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South Asia

'Pakistan will have better relations with its neighbours - including India after the end of their elections.'  (Photo:AP)

Imran Khan confident Pakistan-India ties will improve after polls

Announcing visa reforms, Imran said Pakistan is confident that it has taken the first step on a new path to peace and progress.

Swaraj will also call on President Solih on Monday. (Photo:AP)

Swaraj meets Maldivian Home Minister Imran Abdulla, discusses bilateral ties

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met Maldivian Home Minister Imran Abdulla and discussed steps to continue trade.

The US, Britain and France are believed to be currently looking at the suggestions. (Photo:AP)

US, France, UK discuss listing Masood Azhar at UN with China

The US, France and the UK are believed to be in intense 'good faith' discussions with China to arrive at a 'compromise' for Masood Azhar.

Sri Lanka's sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe attends a media briefing in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo | AP)

Sri Lanka braces for protest over PM Wickeremesinghe's sacking

He also suspended parliament in an apparent bid to shore up support for newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

This is perhaps for the first time in years that Saeed despite being present in Lahore will not be able to deliver Friday sermon at Jamia Masjid Qadsia, the JuD headquarters here. (Photo: File)

Hafiz Saeed barred from delivering Friday sermon in Pakistan: Report

Saeed was never stopped from delivering Friday sermons even during the years when Masjid Qadsia’s control was under the Punjab government.

Asia

NHK public television says the man, identified only as a 32-year-old US citizen, stabbed the woman in the neck. (Photo:AP)

US man arrested for allegedly stabbing wife at Tokyo court while divorcing

Reports say Japanese police have arrested an American man on suspicion of fatally stabbing his Japanese wife at a court while divorcing.

Sharif filed an appeal on March 6 against a judgment by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) which on February 25 rejected his bail application on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia steel mills case.  (Image: File)

Pak SC postpones verdict on Nawaz Sharif's bail plea till March 26

The apex court will announce the judgment on the same day, the Express Tribune reported.

Pakistan Army said on Saturday that two of its soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian forces near the Line of Control (LoC). (Representational Image)

2 soldiers, 2 civilians killed in Indian firing across LoC: Pak Army

The soldiers were killed in the Nakiyal Sector of the LoC, Pakistan Army said.

The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. (Photo: File)

Would help to find ‘lasting solution’: China defends stand on Masood Azhar

Just before the deadline ended, China put a 'technical hold' on the proposal seeking 'more time to examine' it.

Middle East

The announcement comes after the US government offered a USD 1 million reward for information leading to Hamza bin Laden's capture as part of its “Rewards for Justice” program. (Photo: AP | File)

Saudi Arabia revokes citizenship of Osama bin Laden's son Hamza

Hamza bin Laden was named a 'specially designated global terrorist' in January 2017.

Kalin's comments came ahead of a hugely anticipated address to ruling party lawmakers by Erdogan on Tuesday which the president has vowed will reveal the 'naked truth' about the Khashoggi case. (Photo: File)

'Nothing will remain secret' in Khashoggi murder case: Turkey

'From start, line of our President (Erdogan) has been clear. Nothing will remain secret in this case,' presidential spokesman Kalin said.

Tehemten Homi Dhunjiboy Mehta, who was born in 1922, could become the first centenarian to be driving on Dubai roads in three years. (Representational Image)

Age no bar: 97-yr-old Indian-origin man renews driving licence in UAE

A 97-year-old Indian-origin man in the UAE has got his driving licence renewed for the next four years.

Jafari was addressing a large crowd gathered for the funeral of the victims of Wednesday's suicide bombing. (Photo:Twitter)

Iran condemns suicide bombing on its soil says Pakistan will pay high price

Twenty-seven of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards were killed in a suicide bombing near the border earlier this week.

A top official said that the arrival has been delayed by a day for 'unknown reasons'. (File Photo)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's first visit to Pak delayed

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's arrival in Pakistan on his first official visit to the country has been delayed by a day.

Africa

State-owned Ethiopian is one of the biggest carriers on the continent by fleet size. (Photo:AP)

157 feared dead after Nairobi-bound Ethiopian airline crashes

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday.

 Four teenage girl suicide bombers have killed two people in multiple attacks in northeast Nigeria, residents said Saturday, in the latest assault since the government announced it was in ceasefire talks with Boko Haram. (Representational Image)

Four teenage girls launch deadly suicide attack in Nigeria, 2 killed

The suspected Boko Haram attack took place late Friday in the northeast Borno state capital of Maiduguri.

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.

Gigaba, who was finance minister between March 2017 and February 2018. (Photo: AFP)

Have been blackmailed over leaked sex video: South African minister

Gigaba said he had decided to make the announcement because he had learned that the video was now circulating in political circles.

Europe

Armando was just one of more than a hundred birds sold by respected Belgian breeder Joel Verschoot. (Representational Image)

Belgian pigeon gets auctioned for world record prize!

Belgium's best long-distance racer had been expected to break the previous record of USD 425,000 paid for a pigeon called Nadine.

France said it has always been and always will be by India’s side in the fight against terrorism. (Photo:AP)

France freeze assets of JeM chief Masood Azhar

France has decided to freeze the assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) founder and leader Masood Azhar, the French government said.

Police intervened to protect philosopher and writer Alain Finkielkraut after he was targeted by a group of protestors. (File Photo)

Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse by 'yellow vest' protestors

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned anti-Semitic abuse of a leading intellectual by 'yellow vest' protestors.

The 19-year-old East London native joined ISIS in Syria in 2015 along with two classmates. (Photo: AFP)

UK will strip citizenship from teen, who joined ISIS, says family lawyer

Shamima Begum, a 19-year-old UK citizen, wants to return home with a new-born baby.

Three Turkish nationals were wounded in the rampage, that killed 50 worshippers at two mosques in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch. (Photo:AP)

NZ fume as Turkey's Erdogan uses mosque shooting video for campaign

Turkey's Erdogan has drawn a sharp rebuke from New Zealand for using controversial video shot by mosque gunman as an election campaign prop.

Americas

The survey evaluated the cost of over 150 items in almost 133 cities around the globe. (Photo:AP)

Three Indian cities amongst the cheapest to live in the world

The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2019 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey revealed three Indian cities are amongst the cheapest in the world.

The Reuters article marks the ex-congressman as the most prominent former hacker in American politics. (Photo:AFP)

US Presidential hopeful a hacker in his teenage years?

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke belonged to one of the best-known groups of computer hackers as a teenager.

Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the Saudi regime, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 last year, where he had gone to obtain paperwork certifying his divorce with his former wife Alaa Nassif in order to be able to re-marry his Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz. (Photo: AFP | File)

Saudi Prince launched 'secret campaign' to silence dissenters before Khashoggi murder

Campaign included surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudis, according to US officials with knowledge of classified reports.

President Donald Trump on Monday will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional 8.6 billion dollars to help pay for his promised wall. (File Photo)

Trump to ask Congress for 8.6 billion dollars for border wall in budget

The demand, which drew swift criticism from Democrats, is more than six times what Congress allocated for border projects.

Oceania

'He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless,' she said. (Photo: File)

'As-salaam alaikum': NZ PM Ardern vows mosque gunman will face 'full force of law'

'He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety -- that is why you will never hear me mention his name,' Ardern said.

50 people in two Christchurch mosques were killed. (Photo:AP)

'Gunman mailed manifesto 9 mins before attack': NZ PM Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her office received a 'manifesto' from the gunman suspected.

'We are all here to help them in washing the body, putting them in the grave.' said a distraught friend. (Photo:AP)

'We must bury them as soon as possible'; NZ mourns as death toll rises to 50

Anguished relatives were anxiously waiting for authorities to release the remains of those who were killed in massacres at two mosques.

Witnesses said victims were shot at close range. (Photo:AP)

5 Indians confirmed dead in NZ shooting massacre

Five Indians were among the 50 people killed by a white supremacist, who opened fire on worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch.

Tipple said the military-style semi-automatic (MSSA) the gunman was seen using did not come from his store.(Photo: File)

'No responsibility for 50 deaths,' says dealer who sold arms to NZ mosque killer

David Tipple, the managing director of Gun City, confirmed he sold alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant four firearms and ammunition.