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South Asia

By law they cannot call their place of worship mosques or distribute religious literature, recite the Koran or use traditional Islamic greetings, measures that they say criminalise their daily lives. (Photo: File/representational)

Minority Ahmadis of Pakistan fear becoming election scapegoat

The Ahmadi sect has 10-20 million followers worldwide who face discrimination in a number of Muslim-majority nations.

China's Communist Party congress will further enshrine leadership of President Xi Jinping (Photo: AP)

Xi Jinping’s ‘great rejuvenation’ finds semblance in China’s rising nationalism

Xi’s rallying cry has inspired patriotic rappers, film-makers and state-run media.

The figure is well beyond the estimated 60,000 people who have died in the militancy-wracked country’s years-long battle against extremism. (Photo: PTI/Representational)

Pakistan indifferent to pollution, smog killing scores more than years of militancy

As the smog peaked in recent weeks, roughly 1,000 new patients were treated each day for respiratory issues.

Yang Xiaodu, the deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, who was promoted to the ruling Communist Party's 25-strong Politburo in October, said failure would risk the ‘red country changing colour.’ (Photo: PTI)

China heading towards Soviet-like collapse, says top graft official

China has plans for a national supervision law and a new commission in 2018 to oversee the expansion of Xi's graft fight.

Noting that 21st century is described as Asia's century, Modi told the cheering audience in Manila that it was the duty of every Indian to work hard to make it a century of India. (Photo: Twitter/@PMOIndia)

Work hard to make certain 21st century belongs to India: Modi at ASEAN summit

Addressing the Indian diaspora, PM said hurdles might be there but once they're crossed none can stop India from achieving new heights.

Asia

Both English and Urdu affidavits on the matter of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat (finality of the Prophethood) have been added in the legislation.

Pakistan amends law to retain Ahmedis’ identity

Presented by law minister Zahid Hamid, the bill retains status of the Ahmedi community as defined in the Constitution of Pakistan.

People gather in front of the apartment where police found dismembered bodies in coolers in Zama city, south west of Tokyo. (Photo: AP)

Japan: 'Twitter killer' lured, beheaded 9 after tweeting suicidal thoughts, held

Suspect, Takahiro Shiraishi, dubbed ‘Twitter killer’, reportedly lured his victims -- aged between 15 and 26 -- by trawling social media.

The ASEAN region along with India together comprises combined population of 1.85 billion people, which is one fourth of the global population and their combined GDP has been estimated at over USD 3.8 trillion. (Photo: PTI)

Modi invites ASEAN leaders to 69th Republic Day celebrations

The ties between India and ASEAN have been on an upswing, particularly in the areas of trade and investment.

Yugan county said villagers had "willingly" removed 624 posters showing Christian religious sayings and images, and replaced them with 453 images of President Xi. (Photo: AP/File)

The spreading cult of Xi: Does China have a new Mao Zedong?

The move depicts the personality cult surrounding Mao Zedong, whose picture was in every home.

Middle East

Saad Hariri stepped down from the Prime Minister's post in a televised broadcast from Riyadh. (Photo: AFP)

Resigned Lebanon PM Saad Hariri says he is ‘free’, will return to Beirut

Hariri brushed aside rumours that he was under de facto house arrest in the kingdom and said he would land in Beirut 'in two or three days'.

A formal declaration will be made from the city soon, after the clearing operations end. Raqqa is still full of land mines. (Photo: AP)

Syrian forces take ISIS 'capital': 5 things to know about battle of Raqqa

Raqqa was the first city to fall into the hands of Islamic State militants.

Last month authorities allowed hundreds of women to throng a sports stadium in Riyadh, used mostly for football matches, for the first time to mark Saudi Arabia’s national day. (Representational Image | Photo: File)

Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums from 2018

This comes as a landmark move that would open up the previously male-only venues to families.

Footage posted on Twitter showed panicked people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, as windows shattered at the moment the quake struck late Sunday. (Photo: AP)

207 dead,1700 injured as 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border

The worst-hit towns in Iran were Qasr-e Shirin in Kermanshah and Azgaleh, about 40 kilometres northwest.

Foreign tourists train with wooden guns during an “anti-terrorism” course in the West Bank. (Photo: AFP)

Israeli firm offers ‘anti-terrorism’ adventure to tourists

The tourist attraction offers an unusual option for visitors coming to see Jerusalem’s holy sites or to float in the Dead Sea.

Africa

Somalis remove the body of a man killed in Saturday's blast, in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Photo: AP)

Somalia truck bombing toll crosses 300 as funerals begin; 70 still critical

Somalia's government is blaming the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which has not commented.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (Photo: AP)

Robert Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill envoy for Africa

Britain, Canada and the US swiftly denounced any prospective role for Robert Mugabe.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management. (Photo: Twitter)

Egypt: Toll rises to 43 in trains collision; officials say deadliest rail accident

An eyewitness who lives close to the crash site said he and others ran toward the site when they heard the sound of the impact.

Robert Mugabe

Tanks roll towards Harare as Army, Mugabe head for clash

A witness saw two other tanks parked beside the main road from Harare to Chinhoyi, about 20 km from the city.

Europe

 Priti Patel was elected as a Conservative MP for Witham in Essex in 2010 and gained prominence in the then David Cameron-led Tory government as his 'Indian Diaspora Champion'. (Photo: AFP)

Indian-origin UK minister Priti Patel resigns over secret meetings during Israel trip

The 45-year-old minister resigned late on Wednesday night after a meeting at Downing Street with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Ciaran Martin’s stark warning comes after Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday said Russia was ‘weaponizing information.’ (Photo: AP)

Britain’s cyber security alerts about possible Russian meddling in Brexit

The Times of London reported that Russian accounts posted almost 45,000 Brexit messages in 2016 referendum.

Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant Mezze, run by a dozen refugees, serves up traditional Syrian dishes.

Lisbon’s 1st Syrian restaurant a welcome sign for refugees

Leonor Rodrigues was one of the customers immediately won over when Mezze opened in September.

Niels Hoegel, 41, was convicted in 2015 of two murders and four counts of attempted murder or causing bodily harm on intensive-care patients at the Delmenhorst hospital near the northern city of Bremen. (Photo: AP)

German nurse kills 106 people out of 'boredom', investigators say toll could rise

The revelations date back to June 2005, when a female nurse witnessed Niels Hoegel trying to inject a patient at the Delmenhorst hospital.

The list compiled by Turkish-born artist Banu Cennetoglu dates back to 1993, but most deaths relate to the last six years. (Photo: File/Representational)

German newspaper identifies 33,293 refugees who died trying to reach ‘Fortress Europe’

Compiled from media and UN sources, the list also includes many who died after reaching Europe.

Americas

The new South Asia strategy comprises of regionalisation, realigning of forces, reinforcing them and to reconciliation, the political goal, he told reporters at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. (Photo: AFP)

NATO nations aim to ensure Pak removes safe havens for terrorists: Jim Mattis

‘A border adjoining Afghanistan, makes Pakistan a priority,’ Jim Mattis said.

Investigators view a pickup truck involved in a deadly shooting at the Rancho Tehama Reserve, near Corning, California. (Photo: AP)

Four killed in California mass shooting

Gunman went on rampage in a school, other rural areas before being killed.

The bankruptcy filing, which included affiliates Bikram Inc and Bikram Yoga College of India, follows heightened social awareness over sexual misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. (Photo: Facebook)

Famous Indian-American yoga teacher accused of sexual abuse pleads bankruptcy

Founder Bikram Choudhury, who built a worldwide following has been accused of sexual assault.

Originally from Punjab, Jasser was a student of accounting and had gone to the US around three years ago on a student visa. (Photo: File/Representational)

21-year-old Indian student shot dead by robbers at grocery store: US

The incident was reported to the police when a customer who had stopped by to buy some goods, discovered Jasser’s body on the floor.

Oceania

Scott Swift, US Pacific Fleet commander

Admiral ready to nuke China if Trump orders

The drills were monitored by a Chinese intelligence-gathering ship off northeast Australia.

India asserts that the Sino-Indian border dispute covers the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control, while China claims it is confined to about 2,000 kms to the area of Arunachal Pradesh, which it refers to as Southern Tibet. (Photo: AFP)

Safeguard Chinese territory: Xi to Tibetan herdsmen near Arunachal border

Xi told the herding family from Lhunze County, near the Himalayas to set down roots in the border area.

An Australian cattle worker whose thumb was severed by a bull has had his toe surgically transplanted in its position. (Photo: Twiter/@ejovip1)

Australian doctors surgically replace man's thumb severed in cattle herding with toe

Although he will need more than 12 months of rehabilitation, cattle worker plans to return to 'riding bulls and rodeoing'.

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English, front right, celebrates with his wife Mary English at a party function in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo: AP)

Final vote count in New Zealand election tightens close race

Both sides will need to talk with the small New Zealand First party, led by maverick 72-year-old lawmaker Winston Peters.

Ambulances and medics arrived to a ‘scene of carnage’ at the Sydney school. (Photo: AFP)

Car ploughs into Australia classroom; 2 children dead, few injured

The tragedy occurred at the Banksia Road Public School when the car collided with a wooden classroom building.