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Beijing, 31 May 2018/--/China today welcomed India and Pakistan's decision to observe the 2003 ceasefire agreement to stop cross-border firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and expressed hope that the two countries will properly resolve their differences. The Director...

Islamabad, 31 May 2018/--/The Pakistan government today directed the interior ministry to block the national identity card (NIC) and passport of former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, a media report said today. Complying with a special court's order, the government took the action to...

Gaza City, 30 May 2018/--/Israel said it struck 25 more Hamas sites overnight after a barrage of rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip, denying Palestinian claims of a ceasefire today after the worst flare-up since a 2014 war. The exchange of fire raised the possibility of yet another war in...

Paris, 30 May 2018/--/Security forces moved in on the biggest migrant camp in the French capital today where some 1,700 people lived in makeshift tents alongside a canal. The migrants would be housed temporarily at more than 20 sites across the Paris region while the authorities checked their...

Islamabad, 30 May 2018/--/In an unusual move, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has called for a national debate on the future civil-military relations, the role of the judiciary and other state institutions in the country. Addressing a news conference days before the end of his term in...

Beijing, 26 May 2018/--/China's ruling Communist Party has ordered the provincial governments to regulate construction of large outdoor religious statues in a bid to prevent "commercialisation" of Buddhist and Taoist religions, official media reported today. Both Buddhism and Taoism have been...

SANTA FE (US), 19 May 2018/--/Only weeks ago, a dozen students from Santa Fe High School in Texas offered support for survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting by participating in a nationwide walkout seeking stricter gun control. Yesterday, it was Parkland students who declared their...

Washington, 19 May 2018/--/President Donald Trump has nominated US Pacific Command Commander Admiral Harry Harris as America's new Ambassador to South Korea ahead of his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month. North Korea has warned that it might not attend the much-talked...

SEOUL, 19 May 2018/--/A North Korean military officer, accompanied by a civilian, defected to the South across the Yellow Sea today, a South Korean news report said, citing a government source. "A small boat was spotted in waters off the north of Baengnyeong Island" near the inter-Korean border,...

Beijing, 19 May 2018/--/China has for the first time landed strategic bombers on an island in the disputed South China Sea, drawing sharp reaction from the US which said that the move will "raise tensions and destabilise the region". China's air force said that its fighter jets, including an H-6K...

Washington, 17 May 2018/--/The US today accused India of not adhering to any protocol with respect to international parental child abduction, claiming 90 per cent of requests for the return of "abducted children" remained unresolved for over a year. International parental child abduction (IPCA)...

Ottawa, 17 May 2018/--/Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for an "independent investigation" after the death of 60 Palestinians killed by the Israeli army during protests on Monday. "Reported use of excessive force and live ammunition is inexcusable," he said. "It is imperative we...

Jerusalem, 17 May 2018/--/Israel said today it launched an overnight air raid on a Hamas facility in Gaza after gunfire from the territory targeted its soldiers and damaged a building. "The Israeli army struck targets belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, including terrorist infrastructure...

Washington, 17 May 2018/--/President Donald Trump today described as "animals" some illegal immigrants as he slammed the US' "dumbest" immigration laws and asserted that people based on merit should only enter America.  Venting out his frustration at officials in both Mexico and California, Trump...

Sofia, 17 May 2018/--/German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today that EU countries agreed the Iran nuclear deal was "not perfect" but insisted it should be preserved, after the US withdrawal threw the accord into doubt. EU leaders meeting in Sofia have backed a "united" approach to keeping the deal...

London, 17 May 2018/--/Meghan Markle today confirmed that her father will not walk her down the aisle during her royal wedding with Prince Harry, ending days of speculation about his presence during the much-awaited ceremony. "Sadly my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared...

Islamabad, 17 May 2018/--/Several cities in Pakistan's Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces were today plunged into darkness after a major power outage occurred due to a technical fault in one of the main transmission lines, leaving millions of people without electricity in the scorching summer...

Sichuan, 17 May 2018/--/In an incident which has outraged people across China, a cab driver reportedly molested a woman passenger sitting in the front seat of his car in Sichuan province's Leshan. While the woman managed to escape from the vehicle, her eventual complaint with local authorities has...

Gaza City, 15 May 2018/--/Fresh protests were expected today a day after Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem in the conflict's bloodiest day in years. Palestinians today mark the Nakba, or "catastrophe...

Budapest, 15 May 2018/--/The foundation run by US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros said today it was closing its operations in Hungary and relocating to Germany in response to the "repressive" policies of Viktor Orban's government. "Faced with an increasingly repressive political and legal...

Houston, 15 May 2018/--/The cremation of eminent Indian-American theoretical physicist, EC George Sudarshan who passed away on Sunday in Austin, Texas will be held on Thursday.  According to the family sources and close friends, Sudarshan, 86, died of natural causes. He is survived by his wife...

SEOUL, 15 May 2018/--/Satellite photos indicate North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear test site ahead of a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a US monitor said today. In a move welcomed by Washington and Seoul, North Korea said at the weekend it will "...

Washington, 15 May 2018/--/The Indo-Pacific is of huge importance to India and the world as the fulcrum of economic and political activity is moving from the Atlantic to this region, India's envoy to the US has said and called for a rule-based approach to reap benefits for all. Indian Ambassador to...

Dhaka, 15 May 2018/--/Bangladesh has arrested 1,700 suspected drug traffickers in a major sweep as authorities try to curb a booming trade in methamphetamine along the country's borders. Police urged drug dealers to surrender their drug stashes -- most notably of "yaba", a popular street pill made...

Kabul, 15 May 2018/--/At least six Afghan security forces and eight Taliban militants were killed on Tuesday after heavy fighting broke out in the country`s Farah city. Taliban militants launched a major offensive at around 2.40 a.m. from northern and western neighbourhood of Farah, in a...