Bangladesh factory fire leaves several dead

Bangladesh factory fire leaves several dead

A fire at a food and cigarette packaging factory in Bangladesh killed at least 23 people and injured dozens on Saturday, in the country’s worst industrial accident since the Rana Plaza building collapse of 2013 in which over 1,100 people died. Emergency officials feared the death toll could climb after a fire broke out in […]

Facebook backs down from ‘Napalm Girl’ censorship

Facebook backs down from ‘Napalm Girl’ censorship

Facebook backtracked Friday on a decision to censor an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing, after its block on the historic image sparked outrage. The online giant stopped short of apologizing, saying the image had been flagged for violating standards regarding inappropriate posts at the world’s leading social network. […]

Philippine president expresses regret over calling Obama a ‘son of a whore’

Philippine president expresses regret over calling Obama a ‘son of a whore’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regret on Tuesday for a tirade against Barack Obama in which he called the US leader a “son of a whore”. “While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the […]

Anti-China activists make gains in Hong Kong legislative election

Anti-China activists make gains in Hong Kong legislative election

Several pro-independence candidates won seats in Hong Kong’s legislative election which saw a record turnout in the Chinese-controlled city on Sunday, results likely to further strain ties with Communist Party rulers in Beijing. An initial count on Monday also suggested Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition might retain its crucial one-third veto bloc in the 70-seat Legislative […]

Death of Uzbek strongman Karimov leaves questions over succession

Death of Uzbek strongman Karimov leaves questions over succession

Uzbekistan has been plunged into political uncertainty as the nation mourns the death of its veteran leader, Islam Karimov, who died on Friday without naming a successor after ruling his country for 27 years. How the power vacuum is filled in Uzbekistan is of urgent concern to Russia, the United States and China, all powers […]

Uzbekistan set to bury late strongman Karimov

Uzbekistan set to bury late strongman Karimov

Uzbekistan will bury President Islam Karimov Saturday, as his death plunges the Central Asian nation into the greatest period of uncertainty in its post-Soviet history with no clear successor to the iron-fisted ruler. Karimov, 78, was pronounced dead late Friday after he suffered a stroke last weekend and fell into a coma, the authorities said, […]

Indonesia screens for Zika virus as Singapore infections climb

Indonesia screens for Zika virus as Singapore infections climb

Indonesia is screening travelers from neighboring Singapore for the mosquito-borne Zika virus as the city-state reports a growing number of infections and its first case of a pregnant woman testing positive. Indonesian Health Ministry spokesman Oscar Primadi said Thursday that health officials are recommending that the Foreign Ministry issue an advisory against nonessential travel to […]

Burmese peace talks seek to end decades of ethnic violence

Burmese peace talks seek to end decades of ethnic violence

Hundreds of representatives of Myanmar’s ethnic tribes gathered Wednesday in the country’s capital for historic peace talks with the government aimed at ending decades of separatist insurgencies that have claimed thousands of lives. The delegates, dressed in traditional garb and headgear, streamed into a conference hall in Naypyitaw for the five-day talks called by the […]

Australian woman freed after kidnapping in Afghanistan

Australian woman freed after kidnapping in Afghanistan

An Australian aid worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan four months ago has been freed and is “safe and well”, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday. Katherine Jane Wilson, who goes by the name Kerry and is reportedly aged around 60, was grabbed in the city of Jalalabad, close to the border with Pakistan, in […]

Philippine government, communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

Philippine government, communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

The Philippine government and Maoist-led rebels signed an indefinite ceasefire agreement on Friday as part of efforts to end a conflict that has lasted almost five decades and killed at least 40,000 people. The agreement extends a truce in place since last weekend for the Oslo meeting, which began on Monday and is the first […]

Bangladeshi police kill suspected mastermind of Dhaka café attack

Bangladeshi police kill suspected mastermind of Dhaka café attack

Police in Bangladesh killed three suspected militants Saturday, including an alleged mastermind of a major attack on a café last month that left 20 people dead. Top counterterrorism official Monirul Islam said police raided a two-story house in Narayanganj district near Dhaka and killed the suspects early Saturday. The dead included Tamim Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi-born […]

North Korean state media call defector ‘human scum’

North Korean state media call defector ‘human scum’

North Korea’s deputy ambassador to Britain, who defected to South Korea this week, is a criminal who had been ordered to return home for questioning, Pyongyang state media said Saturday. The defector, Thae Yong-Ho, had embezzled huge sums of money, raped a minor and spied for South Korea, Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. […]

North Korea’s deputy ambassador in UK defects to South

North Korea’s deputy ambassador in UK defects to South

North Korea’s deputy ambassador in London has defected with his family to South Korea, making him the highest-ranking Pyongyang diplomat ever to flee the isolated regime for the democratic South, South Korea said on Wednesday. The Unification Ministry in Seoul declined to say when or how Thae and his family arrived, or how many relatives […]

Thai police say attacks targeting tourists are connected, one arrest made

Thai police say attacks targeting tourists are connected, one arrest made

A series of bombing and arson attacks in southern Thailand that killed four people and wounded dozens was orchestrated by a single person, Thai police said on Sunday, while a man has been arrested in relation to one of the attacks. Blasts on Thursday and Friday targeted some of Thailand’s best-known tourist resorts, just days […]

US drone strike kills IS group leader of Pakistan and Afghanistan

US drone strike kills IS group leader of Pakistan and Afghanistan

The Islamic State group’s leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed, was killed in July in a strike in the border region between the two countries, a US defense official said Friday. “They got him,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement. The death of Saeed represents a major […]

Chinese city suspends nuclear project planned with France’s Areva

Chinese city suspends nuclear project planned with France’s Areva

A Chinese city has suspended preliminary work on a proposed 100 billion yuan ($15 billion) nuclear waste processing plant following protests by local residents concerned about health risks. Reports that Lianyungang, a coastal city about 500 km north of Shanghai, was set to be chosen as the site for the project due to start construction […]

Scores killed as bomb strikes hospital in Pakistan’s Quetta

Scores killed as bomb strikes hospital in Pakistan’s Quetta

A huge bomb went off on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Monday, killing at least 53 people and wounding dozens, police said. Witnesses described horrifying scenes of bodies being scattered about and the wounded screaming out and crying for help. No group immediately claimed responsibility for […]

American, Australian professors kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul

American, Australian professors kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul

An American and an Australian were kidnapped at gunpoint in the heart of Kabul, officials said Monday, the latest in a series of abductions of foreigners in the conflict-torn country. The two professors at the American University of Afghanistan were seized on Sunday evening and no group has so far claimed responsibility for their abduction. […]

Huge blast from Taliban truck bomb rocks Kabul

Huge blast from Taliban truck bomb rocks Kabul

  A massive Taliban truck bomb struck a hotel for foreigners on the outskirts of Kabul early Monday, officials said, just days after the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital for 15 years. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the powerful bombing, which occurred close to the US-run Bagram air base north of […]

Japan knife attacker killed disabled out of hatred

Japan knife attacker killed disabled out of hatred

Hatred appears to be what fueled a young Japanese man who went on a stabbing rampage, killing 19 people Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired. Months earlier, he reportedly gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan. When he was done, Satoshi Uematsu, 26, had left dead […]

IS group claims responsibility for deadly suicide bombing in Kabul

IS group claims responsibility for deadly suicide bombing in Kabul

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 200 when it tore through a demonstration by members of the mainly Shia Hazara minority. Graphic television footage from the site of the attack showed many dead bodies lying on […]

Hong Kong ‘Occupy Central’ protest leader found guilty of unlawful assembly

Hong Kong ‘Occupy Central’ protest leader found guilty of unlawful assembly

A Hong Kong court on Thursday found bespectacled teenage democracy activist Joshua Wong guilty of unlawful assembly related to demonstrations that paralysed key arteries of the Chinese-ruled city in 2014. Wong, 19, was acquitted of inciting others to join a rally that kicked off pro-democracy protests a year and a half ago, when activists scaled […]

Brother of Pakistani model confesses to killing her for ‘family honour’

Brother of Pakistani model confesses to killing her for ‘family honour’

The brother of slain Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch on Sunday confessed to strangling her to death for “family honor” because she posted “shameful” pictures on Facebook. Baloch, who had become a social media celebrity in recent months, stirred controversy by posting pictures online taken with a prominent Muslim cleric. She was found dead on Saturday […]

Beijing claims right to setting up air defence zone over South China Sea

Beijing claims right to setting up air defence zone over South China Sea

Beijing “has the right” to declare an air defence identification zone over the South China Sea, it said Wednesday as it stepped up denunciations of an international tribunal that ruled against its expansive claims in the strategic waters. Whether Beijing set up such a zone — which would require civilian aircraft to identify themselves to […]

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