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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.

India also blamed JuD leader Saeed for the Mumbai attacks of November 2006, but Pakistan argues that New Delhi has failed to provide incriminating evidence against him. (Photo: File)

Pak declares Hafiz Saeed as terrorist, signs ordinance to rein banned outfits

The sources in the National Counter Terrorism Authority confirmed the new move, saying the ministries are working together on the matter.

Musharraf ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008. He is wanted in Pakistan in several criminal cases including in the killing of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. (Photo: File)

Musharraf charged with high treason, Pak orders arrest, property seizure

Musharraf, who left the country for Dubai in March 2016, was declared a proclaimed absconder by the court in May 2016.

 ‘Around 14 were policemen among the 25 who were injured in the blast. The condition of four policemen is stated to be critical,’ Rescue 1122 spokesman Jam Sajjad said. (Photo: AP)

Teen suicide bomber blows self up near Sharif residence, 9 killed

Lahore experienced multiple terror attacks in 2017 that killed more than 60 people.

The BRI, a multi-billion-dollar initiative launched by Xi Jinping when he came to power in 2013, has become a major sticking point in the bilateral ties. (Photo: File)

Xi Jinping’s ‘pet’ BRI poses a ‘major challenge’ to Indo-China ties

India had boycotted 2017’s Belt and Road Forum organised by China.


The rosy-cheeked toddler's parents named him after the billionaire US president in the hope of replicating his success. (Photo: AP)

Toddler named after Donald Trump spurs controversy in Afghanistan

There are even suggestions Sayed, the toddler's father, is using the moniker to wangle asylum in the US; a charge the 28-yr-old denies.

Memorabilia featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping are displayed at a souvenir shop in Beijing. (Photo: AP)

Stability, risks seen in extension of China President’s rule

Social media users shared images of Winnie the Pooh hugging a jar of honey along with the quote, ‘Find the thing you love and stick with it’.

 Rodrigo Duterte, who took office in 2016 and has boasted of killings he claims to have committed personally, has sidelined many of his top domestic critics. (Photo: File)

UN rights chief says Philippines prez needs ‘psychiatric evaluation’

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and other UN rights officials have focused significant attention on Duterte's controversial drug war.

The worst-hit Marshal Hotel partly crumpled into the ground, leaving it slanting on its side, as rescuers on cranes attempted to free people from its upper floors. (Photo: ANI)

Two dead, over 200 injured in 6.4-magnitude quake in Taiwan

A hotel and an apartment block were the worst hit by the quake in the port city of Hualien, according to the national fire agency.

Middle East

The policy change, announced by the Saudi government on Thursday, also marks a major step away from the strict guardianship system that has ruled the country for decades. (Photo: Representational | AFP)

Saudi women now can open their own business without male permission

Saudi Arabia is pushing to expand country’s private sector, including expansion of female employment under a reform plan for a post-oil era.

A member of the Syrian civil defence retrieves the body of a child from the rubble of a house hit by an airstrike in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Thursday. (Photo: AFP)

US-led coalition strikes on Syria force kill 100

According to the US Central Command, coalition advisers were also present at the site of the attack late on Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: File)

Bibi: Charges like Swiss cheese, full of holes

Netanyahu shrugs off graft charges, says won’t resign.

Kim has won admirers for his vocal criticism of Israel and his jibes about the controversial American policy shift on Jerusalem. (Photo: AFP)

Discount for N Koreans at Gaza eatery for Kim Jong Jerusalem support

Kim responded by calling Trump a ‘dotard’ and slamming his decision as a ‘reckless, wicked act.’

 Mervat Bukhari becomes the first Saudi woman to work at a gas station, something unimaginable not long ago. (Photo: AFP)

Saudi social reforms send cultural shock, women face obstacles in path to empowerment

Average monthly salaries in pvt sector are close to 8,000 Saudi riyals for men and only 5,000 riyals for women, as per research firm Jadwa.


Tuesday's attack is the highest loss of life since 18 people were killed in neighbouring Borno state in September. (Photo: AP)

Suicide bomb attack in Nigeria mosque kills 50

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bears the hallmark of Boko Haram, which typically attacks public places.

Grace’s political plans were backed by the so-called G40, a group of young supporters that has earned a reputation for aggression. (Photo: AFP)

First lady ‘Gucci Grace,’ her aggressive ambitions and Zimbabwe President’s fall

Grace’s attempt to neutralise Mnangagwa ended very differently - leaving her and her husband languishing under house arrest in Harare.

‘He looked down and said people were chameleons,’ one of the sources was quoted as saying. (Photo: AP)

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe cried when he agreed to resign: report

Mugabe agreed to step down under pressure from the military and his party after 37 years in power.

Egypt's Coptic Christian minority has been targeted by Islamic terrorists in several attacks since last year that have killed over 100 people and wounded many others. (Photo: File)

10 killed, 8 injured in terror attack on church in Egypt

The attack comes days before the Coptic celebration of the new year and orthodox Christmas Day on January 7.


The plane took off late Sunday afternoon and climbed to a cruising altitude of just over 35,000 feet. A little over an hour later, it rapidly gained altitude and then dropped drastically within minutes. (Representational Image/ Pixabay)

Turkish mogul’s bride-to-be daughter’s party ends in plane crash

A day ago, Basaran posted a picture with seven smiling friends from a Dubai resort.

India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim has been linked to a series of properties across Britain. (Photo: File | PTI)

1993 Mumbai blast mastermind Dawood linked to British properties: reports

Ibrahim, who has an Interpol red notice against him, has been on the UK Treasury sanctions list for years with 3 recorded addresses in Pak.

Sunday's shooting comes exactly one month before the March 18 presidential election that Vladimir Putin is almost guaranteed to win. (Representational Image)

‘Soldier of Islam’ or bringer of death: IS attacks church in Russia, kills 5

An unidentified gunman fired at worshippers at the church in the town of Kizlyar in the mainly Muslim region, local press reports said.

 Ergieva’s ex-boyfriend who had decided to pay her a visit made sexual advances and upon being refused flew into a jealous rage and shot her in the head. (Representational Image)

Man shoots woman dead, buries severed head, after she ‘refused sex’

Her severed head was later discovered buried, ‘stuffed in a bag with some of her jewellery.’

Ramadan, who was arrested by French police on Wednesday, has now been charged with connected charges of rape and rape of a vulnerable person. (Photo: AFP)

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan charged with rape of 2 women in France

The accused is a Swiss citizen whose grandfather founded Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement.


'Seventy per cent of their military hardware is Russian in origin. You can’t expect India to go cold turkey on that,' Admiral Harry Harris told the lawmakers. (Photo: AFP)

Can’t expect India to go cold turkey on Russian arms: Top US Admiral

India is 'a key partner and a great strategic opportunity' for the US, Admiral Harry Harris said.

Donald Trump has faced fierce criticism in the United States for doing too little to punish Russia for the election meddling and other actions. (Photo: File)

US hits Russians with sanctions for election meddling, cyber attacks

While Trump has frequently called the Russia probe a ‘witch hunt,’ the new sanctions appear to affirm Mueller’s investigative strategy.

 Clifford's relationship with Trump began in the summer of 2006, not long after Trump's wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron, and lasted well into 2007, according to the lawsuit. (Photo: File)

WH taken by ‘Stormy’: Trump won arbitration order against pornstar

Clifford is among a number of women who have spoken up about sexual encounters with Trump, who has denied the accusations.

Trump has vowed to ban transgender troops from serving.(Photo: File | Representational)

TV ads aim to pressure Trump to allow transgender in military

Sarah McBride, Human Rights Campaign’s spokesperson, said it’s a 'critical window of time' to take the fight directly to the White House.


Guerin was already on suspension and being investigated by the police's anti-corruption watchdog after revelations last week that he made vulgar sexual remarks on a website about a former female police commissioner and a police union chief. (Photo: LinkedIn | Brett Guerin)

Australia’s top cop quits force after ‘crude’ racist, sexist internet posts

'It is behaviour that is completely and utterly unacceptable at Victoria Police,' Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ashton told reporters.

 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.

The plane was in the air for more than an hour. (Photo FIle)

Oxygen masks dropped, alarm flared: Passengers describe terror aboard AirAsia flight

The budget Indonesian airline said in a statement engineers were examining the plane at Perth.

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.