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  • PM Hasina congratulates Mahinda Rajapaksa on Lankan polls victory

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulates her Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa on his party’s victory in the recently held parliamentary polls.

  • South Korea floods, landslides kill 26 as heavy rains continue

    At least 26 people have died after 46 days of heavy rains in South Korea, with the country's longest monsoon in seven years causing more flooding, landslides and evacuations.

  • Thai student protest leaders arrested

    Thai authorities arrested a student leader and legal adviser yesterday over anti-government protests, a legal group said. Protesters, led by student groups, are returning to Thailand’s streets calling for the ousting of a conservative government led by pro-military politicians.

  • Rajapaksas secure big win

    Sri Lanka’s ruling Rajapaksa brothers secured a two-thirds majority in a parliamentary election that will allow them to rewrite the constitution and increase their power, final results showed yesterday.

  • Pak demands J&K action while ignoring Uighurs

    Even as Pakistan this week drew international attention to the plight of Muslims in Indian Kashmir, Islamabad stayed conspicuously silent about another embattled Muslim community -- China’s Uighur population.

  • Malaysia’s ex-finance minister charged over tunnel project

    Malaysia’s former finance minister Lim Guan Eng is charged with corruption over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project and slams the move as political persecution by the new government.

  • Grenade attack on Pak rally for Kashmir injures 30

    At least 30 people were injured in a grenade attack on a rally in Karachi on Wednesday, as Pakistan marked the first anniversary of India’s revocation of Kashmir’s semi-autonomy.

  • Standoff with China will be a long one

    India’s defence ministry has warned, in a statement since removed from its website, that a military standoff with China that began with border fighting in June is likely to be a long one, despite multiple rounds of talks between the nuclear-armed rivals to defuse the tension.

  • Coronavirus Outbreak

    India sees record deaths

    India has recorded the biggest single-day fatalities of 904 in the past 24 hours as fresh coronavirus infections surged by another 56,282 cases to reach nearly two million.

  • Rajapaksa party on course for big Sri Lanka election win

    Sri Lanka’s ruling party took a clear lead yesterday in early results from parliamentary elections in which the dominant Rajapaksa family hope to strengthen their grip on power.

  • Al Jazeera says Malaysian office raided over documentary

    Malaysian police Tuesday raided Al Jazeera's Kuala Lumpur office and seized computers as part of an investigation into a documentary about migrants that has angered the government, the broadcaster said.

  • Indian police crackdown on illegal liquor suppliers after 86 die

    Indian police raided rural hamlets and made arrests to break up a bootlegging cartel after 86 people died from consuming illegally-produced alcohol in the northwestern state of Punjab, officials say.

  • 11 killed as crane collapses at Hindustan Shipyard in Visakhapatnam

    As many as 11 people died after a huge rail-mounted crane collapsed at the premises of Hindustan Shipyard Limited in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam, District Collector Vinay Chand has informed.

  • Coronavirus Outbreak

    Muslims in West Bengal celebrate Eid-ul-Azha amid sharp spike in Covid-19 cases

    Amidst a sharp spike in coronavirus cases, India’s West Bengal state has witnessed a subdued celebration of Eid-ul-Azha as Muslims offered prayers at mosques and homes by maintaining social distancing.

  • US fuelling new Cold War as election nears: China

    China yesterday accused the United States of stoking a new Cold War because certain politicians were searching for a scapegoat to bolster support ahead of the US presidential election in November.

  • Priyanka Gandhi moves out of govt bungalow before deadline

    Senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra yesterday vacated her official bungalow at Delhi’s posh Lodhi Estate area before the deadline specified in a July 1 eviction order.

  • UMNO quits as Malaysia’s ruling coalition stumbles

    The biggest party in Malaysia’s ruling coalition yesterday said it will withdraw from a political alliance with the prime minister but will continue to support the government, potentially undermining the stability of his administration.

  • India uses arrival of new fighter jets to warn China

    The first five Rafale fighter jets bought from France in a multi-billion-dollar deal landed in India yesterday and the defence minister used their arrival to launch a veiled warning to neighbouring China over territorial tensions.

  • India virus cases hit 1.5m

    Coronavirus infections in India passed 1.5 million and deaths neared 35,000 yesterday, but test results in Mumbai slums cast further doubt on official data in the world’s second-most populous nation.

  • China, India’s neighbours agree on four-point plan

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has held the first joint virtual conference with his counterparts from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal during which he proposed a four-point plan to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic, boost economic recovery and resumption of the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) infrastructure projects.

  • Nuclear weapons prevent war: Kim

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called his country’s nuclear weapons a solid security guarantee and a “reliable, effective” deterrent that could prevent a second war on the Korean Peninsula.

  • China halts HK extradition treaties with 3 countries

    China yesterday announced the suspension of Hong Kong’s extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and Britain in a tit-for-tat move following similar decisions by those countries over a controversial new security law.

  • Troops pullback almost complete

    Chinese and Indian troops have “completed disengagement” on most parts of the disputed border between their two countries, China’s foreign ministry said yesterday, after violent clashes broke out earlier this year.

  • N Korea declares emergency in border town over first suspected Covid-19 case

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared an emergency and a lockdown in a border town after a person suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus returned from South Korea after illegally crossing the border.

  • Vietnam goes on coronavirus alert after first local infection in 100 days

    Vietnam is back on high alert for the coronavirus after medical officials in the central city of Danang detected the country’s first locally transmitted case for three months.

  • Singapore PM announces new Cabinet line-up; changes at the helm for 6 ministries

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced his new Cabinet, in a reshuffle that will see six of the fifteen ministries headed by new ministers.

  • Malaysia strikes deal with Goldman Sachs

    Malaysia reached a $3.9 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs yesterday over the Wall Street titan’s role in the 1MDB scandal in exchange for the country ending all criminal proceedings against the bank.

  • Vietnam bans wildlife trade

    Vietnam’s PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a directive to ban the Southeast Asian country’s wildlife trade with immediate effect in order to reduce the risk of new pandemics, a government statement said.

  • Fears for Uighur culture as scholars vanish in crackdown

    It has been almost two years since Bugra Arkin’s father Aierken was abruptly snatched from his home in China’s troubled Xinjiang region by national security agents.

  • Cancel financial grant to Myanmar police, HRW urges Japan

    Human Rights Watch has called for Japan to immediately cancel plans to donate money to Myanmar police to purchase vehicles and communications equipment, saying the force has a well-documented record of serious human rights violations, including against the Rohingya population in the country.