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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 […]

5 Islamist militant family killed in Bangladesh

5 Islamist militant family killed in Bangladesh

Police in Bangladesh say five suspected Islamist militants from the same family have been killed during an anti-terror operation. According to police, the five blew themselves up before their hideout was stormed in western Rajshahi district. Police say two of the dead were women. A fire fighter was also killed and three policemen injured. Police […]

India top court reviews Islamic instant divorce

India top court reviews Islamic instant divorce

India’s Supreme Court has formally opened hearings into a number of petitions challenging the controversial practice of instant divorce in Islam. The court said it would examine whether the practice known as “triple talaq” was fundamental to the religion. India is one of a handful of countries in the world where a Muslim man can […]

South Koreans vote for new president

South Koreans vote for new president

South Koreans are voting in a presidential election, called early after a huge corruption scandal brought down their former leader. Liberal Moon Jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist Ahn Cheol-soo his nearest challenger. The election is being closely watched at a time of economic uncertainty and heightened tensions with North Korea. Mr Moon wants […]

2 Muslim men killed by mob over cow theft in India

2 Muslim men killed by mob over cow theft in India

Two Muslim men were beaten to death by a mob in northeastern India over allegations of cow theft, the latest in a series of similar attacks across the country, police officials said Monday. Senior Assam state police official Mukesh Aggarwal said police have filed a criminal complaint and are trying to identify the members of […]

SAD: Malaysian boy dies after beating by school staff

SAD: Malaysian boy dies after beating by school staff

A Malaysian schoolboy whose legs were amputated after allegedly being beaten by a staff member has died in hospital, local media report. The 11-year-old boy was among children beaten with a water hose by the assistant warden at a private Islamic school in Johor state, police say. Excerpts from the boy’s diary, published in Malaysian […]

Bomb kills 14 people in Pakistan

Bomb kills 14 people in Pakistan

A roadside bomb targeting a minivan in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region on Tuesday killed 14 people, a local official said, raising an earlier reported death toll of nine killed. The attack was claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction. The blast ripped through the van travelling through a minority Shiite region of the Kurram tribal area, […]

INDIA: 20 killed as lorry runs into protest

INDIA: 20 killed as lorry runs into protest

At least 20 people have died after a lorry rammed into a group of farmers staging a protest in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The farmers were outside a police station in Chittoor district, protesting against illegal sand mining. Police said the driver of the truck appeared to have lost control of his […]

Dozens killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan

Dozens killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan

At least 50 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack by Taliban insurgents on a military base in northern Balkh province, military officials say.Reports say the number of casualties is far higher than the eight deaths initially reported. The military say that Friday’s attack took place near a mosque at the base, located in […]