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 Xi, who has concentrated power, accumulated titles and purged potential rivals since becoming head of state in 2013, could remain president for life. (Photo: File)

Xi prepares for lifetime rule stoking fears of ‘elite rebellion,’ Mao days

But Xi, 64, has adopted Mao's playbook, tightening his grip with a relentless crackdown on civil society and corruption.

The singer reportedly refused to comply to his demand apparently because she was pregnant. The denial did not go down well with Jatoi, who was allegedly inebriated and shot her dead. (Representational Image)

Pregnant Pak singer shot dead for refusing to stand up during performance

The accused has been arrested, and an investigation has been launched in this regard.

The corridor is designed to give China a shorter, more secure trading route, via Pakistan, to the Middle East and beyond, while also boosting Pakistan’s economy. (Photo: File)

As part of ambitious CPEC project, Gwadar port aims to become new Dubai

The aim is for Gwadar to become a regional commercial, industrial and shipping hub, as part of the ambitious CPEC project.

 A blast from explosives placed on a motorbike killed at least six people, including four children, and wounded nine other children in Herat province in western Afghanistan. (Representational Image)

4 children among 6 killed in Afghanistan blast; 9 minors injured

The explosion happened near a mosque in Shindand district.

 Organisers in Dhaka said they were holding peaceful protests when police started firing tear gas and rubber bullets. They used batons and water cannon to clear a central square. (Photo: AFP)

Student protests turn Dhaka University into battleground, 100 injured

As violence spread across the campus, thousands of male and female students launched into pitched battles with police.


Moon said Trump’s decision left him 'perplexed' and was 'very regrettable.' (Photo: AP)

North, South Korean leaders hold surprise meeting, talks for 2nd time

South Korean presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said Moon will reveal the outcome of his surprise meeting with Kim on Sunday.

The protest camp was joined by various political parties and human rights organizations including Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM), Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz -A, JSQM-B, AWP, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), and others. (Photo: ANI)

Pak forces attack protest camp of families of missing political activists

The families of missing Sindhi political activists conducted a three-day hunger strike camp in front of Karachi press club Sunday morning.

North Korea invited a handful of media from a number of countries to witness the dismantling of the Punggye-ri testing site to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests. (Photo: AFP)

N Korea lets S Korea journos in nuclear site to witness denuclearization

The invitation to witness the dismantling of the Punggye-ri site was seen as N Korea's unexpected offer to end its nuclear tests.

Asif Ghafoor (Photo:ANI)

Pakistan Army for better ties with India

Pak military officials call for a ‘comprehensive Indo-Pak dialogue’.

Middle East

Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators broke into the Gaza side of the terminal on Friday, setting a pipeline that delivers gas from Israel alight and torching a goods conveyor belt. (Photo: AFP)

Israel closes Gaza border crossing damaged by Palestinians

The violence caused damage to the terminal, where humanitarian supplies are delivered, which is estimated at more than USD 9 million.

The US-led coalition has carried out several deadly strikes against Syrian government forces and allied fighters in recent months. (Photo: Representational)

US-led air strike hits key military positions in east Syria: State media

A military source of forces allied to Syria's govt said the strikes had targeted two regime military positions near a frontline with IS.

The ex-CIA chief had arrived in Riyadh a day earlier, shortly after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen fired missiles at Saudi Arabia’s southern city of Jizan, killing one person and underscoring what US officials said is a growing threat emanating from Iran. (Photo: AP)

Mike Pompeo, in Saudi Arabia, talks tough on Iran, Gulf dispute

Pompeo was meeting on Sunday with Saudi King Salman, whose country along with Bahrain and the UAE is embroiled in a row with Qatar.

'The announcement of the possible withdrawal by major European companies from their cooperation with Iran is not consistent with the European Union's commitment to implementing (the nuclear deal),' Zarif was quoted as saying. (Photo: File)

Iran says Europe's support for global nuclear deal is not enough

The EU leaders have pledged to try to keep Iran's oil trade and investment flowing, but conceded that would not be easy.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his government intended to prevent instability in the foreign exchange market after a possible Washington exit from the nuclear accord. (Photo: AP)

Iran vows 'expected and unexpected' moves if US exits deal

The deal reached between Iran, the US and five other world powers put curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.


Deep in Ethiopia's desert region of Afar, about nine in 10 women and girls undergo female genital mutilation, many before their first birthday. (Representational Image)

Female genital mutilation a painful, gory reality, world unites to end it

‘Later when my menstruation began, because the opening was too tiny, the pain worsened even more.’

Eighty others were wounded in the coordinated attacks in the capital Ouagadougou, which follow two other major assaults there in the past two years. (Photo: AP)

Al Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Burkina Faso attacks

Alakhbar reported that attacks were carried out in response to the killing of one of JNIM's leaders, Mohamed Hacen al-Ancari.

Zuma has been in a power struggle with multi-millionaire former businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president who now becomes interim president. (Photo: AFP)

South African President Jacob Zuma resigns under pressure from ANC

Zuma railed against the ANC for 'recalling' him from office and threatening to oust him via a parliament no-confidence vote due on Thursday.

Police Zuma and the Guptas - a family of wealthy Indian-born businessmen - deny any wrongdoing. (Photo: AP)

S African Prez Zuma’s ‘wealthy Indian friend’ Atul Gupta’s home raided

A lawyer for the Gupta family said he could not comment on the raid because he had yet to see the search warrant.


Emergency services attend the scene after a cargo train and a passenger train collided in Aichach, 50km west of Munich, southern Germany, Monday, May 7, 2018. (Photo:AP)

Trains collide in Germany, killing 2 and injuring 14

Police said those killed were the driver of the passenger train and a female passenger.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the country's Home Office review of its handling of the so-called Windrush immigration scandal. (Photo: File)

New Windrush: UK launches review of immigration scandal; Indians most affected

UK PM said Home Secretary Sajid Javid 'will be commissioning full review of lessons learned, independent oversight and external challenge.'

Of the four nations assessed by HSBC to be most vulnerable, India has said climate change could cut agricultural incomes, particularly unirrigated areas that would be hit hardest by rising temperatures and decline in rainfall. (Photo: AP | Representational)

India most vulnerable to climate change, Pak ranks 2nd: report

The five countries least vulnerable to climate change risk are Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia and New Zealand.

“I feel very well in myself,” the 43-year-old transplant recipient told reporters last week as he continues his recovery from the surgery which was carried out on January 15 and 16. (Photo: AFP)

Getting used to my new identity: Jerome Hamon, ‘the man with three faces’

Hamon suffers from neurofibromatosis type 1, a genetic mutation which causes severely disfiguring tumours and related complications.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Russia's Sochi for an informal summit with President Vladimir Putin. (Photo: ANI | Twitter)

Modi lands in Russia for summit with Putin; nuke deal, Syria among issues

The 2 leaders will meet for 'agendaless' talks where deliberations on bilateral issues are likely to be very limited.


According to the Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services, one adult female was killed after being shot multiple times. (Photo: ANI | Representational)

After Texas, 1 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Georgia

According to the police, graduation ceremony was over when the shooting happened.

The official Korean Central News Agency said dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test ground would involve collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances, and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.  (Photo: AP)

N Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear bomb test site, Trump welcomes move

Trump and Kim Jong Un will hold talks in Singapore on June 12, the first-ever meeting between sitting US president and North Korean leader.

The UN sanctions blacklist for North Korea has 80 individuals and 75 entities which are subject to a global travel ban and an assets freeze. (Photo: File)

UN lifts travel ban for North Koreans weeks before Kim Jong Un-Trump summit

Singapore last week asked the sanctions committee to grant an exemption to the North Korean delegation attending the June 12 summit.

Infections were detected in more than 50 countries, though the primary target for further actions was probably Ukraine. (Photo: Representational | File)

Russians have hacked thousands of home, office routers, FBI warns

FBI urged the owners of many brands to turn them off and on again and download updates from the manufacturer to protect themselves.


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.

The country's ‘big four’ lenders - among the developed world's most wealthy - have been under scrutiny in recent years amid allegations of dodgy financial advice, life insurance and mortgage fraud. (Photo: AFP/ Representational)

Australia: Inquiry into banking services to quell public anger

There have also been claims of anti-money laundering laws being breached and benchmark interest rates rigged.

"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.

US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift addresses an Australian National University security conference in Canberra on July 27, 2017. Swift said he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if US President Donald Trump ordered it. (Photo: AP)

US admiral ready to obey Trump nuclear strike order on China

Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt Charlie Brown later said Swift’s answer reaffirmed the principle of civilian control over the military.

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

After India complains, YouTube pulls out Australian ad showing lamb-eating Ganesha

Though the full ad of 2.11 minutes, has been taken off but the teaser video of 31 seconds is viewed in the India domain.