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South Asia

Pakistani supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) organisation shout slogans during a protest after JuD leader Hafiz Saeed was placed under house arrest by authorities in Lahore on February 10. (Photo: AFP)

Pakistan cancels weapons licenses issued to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and his aides

The government on January 30 had put Saeed and four other leaders of his organizations under house arrest in Lahore for a period of 90 days.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. (Photo: AP)

Hafiz Saeed can pose a serious threat to Pakistan: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif

Pakistan had recently listed Saeed under anti-terrorism law after more than 100 people died in at least eight terror attacks this month.

Lyu Xiwen, former deputy chief of the Communist Party in Beijing was sentenced to 13 years in prison by the court for taking advantage of various official posts from 2001 to 2015. (Representational Image)

China sentences top official to 13 years for graft

Lyu was also fined two million yuan (USD 2,90,000) and her illegal gains shall be recovered and turned over to the state treasury.

People watch as a rocket from ISRO takes off successfully to launch a record 104 satellites. (Photo: PTI)

Chinese media lauds ISRO, says it could learn space commerce from India

China could learn India's tactics of working on low-cost and efficiency-driven measures, reported state-run Global Times.


Kim Jong Nam. (Photo: AP)

Suspects in N Korean death coated hands with poison, say police

Police have already arrested four people in connection with the attack: a Malaysian, a North Korean and the two women.

(Photo: AP/Representational)

Thai junta urged to drop case against torture activists

The trio could face up to seven years in jail for defamation and a separate charge filed for publishing the report online.

Pakistan’s former dictator General Pervez Musharraf (Photo: AP)

Handled Kashmir freedom fighters, says Musharraf

Musharraf said a holistic approach and planning was crucial at the moment to curb terrorism in the country.

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa

Pakistan moves artillery to Afghan border

Pakistan alleges that the group, which claims to be behind the recent wave of terrorist attacks, has found “safe haven” in Afghanistan.

More than 310,000 people have died since a popular uprising in 2011 against Assad morphed into all out civil war. (Photo: AFP)

UN envoy questions US engagement on Syria

Staffan de Mistura said the new administration was still trying to work out its priorities on the conflict.

Middle East

James Mattis (Photo: AP)

US 'not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil': Mattis

, Mattis has also sought an exemption from Trump's travel ban for Iraqis who served with US troops, including translators.

Residents are taking matters into their own hands, throwing grenades at the homes of people they accuse of supporting the ISIS. (Representational photo: AP)

Blowing up houses, digging up graves: Iraqis purge ISIS

Local people in Rfaila are purging every last vestige of ISIS's presence: demolishing terrorists' homes and even digging up their graves.

The video shows her stepping off a girder at the top of Dubai's 73-storey Cayan Tower and dangling in the void, held only by a man gripping her hand.

Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from skyscraper

A video of the model, identified as Viktoria Odintcova, went viral after she posted it on her Instagram account earlier in the week.

Most of the recent attacks in Europe and the US were self-financed by the people that carried them out, with little input or money from the IS leadership in the war zone of Syria and Iraq. (Representational Image)

ISIS bleeding money, its 'business model' in free fall

The report found that Islamic State revenue has declined from up to $1.9 billion in 2014 to at most $870 million in 2016.


Mugabe has been in power since white minority rule ended in Zimbabwe in 1980 after years of war. (Photo: AP)

Zimbabwe President Mugabe's wife says he could run in election 'as a corpse'

Mugabe's wife has accused some ruling ZANU-PF party officials of plotting to take over from him.

People walk among rubbles after an attack on a hotel in Mogadishu. (Photo: AFP)

28 die as car bombs hit Somali hotel

The attack came shortly before the election commission announced that a presidential vote would take place on February 8.

Relief volunteers are believed to be among the more than 100 dead after a Nigerian Air Force jet fighter mistakenly bombed the refugee camp, while on a mission against Boko Haram extremists. (Photo: AP)

Nigeria botched air strike may have killed up to 236 people

The strike happened while humanitarian workers were distributing food in Rann, where some 20,000 to 40,000 people had sought refuge.

A video clip of the abuse, involving one of the 16-year-old girls, was leaked on various social media platforms, including Facebook. (Representational photo: file)

Gangrape video of 16-year-old Somali girl goes viral, sparks outrage

The video clip shows the victim being stabbed, tortured and raped.

There are 55,000 people living in tents and straw huts inside the geometric garrison, protected from Boko Haram jihadists by the military. (Representational Image)

No way home for victims of Boko Haram

Authorities estimate that 3,000 people have come to the Ngala camp in the past month, seeking shelter and food in a devastated region.


Cressida Dick, the new Metropolitan Police commissioner poses for photographers, outside New Scotland Yard on Victoria Embankment, in London, Wednesday. (Photo: AP)

Britain names Cressida Dick as London's first female police chief

The 56-year-old becomes the most senior officer in the country, heading a force of some 43,000 officers and staff.

The EU said Indian IT professionals are highly skilled and high on demand. (Photo: Representational/AFP)

EU says open to accepting more Indian IT professionals

Soon after taking over Trump had decided to overhaul work visa programmes such as H-1B, widely used by Indian IT professionals.

Marika Rökk, Germany's famed film star of the Nazi and postwar eras. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Germany's Nazi-era film star Marika Rökk, husband were 'KGB spies'

She was suspected spying for Soviets' intelligence agency KGB for about 50 years.

A settlement was approved last week as a hearing was set to begin at Birmingham County Court yesterday. (Representational Image/ AP)

UK gurdwara to remove screens separating wheelchair users

In addition, a lift will be installed providing access to the first-floor prayer hall.


Tony Moreno demonstrates to the jury how he held his son Aaden on the railing of the Arrigoni Bridge in the final moments of Aaden's life, during Moreno's trial Thursday. (Photo: AP)

US: Man throws 7-month-old son off bridge to his death, convicted of murder

The 23-year-old faces up to 70 years at prison when he's sentenced in May.

The White House on Wednesday overturned protections for transgender students that required public schools to allow them to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. (Photo: AP)

Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students

Now states and school districts will decide whether students should have access to restrooms matching their gender identity.

The IMF said larger than expected gains from the GST and further structural reforms could lead to significantly stronger growth. (Photo: File/AFP)

GST might raise India’s GDP to cross 8 percent, says IMF

The Indian government expects to roll out GST by July 1 after it could not meet the April 1, 2016, target.

US President Donald Trump (Photo: AP)

Trump hardens immigration rules, several Indian-Americans to be affected

Indian-Americans, who as per an unofficial count, account for nearly 3,00,000 illegal immigrants.

In this image taken from video provided by WABC, a bull that escaped from a local slaughter house is pursued by New York City Police, Tuesday. (Photo: AP)

Runaway cow leads police on wild chase in NYC

The bull would have been spared the butcher's knife if it had lived.


Emergency personnel work at a light plane crashed in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday. (Photo: AP)

5 die as light aircraft crashes into mall in Australia

Victoria premier Daniel Andrews described it as the state's worst air accident in three decades.

Kamov 226T helicopters. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Russia will begin deliveries of military helicopters to India in 2019

India and Russia signed an agreement in October to jointly manufacture 200 of the KA-226T helicopters for the Indian Armed Forces.

Representational image. (Photo: File)

Australia: Male Muslim students can refuse to shake hands with women

Female presenters, at the college’s awards ceremony, were told that male Muslim would not shake their hands.

The incident came to light after the victims called a kids’ helpline. (Representational Image)

Australian man rapes stepdaughters for over a decade, jailed for 11 years

The girls were of the age five and six respectively, when the abuse started and continued until 2015, when both of them turned 15.