North Korea tests submarine missile, a failure says Seoul

North Korea tests submarine missile, a failure says Seoul

North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine on Saturday but it appears to have failed soon after launch, South Korea’s military said. The launch comes at the end of a week of sharply rising tensions on the peninsula. It is only a day after the U.S. and South Korea pledged to deploy an […]

Eid in S. Arabia, other Gulf states tomorrow

Eid in S. Arabia, other Gulf states tomorrow

RIYADH: Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in most Gulf states and Yemen on Wednesday as the moon was not sighted on Monday night, religious authorities there announced. The official news agencies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Yemen all quoted religious authorities as saying that since they had not received […]

Australian election cliff-hanger leaves nation in limbo

Australian election cliff-hanger leaves nation in limbo

Australia’s political parties began horsetrading on Sunday to break an anticipated parliamentary deadlock after a dramatic election failed to produce a clear winner, raising the prospect of prolonged political and economic instability. The exceptionally close vote leaves Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s centre-right Liberal Party-led government in a precarious position, potentially needing the support of independent […]

Australians vote in cliffhanger election

Australians vote in cliffhanger election

Polls closed in Australia’s most populous states where Saturday’s national elections are expected to be won or lost, with the outcome between conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull and Labor challenger Bill Shorten too close to call. After an eight-week campaign, a pre-election Newspoll of 4,135 people published in The Australian newspaper showed Turnbull’s Liberal/National coalition 50.5 […]

Saudi Arabia introduces e-bracelets for Hajj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia introduces e-bracelets for Hajj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia will introduce electronic identification bracelets for all pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi media said on Thursday, as part of a safety drive a year after the annual Islamic rite suffered its deadliest disaster in a generation. As many as 2,070 people died in a crush when thousands of pilgrims converged on a walkway intersection […]

Dozens killed in suicide attack on Afghan police cadets

Dozens killed in suicide attack on Afghan police cadets

Two Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 27 people and wounded around 40 in an attack on Thursday on buses carrying recently graduated cadets on the western outskirts of Kabul, officials said. Three buses were attacked as they approached the capital from neighbouring Wardak province, a police official said, according to preliminary information. “Initial information […]

Penganut Buddha geledah masjid

Penganut Buddha geledah masjid

Bago, Myanmar: Ratusan penganut Buddha bukan saja menceroboh masuk ke dalam masjid di tengah Myanmar, malah hampir merobohkannya memaksa penduduk Islam melarikan diri dan berlindung dalam kawasan balai polis selepas berlaku pergaduhan antara jiran yang kemudian mereka menjadi keganasan agama. Keganasan tercetus petang semalam, selepas kira-kira 200 penduduk beragama Buddha mengganas di kawasan penduduk Islam […]

US urges ‘united’ UN condemnation of North Korea missile launches

US urges ‘united’ UN condemnation of North Korea missile launches

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting late Wednesday on North Korea’s launch of two ballistic missiles and US Ambassador Samantha Power called for “urgent and united condemnation.” France’s deputy UN ambassador Alexis Lamek, whose country holds the council presidency, told reporters after the meeting that the council intends to react quickly and express […]

Detention of Hong Kong booksellers sparks protests Against Beijing

Detention of Hong Kong booksellers sparks protests Against Beijing

More than 100 activists marched on China’s liaison office in Hong Kong on Friday to protest against the detention of five booksellers after one of them recounted his ill-treatment by Chinese authorities. The disappearances had prompted fears that mainland Chinese authorities might be using tactics that erode the “one country, two systems” formula under which […]

Attempted North Korea missile launch fails, says South

Attempted North Korea missile launch fails, says South

North Korea apparently failed with an attempted missile launch Tuesday, the latest in a series of setbacks for a ballistic weapons programme that aspires to threaten the US mainland. South Korea’s defence ministry detected the dawn launch effort, which Japan condemned as an unacceptable and “provocative” act. The ministry declined to speculate on the missile […]

Brexit a ‘serious risk’ to global economic growth, G7 leaders say

Brexit a ‘serious risk’ to global economic growth, G7 leaders say

A British exit from the European Union would be a serious risk to global economic growth, world leaders said in a declaration at the opening of a two-day Group of Seven (G7) summit in Japan on Friday. The statement was welcomed by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who urged voters in the UK to “listen […]

Taiwan swears in Tsai Ing-wen as first female president

Taiwan swears in Tsai Ing-wen as first female president

Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in as Taiwan’s first woman president on Friday, with the export-driven economy on the ropes and wary Communist Party rulers in China watching for any move towards independence by an island it considers its own. Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won parliamentary and presidential elections by a landslide in January on […]

Iraqi operation kicks off to retake Falluja from Islamic State group

Iraqi operation kicks off to retake Falluja from Islamic State group

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Falluja. The military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started. “Zero hour for the liberation of Falluja has arrived. The moment of great victory has drawn near and Daesh has no […]

US trial: Pakistani says he ‘posed as a woman’ to meet women, not plot terror

US trial: Pakistani says he ‘posed as a woman’ to meet women, not plot terror

NEW YORK: A Pakistani man on trial in the US for planning to bomb a British shopping center testified on Thursday he was exaggerating his prowess with women in online chats and emails he sent mentioning potential wedding dates and a bride, denying the communiqués were coded to disguise an Al Qaeda plot. Abid Naseer, […]

Two Americans to face trial in N. Korea, Pyongyang says

Two Americans to face trial in N. Korea, Pyongyang says

Two US citizens will face trial for carrying out hostile acts against North Korea, Pyongyang announced on Monday. A small number of Americans visit North Korea each year as tourists despite the US State Department’s warnings against it. Investigations into US nationals Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle have confirmed their hostile acts with […]

Tensions high on 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Tensions high on 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Security was tight in the Chinese capital Beijing on Wednesday for the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, while tens of thousands gathered in Hong Kong to attend commemoration ceremonies marking the deadly crackdown. Massive crowds convened in downtown Hong Kong for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims at Victoria Park. Organisers said […]

Indian teens found hanging after being gang-raped

Indian teens found hanging after being gang-raped

Police have arrested three people, including a police constable, in connection with the gang rape of two teens found hanging from a tree in a village in Uttar Pradesh, police said Friday. Indian media reported that two policemen had also been sacked for initially failing to investigate the disappearance of the girls, who were cousins. […]

Pakistan stoning victim’s husband blames police inaction

Pakistan stoning victim’s husband blames police inaction

The husband of a pregnant woman stoned to death Tuesday outside a Pakistani courthouse has said the police failed to intervene and stop the killing. Sitting on a charpoy, or traditional woven bed, surrounded by his relatives, Muhammad Iqbal recounts how police officials in the Pakistani city of Lahore “watched and did nothing” as his […]

Afghanistan’s wheelchair hoop stars make world debut

Afghanistan’s wheelchair hoop stars make world debut

They have led lives of quiet desperation on the margins of society as victims of never-ending wars and prejudice but Afghanistan’s wheelchair basketball team was in celebratory mood as it made its international debut in Italy. In between a punishing round of matches against Italian teams, members of the national team found time to fool […]

Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014

Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014

August 6-10 1st Test, Galle (05:30 BST) 14-18 2nd Test, Colombo (P Sara Oval) (05:30 BST) 20 v opponents TBC (50 overs), Colombo (venue TBC) (05:15 BST) 23 1st ODI, Hambantota (05:15 BST) 27 2nd ODI, Pallekele (d/n) (10:00 BST) 30 3rd ODI, Colombo (RPS) (05:15 BST) NB Fixtures and start times are subject to […]

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