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Muslim names like Saddam, Jihad for babies banned in Xinjiang: China

Children with banned names will not get a household registration, needed for accessing public school and other social services.

Pakistan police officials. (Photo: Representational Image)

9 people killed in roadside bomb in northwest Pakistan: official

With few adequate medical facilities in the area, a Pakistani army helicopter evacuated the wounded to a nearby military hospital.

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Pakistan: 10 killed in Kurram tribal area blast

A bomb went off near a passenger van in Gudar area of Central Kurram Agency on early Tuesday morning.

 The petitioner pleaded that after partition of sub-continent the NGO has been looking after the temple. (Photo: AFP)

Shiva temple shut for 20 years over property dispute now open to Pak Hindus

In 2013, a Hindu NGO filed a petition with the PHC Abbottabad bench that they had purchased the property through lease by a legal owner.

Asia

 Mattis was visiting just days after a bloody Taliban attack that killed more than 100 Afghans on a base in the country's north. (Photo: AP/File)

Pentagon chief Mattis in Afghanistan to discuss war needs

He is the first member of President Donald Trump's cabinet to visit Afghanistan.

INS Virat that was commissioned in 1987 has just been decommissioned this month after an eventful four decades of service. ( File Photo)

India should focus on economic development than aircraft carriers: Chinese media

'New Delhi is perhaps too impatient to develop an aircraft carrier', an article in the state-run Global Times said.

Men carry the coffin of one of the victims after Friday's attack at a military compound in Mazar-e-Sharif province north of Kabul, Afghanistan (Photo: AP)

Afghan's defence minister, army chief steps down after deadly Taliban attack

Twelve army officers, including two generals, were sacked for negligence over that attack.

 He has warned he may place the southern Philippines, scene of a decades-long Muslim separatist rebellion, under martial rule if terrorism threats spin out of control. (Photo: AP)

Phillipines’ president Duterte says he can ‘eat’ terrorists caught alive by his troops

He ordered troops to kill fleeing Muslim militants behind a foiled attack in the central resort province of Bohol.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan. (Photo: AP)

Imran says Sharif, Zardari are corrupt, looting Pak for 30 yrs

Khan said both the leaders were equally responsible for the destruction of the country.

Middle East

Prince Khaled, the new ambassador, is an air force pilot who flew missions as part of the Saudi contribution to the anti-IS coalition. (Photo: Representational/AP)

Saudi air force pilot, son of king, named ambassador to US

The United States and Saudi Arabia have a decades-old relationship based on the exchange of American security for Saudi oil.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: AP)

Iran election campaign kicks off without Ahmadinejad

Rouhani, a politically moderate cleric, squeaked to victory last time with 51% in the first round, helped by a divided conservative camp.

The reciprocal evacuations from two pro-government villages and two opposition-held towns was disrupted by a bombing on Saturday that killed more than 120 pro-government evacuees, mostly children. (Photo: AFP)

Syria evacuations resume after deadly bombing

The population exchange has been criticised by rights groups, which say it rewards siege tactics and amounts to forcible displacement.

According to Syrian opposition activist Omar Abu Laila 8 people were killed, including an Iraqi family of 4. (Photo: File/AP)

At least 10 civilians dead in air strike in eastern Syria: activists

Air strikes by the US-led coalition have killed many civilians over the past weeks as the battle against the extremists intensifies.

Africa

Thick smoke filled the plane’s cabin for at least 20 minutes (Photo: Screengrab)

Video: Passengers chant prayers, sob mid air as flight engine catches fire in Nigeria

Minutes after take off, the plane started wobbling in the air due to technical glitches.

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South Sudan refugees take 13 UN Congo mission staff hostage

The South Sudanese refugees wanted to be sent other East African countries to avoid their forced return to South Sudan.

The Al Kausar vessel was seized earlier this month (Photo: AP) (Representational Image)

Indian cargo ship hijack: Somali pirates flee, take 11-member crew hostage

Pirates told Reuters they would keep the crew to use as bargaining chips for the freedom of pirates jailed in India.

Supporters of South African President Jacob Zuma at a memorial service held in Durban in honour of anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada. (Photo: AFP)

Zuma hits back, says anti-govt protests ‘racist’

Zuma has easily survived previous such votes against him.

 A number of restrictions have been placed on wearing the niqab in Egypt in recent years. (Photo: File)

Egypt Parliament drafts bill to ban burqa in public places

MP Amna Nosseir said that wearing the veil is not a requirement of Islam and in fact has non-Islamic origins.

Europe

The hacker believed somebody had to ‘stand up’ to those spreading hate (File Photo)

ISIS threaten to behead hacker who post gay pride texts on 250 ISIS Twitter handles

To counter terrorism, Twitter has itself taken action against group and shut down more than 1,25,000 twitter accounts promoting extremism.

The university's Equality and Diversity Unit has advised undergraduate students that 'not speaking directly to people' could be deemed a 'racial micro-aggression' (File Photo)

Students avoiding eye contact with their peers could be racism: Oxford

Free Speech University Ranking called it ridiculous to suggest that not looking someone in the eye was a micro form of racism.

 Anastasia Frances, 21, who worked as a stripper, will have two metal plates placed in her cheek after the incident. (Photo: Facebook)

UK: Client attacks, breaks stripper’s cheekbone for refusing to sleep with him

Frances said that the man was on drugs and had even offered her cash to have sex with him at the nightclub.

US President Donald Trump. (Photo: File)

Democrats seek Trump's removal due to 'mental health' issues

In an interview with Radio Sputnik, Americanist Dmitry Mikheyev pointed out that this issue has previously been raised.

Americas

 Saudi’s election to the CSW has outraged several human rights groups, which called the move 'absurd'. (Photo: AP)

Saudi Arabia on UN women's rights commission despite gender inequality

The conservative Islamic kingdom is very strict about its policy of gender segregation.

 Her actions in the video look similar to that of a person being exorcised. (Photo: Videograb)

Video: Drugged woman crawling on US streets begs crowd to ‘pray for her’, mocked

Instead of helping her, people sneered and laughed at her, comparing her to a zombie.

During his US visit, Jaitley on Sunday raised the H-1B issue with Mnuchin as India fears the curb would impact the movement of Indian IT professionals to America. (Photo: File)

Value investments by Indian firms: US on H-1B visa issue

State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner said that US wanted US-India business-to-business ties remain strong.

 One of Trump's closest advisors is son-in-law Jared Kushner, the Orthodox Jewish grandson of Holocaust survivors. (Photo: AFP)

Israel Holocaust Day: Trump vows to wipe out anti-Semitism

President Trump called the Holocaust ‘the darkest chapter of human history’ and pledged ‘never again’ would such horror occur.

US Vice-President Mike Pence with Indian-American Sikh leader Gurinder Singh Khalsa. (Photo: PTI/File)

Indiana passes resolution hailing Sikhs’ contributions to America

Passed unanimously by the Indiana Senate on Friday, the resolution was introduced by Indiana lieutenant governor Suzanne Crouch.

Oceania

  US Vice-President Mike Pence had praised Turnbull for calling on China to put more to pressure North Korea to dump its nuclear warheads and ballistic missile program. (Photo: AP)

North Korea warns Australia of nuclear strike if it 'toes US line'

A media report said that Australia was shielding a hostile US policy of nuclear threats and blackmail against North Korea.

 The victim was stabbed 70 times with a knife and an axe. (Photo: Representational)

Australia: Teen drugged, threatened by boyfriend, brutally stabs man to death

The girl, Thompson was charged with murder but pleaded guilty since she feared her family’s safety.

New Zealand's Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse (Photo: Facebook)

Kiwis first: New Zealand tightens immigration rules, Indians may be affected

The changes come a day after Australia said it would scrap a temporary visa for skilled overseas workers.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (Photo: AFP/File)

Australia's foreign visa programme changes spark cheers, fears

Australia drew comparisons to moves by US President Donald Trump to tighten skilled-worker visa rules on Tuesday.