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South Asia

"Tibet has a different culture and a different script... The Chinese people love their own country. We love our own country," he said. (Photo: PTI)

Tibet not seeking independence, want to stay with China, says Dalai Lama

Despite being separate countries, China and Tibet enjoyed a close relationship, though there were occasional 'fights'.

A second phase of the election will take place on Dec. 7, and the election commission has said that the final results probably won't be known for several days because of the cumbersome counting procedures. (Photo: AP)

Monarchy, Maoist blasts, hopes for Federal Republic: Nepal votes after 18 years

More than 15 million eligible voters will pick a 275-member legislature, the first under a new constitution agreed after years of wrangling.

Pope Francis is on a four-day trip in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where he has refrained from directly weighing-in on the Rohingya crisis, instead choosing the deliberate language of tolerance and forgiveness. (Photo: AFP)

Tackle prejudice, hatred: Pope to Myanmar Buddhist clergy

The pontiff has avoided direct discussion of the crisis to avoid setting off Buddhist hardliners.

She said the period of Ansari's detention before conviction may be counted as sentence served, that he may he be released on humanitarian grounds, and that he may be allowed to talk to his family on the phone. (Photo: File/ Representational)

Mother of Indian jailed for illegally entering Pak writes to Prez to remit jail term

The Indian engineer was sentenced after he sneaked into Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a girl he had befriended on the internet.

The protesters had staged sit-in in the capital for about three weeks demanding removal of Hamid for changes in a law related to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat (finality of prohpethood) oath in the Elections Act 2017. (Photo: AP)

Law Minister Zahid Hamid resigns over hardline protests in Pak

The resignation came as part of an agreement reached between the government and the protesters overnight.


China is willing to establish a common community of destiny for Pakistan after meeting between the top generals of the two countries. (Photo: AP/File)

Pak reaches out to China for help to build army as internal unrest aggravates

The development came after a meeting between the top generals of the two countries where China has explained willingness to help Pakistan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Photo: AP)

Willing to play role for Myanmar peace: Xi Jinping

Xi’s remarks came as Myanmar’s military chief Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing called on him.

Kulsoom Nawaz

Nawaz Sharif’s wife to remain MP

On September 18, 2017, Kulsoom Nawaz won NA-120 by-election with 61,745 votes.

 Bali's airport was closed for 24 hours, disrupting 445 flights and some 59,000 passengers, due to the eruption warning and the presence of volcanic ash from Agung. (Photo: AP)

Bali on high alert over volcanic eruption, airports closed, 59,000 tourists stranded

Tourism business has slumped in Bali since September when Agung's volcanic tremors began to increase.

Middle East

Iran claims to show the launching of Simorgh satellite-carrying rocket in an undisclosed location (Photo: AP)

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

A confirmed launch of the "Simorgh" rocket would mark another step forward for the Islamic Republic's young space program.

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman had set up the anti-corruption committee to check all the members from elite class. (Photo: File)

Most detained in Saudi purge agree to cash settlements for freedom

Dozens of high-profile figures including princes, ministers and tycoons are being held in Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Mnangagwa inherits a southern African nation that once was prosperous but now struggles amid a severe cash shortage and high unemployment. (Photo: AP)

Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa promises era of democracy

Few international leaders are urging Zimbabwe's new prez to deliver on his promises of inclusiveness, economic reform, free, fair elections.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (Photo: AP)

Even 10 Trumps can’t stop N-deal benefits: Hassan Rouhani

Trump was expected to take new action against Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian backed Shia militant group Hezbollah.

Egyptians walk past bodies following an attack at the Rawda mosque in Egypt. (Photo: AFP)

Egypt's President vows brutal answer to mosque attackers

Egypt has witnessed a series of terror attacks this year claiming scores of lives.


Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, speaks with German chancellor Angela Merkel upon her arrival at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny airport in Abidjan on Wednesday, ahead of the Afican Union-European Union summit. (Photo: AFP)

Curb illegal migration into Africa, says Angela Merkel

Libya is the main departure point for African migrants trying to cross to Europe.

The 93-year-old Mugabe had clung on for a week after an army takeover, with ZANU-PF urging him to go. (Photo: AP)

End of an era: Robert Mugabe steps down as Zimbabwe President

His former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Wednesday.

Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga surge towards the stage at his final electoral campaign rally in Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo: AP)

Kenya gears up to high-stakes elections

The men belong to two of the country's main ethnic groups, Kenyatta from the Kikuyu, the largest, and Odinga the Luo.

Robert Mugabe (Photo: AP)

Robert Mugabe gets immunity from prosecution in Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president sacked by Mugabe earlier this month, is set to be sworn in as president on Friday.


Theresa Scrivener, who used her middle name to set up the Twitter account @TheresaMay in 2009, has received scores of messages and phone calls after the overnight tweet caused a diplomatic spat. (Photo: Twitter)

UK woman mistaken for Theresa May by Trump, says she is waiting for apology

She revealed most messages received so far were supportive, including many from Americans apologising for their president's conduct.

Dublin wants a written guarantee that there will be no hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. (Photo: AFP)

Continue to play tough: Ireland EU Commissioner on blocking Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain will leave the single market and the customs unions after Brexit.

The European Commission said on Friday that enough progress had been made in Brexit negotiations. (Photo: AP)

Key points of Brexit deal: Citizen’s rights, border, financial settlement

Brexit negotiations are ready to move into the second phase of talks on future relations.

 General Denis Mercier, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, said the report showed a higher risk of major interstate war than in the 2013 report. (Photo: AFP/Representational)

China, Russia pose higher risk of major interstate war than in 2013: NATO

The report said defence spending had begun increasing after Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014.

Pope Francis offered several hundred poor people — homeless, migrants, unemployed — a lunch of gnocchi, veal and tiramisu on Sunday as he celebrated his first World Day of the Poor with a concrete gesture of charity in the spirit of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. (Photo: AP)

How to end poverty

The perception that the poor do not have skills or would not be able to survive on their own is a myth.


Richard Gere holds up an image of a Tibetan monk during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: AP)

US lawmakers slam China for ‘repression, rights violations’

Congressman Brad Sherman demanded that Congress must act quickly to counter China’s “repressive tactics and policies” toward Tibet.

Wearing traditional Palestinian keffiyeh scarves or the colours of the Palestinian flag, protesters also held placards denouncing Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. (Photo: AFP)

Muslims pray outside White House to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Worshippers laid out their prayer mats at a park in front of the president’s residence.

 US announcement on the status of Jerusalem before a final settlement is reached in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would hurt the peace process and heighten regional tensions. (Photo: AFP/File)

With delay in Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, Saudi warns of heightened tensions

Donald Trump's keenly awaited decision on whether to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem stands delayed.

Jim Mattis asks Pakistan to 'redouble' efforts to confront militants operating from its soil. (Photo: File)

Mattis' meeting with Pak leaders was to find common grounds, fight terror

‘The meeting of US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis with leaders of Pakistan was fruitful,’ says Dana White.


Pauline Hanson, leader of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration One Nation minor party, sat wearing the black head-to-ankle garment for more than 10 minutes before taking it off as she rose to explain that she wanted such outfits banned on national security grounds. (Photo: Twitter)

Australian senator argues for ban of full-face Islamic coverings in public places

Three senators including Hanson argued over her bill before a majority of senators shut down debate until a later date.

Hindu Council of Australia called on MLA to voluntarily take the advertisement off air. (Photo: Youtube grab)

Highly insulting: Hindu community in Australia protests lamb ad featuring Lord Ganesha

IFA president Nihal Agar said on Sunday the MLA had not listened to the Indian community’s earlier concerns when the ad initially screened.

Melbourne-based father Sagardeep Singh Arora's son Sidhak Singh was banned by Melton Christian School from wearing a traditional Sikh patka. (Photo: Facebook)

Australia: Sikh family wins case over son wearing turban to Christian school

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled in parents’ favour, finding the school had discriminated against Sidhak, it said.

The country's ‘big four’ lenders - among the developed world's most wealthy - have been under scrutiny in recent years amid allegations of dodgy financial advice, life insurance and mortgage fraud. (Photo: AFP/ Representational)

Australia: Inquiry into banking services to quell public anger

There have also been claims of anti-money laundering laws being breached and benchmark interest rates rigged.

Crew members looking out the cockpit windows of a RNZAF P3 Orion during search operations for wreckage and debris of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. (Photo: AFP)

Australia has 'better understanding' of where Malaysian plane MH370 might be

The hunt for the plane was the largest in history and the ATSB said the challenge was working with limited data.