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  • Sports stars who shone in politics

    Imran Khan's anointment as Pakistan's new prime minister caps a more than two decade transformation from a World Cup winning

  • Thousands await rescue

    Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain Saturday to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as

  • 'Presumptuous'

    China yesterday rejected what it called an "irresponsible" Pentagon report claiming Beijing's bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific.

  • No place to hide

    Sitting on the terrace of a Paris cafe, a young Chinese woman glances nervously at her mobile phone as a message from a police officer in her native Xinjiang region pops up.

  • Chinese military 'likely training' for US strikes

    China's military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while "likely training for strikes" against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday said.

  • Death toll in Afghan suicide attack revised down to 34

    Afghan authorities revised down the death toll from a suicide bomb attack on an educational centre in Kabul to 34 from 48, health ministry officials say.

  • Violence kills 92 in Afghanistan

    A suicide blast tore through a school in Kabul yesterday killing at least 48 people, while a Taliban attack on a military outpost killed 44 more as a relentless wave of violence continued across Afghanistan.

  • Israel reopens Gaza crossing amid talks

    Israel reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip yesterday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over months of border tensions, as relative calm returned and truce talks pressed ahead.

  • Putin ready to meet Kim at 'early date'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "at an early date", the North's state media reported yesterday.

  • Walk in the woods

    A two-year-old boy who went missing in woods in western Japan has been found unharmed after three days alone, apparently surviving on river water as volunteers hunted desperately for him.

  • India's Cosmos Bank loses $13.5m in cyber attack

    Cyber criminals hacked the systems of India's Cosmos Bank and siphoned off nearly 944 million rupees ($13.5 million) through simultaneous withdrawals across 28 countries over the weekend, the bank tells police.

  • US, China vie for Lanka

    The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka $39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island.

  • Malaysian women to be caned for 'attempting lesbian sex'

    Two Malaysian women convicted for attempting to have lesbian sex will be fined and caned, a prosecutor says, in a rare case against gay people in the Muslim-majority country.

  • China angered at new US defence act, to assess content

    China condemns measures targeting it in a new US defence act, saying it exaggerated antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects that beef up the role of a US panel that reviews foreign investment proposals.

  • China prevented 'great tragedy': state-run paper

    Massively stepped-up security in China's restive far western region of Xinjiang has helped prevent "great tragedy", a state-run newspaper said yesterday, in the country's first response to a critical United Nations report on the situation there.

  • Koreas agree on summit

    North and South Korea yesterday agreed to hold a summit in the North in September, another step towards boosting cooperation between the old rivals, even as doubts grow over efforts to end the North's nuclear weapons programme.

  • Protests delay China mosque demolition

    Authorities in northern China delayed the demolition of a massive mosque on Saturday after thousands of people demonstrated to stop its destruction, local residents said, amid a nationwide government drive to tighten restrictions on religious activities.

  • Imran Khan tweaks guest list for oath as Pak PM

    Three of India's greatest cricketers Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu are finally getting an invite to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief

  • China holds million Uighurs in secret camps: UN

    A United Nations human rights panel says that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a "massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy."

  • Wang Ling

    Banker finds fortune in emoticon

    A female Chinese banker makes considerable copyright earnings by drawing emoticon in her spare time in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province.

  • 'An elephant can't hide behind a sapling'

    China's top newspaper rebutted growing criticism in government circles that Beijing should have taken a lower profile to head off its trade war with the United States, saying yesterday that, like an elephant, China cannot hide its size and strength.

  • New aftershock rattles survivors

    The death toll from a devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok jumped to 319 yesterday, as strong aftershocks triggered panic among traumatised survivors waiting for aid in the worst-hit regions.

  • Hurricanes threaten Hawaii, Mexico, Japan

    Hurricane Hector whirled toward Hawaii Tuesday with 130 mph winds, bringing the threat of dangerous sea swells on two islands in the

  • N Korea frees S Korean detainees

    North Korea yesterday released a South Korean who was arrested after crossing the border last month, Seoul's unification ministry said,

  • Indonesian quake: Death toll rises to 105

    The death toll from a powerful earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok rise to 105 as rescuers clawed through the rubble of homes, schools and mosques for survivors and evacuees faced another night in the open.

  • Yacht in 1MDB scandal returned to Malaysia

    Indonesia has returned to Malaysia a luxury yacht linked to the multi-billion dollar 1MDB financial scandal, Prime Minister Mahathir

  • S'pore cyber attack may be state-linked

    The biggest ever cyber attack to hit Singapore was carried out by highly sophisticated hackers typically linked to foreign governments, a cabinet minister said yesterday, but did not give names.


    On December 26 a massive earthquake measuring 9.1 on the open-ended Richter scale strikes off the coast of Sumatra and triggers a

  • Hiroshima day 2018

    Japan thanks Bangladesh for sympathies on Hiroshima day

    Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, Hiroyasu Izumi highly appreciates Bangladeshis who show sympathy to the victims of atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • N Korea FM to visit Iran on Tuesday

    North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho is due to visit Iran on Tuesday, Iranian media reported yesterday.