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South Asia

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. (Photo: AP)

Sirisena defends his capital punishment order citing Trump's similar views

Sirisena in June signed the death warrants to hang four drug convicts, ending a four-decade-long moratorium on the capital punishment.

On Sunday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC), which had been called to discuss issues pertaining to national security in the wake of allegations against India using cluster ammunition to target civilians along the Line of Control (LoC). (Photo: File)

Pak's Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Affairs to discuss security situation today

The meeting will be held at the Parliament House in Islamabad at 2 pm (local time), and chaired by Syed Fakhar Imam.

Police officials on Thursday said the marriage appeared to be part of an effort to prevent the suspects from being prosecuted. (Representational Image)

Bangladesh police force gangrape victim to marry suspect

The mother-of-three had accused five men of confining her to a room and sexually assaulting her multiple times between Aug 29 and 31.

During Muharram, stalls were set up in different parts of the city to offer milk, juices and cold water to the participants of the holy month’s processions. (Photo: AFP)

Milk at Rs 140 per litre, costlier than petrol in Pakistan

Petrol was sold Rs 113 per litre, while diesel was Rs 91 per litre in Pakistan.

As Yousafzai spoke, the comical filter superimposed pink ears and whiskers on his face, and that of other officials sitting beside him. (Photo: Screengrab)

Accidental 'cat filter' appears on Pakistan official's briefing

Screen grabs of the live stream have been shared widely on social media, much to the humiliation of Yousafzai and his colleagues.

Asia

“Don’t cover my mouth,” he told his killers, according to Sabah. “I have asthma, don’t do it. You’ll suffocate me.” (Photo: File)

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi asked killers not to suffocate him: Report

Sabah newspaper also published Khashoggi’s last words before he was apparently drugged and lost consciousness.

Qureshi accused India of turning Kashmir into the planet’s largest prison and sought an international investigation by the UNHRC into the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. (Photo: ANI)

After attempt at UNHRC, Pak PM Imran Khan to hold rally at PoK’s Muzaffarabad on Sep 13

India rebutted to Pak at UNHRC, insisting that statement made by Qureshi was ‘fabricated narrative from epicentre of global terrorism’.

The tension between Iran and the US has been soaring since the day US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. (Photo: AP)

Iran rebuffs US talk of Trump-Rouhani meeting

The idea of meeting was floated by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been spearheading European efforts to de-escalate tension.

'Please take refuge in cool places and drink water to avoid heatstroke,' TEPCO said. (Photo: AFP)

Heatstroke kills two in Japan post-typhoon blackout

At least 48 other people were sent to hospital for symptoms of heatstroke Tuesday.

Middle East

The US has been negotiating with the Taliban in the last few months at Doha despite the group’s reluctance to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, which it views as a US puppet. (Photo: AP)

Trump’s tweets on calling off peace talks ‘unbelievable’: Taliban

Trump on Saturday announced that he was calling off the peace negotiations with the Taliban.

Hezbollah issued a statement soon afterward saying it had destroyed an Israeli military vehicle and killed and wounded those inside. (Photo: AFP)

Escalation between Israel, Hezbollah ends but tensions remained along Lebanese border

Burnt fields could be seen in the border area and a new military checkpoint was set up outside the Israeli community of Avivim.

PM Modi reached UAE capital Abu Dhabi from Paris on the second leg of his three-nation tour to France, UAE and Bahrain. (Photo: Twitter/ @narendramodi)

PM Modi to be conferred Gulf Nation's highest civilian award in UAE

PM Modi's visit to Bahrain is significant as it will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the country.

Prince Abdulaziz is a longstanding member of the No. 1 crude exporter's delegation to the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), with decades of experience in the oil sector, Al Jazeera reported. (Photo: ANI)

Saudi King Salman names son Abdulaziz as new energy minister

The new energy minister is an older half-brother to the crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, and an experienced oil industry figure in Saudi.

'I heard what Nasrallah said. I suggest to Nasrallah to calm down. He knows well that Israel knows how to defend itself and to pay back its enemies,' Netanyahu said in a speech. (Photo: File)

'Calm down': Netanyahu asks Hezbollah leader after drone incident

In a speech on Sunday, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah accused Israel of carrying out an attack with an exploding drone earlier that day.

Africa

Jordan supervises the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, and is considered to be the third holiest site in Islam. The mosque was built on top of the Temple Mount, known as Haram esh-Sharif in Islam. (Photo: ANI)

Jordan summons Israeli envoy over Temple Mount violations

Jordan further condemned the closure of the mosque's gates and restrictions placed on worshippers' entry under any circumstances.

Without any ceremony, the coffins were hastily put into freshly-dug graves, nine-feet (three-metre) deep, with three or four stacked in each hole. (Representational Image)

South Africa buries 46 unidentified corpses lying unclaimed in public morgues

The routine was a sombre reminder of South Africa's perennial failure to identify many corpses.

Officials insist that what became the world's biggest internal displacement crisis in 2018 is under control, and that more than a million people have returned to their homes. However those working on the ground, speaking anonymously to avoid a government backlash, say the displaced are being forcibly returned. (Photo: Twitter | @@UNHCREthiopia)

Rising misery as Ethiopia struggles to stem ethnic tensions

Clashes led to the world's largest displacement crisis, with over a million mostly ethnic Gedeos displaced, according to government figures.

The gunmen were shouting "Allahu Akbar" while raiding three villages, killing six people. (Photo: File)

Police says gunmen kill six villagers in Nigeria

Gambo Isah said police were combing the bushes for the bodies of the assailants.

Europe

(Photo: ANI)

'Fabricated narrative from epicentre of terrorism': India on Pak's Kashmir rhetoric

'This (Pakistan) country conducts cross-border terrorism as a form of alternate diplomacy,' Vijay Thakur Singh said.

Without such a deal, Britain faces a chaotic Brexit that economists warn would disrupt trade by imposing tariffs and customs checks between Britain and the bloc. (Photo: File)

Boris Johnson takes aim against opponents of Brexit plans

Lawmakers are returning from their summer recess this week for a brief session that promises to be a dramatic week in British politics.

Johnson appeared to have lost control of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union with the approval of the law, which obliges him to seek a delay unless he can strike a new deal at an EU summit next month. (Photo: file)

'Would not request an extension to Brexit,' says British PM Boris Johnson

For the second time in a week, lawmakers then rejected Johnson’s request to try to break the deadlock through an early national election.

Esper said he would discuss Afghanistan over dinner Wednesday in Stuttgart with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to give the alliance's civilian leader "a sense of where I think things are" in the push to close a peace deal. (Photo: Twitter | DoD)

US holds talks with European allies on Afghan peace deal

Esper declined to talk about his meeting with Trump other than to say it covered a range of issues.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a fresh blow Saturday when senior minister Amber Rudd quit her work and pensions post in protest at his handling of the Brexit crisis. (Photo: AP)

Senior UK Minister Amber Rudd quits in fresh blow for Boris Johnson

The 56-year-old said she felt that Johnson's threat of a messy "no-deal" divorce was a useful negotiating tactic to take with Brussels.

Americas

The US President made the statement on the White House lawn before leaving for Baltimore when a reporter asked if he and the US first lady had discussed e-cigarettes or vaping with their teen son Barron. (Photo: File)

'Don't vape,' Donald Trump, wife Melania tell teen son Barron: report

This move comes after 6 people died in the United States and hundreds of others have fallen ill with mysterious lung diseases from vaping.

Biden went on the offensive on Thursday in the third Democratic debate of the 2020 White House race. (Photo: File)

'US must insist Pak provide bases for its counter-terror operations in Afghanistan'

The US, which has been fighting a longstanding war in Afghanistan, has about 14,000 troops in the country.

Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the Mission in the Congo Leila Zerrougui offered her condolences to the family and friends of the peacekeeper, as well as to the people and Government of India. (Photo: Representational | Twitter)

Indian peacekeeper’s body found in Congo lake

Lieutenant Colonel Gaurav Solanki, deployed with the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, had gone to Lake Kivu on September 8.

The burial of Zimbabwe's founding president, President Robert Mugabe , will be delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built at a prominent spot at the national Heroes' Acre monument, the latest turn in a dramatic tussle between his family and the country's current leader, a once-trusted deputy who helped oust Mugabe from power. (Photo: AP)

Zimbabwe's Mugabe to be buried at new mausoleum in 30 days

Mugabe's first wife, Sally, is buried there and a space next to her had been reserved for Mugabe.

Oceania

Realising that they had been found by the police, the duo made a bid to escape -- only to discover a "big, huge seal" was now blocking their way. (Representational Image)

Find out how a giant, angry seal helps Australian cops to bust international drug ring

Officers discovered an estimated USD 688,000 of illicit drugs hidden on the island.

Griffin suspected that the bottle had been buried on a beach for years then refloated by a storm. (Photo: AP)

Australian finds message in a bottle written 50 years ago

Paul Elliot told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he and his son Jyah found the bottle on west coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

The New Zealand government released long-awaited plans on Monday to overhaul its abortion laws, so that a termination is treated as a health issue and a woman's choice rather than a crime. (Representational Image)

New Zealand’s proposed abortion laws to give women right to choose

The bill, to be introduced to parliament on Thursday, will be a conscience vote rather than along party lines.

‘Carpet Pythons are the most common snake we catch and don't seem to bothered by humans. They will often hang out in entertaining areas like this and won't move even if people are around,’ Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers had written while sharing a video of the snake. (Photo: Facebook | @elitesnakecatchingbrisbane)

Python pops out during a pool game in Brisbane, see pictures

The post has been doing the rounds in the internet, with over 4,000 shares and thousands of comments.

In one case study, arms that began held close to the body ended up flung out to the side. (Representational Image)

Human bodies move for more than a year after death: Australian Scientist’s revelation

After studying and photographing movements of a corpse over 17-months, Alyson Wilson said that she found humans don't exactly rest in peace.