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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.

Sharif has been serving a seven-year jail term in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case and being a former prime minister, he is entitled to better facilities including an orderly. (Photo: File)

Nawaz Sharif denied a helper, asked to maintain his prison room on his own

Prisons chief said 'Nawaz has been asked to maintain his room' to serve out seven-year 'rigorous' imprisonment handed down to him.

EC confirmed the complete result of the constituency in southwestern Gopalganj from where Sheikh Hasina won, bagging 2,29,539 votes, while her BNP opponent got only 123 votes. (Photo: AP)

Landslide win for Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh; Oppn rejects 'farcical' polls

The ruling Awami League-led coalition has won over 267 seats in the 300-member House, according to Election Commission.

'Such content is not only distressing for viewers but is also against commonly accepted standards of decency,' PEMRA said in a notification. (Representational Image | AP)

Won’t allow airing of Indian content as it 'damages our culture': Pak chief justice

Pak media regulator on Tuesday directed all channels not to air TV dramas containing 'intimate moments between couples' or 'bed scenes'.

This will be Sidhu's second visit to Pakistan this year. (Photo: File)

Sidhu to visit Pak for Kartarpur Border corridor ceremony: Report

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the groundbreaking ceremony of the facilities at the crossing on the Pakistan side on November 28.

Asia

Barber Le Tuan Duong has been overrun with customers since word got out about his free dos, a gesture he's offering out of sheer excitement for the February 27-28 meeting in Hanoi. (Photo: AP)

Barber marks US-North Korea summit with free Trump, Kim style haircuts

The barber would normally charge a whopping USD 43 for the Trump dye-job, a steep fee in a city where most haircuts cost a few dollars

Saudi Arabia vowed to "de-escalate" rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad. (Photo:AP)

Saudi Crown Prince vows to calm tensions between neighbours after Pulwama

India has vowed to retaliate after the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama that killed over 40 CRPF soldiers last week.

The court agreed to a prosecution request to detain Yameen who was charged last week with laundering nearly $1.5 million. (File Photo)

Maldives court orders arrest of former president Abdulla Yameen

Maldivian authorities on Monday ordered the arrest of former strongman president Abdulla Yameen over money laundering charges.

Azhar, who had used a Portuguese passport to enter India through Bangladesh and reach Kashmir, was arrested in February 1994. (File Photo)

Masood Azhar was shaken, rattled by just one slap from Army jawan

One slap from Army man made JeM chief blurt out details, says his interrogator.

Middle East

The Trump administration last year pulled the US out of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers and re-imposed sanction on Iran. (File Photo)

US sanctions are 'economic war' on Iran says Hassan Rouhani

Iran's president has described the U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran as an economic war.

Israel's military said it was carrying out strikes on Iranian targets in Syria. (Photo:File)

Israel says carrying out strikes on Iranian targets in Syria

Israel's military said on Sunday its air defence systems intercepted a rocket fired from Syria.

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department on Saturday said it has extended the adoption of interactive forms of statement. (Representational Image)

Abu Dhabi includes Hindi as third official court language

In a landmark decision, Abu Dhabi has included Hindi as the third official language used in its courts, alongside Arabic and English.

Rouhani gave the value of the draft budget at about 4,700 trillion rials for the next Iranian year which starts on March 21, 2019. (Photo: File)

'US's goal to bring Iran’s system to its knees and will fail': Rouhani on sanctions

Rouhani said US sanctions would affect Iranians’ lives and growth but not bring the government to its knees.

Iranian state television showed pictures of a plume of smoke rising from the crash site. (Representational Image)

Military cargo plane with 9 onboard overshoots runway, crashes in Iran

Some reports on Iranian media said 10 people were on board and that they were killed.

Africa

Emmerson Mnangagwa quickly took to Twitter to say he was 'humbled' to have won the election, hailing it as a "new beginning" for the country. (Photo: AP)

Mnangagwa wins Zimbabwe 's first election after fall of Mugabe

Mnangagwa won 50.8 per cent of the vote, ahead of Nelson Chamisa of the opposition MDC party on 44.3 per cent, the Electoral Commission said.

The three survivors are a 6-year-old child, an adult man and an Italian doctor with an aid organization who was in surgery and in serious condition. (Representational Image)

21 dead as overloaded plane crashes into lake in South Sudan

The 19-seater commercial Baby air plane had been travelling from South Sudan capital, Juba.

Area has been badly hit by jihadist violence (Photo:File)

10 killed in attack near Mali-Niger border: Govt official

The attack took place around 45 kilometres from Menaka

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.

Europe

Today aged 57, the academic is a leading member of a new international organisation, Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA), which is bringing together victims in Rome this week. (Photo:AFP)

‘His hands were touching my legs and breasts’: Rape survivor tells of predator priest

Denise Buchanan was 17 when she was raped by a seminarian who continued to abuse her when he became a priest in her native Jamaica.

On Sunday, a source told E! News that Prince William and Prince Harry are all set to split their household within weeks. (Photo:AP)

Prince William, Prince Harry’s Royal household to be split within weeks!

The report had stated that the division will happen before the birth of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's first child this spring.

The conference was attended by over 600 delegates and it deliberated at length on a host of security-related issues. (Photo:AP)

India raises Pulwama terrorist attack issue at Munich Conference

India raised the issue of the Pulwama terror attack, during meetings with several countries, at the 3 day Munich Security Conference.

Police intervened to protect philosopher and writer Alain Finkielkraut after he was targeted by a group of protestors. (File Photo)

Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse by 'yellow vest' protestors

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned anti-Semitic abuse of a leading intellectual by 'yellow vest' protestors.

British MPs took to social media to condemn the terror strike. (Representational Image)

UK condemns Pulwama attack calls it 'senseless', 'brutal'

The UK government on Friday condemned the terrorist attack in Pulwama, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans.

Americas

 This undated photo provided by the Newport Beach Police Department shows Linda O'Keefe. James Neal, 72, was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colo., and charged with murder with special circumstances in the death of O'Keefe, who was found strangled in 1973.(Photo: AP)

Cops finally arrest murderer of 11-year-old girl after 45 years

More than 4 decades later, authorities in Southern California said that Colorado man has been arrested and charged with killing her in 1973.

The move had been previously announced by Xavier Becerra the attorney general of California who said his state and others had legal standing. (File Photo)

16 states sue Trump over border wall emergency

Sixteen US states have sued President Donald Trump's administration over his decision to declare a national emergency.

He has given the Maduro government until Saturday to let shipments of mainly US aid into the country. (File Photo)

Trump warns Venezuela Military of losing 'everything' if they dont back Juan Guaido

US President Donald Donald Trump has urged Venezuela's military to accept opposition leader Juan Guaido's amnesty offer.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired on Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI. (FIle Photo)

'Crime may have been committed' by Trump, says former FBI deputy director

His first national adviser Michael Flynn, made the FBI concerned that the president was illegally trying to obstruct the Russia probe.

Oceania

Morrison called on parliament to quickly raise the maximum sentence for such deliberate food contamination from ten to 15 years behind bars. (Photo: AFP)

Sabotaging strawberries is equal to terrorism: Australia PM

Urging Australians to make a strawberry pavlova this weekend to help struggling farmers, PM demanded a change in law to toughen sentences.

18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun (2nd L) being escorted by a Thai immigration officer (R) and UNHCR officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok. (Photo: AFP)

Saudi teen is refugee, UN confirms, asks Australia to resettle

UN has found that a teenage woman who fled Saudi to Thailand is legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to take her in, officials said.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said his remarks at the closing of a global airlines gathering on Tuesday had been intended as a joke and taken out of context. (Photo: AFP)

Qatar Airways CEO apologises for remarks on women, says 'was a joke'

Baker defended his airline's record of gender diversity, saying 44 per cent of their staff are female including some in senior positions.

The decision meant ballot papers would be sent out as scheduled next week, with results known in November. (Photo: AFP)

Australian court dismisses challenge to gay marriage survey; Turbull welcomes ruling

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a supporter of same-sex rights, welcomed the ruling, which was handed down in Melbourne.

 Australian media said he put his own life at risk to venture four kilometres into the flooded cave to medically assess the 12 boys and their coach. (Photo: @MarkMooney7/Twitter)

Australian doctor, forerunner in Thai cave rescue, affected by family tragedy

Richard Harris, world-renowned medic, diver present in dramatic rescue of Thai boys, was reportedly last person to leave water-logged cave.