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South Asia

 Sri Lanka's parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the controversially appointed government of Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday. (Photo: File | AP)

Sri Lankan parl votes against newly-appointed Rajapaksa govt

Speaker ruled that majority of 225-member assembly supported no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa who was made PM on Oct 26.

Sirisena had, on Friday, sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister, triggering political chaos in the Indian Ocean island nation. (Photo: AP)

US calls on Sri Lankan President Sirisena to ‘immediately reconvene parliament’

UN chief Guterres called on the Sri Lanka govt to respect democratic values, constitutional provisions and process and uphold rule of law.

Baradar’s release comes after the recent election of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has long advocated talks with the Taliban and other Islamist insurgents in the region to bring an end to years of fighting. (Photo: AP)

Pak frees Taliban leader after US talks with militants: sources

Abdul Ghani Baradar as the most high-profile Afghan Taliban leader detained by Pakistan since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

The single-pilot Kathmandu-bound Altitude Air helicopter was carrying six passengers, including a Japanese trekker, when it lost contact with air traffic control after taking off from the central district of Gorkha. (Photo: ANI | Twitter)

Only one survives as Nepal chopper crashes in dense forest, 6 dead

The chopper's wreckage had been spotted on a forested hillside in neighbouring Dhadhing district, said Raj Kumar Chettri..

Urging the nation to not be dismayed by the economic difficulties, he said his government was cracking down against corruption and money laundering. (Photo: File)

All corrupt leaders in Pakistan will go to jail: PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister Khan lashed out at the previous governments for raising Pakistan's debt to Rs 30,00,000 crore.

Asia

Mahinda Rajapaksa (Photo: AP)

Lankan parties drag Prez to Supreme Court

Rajapaksa needed the support of minimum 113 parliamentarians in the 225-member House to prove his majority.

Sri Lanka's former president and new prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse arrives at a temple after having been sworn in as prime minister in Colombo on October 26, 2018. (Photo: AFP)

Sri Lanka crisis deepens as PM Wickremesinghe resists sacking

Parliamentary Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has said he will decide Saturday whether to recognise Rajapakse or not, after seeking legal advice.

The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russia's military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad with its planes carrying out air strikes against rebel forces. (Photo: AFP)

Russia's only aircraft carrier damaged after floating dock sinks

The warship had been successfully extracted from the dock before it completely sank.

The White House's move to expand Washington's dispute with Beijing beyond trade and technology and into accusations of political meddling has sunk relations between the world's two largest economies to the lowest level since the Cold War. (Photo: File)

China-US ties sinking amid acrimony over trade, politics

Major speech by US Vice President on Oct. 4 was clearest, highest-level sign that US strategy was turning from engagement to confrontation.

Middle East

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage. His body has never been found. (Photo: File | AFP)

Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid, disposed through drains: Report

Samples taken from the drains at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul showed traces of acid, a Turkish newspaper said, without quoting sources.

But casting doubt on the claim that Khashoggi was killed during a fist fight, the Washington Post reported on Saturday that the CIA had listened to audio recordings from Turkish officials that show he was brutally killed and dismembered by a team of Saudi agents. (Photo: File | AP)

Saudi's admission over Jamal Khashoggi's killing shields Crown Prince

Kingdom sacked 2 top aides to Crown Prince as well 3 intelligence officials and arrested 18 Saudi suspects, in Khashoggi's killing.

A picture released by the Iraqi justice ministry on June 29, 2018 shows a group of convicted jihadists awaiting execution. (Photo: AFP)

Iraq executes 13 death row ISIS terrorists to avenge civilian killings

Around 20,000 were arrested in a three-year battle by Iraqi forces to drive out IS, which had seized western and northern Iraq in 2014.

The official told The Associated Press on Friday that police have established that two vehicles belonging to the Saudi consulate left the building on October 2 — the day Khashoggi had walked into the consulate and vanished. (Photo: File)

Turkey suggests Khashoggi's remains taken out of consulate

The official says one vehicle went to the Belgrade Forest outside Istanbul while the other travelled to the city of Yalova.

Saudi journalists collect their press badges for the Future Investment Initiative -- a key gathering overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi. (Photo: AFP)

Saudi hosts investment forum under Khashoggi shadow

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have pulled out.

Africa

 Four teenage girl suicide bombers have killed two people in multiple attacks in northeast Nigeria, residents said Saturday, in the latest assault since the government announced it was in ceasefire talks with Boko Haram. (Representational Image)

Four teenage girls launch deadly suicide attack in Nigeria, 2 killed

The suspected Boko Haram attack took place late Friday in the northeast Borno state capital of Maiduguri.

Long seen as a pioneer for women's rights in the Arab world, Tunisia has pushed ahead with other reforms promised after its 2011 revolution. (Photo: AP)

Tunisia announces draft bill to give women equal inheritance rights

Tunisian law currently stipulates that male heirs should receive double the assets given to females of the same level of kinship.

Robert Mugabe (Photo: AP)

Robert Mugabe gets immunity from prosecution in Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president sacked by Mugabe earlier this month, is set to be sworn in as president on Friday.

A Sharia court, which follows Islamic religious law, found Hussein guilty of premeditated murder last month and on Thursday officially sentenced her to death by hanging. Her lawyers have 15 days to appeal. (Representational Image)

Forced to kill 'rapist' husband, 19-yr-old sentenced to death by Sudan court

Hussein said that she refused to have sex with her husband after the ceremony, but on 6th day, he raped her as three of his male relatives.

Europe

People line up at a polling station in Noumea, New Caledonia, as they prepare to cast their votes as part of an independence referendum, on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo: AP)

New Caledonia votes on independence from France

New Caledonia is home to a quarter of the world's known supplies of nickel, and is a strategic foothold for France in the Pacific.

People walk in the flooded street during a high-water alert in Venice. (Photo: AFP)

Deadly storms, heavy rains lash Italy leaving Venice afloat

Families carried children on their shoulders through streets, others opted to take off their shoes and wade through the water.

The resignation of such a senior minister thrusts the United Kingdom into a political crisis just as May was attempting to garner support for a Brexit deal which her opponents have warned could sink her premiership. (Photo: AP)

UK: Brexit Minister Dominic Raab resigns, thrusts PM May's govt into turmoil

'I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election,' he said.

The survey of 25 nations by the Pew Research Centre also showed that respondents from across the globe have less confidence in Trump’s ability to lead than they do in Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping. (Photo: File)

America’s image has worsened under Trump, shows survey

The survey was conducted between May and August, and based on interviews with over 900 people in each of the surveyed countries.

Riyadh had to be held to account for the death of Khashoggi and the imprisonment of other journalists, Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of the Paris-based media rights watchdog tweeted. (Photo: File)

Khashoggi death: Don't give Saudi Arabia 'licence to kill', says RSF

Khashoggi disappearance has been shrouded in mystery and tipped Saudi Arabia into one of its worst international crises.

Americas

It's not the first time Trump has been accused of fraud. (Photo: File)

Trump, family accused of defrauding investors with sham schemes

Four complainants, whose names were anonymized, asked federal court in Manhattan to grant class action lawsuit so others can join complaint.

Trump has hailed his July summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as having opened the way to denuclearization of the divided peninsula, defusing tensions that less than a year ago brought the two countries to the brink of conflict. (Photo: File)

North Korea has been hiding 13-20 nuclear missile bases, US researchers say

Researchers say the bases, which are scattered across country, are located in underground facilities tunneled in narrow mountain valleys.

Stan Lee, known for his distinctive tinted glasses and impish grin, frequently appeared at fan events where he was revered. (Photo: AP)

Stan lee, creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and Marvel comic legend, dies at 95

Lee, the face of comic book culture in the United States, died early Monday in Los Angeles, according to US entertainment outlets

A study published last week found that misinformation on social media was spreading at a greater rate than during the run-up to the 2016 presidential vote, which Russia is accused of manipulating through a vast propaganda campaign in favour of Donald Trump, the eventual winner. (Photo: file)

Facebook blocks 30 accounts, 85 on Instagram ahead of US midterm polls

The Instagram accounts were mostly in English, with some 'focused on celebrities, others political debate.'

Oceania

The unnamed man will appear in court next month, police said, after he was accused of assaulting the fellow resident at a care facility in the city's eastern suburbs. (Representational | File)

102-year-old man charged with indecent assault in Australia

Police declined to give details of alleged crime but said the incident took place around lunchtime on Tuesday and was reported to police.

The video shows a man in a truck directing racial slurs at a life-sized cut-out made from one of Singh's election placards, which is eventually run over by the truck, the report said. (Representational Image)

Sikh council nominee racially targeted in Australia

Sunny Singh, a Port Augusta City Council nominee, said social media video targeting his race is first time he has experienced racism.

Air Niugini said Friday it had been informed that 'the weather was very poor with heavy rain and reduced visibility at the time of incident'. (Photo: AFP)

Body found inside plane days after crash landing in Pacific lagoon

Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 was attempting to land at Weno airport on Friday morning but fell short of runway and splashed in Chuuk lagoon.

The Australian Federal Police say the 59-year-old naturalized Australian used encrypted communication to broker sales and discuss the supply of weapons of mass destruction. (Photo: File/Representational)

Sydney: Man arrested for acting as N Korea agent, brokering sales of arms

He's the first person charged under Australia's Weapons of Mass Destruction Act and faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

The country's ‘big four’ lenders - among the developed world's most wealthy - have been under scrutiny in recent years amid allegations of dodgy financial advice, life insurance and mortgage fraud. (Photo: AFP/ Representational)

Australia: Inquiry into banking services to quell public anger

There have also been claims of anti-money laundering laws being breached and benchmark interest rates rigged.