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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 »

Pakistan mourns for victims of deadly Ta...

Pakistan mourns for victims of deadly Taliban church attacks Share on Faceb...

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan is mourning for the victims of a pair of Taliban suicide bombings that struck two churches the day before, killing 15 people, and minority Christians have blocked roads in protest over the attacks. Pakistani shipping minister and Christian community leader, Kamran... read more »

PM Modi offers prayers at Sri Maha Bodhi...

PM Modi offers prayers at Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Sri Lanka

Accompanied by Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here and offered prayers at the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree. He also stopped at the Buddhist temple in the historic north-central city. Worshippers believe that the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree has grown... read more »

Death toll rises to 7 after Bangladesh c...

Death toll rises to 7 after Bangladesh cement factory collapse

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The death toll from the collapse of the roof of a five-story cement factory in Bangladesh rose to at least seven Friday, a government official said. M. Jahangir Alam, the local chief government administrator in Mongla in Bagerhat district where the accident happened... read more »

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

China’s economy to be ‘smooth and stable’ in 20...

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 conditions in place to maintain the... read more »

China to strengthen supervision of officials' assets reports

China to strengthen supervision of officials’...

Beijing – China has ordered strict enforcement of a regulation that requires officials to report their assets and their family members’... read more »

China formally allows more couples to have second child

China formally allows more couples to have second child

Beijing – China’s top legislature Saturday made a resolution to allow couples to have two children if either parent is an only child. The Standing... read more »

Beijing may relax birth policy in 2014

Beijing may relax birth policy in 2014

Beijing – Beijing has started to examine a draft to relax the more than 30-year-old one-child policy, authorities said Friday. The standing committee of... read more »

China adds destroyer to its East China Sea fleet

China adds destroyer to its East China Sea fleet

Beijing – A destroyer was commissioned for the East China Sea fleet of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Thursday, Xinhua reported. The... read more »

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China slams Japan for slandering its air defence zone in international forum

‘Air-defence zone not to affect freedom of overflights̵...

Beijing – China Wednesday said its Air Defence Identification Zone over the East China Sea is not a “no-fly zone” and will not affect the “freedom of overflights”. In a... read more »

Thailand protesters storm army headquarters

Thailand protesters storm army headquarters

Protesters in Thailand stormed into the national Army headquarters on Friday, breaking into their latest high-profile target in a bid to topple... read more »

North Korea n-reactor may be in use again: IAEA

North Korea n-reactor may be in use again: IAEA

Vienna – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Thursday that it has evidence of suspicious activity coming from North Korea’s... read more »

S.Korea joins rash of nations strongly opposing China’s...

S.Korea joins rash of nations strongly opposing China’s new air-defense zone

Islamabad – South Korea has reportedly expressed dissent over China’s new air-defense identification zone over the East China Sea that has concerned... read more »

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra survives no-confidence vote...

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra survives no-confidence vote,protests continue

Thailand’s embattled Prime Minister has easily survived a no-confidence vote in parliament. Lawmakers in Bangkok voted 297 to 134 Thursday against unseating... read more »

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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 officials said on Sunday. The offer was... read more »

Kerry visits Israel amid reports of faltering Israeli-Palestinian talks

Iraq Crisis: John Kerry says US-Arab coalition ...

Ten Arab countries have agreed to help the US in its fight against the jihadist group, Islamic State (IS). After talks with US Secretary of State... read more »

Life under ISIS: Captured teenage girl tells story of h...

A Yazidi girl captured by ISIS has revealed the extreme abuse she suffers as a sex slave at the hands of Islamic State (IS) extremists. Only 17 years old,... read more »

Gaza official: Israel Navy arrests Gaza fishermen

An official in the Gaza Strip says the Israeli Navy has arrested four Palestinian fishermen and seized their boat in one of the first instances of friction... read more »

Egypt ex-President Morsi charged over Qatar files leak

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being charged with handing over national security documents to Qatar, the state prosecutor says. Relations between... read more »

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India, Pakistan, Afghanistan can only be friends: Sharif

India, Pakistan, Afghanistan can only be friends: Sharif

Islamabad – Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday said India, Afghanistan and Pakistan have no other option but to become good friends. In an interview to a Turkish media house, Sharif... read more »

Musharraf seeks forgiveness, says will not flee country

Musharraf seeks forgiveness, says will not flee co...

Islamabad – Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf has sought “forgiveness” for any wrongs he may have committed during his... read more »

Setting up special court to try Musharraf challenged

Setting up special court to try Musharraf challenged

Islamabad – An appeal was submitted Tuesday in the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan against the formation of a special court to try former president... read more »

Shahbaz visit must revive India-Pakistan peace: daily

Shahbaz visit must revive India-Pakistan peace: daily

Islamabad – The visit of Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province, t! o Indian Punjab earlier this month will be... read more »

Want to travel? Go to government, Musharraf told

General Pervez Musharraf can be arrested in Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC.) trial, say experts

Islamabad – Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was Monday advised by the Sindh High Court to approach the government if he desired permission to... read more »

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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... read more »

Sri Lanka: Police raids Mahinda Rajapaksa’s country home

Colombo – Embattled former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s country home in the southern province has been raided by police who were looking for a luxury sports car but the... read more »

1,000 lash sentence for Saudi blogger postponed

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia postponed until next week Friday’s flogging of a blogger jailed for insulting Islam, citing medical reasons, a week after he received the first 50 of 1,000-lash... read more »

Pakistan Hangs Terrorist, 20th Execution Since Moratorium Lifted

LAHORE: Pakistan today hanged a terrorist of a banned anti-Shiite outfit in Lahore after a court upheld the death penalty awarded to him, taking the number of executions in the country... read more »

Indian Among 22 Missing After Boat Sinks in China: Media Report

SHANGHAI: More than 20 people were missing today after a tugboat sank on a trial voyage on the Yangtze, China’s longest river, state media and authorities said. The newly built vessel was... read more »