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South Asia

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif waving to the supporters during his Homecoming rally (Photo: Twitter)

12-year-old boy crushed to death by Nawaz Sharif’s ‘homecoming’ motorcade

Sharif’s convoy left from Jelhlum to Lahore where the incident took place at Lala Musa, some 225-km from Lahore.

 India's Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri handed over the keys of the vehicles to the representatives of various organisations at a function in the premises of Indian Embassy in Kathmandu on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI/Representational)

On its 71st Independence Day, India gifts 30 ambulances to Nepal

A function was organised in Kathmandu to mark the 71st Independence Day of India.

 Nepal remains largely isolated from the global economy, dependent on aid and remittances. (Photo: AFP)

Nepal benefits from India-China rivalry, gets them to fund railway network

Nepal is funding one of its 3 new rail lines, while the other 2 are receiving aid from India and China.

 Addressing the Independence Day ceremony in Islamabad, Yang said China stands with Pakistan in its efforts to achieve progress and development. (Photo: AP)

China, Pak have always stood by each other: Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang

He is also expected to inaugurate projects related to the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

 He said, 'Our government has invariably made efforts to initiate the process of meaningful dialogue and adoption of peaceful means to resolve the issues but unfortunately the expansionist designs of India have remained the main hurdle in this regard.' (Photo: AP)

India’s expansionist designs main hurdle in bilateral ties: Pak PM Abbasi

Abbasi said Pakistan ‘desires positive and constructive’ relations with all countries based on sovereign equality.


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

Imran Khan accuser faces fire of tribesmen

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf member moves to file FIR against lawmaker Gulalai.

Canadian Hyeon Soo Lim speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office confirmed a delegation is in North Korea to discuss the Canadian pastor imprisoned there and North Korean media said Trudeau’s national security adviser, Daniel Jean, had arrived in Pyongyang. (Photo: AP)

N Korea releases jailed Canadian pastor on medical grounds

Hyeon Soo Lim, 61, was freed on 'sick bail', the agency announced after a Canadian govt delegation arrived in Pyongyang to discuss the case.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in  (Photo: AP)

South Korea's Moon says N Korea ‘crossing a red line’ if it launches ICBM again

N Korea's rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the US has fueled surge in tensions in recent days.

Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Photo: AFP)

Nawaz Sharif fields wife in ‘Waterloo’

Kulsoom Nawaz is however, not expected to replace Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the PM who was elected this month after Sharif’s ouster.

Middle East

Qatari premier Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani. (Photo: AP)

Amid Gulf crisis, Qatar says ready to withstand shock with USD 340 bn in reserves

'This is the credibility of our system, we have enough cash to preserve any..kind of shock,' Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud al-Thani said.

 The bill calls for the Defence Ministry and the Guard to increase spending, without elaborating. (Photo: AP)

Iran increases spending on missile program, Revolutionary Guard to defy US

In a session on Sunday, 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, with only one abstention.

 Israel made the rare move after three Palestinian assailants opened fire there on Friday, killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead. (Photo: AP/Representational)

Hamas calls on Palestinian ‘uprising’ against Israelis after Jerusalem site attack

Hamas described the closure of the site - known as the Noble Sanctuary and the Temple Mount - in a statement as a ‘religious war’.

Saudi crown prince Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Photo: AP)

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims amid Gulf crisis

The announcement to reopen the border for Qatari pilgrims came after Saudi Arabia's King Mohammed bin Salman received an envoy from Doha.

Iran claims to show the launching of Simorgh satellite-carrying rocket in an undisclosed location (Photo: AP)

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

A confirmed launch of the "Simorgh" rocket would mark another step forward for the Islamic Republic's young space program.


Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif

India disturbing LoC, border situation, says Pakistan

Pakistan would not compromise over the issue of Kashmir, says Khawaja Asif.

The Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremist group often targets the city where its eight-year insurgency. (Photo: Representational/File)

8 killed,13 injured in blast at mosque in northeastern Nigeria

Spokesman Danbatta Bello says another bomber got stuck in barbed wire and blew up not far from the mosque.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta attends an evangelical pre-election prayer rally for peace in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo: AP)

Kenya's election campaign enters tense final week today

The violence in east Africa's richest economy, seen as a bastion of stability, traumatised the nation and stunned observers.

 Witnesses said five gunmen in masks stormed the church and opened fire on worshippers. (Photo: AP)

Shooting at Nigeria church leaves 12 dead, say hospital sources

Several worshippers with gunshot wounds were receiving treatment at the hospital, the source said.


A MiG-35 on display at an airshow in Zhukovsky, Russia. (Photo: PTI)

Russia keen on selling MiG-35 to India

MiG aircraft have been used by India for almost 50 years.

Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya (Photo: PTI)

India discusses fugitives’ extradition, visa problems, and counter-terrorism with UK

On the UK side, the issue of illegal immigration from India was raised with the Indian Home Secretary.

 Witnesses described scenes of chaos and panic, with bodies strewn along the boulevard as others fled for their lives. (Photo: AP)

Spain: 13 dead, 100 injured in 2 car attacks; ISIS claims Barcelona incident

One of the 2 suspects arrested over the Barcelona attack is a Moroccan national named Driss Oukabir.

German Chancellor and candidate of the Christian Democratic Union for the upcoming election Angela Merkel delivers a speech in Dortmund. (Photo: AP)

Angela Merkel kicks off bizarre campaign for Sept poll

The CDU has plumped for a soft-focus campaign centred on patriotism and Merkel herself.

 Judge Jeremy Stuart-Smith had ruled in August 2016 that it was the first case of its type and ordered Rose to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and gave her a 24-month supervision order. (Photo: Representational/AP)

UK court suspends Indian-origin doctor’s sentence for medical negligence

During her trial last year, the prosecution had claimed that Rose's conduct had been below the expected standard that it was ‘criminal’.


US President Donald Trump waves as he walks from Marine One to board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, New Jersey. (Photo: AP)

‘Cold War 2’: US could give lethal weapons to Ukraine

Trump is travelling back to White House to sign an executive order at the White House.

Commander of the US Pacific Command or PACOM Admiral Harry Harris (Photo: AFP)

Top American commander offers help to India to modernise its military

India is looking at the US for latest military hardware including fighter jets, latest unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft carriers.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  with son Hussain Nawaz in Islamabad. (Photo: AP)

Ousted Pak PM Sharif, sons unlikely to appear before anti-corruption body

The apex court is likely to take up Sharif’s review petition early next month after the judges’ vacation.

Trump called Senator Lindsey Graham 'publicity seeking' and said he 'just can't forget his election trouncing' in 2016 presidential race.

Trump's attacks on fellow senators could leave him friendless if impeachment comes

Trump also assailed Senator Jeff Flake, another Republican critic, as 'a non-factor in the Senate,' adding, 'He's toxic.'


Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they gather on a street in Sydney. (Photo: Representational/AFP)

Debate in Australia over same-sex marriage postal vote

The opposition, along with many gay rights campaigners, favour a free vote among MPs, with parliamentarians not bound by party policy.

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.

An alleged terror plot to blow up a plane may have involved a meat grinder bomb. (Photo: AFP)

Islamic State behind Australian men’s foiled Etihad bomb plot - police

Communication between the accused man and Islamic State began around April, police said.

Disputed South China Sea waters. (Photo: Representational Image)

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

China claims most of the energy-rich sea where neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

 Pell remained silent throughout with magistrate Duncan Reynolds ruling the brief of evidence needs to be handed to his legal team by September 8, with the next court date set for October 6.  (Photo: AFP)

Cardinal George Pell denies charges of child sex abuse in Australian court

The number-three figure in the Vatican returned from Rome earlier in July to face the charges in Melbourne Magistrates Court.