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Mullah Omar died two years ago: Pak tell...

Mullah Omar died two years ago: Pak tells Afghanistan

The death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban, has been confirmed by authorities in Pakistan who have shared the information with Afghan government officials, according to a media report on Wednesday. The issue was reportedly discussed during a meeting of the Afghan... read more »

Indian citizen held by China for ‘...

Indian citizen held by China for ‘terror links’ released, depor...

China late on Friday deported the lone Indian arrested on unspecified charges in Inner Mongolia, bringing to an end 72 hours of hard negotiations between Indian diplomats and local officials who caught him with 19 other foreigners for allegedly watching banned videos. The fate of the remaining... read more »

China’s migrant population to reac...

China’s migrant population to reach 310 mn by 2030

China’s migrant population, the workforce behind its massive development in the last few decades, will touch 310 million by 2030, almost the same as the population of the US. China’s migrant population stood at 254 million last year. About 230 million Chinese will move out of the countryside to... read more »

China aggressively building islands on r...

China aggressively building islands on reefs claimed by Philippines

China is reportedly proceeding with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs, which are claimed by the Philippines, despite Beijing promising to end some work soon. Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon of Kalayaan Islands, which falls under Philippine’s control, said that he saw... read more »

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10 killed in bus accident in China

At least 10 people were killed and several others injured, including four in critical condition, after a passenger bus overturned on an expressway in northwest China’s Gansu Province on Monday. The... read more »

Chinese police bust four major baby trafficking ri...

Hundreds of babies have been rescued by police in China after a crackdown was launched on trafficking infants. The nationwide bust saw 1,094 people... read more »

Chinese Man litigate His Polluted Hometown for Cost of ...

A man in northern China filed a lawsuit against his smog-enshrouded city’s environmental protection bureau, saying it owed him for the money he spent on an... read more »

China to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam

China to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam

Beijing – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday that the country is willing to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam, Xinhua reported. The... read more »

China’s economy to be ‘smooth and stable...

China's economy to be 'smooth and stable' in 2014: PM

Beijing – China’s economy will be on a steady path in 2014, Premier Li Keqiang has said. During a trip to Tianjin, Keqiang said that China has the... read more »

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Ready to dissolve parliament, says Thai PM

Ready to dissolve parliament, says Thai PM

Bangkok – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Sunday that she was ready to resign or dissolve parliament to end the ongoing political turmoil. But an election has to be held within 60... read more »

Thai protesters mark Monday for final push against...

Anti-government protesters took a break from weeks of demonstrations on Saturday to prepare for a final push to topple the administration of Prime... read more »

N Korea confirms deporting aged US war veteran

N Korea confirms deporting aged US war veteran

Washington – North Korea has said it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against... read more »

South Korea mourns Nelson Mandela’s death

South Korea mourns Nelson Mandela's death

Seoul – South Korean President Park Geun-hye Friday condoled the passing away of former South African President Nelson Mandela, describing him a... read more »

Kim Jong Un’s uncle ousted from leadership role, ...

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Sydney – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s uncle has apparently been purged and two associates executed. The move is seen as the most significant... read more »

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Al-Qaida affiliate in Syria kills captive Lebanese soldier

9:53 P.M. The Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, has killed one of the Lebanese soldiers it had been holding in captivity, Lebanese security sources and a statement on Twitter said on... read more »

France conducts first airstrike in Iraq, destroys ...

PARIS: France says it has conducted its first airstrike in Iraq and has destroyed a logistics depot held by the Islamic State group. The office of... read more »

Libya’s Zawiya refinery, El Sharara oil field shu...

TRIPOLI: Libya’s 120,000 barrels-a-day Zawiya refinery has been shut down due to damaged storage, an oil ministry official said on Thursday. The El... read more »

Iran rejects US-led coalition against IS

Seen from Tehran, which has helped both Damascus and Baghdad to confront IS advances, the coalition lacks credibility because some of its members had financed... read more »

Arab states mull air strikes on ISIS

PARIS: Several Arab countries have offered to carry out airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, senior US state department... read more »

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Nepal's Maoist party not to join government

Nepal’s Maoist party not to join government

Kathmandu – Nepal’s third largest party, the (UCPN-Maoist), said Saturday that it will not join the coalition government but will join the constituent assembly for the sake of the... read more »

Musharraf lawyers urge UN to intervene into 'show trial'

Musharraf lawyers urge UN to intervene into ‘...

Islamabad – Lawyers of Pakistan’s ex-President Pervez Musharraf have reportedly urged the United Nations to intervene in the... read more »

Indian dam will affect Neelum-Jhelum project: Pakistan

Indian dam will affect Neelum-Jhelum project: Pakistan

Islamabad – The construction of the Kishanganga project by India in Jammu and Kashmir will result in 14 percent decrease in the flow of water for... read more »

Pakistani troops violate LoC ceasefire in Jammu

Indian Army lodges protest with Pakistan over ceasefire violations

Jammu – After almost two months of peace along the LoC, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire Friday, targeting an Indian army posts in Jammu district... read more »

US law enforcers should be mindful of global realities:...

US law enforcers should be mindful of global realities: Haqqani

Against the backdrop of the arrest and humiliating treatment meted out to a senior Indian diplomat, a former Pakistani diplomat to the U.S. has cautioned the... read more »

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World leaders head to Saudi to meet new King Salman

RIYADH: Dignitaries and leaders from around the world were to arrive in Saudi Arabia Saturday to offer their condolences to its new King Salman, a day after the death of his half-brother... read more »

Yemen thrown into turmoil as its president resigns

SANAA: Yemeni leader Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has offered to resign following a standoff with a powerful Shiite militia in control of the capital, throwing his country deeper into political... read more »

China mulls 7,000 km bullet train to connect Beijing and Moscow

China is planning to build a 7,000 km-long high-speed railway line, costing $250 billion, between Moscow and Beijing through Central Asia to provide a fast transport link between the... read more »

ISIS executing ‘educated women’ in new wave of horror says UN

GENEVA: The UN on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State group, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at risk. The jihadist group is... read more »

Pakistan troops violate ceasefire

Pakistan troops fire at three border posts

Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on the international border here Wednesday. “Pakistan Rangers started firing at three BSF outposts in Arnia area today morning,” a senior police... read more »