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  • Min Aung Hlaing

    Citing Rohingya massacre, Myanmar army chief urges soldiers to obey law

    Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing tells military personnel in the country that they must obey the law, citing as an example the sentencing of seven soldiers for a massacre of Rohingya Muslim men that was the subject of a Reuters investigation.

  • YouTube helps trace man lost for 40 years

    An Indian man missing for 40 years was to be reunited with his family yesterday after a YouTube video of him singing a popular Hindi film song went viral.

  • Geo TV returning to air after Pak military deal

    Pakistan's largest TV station has been allowed back on the air at some major cable operators after talks with the military on demands it make changes in political coverage, two officials who work for the channel's media group told Reuters on Wednesday.

  • India Supreme Court rejects calls for probe

    India's Supreme Court yesterday dismissed petitions calling for an investigation into the death of a lower court judge in 2014 when he was presiding over a case against a top political aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • 'Something in their hearts against us'

    The Muslim nomads who lead their goats, cows and horses up and down the Kashmir hills have never felt at ease in modern India and the gruesome rape and murder of a girl from the impoverished community has heightened their fears.

  • India raises scope for foreign students

    India has thrown open 160 educational institutions of national importance to foreign students in the first-ever initiative of its kind offering 15,000 seats under the programme in the first round.

  • Hate speech in India

    Hate speech by Indian VIPs on the rise: Study

    Indian top politicians have increasingly, by 490% to be exact, used hateful and decisive language in past four years under Modi-led government, a research by NDTV reveals.

  • India Asifa rape

    Despite changes after 2012, India's rape victims denied speedy justice

    India launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law that included the death penalty after a gruesome assault on a young woman shocked the country in 2012, but crime statistics indicate the situation has got worse, not better, since then.

  • Nepal a natural area for co-op with India

    Nepal is a natural area for cooperation between China and India, the Chinese government's top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi said

  • Bus falls off bridge killing 21 in Madhya Pradesh

    At least 21 people have been killed and several others wounded when a mini truck carrying them to a marriage function veered off a bridge and fell into a river in Sidhi district of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh late on Tuesday night.

  • 10 killed, several injured as storm hits Kolkata

    At least 10 people have died in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal after heavy rain and strong winds on Tuesday evening. Flights, train services and traffic in Kolkata have been severely hit too due to thunderstorm and the strong winds.

  • First school for transgender community in Pakistan

    Pakistan's first school for transgender persons opens

    The first school for the transgender community in Pakistan is launched at an event at the Alhamra Open Air Theatre of Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

  • Afghan, Pak forces clash near border

    Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in cross-border fire from Afghanistan while working on a fence intended to cover nearly all of the disputed 2,500km border separating the countries, the Pakistani military said yesterday.

  • Sushma Swaraj

    'Dhaka-Delhi fraternal ties enriched by shared art, culture'

    A symbolic Mongol Shubhajatra and a mesmerising display of dance and music marked the celebration of Pahela Baishakh, Bangla New Year's Day, by Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.

  • President suspends House until May 8

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until next month in a shock move amid a deepening

  • India navigation satellite IRNSS-1I

    India successfully puts navigation satellite into orbit

    India puts into orbit navigation satellite IRNSS-1I, a part of its satellite navigation system NavIC in copy-book style.

  • Myanmar court refuses to drop case against journos

    A Myanmar court yesterday rejected a motion to drop a case against two Reuters journalists arrested while investigating a massacre of

  • 18 workers killed as truck overturns in India

    At least 18 labourers have been killed and 15 injured when a truck overturned in Satara district of western Indian state of Maharashtra..

  • Rohingya child

    ICC prosecutor seeks jurisdiction over Rohingya deportations

    The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked it to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the deportations of Rohingya people "from Myanmar to Bangladesh", a possible crime against humanity, according to a filing.

  • Ursula Mueller

    'Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya refugees'

    Myanmar is not ready for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, says the most senior United Nations official to visit the country this year, after Myanmar was accused of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly 700,000 Muslims to Bangladesh.


    Modi rules out India’s participation in Saarc summit in Pakistan

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveys to his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli India’s firm opposition to the staging of the Saarc Summit by Islamabad, given the fact that Pakistan continued to support cross-border terrorism from its territory.

  • Rohingya refugees

    Philippines' Duterte cites genocide in Myanmar, says will take refugees

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says that "genocide" was taking place in Myanmar and he was willing to accept Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing from it, though Europe should help too.

  • Won't accept any delay in elections

    Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday the country is now trapped in martial laws as he warned that his

  • Philippines to close Boracay resort to tourists for six months

    The Philippines announces that its best-known holiday island Boracay will be closed to tourists for six months over concerns that the once idyllic white-sand resort has become a "cesspool" tainted by dumped sewage.

  • US blacklists Pak political party

    The United States has placed a Pakistani political group called the Milli Muslim League (MML) on its list of foreign terrorist organisations, saying it was merely an alias for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), blamed for 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. The Milli Muslim League is controlled by LeT chief Hafiz Saeed.

  • Four Christians shot dead in SW Pakistan

    Four Christians were shot dead in southwestern Pakistan on Monday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The incident occurred in a Christian-majority neighbourhood in the city of Quetta, capital of the Balochistan province. Christians make up less than two percent of Muslim-majority Pakistan's 200 million people.

  • Govt airstrike on Afghanistan religious school kills dozens

    Dozens of civilians, including children, have been killed in an Afghan air attack on a gathering at a religious school in the northern province of Kunduz, eyewitnesses and an official said. A religious school in the Dasht-e-Archi district of the Kunduz province was targeted by air raids late on Monday, resulting in the death of at least 70 people, including top Taliban commanders, a district official told Al Jazeera on the condition of anonymity.

  • Sri Lanka PM faces tight trust vote

    Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe faces a no-confidence motion today that could go down to the wire and lead to political instability in the island nation, even if the government manages to scrape a win.

  • Facebook's chief executive and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg

    Facebook used to ‘incite real harm’ in Myanmar: Zuckerberg

    Facebook's chief executive and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg says the social media company is aware that its tools have been used to spread anti-Rohingya propaganda and "incite real harm" in Myanmar.

  • Malala leaves Pakistan after emotional visit

    Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai yesterday left for Britain after an emotional four-day visit to Pakistan, officials said. Malala made a surprise return visit to Pakistan last week more than five years after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for advocating girls' education. An airport official confirmed her departure.