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Washington, 9 Feb 2017/--/US President Donald Trump has told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in a letter that he looks forward to developing a "constructive relationship" that benefits both countries, days after his remarks questioning the decades-old 'One China' policy riled Beijing. Trump...

Batu Caves, 9 Feb 2017/--/More than a million Hindus gathered in temples across Malaysia today to celebrate the annual Thaipusam festival, with many piercing their bodies with hooks and skewers to showcase devotion to the deity Lord Murugan. Massive crowds descended on the stunning Batu Caves...

Washington, 9 Feb 2017/--/The US military has said that it had killed eleven Al-Qaeda operatives, including a veteran leader and suicide bombing pioneer, in a bombing raid in Syria. The Pentagon said Abu Hani al-Masri, the Qaeda veteran, was one of those killed in the precision airstrikes near...

Washington, 9 Feb 2017/--/India and the US have agreed to "sustain the momentum on key bilateral defence efforts", as Defence Secretary James Mattis called his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar and expressed commitment to build upon the tremendous progress made in defence cooperation. This was...

SEOUL, 9 Feb 2017/--/North Korea could own up to 45 nuclear arms by 2020 owing to an anticipated rise in its reserves of plutonium and enriched uranium and its growing pace of arms development, a South Korean expert said on Thursday. Pyongyang is thought to currently possess around 280 kg of highly...

London, 9 Feb 2017/--/British Parliament overwhelmingly supported a bill on Thursday empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to start crucial negotiations by March 31 on leaving the European Union (EU), bringing Brexit a step closer. The draft legislation of the European Union (Notification of...

Islamabad, 9 Feb 2017/--/Pakistan is hosting warships from 36 countries, including Russia, China and the US, in the Arabian Sea for a naval exercise beginning tomorrow. Codenamed Aman-17, the five-day-long exercise will be held in the north Arabian Sea. Russia has sent three ships for the exercise...

Caen, 9 Feb 2017/--/An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast caused minor injuries today, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. The blast took place in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of...

Colombo, 9 Feb 2017/--/Exiled ex-Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed on Thursday declared that he would return to his country and run for presidency in elections next year, as he asserted that India will be “mindful of assisting democracy”. “We have decided that the MDP (Maldivian Democratic Party...

Tokyo, 6 Feb 2017/--/Japan said Chinese coast guard vessels sailed today into its territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea, days after the new US defence chief vowed to defend Tokyo's control of them. Three ships entered the waters surrounding the uninhabited chain, the...

Washington, 6 Feb 2017/--/An irked President Donald Trump has hit out at a US judge who blocked his controversial travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations, saying Americans should blame the judge and the courts "if something happens". The US President's ire was aimed at San...

London, 6 Feb 2017/--/Queen Elizabeth II, the world's longest reigning sovereign, today became the first British monarch to reach her Sapphire Jubilee, with 65 years on the throne. The 90-year-old monarch is marking the landmark as a day of private contemplation at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk...

Jerusalem, 6 Feb 2017/--/Well known Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor was today named the winner of a prestigious USD 1 million Genesis prize by Israel for his commitment to Jewish values. Kapoor, 62, spoke out against "abhorrent government policies" towards refugees as he was named the...

Ankara, 6 Feb 2017/--/Turkey's seismology center says a 5.3-magnitude earthquake, centered beneath the Aegean sea, shook the Turkish coast. The state-run news agency said the quake damaged a number of houses in five villages and at least four people were injured. The earthquake struck off the coast...

Beirut, 6 Feb 2017/--/The Islamic State group was "completely besieged" in Al-Bab after forces loyal to Syria's regime cut off a road into the jihadists' last major stronghold in Aleppo province, a monitor said today. "Al-Bab is now completely besieged by the regime from the south, and the Turkish...

Istanbul, 6 Feb 2017/--/Turkish security forces have detained over 750 people suspected of links to the Islamic State extremist group in Turkey's biggest ever crackdown against the organisation, state media said today. Some 450 suspects were picked up in the initial phase of the nationwide...

Washington, 6 Feb 2017/--/US President Donald Trump has described the nuclear deal with Iran as "the worst" agreement ever negotiated, calling the Islamic Republic the number one terrorist state in the world. "They (Iranians) are the number one terrorist state. They're sending money all over the...

Sydney, 6 Feb 2017/--/Seven per cent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, "shocking and indefensible" data showed today during an inquiry into paedophilia in the church.  The Royal Commission into...

Islamabad, 4 Feb 2017/--/Days after a crackdown on the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its chief Hafiz Saeed, the charity has reappeared under a new name -- the Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir (TAJK - Movement for Freedom of Kashmir). Although still on the observation list of the authorities, the...

Lahore, 4 Feb 2017/--/A five-year-old Pakistani boy, who was taken to India on the sly by his father a year ago, was today reunited with his mother in Pakistan at the Wagah border after the Indian authorities handed him over. The boy, Iftikhar Ahmed, was handed over to Pakistan Rangers at Wagah...

Washington, 3 Feb 2017/--/Less than two weeks into Donald Trump's presidency, a majority of Americans want Barack Obama back as President with a significant percentage of voters already thinking that the real estate tycoon-turned-politician should be removed from office, according to a new poll. It...

Beijing, 2 Feb 2017/--/China has reportedly tested a new version of a missile that can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads, signalling a major shift in its nuclear capability as Beijing gears up for a possible military showdown with the US under Trump Presidency. The flight test of the DF-5C missile...

Colombo, 2 Feb 2017/--/Sri Lanka today dismissed reports that its nationals have been hit by US President Donald Trump's travel ban and are stranded at American airports. According to the Foreign Ministry, there are no confirmed reports of anyone remaining stranded at American airports. Sri Lanka...

Colombo, 2 Feb 2017/--/The Sri Lankan navy on Thursday arrested five Indian fishermen for poaching in local waters, the navy media unit said. A Naval Patrol Craft belonging to the Northern Naval Command arrested the Indian fishermen along with their fishing trawler in the seas off Delft, in the...

Karachi, 2 Feb 2017/--/Pakistani security forces today killed the country's 'most wanted' gang leader, Baba Ladla, who was involved in several terrorist incidents and heinous crimes, in a shootout here. Pakistan paramilitary Sindh Ranger launched an operation in the city's Lyari area early this...