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South Asia

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (Photo: AP)

China: Meeting Dalai Lama a ‘major offence’

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in his Himalayan homeland.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. (Photo: Twiteer | ANI)

Chinese media blames Japan for misleading India over face-off with Beijing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, accompanied with his wife and delegation.

Earlier in September, four young men, who were looking for work at one of the work-sites in the Neelum Valley area of the PoK, were allegedly illegally picked up by the Pakistan Army and brutally beaten up at the behest of a Pakistani contractor. (Photo: Representational | AP/File)

Pak army trains terrorists, provides safe havens to them: PoK activist

Tauqeer Geelani also spoke about the inhuman treatment being meted out to innocent youth of the valley.

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.

‘Our leader, Omar Khalid Khorasani, was wounded in one of the recent drone strikes in Afghanistan. He was wounded badly, and today he was martyred,’ Asad Mansoor, a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar spokesman, said by telephone. (Photo: AFP)

Leader of Pakistani militant group Jaamat-ul-Ahrar killed in US drone strike

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has planned some of the deadliest suicide bombings in Pakistan over the last year.


A Thai mourner poses for a photograph while paying tribute in front of a portrait of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej close to the Grand Palace in Bangkok. (Photo: AP)

Thais to bid Bhumibol farewell amid replica of Vedic universe

Next week hundreds of musicians and dancers will enact King Bhumibol’s favourite episodes of Khon, the royal masked dance of the Ramakien.

Suu Kyi acknowledged in a speech on state-run television that the country is facing widespread criticism over the refugee crisis and called for unity in tackling the problem.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls for unity, creates new aid committee to redevelop Rakhine

The government has tightly restricted access to Rakhine for international aid groups and journalists.

S.K. Sinha

Chief Justice of Bangladesh to face graft probe

The SC issued a statement as Sinha overnight left for Australia, saying he was “embarrassed” over the controversy surrounding his July ruling.

In this file photo Linda Boyle, left and Lyn Coleman hold a photo of their married children, Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, who were rescued by Pakistan Army on in an operation. (Photo: AP)

Pakistan Army recovers five foreign hostages

The communiqué said that the operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities, was successful.

Middle East

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all cut diplomatic ties and began a boycott of Qatar on June 5. (Photo: AFP)

If FIFA World Cup goes out of Qatar, diplomatic crisis will end: UAE officials

Qatari officials did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Women's rights activists since the 1990s have been pushing for the right to drive, saying it represents their larger struggle for equal rights under the law. (Photo: AFP/Representational)

Women on wheels: Saudi Arabia allows females to drive from next year

The kingdom was the only the country in the world to bar women from driving and for years had garnered negative publicity internationally.

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.

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces sprints through the debris in the old city centre on the eastern frontline of Raqa. (Photo: AFP)

Home-bound Syrians find Raqa battered beyond recognition

When a pair of airstrikes send consecutive booms echoing across Al-Rumeilah, Hammoud furrows his brows.

Criticism by the Donald Trump administration of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, including the United States, has focused heavily on Tehran's continuing missile programme. (Photo: AP/File)

Will boost our missiles whether you like it or not: Iran defies US criticism

Tehran says that the missiles are entirely legitimate under the terms of the deal as they are not designed to carry a nuclear warhead.


The hospital is overwhelmed by both dead and wounded; have received people whose limbs were cut away by the bomb.

Twin blasts in Somalia's Mogadishu leave 189 dead, over 200 injured

Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims, many burnt beyond recognition.

People carry the body of Sayed Tafshan, who died during clashes between security forces and residents of al-Waraq island, on the northern fringes of Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AP)

1 killed, 50 injured in Cairo police clashes with Nile island residents

The protesters, mostly young males, succeeded in forcing the bulldozers to turn away, but clashes soon began.

Protesters of Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga demonstrate in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo: AP)

11 killed in Kenya as election riots flare up

The bodies of nine young men shot dead overnight in Nairobi’s Mathare slum had been brought to the city morgue, a security official said.

Officials search for bodies in Mogadishu on Sunday at the scene of Saturday’s truck bomb blast. (Photo: AP)

Over 231 killed in deadly Mogadishu bomb blast

Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims, many burned beyond recognition.


IS has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Russia. (representational Image | Photo: AP)

Tajikistan national arrested in Saint Petersburg, link to IS suspected

The 33-year-old suspect recruited central Asian targets online ‘to wage jihad’ and organise terrorist acts on Russian territory.

Spanish flags have been tied to balconies and windows around the city by pro-unity supporters on the nationwide holiday. (Photo: AP)

Amid Catalan crisis, Spain marks national day with show of unity

The region itself is deeply divided on the issue, with polls suggesting Catalans are roughly evenly split on whether to go it alone.

Foreign Policy magazine said the decision was aimed at saving money and to protest what the US believes is UNESCO's anti-Israel stance. (Photo: AFP)

US withdraws from UNESCO, accuses body of 'anti-Israel bias'

The head of UNESCO Irina Bokova voiced 'profound regret' over United States withdrawing from the UN body.

A video clip published on Tuesday by the independent news site showed a helicopter firing a salvo of rockets at a military truck covered in camouflage netting in open countryside, with three vehicles with no military markings visible, parked a few metres away. (YouTube/Screengrab/

Video: Russian army drill goes awry, chopper fires at parked vehicles

Russia is currently staging the 'Zapad 2017' war games in the area, major exercises on NATO's eastern flank.

British Prime Minister Theresa May Theresa May speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels. (Photo: AP)

EU leaders approve first steps to Brexit trade talks

The toughest sticking point has been the bill Britain will pay as it leaves the EU club.


Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong told the General Assembly's committee on disarmament that the situation on the Korean peninsula has reached the touch-and-go point. (Photo: AP)

'Nuclear war may break out any moment,' North Korea warns US

Trump has engaged in a war of words with Kim Jong-Un, threatening to 'totally destroy' North Korea if it threatens the United States.

Diwali celebrations in White House. (Photo: PTI)

Indian-American Congressman introduces resolution for Diwali in US House

The resolution recognises the religious and historical significance of Diwali.

Trump called his social media accounts on Facebook Inc , Twitter Inc and Instagram “a tremendous platform.” “When somebody, says something about me, I am able to go bing, bing, bing and I take care of it,” he said. (Photo: AP)

Trump hails social media as a key factor in White House victory

Republican leaders have regularly urged Trump to avoid or cut back on tweets.

US Secretary of State Tillerson's comments on Sunday come amid soaring tensions between the United States and North Korea following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang and a war of words between the leaders of the two countries. (Photo: File)

Diplomacy with N Korea to continue until 'first bomb drops': Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Tillerson has been in talks with China to enlist its help on getting North Korea to back down.


Pauline Hanson, leader of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration One Nation minor party, sat wearing the black head-to-ankle garment for more than 10 minutes before taking it off as she rose to explain that she wanted such outfits banned on national security grounds. (Photo: Twitter)

Australian senator argues for ban of full-face Islamic coverings in public places

Three senators including Hanson argued over her bill before a majority of senators shut down debate until a later date.

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.

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.

‘Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator,’ Hillary Clinton said. (Photo: File)

Trump tape: Hillary Clinton accuses WikiLeaks of working with Russia

The former Secretary of State raised the issue in relation to Harvey Weinstein scandal.