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South Asia

The inclusion of Myanmar's Maung Maung Soe on the list was perhaps the most dramatic move in terms of US foreign policy.  (Photo: File/Representational)

US sanctions top Myanmar general for atrocities against Rohingyas

The Trump administration announced penalties against 13 people worldwide in all.

The aid suspension was largely expected by Islamabad but Pakistani officials were taken aback by Trump’s withering tweet and the tone of US announcements. (Photo: File)

Friend who always betrays: Pak foreign minister criticises US

Khawaja Asif said, “The US behavior is neither that of an ally nor of a friend. It is a friend who always betrays.”

The usually forthright pontiff walked a diplomatic tightrope during his four days in Myanmar - the first papal visit to the country - avoiding any direct reference to the Rohingya in public. (Photo: AFP)

Pope Francis wraps up Asia tour after meeting Rohingyas refugees

Pope Francis is known for championing the rights of refugees and has repeatedly expressed support for the long-suffering Rohingya.

The ties between the two countries have come under strain in recent months after US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to militants.  (Photo: AP)

Pak asks US to address strategic concerns including Kashmir: report

The official confirmed that Pakistan had made it clear to the US that it needed to take a ‘holistic view’ of the current regional situation.

Nepal will, however, seek help from India and China for getting crucial data for the exercise, Nepal’s Survey Department’s Director General Ganesh Bhatta said. (Photo: File/Representational)

Don't need India: Nepal declines offer to jointly re-measure Mt Everest

India is being requested to provide the levelling data while China has been asked to provide the gravity data.


Hundreds of Tehrik-e-Labbaik supporters had been camping at the Faizabad Interchange since November 6. (Photo: AFP)

Pak SC raps ISI for Islamabad sit-in

The court said if the cell existed then was the ISI representative aware of who the protesters were.

Wang Yi says the deal would help uphold the international non-proliferation regime, maintain regional peace and stability and solve 'other hot issues' around the world. (Photo: AP)

Iran nuclear deal not ‘derailed’, will play constructive role: China

Wang says continuing to implement nuclear deal was responsibility of all parties concerned and common wish of the international community.

'Belt and Road,' announced by Xi in 2013, is a loosely defined umbrella for Chinese-built or -financed projects across 65 countries from the South Pacific through Asia to Africa and Europe. (Photo: AP)

China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ project hits political, financial hurdles

From Pak to Tanzania to Hungary, projects under Xi Jinping's 'Belt and Road Initiative' are being cancelled, renegotiated or delayed.

Chinese analysts said the Jiwani base was not necessary for China at present as it already has Gwadar. (Photo: AP)

China denies plans to build military base in Pakistan near Chabahar port

According to reports, Pak may allow China to build military base in Jiwani which is also close the Gwadar port being developed by Beijing.

Middle East

In December, Ahmadinejad had said: 'Iran is suffering from mismanagement and the Rouhani government (Hassan Rouhani) believes that they own the land and that the people are an ignorant society'. (Photo: AP)

Ex-Iranian president Ahmadinejad arrested for inciting unrest

The country has deployed Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces and Afghan mercenaries in order to stem the anti-government protests.

Abbas would refuse to meet Pence later in December in protest at the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Photo: File)

Jerusalem row: Palestinians 'walking away' from peace, says US

The comments come after the Palestinian Authority said that its president Mahmud Abbas would refuse to meet Pence.

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Israel minister on India trip to woo Bollywood producers

The Israeli minister would also be meeting minister of state for external affairs, M.J. Akbar.

Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration sparked protests across the Palestinian territories, and Palestinian leaders said Washington could no longer serve as a Mideast peace broker. (Photo: File)

Palestinians' reaction to Trump's Jerusalem declaration 'anti-Semitic': US envoy

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman also said that there will be no peace process without US involvement.

Saad Hariri stepped down from the Prime Minister's post in a televised broadcast from Riyadh. (Photo: AFP)

Resigned Lebanon PM Saad Hariri says he is ‘free’, will return to Beirut

Hariri brushed aside rumours that he was under de facto house arrest in the kingdom and said he would land in Beirut 'in two or three days'.


Emmerson Mnangagwa swore in his cabinet on Monday, with allies defending him against criticism for giving top posts to the generals who helped his rise to power. (Photo: AFP)

Zimbabwe swears in new Cabinet after 37 years of Robert Mugabe

Assembling a cabinet has not been without mishaps.

The resolution said the ministers would meet again within a month and held out the possibility that an emergency Arab summit would be held in Jordan to discuss Jerusalem. (Photo: AFP)

Arab leaders ask US to reverse Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Jerusalem's status lies at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Trump's move was widely perceived as siding with Israel.

Egypt's railway system has a poor safety record, mostly blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment and poor management. (Photo: Twitter)

Egypt: Toll rises to 43 in trains collision; officials say deadliest rail accident

An eyewitness who lives close to the crash site said he and others ran toward the site when they heard the sound of the impact.

Ambulance sirens still echo across the city as bewildered families wander in the rubble of buildings. (Photo: AFP)

Mogadishu blast: Death toll rises to 53, 60 injured

Hospitals struggle to cope with the high number of casualties, more than 60 others are injured.


British Prime Minister Theresa May (Photo: AP)

Theresa May wins Brexit boost, but bigger battles await

The EU’s decision Friday to move to the next stage of negotiations with Britain was a much-needed success for May

Resident of Budapest’s inner seventh district, these days called the “party quarter”, are fed up with having to clean the mess left by streams of partygoers drawn from all over Europe by cheap flights, drinks and accommodation. (Photo: AFP)

Sleepless locals tired of Budapest as party hub

Beer rarely costs more than 1.50 euros ($2.50), while a glut of Airbnb flats are on offer for under 30 euros a night.

Pope Francis urges people to put intelligence and technology at the 'service of peace and true progress.' (Photo: File)

Pope Francis, 'crusader for environment,' calls for world without nuclear arms

Pope stressed on 'the strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament.'

'You are plainly highly intelligent and capable of determined manipulation. You told sustained lies to your girlfriend and her family about your own parents, particularly your father,' the judge told Randhawa. (Photo: Twitter/@NCA_UK)

UK: Sikh teenager jailed for trying to blow up father who disapproved of white girlfriend

Undercover officers replaced a car bomb he ordered online with a harmless dummy device before it was delivered.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and visiting President Andrzej Duda of Poland laid flowers on Wednesday at a monument to Polish soldiers killed by Soviet security forces in 1940. (Photo: AFP)

Ukraine, Poland meet, attempt to end post-WWII hostility

‘Introducing peacekeepers will bring an end to armed conflict between Ukranians and Russians,’ says visiting President Andrzej Duda.


Under the UK's Department for Education guidelines, uniform policy is a matter for individual head-teachers and their governing bodies. (Photo: Representational | AP)

UK school wants govt to ban hijab, fasting for children

St Stephen's School in Newham, east London, became one of the first schools in the country to ban the hijab for girls under eight in 2016.

Bannon, who left the White House in August, is also quoted as saying that the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election will focus on money laundering.  (Photo: AP)

He not only lost his job, but also his mind: Trump slams Steve Bannon

The book -- the 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,' by journalist Michael Wolff -- is to be published next week.

Trump said he wanted people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met and held a press conference with on Wednesday. (Photo: AP)

Why do we have immigrants from sh**hole countries coming here: Trump

Trump asked senators why the US has to shoulder the burden of refugees coming to the country after Third World natural disasters.

President Trump told his cabinet colleagues that he received letter of congratulations from news anchors. (Photo: AFP)

Media will ultimately support me or else their rating would be impacted: Trump

Donald Trump has a love-hate relationship with the media ever since he started his presidential election campaign.


Ambulances and medics arrived to a ‘scene of carnage’ at the Sydney school. (Photo: AFP)

Car ploughs into Australia classroom; 2 children dead, few injured

The tragedy occurred at the Banksia Road Public School when the car collided with a wooden classroom building.

 Victoria state police said they had arrested the driver of a car after it ‘collided with a number of pedestrians’ in downtown Melbourne. (Photo: File)

Car mows down pedestrians in Melbourne, injuring 12; driver arrested

A pre-school child with a head injury was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

The police in Victoria state, where Melbourne is located, announced on Saturday six rewards of AUS$1 million ($780,000) each for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was behind the murders. (Photo: AFP)

Police offers exorbitant bounty of 1 mil. AUS $ for mystery serial killer

Investigators are seeking public assistance to help solve six murders over an 18-month period in 1980-1981.

A volcano on the island of Kadovar, located about 24 km north of the Papuan mainland, began erupting on January 5. (Photo: AFP)

1,500 evacuated from Papua New Guinea after volcano eruption

After venting ash for several days, the volcano exploded on Friday, blasting out glowing red rocks and sulphur dioxide.

'The woman is lucky to be alive after police rescued her from a mine shaft in the state's north-west,' says New South Wales police. (Photo: Facebook/@nswpoliceforce)

Woman stuck in mine shaft rescued 2 days later, after being spotted by drone

The 26-year-old vanished from her home in Lightning Ridge after going for walk, sparking a large-scale search and rescue operation.