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South Asia

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's former wife and British-Pakistani journalist Reham Khan asserted that there is no democracy in the country at the moment and it is more of martial law that is governing the nation. (Photo: ANI)

No democracy in Pakistan currently, situation like martial law: Reham Khan

What democracy is this where without asking people or taking suggestions, without confiding in parliament, decisions are made, she asked.

Thousands of loyalists from across the country are camped out at the Temple Trees residence in Colombo, a colonial-era bungalow where Ranil Wickremesinghe has been holed up since his shock dismissal more than a week ago. (Photo: AFP)

Ousted Sri Lankan PM's official home becomes symbol of power struggle

Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on October 26 but he has refused to accept the decision or to leave the residence.

The single-pilot Kathmandu-bound Altitude Air helicopter was carrying six passengers, including a Japanese trekker, when it lost contact with air traffic control after taking off from the central district of Gorkha. (Photo: ANI | Twitter)

Only one survives as Nepal chopper crashes in dense forest, 6 dead

The chopper's wreckage had been spotted on a forested hillside in neighbouring Dhadhing district, said Raj Kumar Chettri..

So far, Rajapaksa has 100 MPs on his side while sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has 103 MPs in the 225-member assembly. (Photo: File| AP)

Tamil prisoners may be released to tilt scales in favour of Lanka PM Rajapaksa

Tamils say some of the prisoners have been held over a long time under an anti-terrorism law without even being formally charged.

Baradar’s release comes after the recent election of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has long advocated talks with the Taliban and other Islamist insurgents in the region to bring an end to years of fighting. (Photo: AP)

Pak frees Taliban leader after US talks with militants: sources

Abdul Ghani Baradar as the most high-profile Afghan Taliban leader detained by Pakistan since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Asia

Lion Air's chief executive, Edward Sirait, told Reuters he had not heard of the minister's order. (Photo: File)

Indonesia removes Lion Air director after plane crash: reports

It was not clear whether the removal was permanent or temporary.

Indonesian police and SAR personel identify personal items of passengers of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at the Jakarta port. (Photo: AFP)

Lion Air crash: Deadliest aviation disaster since 1997 in Indonesia

Lion Air is a low-cost airline which has engaged in a huge expansion in recent years.

Provincial council member Dadullah Qaneh said the helicopter hit a mountain peak in poor weather en route to neighbouring Herat province. (Representational Image)

Afghan Army helicopter crashes, killing 25 on board: Officials

Among the dead were the deputy army corps commander for western Afghanistan and head of the Farah provincial council.

In recent years, China has refrained from taking a public stance on the India-Pakistan ties, expressing hope for resolution of the disputes through dialogue. (Photo: AP)

China backs Pak's 'quest for peace through dialogue' with India

The ties between India and Pak had strained after terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016 and India's surgical strikes inside PoK.

Middle East

A critic of Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Khashoggi was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. (Photo:  File)

Khashoggi murder 'must concern us all': Mattis to Arab forum

The United States 'does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence,' Mattis told said.

"Fourteen civilians, including five children under the age of 18, were killed in the coalition air raids on the villages of Hajin, Sousa and Al-Shaafa" in eastern Deir Ezzor province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (Representational image | AP)

5 children among civilians killed in US-led coalition strikes in Syria: Monitor

'The death toll is likely to rise due to the number of seriously wounded,' the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Iranian officials are betting on the unstable market conditions to beat US sanctions. (Representational Image)

When Iran exports fall after US sanctions, Saudi to open its oil tap

Saudi is only producer with significant spare capacity of around 2 million bpd that can be tapped to compensate loss of Iranian supplies.

The official told The Associated Press on Friday that police have established that two vehicles belonging to the Saudi consulate left the building on October 2 — the day Khashoggi had walked into the consulate and vanished. (Photo: File)

Turkey suggests Khashoggi's remains taken out of consulate

The official says one vehicle went to the Belgrade Forest outside Istanbul while the other travelled to the city of Yalova.

Qatar had announced in September it had approved legislation to scrap the visa system -- a lynchpin of the country's "kafala", or sponsorship, system which many liken to modern-day slavery. (Representational image | AP)

Now, foreign workers in Qatar no longer need boss' permission to leave country

All but five per cent of company's workforce, reportedly those in most senior positions, can leave without prior permission from employers.

Africa

Patel and Del Vecchio also stand accused of contravening the Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorism and Related Activities Act by hoisting an ISIS flag at a modest homestead in a rural area. (Representational Image)

ISIS-linked Indian-origin woman, partner, abduct British couple, held

Fatima Patel and her partner also face charges of robbery and theft after they went on a spending spree using the couples' credit cards.

Armed Kenyan police to disperse protesters in the Kibera slum in Nairobi on Saturday. (Photo: AFP)

Kenya on edge over election fraud claims spark deadly protests

A senior police official told on condition of anonymity that eight bodies from Nairobi’s slums had arrived at the city morgue.

Nene is a pivotal figure in a probe into the three Indian-born Gupta brothers, who built a business empire during Zuma's nine-year tenure only to see it disintegrate as the scandal-plagued leader was forced out by his own party in February. (Photo: AP)

South Africa's Finance Minister to testify in Gupta brothers probe

The Gupta family and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing and say the allegations are part of an orchestrated witch hunt.

Luggage belonging to the kidnapped girls remain in the dormitory in the Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi, Nigeria. Boko Haram militants have returned unknown number of the 110 girls abducted from their Nigeria boarding school a month ago with an ominous warning, witnesses said on Wednesday. (AP Photo | Jossy Ola)

Freed out of pity: Boko Haram returns abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

'We did it out of pity. And don’t ever put your daughters in school again,' Boko Haram extremists said after returning the girls.

Europe

Francis this year opposed a bill that would have legalized abortion in Argentina. (Photo: AP | File)

Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

His comments departed from the prepared text for his homily delivered during his weekly audience on Saint Peter's Square.

'Amazingly none of them were seriously hurt, but as a precaution they were taken to hospital for check-ups,' said a statement from the British Transport Police. (Photo: File)

Family of 3 escape unhurt after London Underground train passes over them

They narrowly avoided being hit by a train by hiding in a pit beneath the rails.

Moon said he hoped another Trump-Kim summit would allow the two leaders to go further than the statements they made at their first meeting in Singapore. (Photo: File | AP)

Kim Jong Un sincere about denuclearisation, should be rewarded: S Korea

Moon said Kim was 'sincere, calm and polite' and 'felt frustrated by the international community's continuing mistrust'.

German former nurse Niels Hoegel (L) is accused of killing more than 100 patients in his care. (Photo: AFP)

German nurse serial killer on trial over 100 deaths

Hoegel, who is already serving a life term, has confessed to dozens of killings.

Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist who went into self-imposed exile in the United States last year after falling out with the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. (Photo: File)

Trump should help reveal the truth: Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee

'I am extremely disappointed by the stance of the leadership of many countries, particularly in the US,' fiancee said.

Americas

If passed, the resolution would allow 'the continuation of discussions between Russia and the US in order to work through the two countries' concerns about the framework of the agreement.' (Representational Image)

Russia wants UN resolution to preserve nuclear arms treaty

US rejected the Russian draft resolution because it came too late to be compatible with the agenda of the UN Disarmament Commission.

The decision to halt the US refueling will likely have little impact on the Yemen war, but will allow the Trump administration to say it has taken action against the Saudis. (Photo: File | AP)

US to stop refueling of Saudi aircrafts in Yemen war

The move does not affect US military assistance and training to improve Saudi airstrikes, which have killed thousands of civilians.

Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard to run for US presidency?

Congresswoman very popular among Indian-Americans.

A man, who said he was in the bar, told ABC news that he saw a man shoot into the crowd. (Photo: AP)

At least 11 reported wounded as man fires shots into California bar

Authorities say multiple people were injured in the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Southern California.

Oceania

US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift addresses an Australian National University security conference in Canberra on July 27, 2017. Swift said he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if US President Donald Trump ordered it. (Photo: AP)

US admiral ready to obey Trump nuclear strike order on China

Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt Charlie Brown later said Swift’s answer reaffirmed the principle of civilian control over the military.

Morrison called on parliament to quickly raise the maximum sentence for such deliberate food contamination from ten to 15 years behind bars. (Photo: AFP)

Sabotaging strawberries is equal to terrorism: Australia PM

Urging Australians to make a strawberry pavlova this weekend to help struggling farmers, PM demanded a change in law to toughen sentences.

The unnamed man will appear in court next month, police said, after he was accused of assaulting the fellow resident at a care facility in the city's eastern suburbs. (Representational | File)

102-year-old man charged with indecent assault in Australia

Police declined to give details of alleged crime but said the incident took place around lunchtime on Tuesday and was reported to police.

The video shows a man in a truck directing racial slurs at a life-sized cut-out made from one of Singh's election placards, which is eventually run over by the truck, the report said. (Representational Image)

Sikh council nominee racially targeted in Australia

Sunny Singh, a Port Augusta City Council nominee, said social media video targeting his race is first time he has experienced racism.

Air Niugini said Friday it had been informed that 'the weather was very poor with heavy rain and reduced visibility at the time of incident'. (Photo: AFP)

Body found inside plane days after crash landing in Pacific lagoon

Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 was attempting to land at Weno airport on Friday morning but fell short of runway and splashed in Chuuk lagoon.