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  • Vajpayee: Poet-politician who led Indian politics like a giant

    An acclaimed poet, a brilliant orator, a journalist and above all one of India’s most beloved prime ministers, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was also known as the “Bhisma Pitamah of Indian politics”. Known for his liberal and modern views, Atal, which means firmness in English, was the only prime minister of India to be elected three times.

  • Myanmar Rohingya refugee

    Work plan of Rakhine enquiry commission discussed

    Myanmar discusses matters related to the work plan of the independent commission of enquiry on Rakhine State.

  • Indonesia quake toll tops 400

    The death toll from an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has topped 400, authorities said yetserday, as bodies were still

  • Duterte sacks 20 for graft in military buys

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has fired 20 people, including colonels and a general, over accusations of fraud and graft in

  • 'Grossly unjust'

    Malaysia is looking to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects signed by the previous scandal-tainted

  • 8 killed in Pakistan mine blast

    A blast at a coal mine kills eight workers on the outskirts of Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, officials say, with five more feared dead.

  • Bangladesh plans to import 9,000MW power from Nepal

    State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday said Bangladesh has a plan to import 9,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity from Nepal to mitigate the increasing demand of electricity by 2040.

  •  Rohingya refugee

    ‘ICC has no jurisdiction to run case on atrocities against Rohingyas’

    Myanmar says the International Criminal Court (ICC) has no jurisdiction to run a case on atrocities against Rohingyas.

  • Death toll hits 131

    The death toll from a shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen above 130, officials said yesterday, with some 156,000 forced from their homes.

  • Najib charged with money-laundering

    Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak was hit with new charges yesterday linked to a multi-billion-dollar financial scandal that contributed to his shock election defeat in May.

  • Myanmar Rohingya refugee

    UN wants tangible progress to improve conditions in Rakhine

    UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and UNDP, the UN's development agency, urges Myanmar authorities to make tangible progress to improve conditions in Rakhine State.

  • Ex-PM Najib to be charged with money laundering

    Malaysia's embattled former prime minister Najib Razak will be charged today under a money-laundering act, the anti-graft agency said, in connection with a multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

  • Search on for survivors

    The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia's tourist island of Lombok topped 100 yesterday as rescuers found victims under wrecked buildings, while thousands left homeless in the worst-affected areas waited for aid to arrive.

  • 4 ‘JMB men’ held in India

    In a major breakthrough, India’s elite anti-terror probe body National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested four suspected operatives of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB), including a top leader, in India.

  • Imran Khan's stepdaughter joins PTI

    Mehrunnisa Hayat, the daughter of Imran Khan's wife Bushra, joins the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

  • 'Immediately' release Reuters reporters

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday called on his Myanmar counterpart to release two Reuters journalists accused of breaking a draconian secrecy law during their reporting of a Rohingya massacre.

  • Pompeo kicks off four-day Asia tour

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a four-day visit to Asia to promote a US vision of transparent, private sector-led investment

  • Myanmar endures worst of Mekong monsoon floods

    Monsoon rains have pummelled the Mekong region in recent days with Myanmar bearing the brunt of flooding that has forced 150,000 to flee and threatens to destroy levees shielding thousands of homes.

  • China wants drills with Asean nations

    China wants military exercises and energy exploration with Southeast Asian nations in disputed waters, according to a draft document, but insists on outside countries being excluded in what analysts say is a bid to diminish US influence.

  • Myanmar scales back China-backed project

    Myanmar has scaled back plans for a Chinese-backed port on its western coast, sharply reducing the cost of the project after concerns it could leave the Southeast Asian nation heavily indebted, a top government official and an advisor told Reuters.

  • Malaysia drops sedition case against cartoonist

    A Malaysian political cartoonist said yesterday that nine sedition charges against him had been dropped after the scandal-mired regime

  • Record suicides of the elderly in Singapore

    The number of elderly people committing suicide in Singapore reached a record high last year, a non-government group said yesterday.

  • Anger as probe report offers no new clues

    Investigators said yesterday they still do not know why Malaysia's Flight MH370 vanished four years ago in aviation's greatest mystery, sparking anger and disappointment among relatives of those on board.

  • Mahesh Malani becomes first non-Muslim to win NA seat

    Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) Mahesh Kumar Malani becames the first non-Muslim to win a general seat in the National Assembly since the amendment in Legal Framework Order was passed in 2002 in Pakistan, he told Dawn today.

  • ‘Int’l community needs to continue pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas’

    Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali emphasises that the international community needs to continue sustained pressure on Myanmar to ensure safe, sustainable and dignified return of the Rohingyas to a religiously-tolerant and ethnically-inclusive Myanmar.

  • Imran Khan awaits final poll tally to begin coalition building

    Pakistan's electoral commission is expected to announce the full results of a disputed election today, paving the way for the winner, former cricket hero Imran Khan, to begin searching for coalition partners.

  • Election ‘stolen’, results ‘tainted, dubious’: Nawaz

    In his first reaction over elections in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, the incarcerated leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), alleges that the polls have been “stolen”.

  • Imran declares victory, promises wide-ranging reforms

    Pakistan's cricket legend Imran Khan declares victory in a divisive general election marred by a long delay in ballot counting and allegations of vote rigging by most opponents.

  • Pakistan elections 2018

    Pakistan's Imran Khan sees early projected lead in election

    Pakistan is locked in a close and tense election race, pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a process marred by a suicide bomb that killed 31 people near a polling station.

  • Mahathir vows to repeal controversial security law

    Malaysia will repeal a tough security law used to detain government critics without charge under the former government, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday, with activists hailing the "bold" vow.