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Sri Lanka votes as Rajapaksa eyes comeba...

Sri Lanka votes as Rajapaksa eyes comeback

Sri Lankans began voting on Monday in parliamentary polls with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa eyeing a political comeback as prime minister months after being toppled as president by Maithripala Sirisena. Mr. Sirisena has vowed not to make Mr. Rajapaksa premier even if his United People’s... read more »

Death toll in Pakistan’s Attock suicide ...

Death toll in Pakistan’s Attock suicide attack rises to 20

The death toll in a brazen suicide attack that killed Pakistan’s Punjab province Home Minister at his ancestral home in Attock district on Monday rose to 20. Home Minister Shuja Khanzada, 71, and a DSP were among 20 people killed when two suicide bombers attacked his political office on Sunday... read more »

Two arrested over Bangladesh blogger Nil...

Two arrested over Bangladesh blogger Niloy Neel killing

Bangladesh police say they have arrested two suspected members of a banned Islamist group over the killing of atheist blogger Niloy Neel. The two men were suspected members of Ansarullah Bangla Team, a militant group accused of links to previous attacks on bloggers, police said. Mr Neel was hacked... read more »

Pakistan to hang Peshawar school massacr...

Pakistan to hang Peshawar school massacre plotters

ISLAMABAD: Six militants who plotted and aided Pakistan’s worst ever terrorist attack at a Peshawar school are set to be hanged after Army Chief General Raheel Sharif confirmed their death sentences. The men, belonging to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, were convicted late Thursday for their... read more »

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9 killed in heavy rains in southwest China

At least nine people were killed and 11 others went missing after heavy rains lashed southwest China for the last two days. Nine deaths were reported in Xishui County of Guizhou Province, which was... read more »

Lakes formed by quake in China threaten flooding

Rescuers raced on Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in... read more »

China to shut down 1700 small collieries

China’s work safety watchdog on Thursday vowed to close over 1,700 accident-prone small coal mines in a bid to enhance safety and reduce casualties. Yang... read more »

Rain havoc in China, 26 killed

Beijing : past four days in southern China storm caused 26 people were killed and three others missing in nine province level. The government said on Sunday.... read more »

43 injured in China quake

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted a county in China’s Yunnan province Friday, injuring 43 people and forcing the evacuation of 35,000 people. The quake... read more »

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Execution in North Korea worries South Korea

Execution in North Korea worries South Korea

Seoul – South Korea expressed deep concern about a series of occurrences in North Korea, including the execution of Jang Song-Thaek, who was married to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s... read more »

Kim's executed uncle's wife likely involved in husband's execution

Deposed senior North Korean leader executed

Seoul – Jang Song-Thaek, deposed senior official of North Korea, has been executed after the Special Military Tribunal found him guilty of... read more »

Thai protesters cut power to govt HQ, ask army to step ...

Thai govt rejects call to delay elections after clashes

Bangkok – Thai opposition protesters on Thursday cut power and water supplies to the government headquarters and appealed to the powerful military to... read more »

Thai caretaker PM calls meeting to resolve crisis

Thai caretaker PM calls meeting to resolve crisis

Bangkok – Thailand caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Thursday invited all political parties and sections of the society to meet Sunday to... read more »

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit indicted for murder over rally crack...

Thai opposition to boycott 2 February elections as mass protests continue

Bangkok – Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted for murder Thursday in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass... read more »

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US-led air strikes hit Qaida branch in Syria: Monitor

BEIRUT: US-led coalition air strikes hit al-Qaida’s Syrian branch overnight, expanding the raids to jihadists outside the Islamic State group for only the second time, a monitoring group said... read more »

Israel beefs up security in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that security forces have been increased significantly in East Jerusalem to... read more »

Turkey facilitating transfer of Iraqi Kurdish fighters ...

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday that Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to Kobani to aid Syrian... read more »

Islamic State: Syria rebels warn of backlash over US ai...

Syrian rebel fighters backed by the West have told the BBC that the US-led coalition faces a backlash in their country over its bombing campaign against... read more »

Saudi sentences iconic Shia cleric to death

DUBAI: A well-known Shia cleric was sentenced to death Wednesday by a court in Saudi Arabia, sparking fears of renewed unrest from his supporters in the... read more »

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Pakistan to try ex-president Musharraf for high treason

Pakistan to try ex-president Musharraf for high treason

Islamabad – A special court here is scheduled to begin Tuesday trial of Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf for abrogating the constitution. The trial is the first of a former... read more »

Bangladesh Navy to get two submarines soon

Bangladesh Navy to get two submarines soon

Dhaka – President Abdul Hamid has said the Bangladesh Navy will soon get two submarines in its flee. He said the addition would be part of the... read more »

19 jailed Bangladeshi fishermen return from India

19 jailed Bangladeshi fishermen return from India

Dhaka – Nineteen Bangladeshi fishermen have returned to their homeland after completing three-year jail-term in India for having illegally entered the... read more »

Afghan army defuses 65 bombs in Kandahar

Afghan army defuses 65 bombs in Kandahar

Kabul – The Afghan army specialists have recovered and defused 65 bombs in the country’s Kandahar province, the defence ministry said... read more »

Sri Lanka to evacuate its nationals from South Sudan

Sri Lanka to evacuate its nationals from South Sudan

Colombo – Sri Lanka has decided to evacuate some 75 migrant workers from South Sudan and said no new workers will be deployed in the politically... read more »

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At least 30 killed in Nepal landslides

The landslides came crashing into villages and homes just after midnight. One survivor said they sounded like an earthquake. Multiple slides, triggered by torrential rains, struck... read more »

Two Turkish police killed in gun attack blamed on PKK: reports

ISTANBUL: Two Turkish police were killed Friday in a gun attack on police headquarters in the southern region of Adana blamed on Kurdish militants, the official Anatolia news agency... read more »

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,... read more »

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

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... read more »

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... read more »