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South Asia

Sirisena signed a decree dismissing the 225-member assembly and scheduled parliamentary elections for January 5, nearly two years ahead of schedule. In a bid to head off any revolt against his action he also suspended parliament. (Photo: File)

Sri Lanka crisis: President Sirisena dissolves parliament, calls for snap polls

Sirisena called for January polls after it was clear Rajapaksa wouldn't command majority in legislature, a move opponents called illegal.

Citing its sources, the channel said that a total of Rs 460 crores worth of transactions were conducted through these accounts. (Representational Image)

Transactions worth Rs 460 Cr made from dead man's account in Pak

Iqbal Aaraiyn, a resident of Karachi who died on May 9, 2014, had three bank accounts mysteriously opened under his name after his death.

The induction of the mobile howitzers followed the move by the PLA to put into service the light-weight battle tank, which was tested by its military during exercises in Tibet held at the peak of the Doklam standoff. (Representational Image | AFP)

Chinese military equips troops in Tibet with mobile howitzers: report

China's PLA has been equipped with mobile howitzers to boost troops' high-altitude combat capability to improve border security: report

Addressing the passing out parade of Midshipmen and Short Service Course at the Naval Academy in Karachi on Saturday, Bajwa said that Pakistan was 'a peace loving country and believes in peace'. (Photo: File)

'Not a sign of weakness': Pak Army chief on Imran Khan's India offer

Chief said peace benefits everyone and it is time to fight disease, poverty and illiteracy instead of fighting against each other.

Members of the Sri Lanka parliament during a parliament session in Colombo. (Photo: AFP)

Sri Lanka President names new cabinet to end political crisis

The forming of the cabinet was delayed because the president wanted to retain media and the police, govt spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said.

Asia

Maulana Samiul Haq, 82, was the head of the Islamic religious seminary Darul Uloom Haqqania in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Akora Khattak town and also the chief of the hardline political party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S). (Photo: Twitter | ANI)

Maulana Samiul Haq, ‘godfather of Taliban’, killed in gun attack in Rawalpindi

Maulana Samiul Haq was killed by unidentified attackers in a house where he was staying.

A rescuer stands amid debris at a tsunami-ravaged area in Carita, Indonesia, Sunday. (Photo: AP)

Angry Indonesian volcano ‘Child Of Krakatoa’ was on eruption watchlist

Experts say Anak Krakatoa emerged around 1928 in the caldera of Krakatoa, a volcanic island that violently erupted in 1883.

Social media exploded with outrage after images circulated of a section of the book (Photo: File)

Anger at Malaysia textbook telling girls to 'protect sex organs'

It is not the first time authorities in Malaysia have been accused of taking a poor approach to issues of gender or sexuality.

'Former Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen tried to play India against China as a puppet master but we know the importance of India as an ally which has always come to the aid of Maldives,' Shahid said. (Photo: File)

Yameen had tried to play India against China as 'puppet master': Maldives minister

Maldives knows importance of India as it was an 'important' partner, said Shahid who was on his first visit to India as foreign minister.

Middle East

The new law appears to be in preparation for the historic lifting of the kingdom's driving ban on women on June 24. (Representational Image)

Saudi Arabia criminalises sexual harassment

The new law would introduce prison term of up to five years, maximum penalty of 300,000 riyals (USD 80,000).

Sistan-Baluchistan province, where the bombing hit, has long been a flashpoint, with Pakistan-based Baluchi separatists and jihadists carrying out cross-border attacks. (Representational Image)

Bomb kills 3 in Iran's Chabahar, injures several: report

The television said several people were also wounded in the 'terrorist attack.' The official IRNA news agency said it was a car bombing.

Khan is in Saudi Arabia for the second time this month seeking to shore up financial aid as the country reels from a looming balance of payments crisis. (Photo: File)

Will reach out to India again after 2019 elections, says Imran Khan

Imran Khan said he had tried to extend hand of peace to India, had not received a response, but hoped to resume efforts to improve ties.

Qatar is withdrawing from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as of January 2019. (Representational image | AP)

Qatar to withdraw from OPEC as of Jan 2019: Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi

The decision to withdraw after Qatar reviewed ways to enhance its role internationally and plan its long-term strategy, he said.

The shakeup comes after Saudi Arabia last week said it was creating government bodies to boost oversight of its intelligence operations, in the wake of Khashoggi's murder. (Photo: File)

Saudi King orders government reshuffle after Jamal Khashoggi fallout

The reshuffle would help the crown prince further 'consolidate power' as many of those promoted were his 'key allies'.

Africa

Volunteers search for survivors in a residential area after Patel dam burst its bank at Solai, about 40 kilometres north of Nakuru, Kenya, on May 10, 2018. (Photo: AFP)

Kenyan dam bursts causes ‘huge destruction’, 20 bodies recovered so far

The dam gave way in Solai, in Nakuru county, 190 kilometres(120 miles) northwest of Nairobi, late on Wednesday.

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.

The coordinated assault began with an explosion that targeted three vehicles outside a bank (Photo: AP)

Al-Shabab extremists claim deadly attack on Nairobi hotel

Extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital on Tuesday

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.

Europe

May runs a minority government which relies on the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) (Photo: File)

May faces vote of no confidence: How will it work?

The vote was called by main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Rejection of a Brexit deal heightened the risk of a disorderly withdrawal from the bloc (Photo: File)

How Europe reacted to Brexit deal defeat

Leaders of other european countries shared their views on the matter

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that the wave of violence and vandalism in Paris on Saturday could not be justified in any way and had nothing to do with a peaceful expression of legitimate anger. (Photo: File)

France to consider state of emergency to contain violent riots

'We have to think about the measures that can be taken so that these incidents don’t happen again,' spokesperson said.

Papua New Guinea is located in the seismically active Pacific ring of fire and is highly susceptible to earthquakes. (Photo: PTI / File)

5.7 magnitude earthquake jolts Papua New Guinea

No loss to life or property has been reported yet.

According to airport operator Swedavia's website, the flight had originated in New Delhi. (Photo: File)

Air India plane with 179 onboard hits building at Stockholm airport, passengers safe

Pictures from the scene showed the Boeing aircraft parked on the runway with the very tip of its left wing stuck in the side of a building.

Americas

Trump has often blasted members of the 29-nation partnership for not paying more into their national defense budgets (Photo: File)

Report raises fresh doubts over Trump's NATO commitment

Fresh doubts surfaced Tuesday over President Donald Trump's commitment to NATO

Jair Bolsonaro also has accused Maduro of being a dictator (Photo: File)

Venezuela's Maduro brands Brazil's Bolsonaro a 'modern Hitler'

He and Bolsonaro have been exchanging barbs since the Brazilian won elections at the end of last year

The United States welcomed 1.1 million new permanent residents in the 2017 (Photo:File)

Pence urges US diplomats to promote legal immigration

Vice President Mike Pence has urged US diplomats to welcome legal immigrants

In a move observers see as retaliation over the Huawei case (Photo: File)

Canada asks China clemency for convicted drug trafficker

Ottawa has warned its citizens about the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of laws in China

Oceania

It took weeks of sleuthing using Google Translate, online research and archival digging before the unusual find was confirmed as an authentic bottle thrown from a German ship into the Indian Ocean. (Photo: AFP)

Australian beach goers chance upon oldest 'message in a bottle'

It was one of thousands of bottles used in a long-term German oceanographic experiment to better understand global ocean currents.

Hindu Council of Australia called on MLA to voluntarily take the advertisement off air. (Photo: Youtube grab)

Indian high commission takes up Ganesha lamb ad issue with Australia

In a video ad released by Meat and Livestock Australia, Lord Ganesha along with other religious figures is found to be ‘toasting lamb'.

"He was just very careful, just to take a picture and he just slipped down there, on the hill," his friend was quoted as saying by the report. (Photo: File| Representational)

Indian student plunges 40 mtrs to death while taking selfie in Australia

Ankit was with friends when he slipped off the 40-metre precipice at The Gap, near the historic port town of Albany, the ABC news reported.

Mining giant BHP, which owns the four-locomotive train, decided to derail before it reached the town of Port Hedland near its Western Australia Pilbara site, and flicked the points. (Photo: AFP)

Runaway mining train travels 90 kilometres without driver in Australia

The 268-wagon train began its solo journey when the driver got down to carry out inspection, and was soon moving at up to 110 km per hour.

Australian senator Fraser Anning sits in the chamber during a session at Parliament House in Canberra on August 15, 2018. (Photo: AP)

Australian leader calls for ‘final solution’ to ban Muslim migration

Anning said Muslims were responsible for acts of terror and crime and were dependent on welfare.