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India PM Narendra Modi condemns murder in cow’s name

India PM Narendra Modi condemns murder in cow’s name

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said murder in the name of cow protection is “not acceptable”. Many Hindus believe cows are sacred and killing them is banned in some states. Hours after Mr Modi’s comments, a Muslim man was reportedly killed by a mob who accused him of transporting beef in his car. On […]

Two Chinese killed in Pakistan

Two Chinese killed in Pakistan

The IS-linked Amaq news agency made the claim in an Arabic statement on the Telegram messaging app. China’s foreign ministry said it was “gravely concerned” and working to verify the information. The pair are said to have been studying Urdu at a language centre in the city of Quetta when they were abducted. According to […]

Sri Lanka targets builders after 211 deaths

Sri Lanka targets builders after 211 deaths

Sri Lanka announced plans Saturday to prosecute a slew of companies and individuals behind illegal construction projects blamed for landslides and flooding that have killed at least 211 people following heavy monsoon rains last week. The urban development ministry said they will press criminal charges against those illegally occupying marshlands earmarked to absorb flood waters […]

Manila Attack: At least 36 bodies found at casino complex

Manila Attack: At least 36 bodies found at casino complex

Thirty-six bodies were found at the biggest hotel-casino in the Philippines after a gunman carrying a container of gasoline set fires and touched off a mass panic — hours after the authorities said that only the assailant had died. The discovery of the bodies was confirmed about noon on Friday by Oscar Albayalde, a police […]

Flooding and mudslides kill 203 in Sri Lanka

Flooding and mudslides kill 203 in Sri Lanka

At least 203 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands are displaced after flooding and mudslides hit large swathes of Sri Lanka. More than 1,500 homes have been destroyed and 16 hospitals evacuated since heavy rains began to hit southern and western areas of the island on Friday. Sri Lankan disaster management minister Anura […]

India: Six killed over child kidnap

India: Six killed over child kidnap

Mobs have killed six people in India’s Jharkhand state because of rumours of a child abduction ring, police say. Three people were beaten to death in Seraikela district on Thursday morning and three more were killed in Jamshedpur district in the evening. A senior police official told BBC Hindi that the incidents happened because of […]

Several missing after bridge collapse in India

Several missing after bridge collapse in India

At least two people have died and several others are feared missing after a pedestrian bridge collapsed in the Indian state of Goa. People had gathered on the bridge to watch emergency services rescue a man who had jumped into the Sanvordem river in Curchorem. Local media reported that more than 50 people were on […]

Gunman opens fire on police in Sri Lanka

Gunman opens fire on police in Sri Lanka

Colombo: An unidentified gunman today opened fire on police in Sri Lanka’s former LTTE stronghold of Kilinochchi, a day after Tamils observed the eighth anniversary of the end of the three-decade long civil war. Several police officers of the Kilinochchi police station in the war-ravaged northern province escaped unhurt in the incident that that took place […]

Pakistan ordered not to hang Indian ‘spy’

Pakistan ordered not to hang Indian ‘spy’

A top UN court has ordered Pakistan not to execute a former Indian navy officer convicted on charges of spying until it has had time to hear a case brought by India. India has argued in the International Court of Justice that Pakistan violated international laws by not allowing it access to Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav. […]

Sri Lanka says no to Chinese submarine docking

Sri Lanka says no to Chinese submarine docking

Sri Lanka has rejected China’s request for its submarine to dock at Colombo next week after a similar visit in 2014 triggered strong protest from India, a senior defence official said today, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his two-day visit to the country. “They asked for permission for May 14 and 15 to dock […]