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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 […]

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif escapes Panama corruption

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif escapes Panama corruption

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled there is insufficient evidence of corruption to remove Nawaz Sharif from the role of prime minister. It instead ordered a further investigation into money transfers. Questions arose over the business dealings of Mr Sharif’s family when three of his children were linked to offshore accounts in the Panama Papers leaks […]

Security high alert in Pakistan ahead of Panamagate verdict

Security high alert in Pakistan ahead of Panamagate verdict

Security has been beefed up in federal capital city of Islamabad the in wake of Panamagate verdict which is due to be announced by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday (today) at 2:00 pm, ARY News reported. Stringent security arrangements have been made under supervision of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Khalid Khattak […]

Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya bailed in UK

Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya bailed in UK

He was arrested on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Police on behalf of the Indian authorities, over fraud accusations. India has been seeking the extradition of Mr Mallya, who faces charges of financial irregularities at his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Mr Mallya is said to owe banks £600m but he denies wrongdoing. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ […]