Soviet security forces in 1940. (Photo: AFP)

Ukraine, Poland meet, attempt to end post-WWII hostility

‘Introducing peacekeepers will bring an end to armed conflict between Ukranians and Russians,’ says visiting President Andrzej Duda.

Parliament blocked 113,208 attempts in 2016, down from 213,020 the previous year. (Photo: Representational | File)

Around 160 attempts a day to access online porn in UK Parliament: Data

A total of 24,473 attempts were made since last June's general election from devices connected to the parliamentary network.

Americas

Manning said, the amount, USD 900 million in coalition support fund to Pakistan has been suspended, not cancelled or reprogrammed. (Photo: File | Representational)

Take decisive action against terror group: US tells Pakistan

US has conveyed 'specific and concrete steps' to Pakistan that it could take to eliminate terror networks on its soil.

Trump's stability has been questioned by critics almost since he declared his candidacy for the presidency. They cite remarks and tweets they say show him as impulsive, petulant and erratic. (Photo: AP)

I am a 'very stable genius' and 'like, very smart', says Trump

The new supposed tell-all book by Michael Wolff was rushed into stores on Friday after the Trump administration failed to suppress it.

Trump, who has faced questions about his diet and his mental health, joked on the eve of his exam that the test had better go well - for the sake of the stock market. (Photo: AP)

Trump in 'excellent health': WH on 1st medical examination of President

Amid questions about Trump's fitness for office, no psychiatric tests are planned, but previous tests include neurological, motor tests.

The State Department said on Sunday that 'the decision is under review. There are still deliberations taking place.' (Photo: PTI)

US want to cut money for Palestinian refugees

Trump hasn't made a final decision, but appears more likely to send only USD 60 mn of the planned USD 125 mn to UN Relief and Works Agency.

Oceania

The police in Victoria state, where Melbourne is located, announced on Saturday six rewards of AUS$1 million ($780,000) each for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was behind the murders. (Photo: AFP)

Police offers exorbitant bounty of 1 mil. AUS $ for mystery serial killer

Investigators are seeking public assistance to help solve six murders over an 18-month period in 1980-1981.

A volcano on the island of Kadovar, located about 24 km north of the Papuan mainland, began erupting on January 5. (Photo: AFP)

1,500 evacuated from Papua New Guinea after volcano eruption

After venting ash for several days, the volcano exploded on Friday, blasting out glowing red rocks and sulphur dioxide.

'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.

The church, Ebenezer St John's, had no immediate comment Friday. (Photo: AFP)

Australia church cancels wedding after bride backs same-sex marriage on Facebook

The survey is non-binding but PM Malcolm Turnbull has vowed to hold a vote in parliament if the majority of Australians choose 'yes'.

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English, front right, celebrates with his wife Mary English at a party function in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo: AP)

Final vote count in New Zealand election tightens close race

Both sides will need to talk with the small New Zealand First party, led by maverick 72-year-old lawmaker Winston Peters.