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South Asia

Twenty one districts have been badly hit by flooding and landslides. (Photo: AP)

Nepal floods, landslides leave at least 55 dead; 200 Indian tourists stranded

The meteorological department forecast said central and western plains were likely to receive more rainfall over the next couple of days.

 Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that declaring organisations or groups supporting freedom struggle in Kashmir as terrorist outfits is completely unjustified. (Photo: PTI/File)

US decision to blacklist Hizbul Mujahideen as terror outfit unjustified: Pak

The US decision came nearly 2 months after declaring its Pakistan-based chief Salahuddin as a global terrorist.

 Heavy rainfall has lashed Nepal for the past four days, swelling several Himalayan rivers beyond the danger mark and causing flooding and landslides at many places in the country. (Photo: AP)

Death toll in Nepal floods, landslides rises to 78

The monsoon havoc which started on Friday has affected 27 districts spanning from the eastern, central to the western regions.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim. (Photo: AP/Representational)

Take concrete actions, withdraw troops from Doklam: China to India

The Foreign Ministry also posted a 15-page fact sheet with maps and other details about the standoff since it began on June 16.

Nepalese villagers wade through flood waters in Ramgadhwa area in Birgunj, Nepal. (Photo: AP)

200 Indian tourists among 700 stranded in Nepal floods

4 rubber rafts have been sought from neighbouring Devghat district to carry out relief operations.

Asia

Use of the country’s lese-majeste law has surged under the royalist junta that took power in a 2014 coup d’etat, with more than 100 people charged since the coup, according to legal monitoring group iLaw. (Photo: Representational/File)

Thai court sentences man for 18 years in prison for insulting monarchy

Tara, whose last name was withheld by his lawyer, was arrested in 2015 for sharing online materials allegedly insulting to the monarchy.

 The presidential office in the centre of the capital Taipei is the headquarters of Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen. (Photo: AFP)

Sword-wielding man outside Taiwan presidential office stabs guard

The man who was arrested at the scene said he was expressing his political views and had stolen the sword from a museum.

 Throughout the northwestern area more than 650 houses were destroyed and damaged, hundreds of hectares of crops lost and roads broken, authorities said. (Photo: AFP)

Vietnam: 26 killed, 15 missing in flood, landslide

Last year, around 235 people were reported dead and missing due to flooding and bad weather in Vietnam.

 The article, based on an interview of a former Taliban commander, who was close to Mullah Mansour's inner circle, reports insights into the final hours of Mullah Mansour's life, and why and how he was killed, revealing a dangerously-widening rift with his Pakistani sponsors. (Photo: AP)

Taliban leader was urged by Pak ISI to destroy Afghanistan schools: media report

His fake identity, Muhammad Wali, was known in intelligence circles, according to a former Afghan intelligence chief.

Middle East

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu shakes hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, during their meeting in Istanbul. (Photo: AP)

Gulf standoff cannot be resolved in a day, says Qatar FM

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates say the counterterrorism agreement does not go far enough to end the dispute.

The army has captured swathes of territory from the jihadists in the province. (Photo: Representational/ AFP

Syria Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: monitor

The raid allowed regime forces to seize control of three villages in the area, official news agency SANA reported the source as saying.

 The company is called Caliber 3, located near the Israeli settlement of Efrat south of Jerusalem, and it began in 2003 as a training camp for professional security personnel such as police. (Photo: AFP)

Israeli firm offers 'anti-terrorism' adventure to tourists

The instructors, including ex-soldiers, use their experience gained through Israel's various conflicts.

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

Amid Gulf crisis, Qatar says new Saudi bloc blacklist 'disappointing'

The move by Arab states came despite mounting international pressure to compromise in their weeks-old boycott of their fellow US ally.

The drone fly within 1,000 feet of aircraft based on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. (Photo: Representational/

Iranian drone comes within 1,000 ft of US fighter jets

In a similar encounter Aug 8, the Navy said an Iranian drone came within 100 feet (30 meters) of an F-18 preparing to land on the Nimitz.

Africa

 Northeast Nigeria is a hotbed of activity by the Boko Haram jihadist group, involving shootings, bombings and kidnappings. (Photo: AP)

28 killed, 82 hurt in suicide bombing at Nigerian camp

Ibrahim Liman, the head of a local anti-jihadist militia force, confirmed the details of the attack.

Mudslides and torrential flooding has killed many people in and around Sierra Leone's capital early Monday following heavy rains, with many victims thought to be trapped in homes buried under tons of mud.

Sierra Leone: Over 100 children among dead in massive flooding; toll rises to 400

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York that the UN country team was supporting national authorities in rescue operations.

Boko Haram in their extremist ideology. (Photo: AP)

Boko Haram suicide bombers kills 19, injured 23 in Maiduguri

Islamic extremist group's insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people, abducted thousands and spilled over into neighboring countries.

Three foreigners, a Malian civilian and a Malian soldier were killed in the latest high-profile assault in north and west Africa targeting locals and tourists, including in neighbouring Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. (Photo: AP)

For Islamist terrorists, foreign tourists are soft target in poor African nations

Earlier in June this year, at least two people were killed in a terror attack at a luxurious resort frequented by tourists in Mali.

Europe

People flee from the scene after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district of Barcelona. (Photo: AP)

6 people, police officer hurt in 2nd attack: Spain authorities

Police said that there could be a link between the terrorists shot dead in Cambrils and the incident at Barcelona.

The video, which has gone viral on social media, has taken aback viewers  (Photo: Videograb)

Adult video played in background during live telecast on BBC

Over 3.8 million viewers have watched the show and one person tweeted to BBC about the goof-up during live telecast.

Donald Trump Jr., posted a series of email messages to Twitter on Tuesday  (Photo: AP)

Kremlin denies reaching out to Trump Jr, says 'never had any contact with this lawyer'

Peskov ridiculed claims that Veselnitskaya was working for the Russian government as 'inappropriate and absurd'.

 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’.

 Spain has been spared the type of jihadist violence that has occurred in nearby France, Belgium and Germany. (Photo: AP/Representational)

Man attacks police on Morocco-Spain border while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’

The knife-wielding man was subsequently detained, Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said.

Americas

 Anandkumar Jayantila Nayee was held responsible for at least USD 150,000 in victim losses during the telephone fraud scheme, said Benjamin Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. (Photo: File/Representational)

Indian-American responsible for USD 150,000 fraud gets 40 months in prison

Anandkumar Jayantila Nayee conspired with others to defraud victims in an Internal Revenue Service impersonator scam.

 Top American lawmakers on India's Independence Day called for enhancing the Indo-US partnership. (Photo: AP)

Trump lauds contributions of Indian-Americans on Independence Day

Trump said that the US and India shared an enduring bond of friendship based on the mutual values of democracy and mutual security.

 A woman was killed and 19 were injured when a car ploughed into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville. (Photo: AP)

Hindu, Sikh-Americans denounce white supremacist Virginia violence

Rajwant Singh, co-founder National Sikh Campaign said that the Charlottesville incident was shameful and reprehensible.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Photo: AP)

Arnold Schwarzenegger hits out at Trump over Charlottesville, says 'let’s terminate hate'

Hours after the violence in his first response on Twitter, Trump blamed 'many sides' for the violence that claimed three lives.

Oceania

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.