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South Asia

On Tuesday, Pakistan Cabinet decided to allow 69-year-old Sharif to go to the UK for medical treatment if the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo agrees to sign surety bonds making a commitment that he would return after the treatment and face corruption cases against him. (Photo: File)

Sharif refuses Pak govt's conditional permit to travel abroad

'Sharif would not submit any indemnity bonds worth Rs 7 billion for removing his name from no-fly list,' PML-N leader said.

On Tuesday, Qureshi had said that Pakistan would take the Kashmir dispute with India to International Court of Justice. (Photo: PTI)

Pakistan plans to raise Kashmir issue at UN Human Rights Council forum

Foreign Office spokesperson said another platform available was to raise issue in Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's meeting.

Sharif was shifted to his Jati Umra Raiwind residence in Lahore on Wednesday after his two-week stay at a Pakistani hospital for treatment of multiple diseases. (Photo: FIle)

Nawaz Sharif may travel to London for further treatment, says report

Sharif was admitted to hospital in Lahore on Oct 22 after his platelets dropped to a critical low level of 2,000.

The development comes ahead of the Financial Action Task Force’s crucial plenary meeting scheduled to be held in Paris from October 12 to October 15.  (Photo: File)

Ahead of crucial FATF meeting, Pakistan arrests ‘top four leaders’ of Lashkar-e-Taiba

The top four leaders arrested on Thursday have been identified as Professor Zafar Iqbal, Yahya Aziz, Muhammad Ashraf and Abdul Salam.

Asia

Theme songs for papal visits have been composed before. One has been unveiled for Thailand, where Francis will visit before Japan. (Photo: File)

When music met tech: Japan uses song co-created by AI to welcome Pope Francis

Written by Inoue, song, 'Protect all Life - Signs of the Times', is based on theme of Pope's Japan visit and was partly composed using AI.

Three Taliban sources in the province also said the hostages had been releasead. (Photo: AP)

Taliban release two Western hostages in Afghanistan

There was no immediate comment from the US embassy in Afghanistan.

Japanese Emperor Naruhito will be ushered into a dark wooden hall on Thursday night to celebrate his last major accession rite after becoming emperor this spring: spending the night with a goddess. (Photo: AP)

Row over Japan Emperor's last accession rite: 'Spend night' with goddess

Though the empress, dressed in robes with a long train, also appears, she does not follow him in.

the hard-line cleric and leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) hit out at the prime minister for calling opposition leaders "thieves." (Photo: File | ANI)

'Imran Khan-led govt's days are numbered,' warns Pak cleric Fazlur Rehman

alleging that the 'selected' government has offered National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to Khan's sister.

Middle East

Women in Iraq said they were facing a staggering increase in online “sextortion” by both malicious hackers and former romantic partners to whom the women had knowingly sent photographs, a practice known as revenge porn. (Representational Image)

Iraq women deal with revenge porn, leaked selfies as 'sextortion' spreads

The young Iraqi woman received a wave of similar messages after hackers infiltrated her FB, Snapchat and Insta and stole explicit images.

The 69-year-old Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo was rushed to the Services Hospital in Lahore from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office late on Monday night after a massive drop in his platelet count. (Photo: File)

Lahore High Court grants bail to ailing Sharif on medical grounds

The three-time premier's lawyer Ashtar Ausaf told the court that his condition is 'extremely serious'.

The tanker, owned by National Iranian Oil Company, had suffered heavy damage and was leaking oil into the Red Sea some 60 miles from Jeddah, unnamed sources told Iran's Students News Agency ISNA. (Representational Image)

Iran govt says oil tanker struck by two rockets off Saudi Arabia

'Experts believe it was a terrorist attack,' a source told ISNA.

As the rocket fire and Israeli air-strikes continued into the night, Gaza medical officials said 10 Palestinians had been killed, including Al-Atta and his wife. (Photo: AP)

Rockets rain from Gaza as Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander

Syria said Israel carried out the Damascus strike. Israel did not comment.

After preliminary attempts to negotiate a unity coalition between Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival Benny Gantz failed, Israel's President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday tasked Netanyahu with forming a new government in the country. (Photo: ANI)

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu given first chance to form government

It is second time this year Netanyahu has been asked to form government after he failed in April to put together required 61-seat coalition.

Africa

One boy, held by the hand by a police officer as he walked unsteadily, had sores visible on his back that appeared consistent with injuries inflicted by a whip. (Representational Image)

Hundreds of chained men and boys rescued in Nigeria

Most of the freed captives seen by a Reuters reporter in the city of Kaduna were children, aged up to their late teens.

A tortoise whose royal owners claimed was 344 years old years old has died in the palace of the traditional ruler of Ogbomosho, southwest Nigeria, a spokesman said Saturday. (Photo: Twitter/ @AlsoDamilare)

344-year-old African Tortoise with 'healing powers', Alagba, dies

The king had employed two palace workers to take care of the tortoise. Its remains would be preserved for posterity, Ajamu added.

The siege lasted for almost 12 hours and only ended on Saturday morning after clashes with security forces. (Photo: AFP)

26 dead, 56 hurt in Somalia hotel siege, Al-Shabaab claims responsibility

'The security forces are in control now and the last terrorist was shot and killed,' Mohamed Abdiweli, a security official, said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said that unknown number of tourists are feared to have drowned in flash floods while others survived. (Photo: Representational)

6 tourists, including 5 Indians, killed by flash floods in Kenya's national park

Search and rescue efforts were underway but water levels were high in the gorges, slowing down the process.

Europe

Hearings began last week in Washington into whether US President Donald Trump ordered to freeze US military aid to Ukraine in an effort to get Kiev to launch investigations against potential 2020 election rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. (Photo: File)

Ukraine getting ‘tired’ of Donald Trump scandal, says Volodymyr Zelensky

'We have our country, we have our independence, we have our own problems,' Zelensky said.

Police said the truck was believed to have come from Bulgaria and to have entered Britain at Holyhead in Wales on Saturday. (Photo: Representational)

39 bodies found in truck container east of London: Police

The driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, had been arrested.

Two months earlier, Assange was evicted from the Ecuador Embassy in London where he had been holed up since 2012. (Photo: File)

Sweden drops rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Assange

Assange is also fighting extradition to the US, which accuses him of publishing secret documents.

'The research conducted by this year's Laureates has considerably improved our ability to fight global poverty. In just two decades, their new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics, which is now a flourishing field of research,' said the Nobel committee in a statement. (Photo: Nobel Prize Twitter)

India-born Abhijit Banerjee, wife Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer win Nobel in Economics

Banerjee, 58, was educated at University of Calcutta, JNU and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988.

A Labour MP for Leicester East from the past 32 years, Vaz announced his retirement, clearing he will not stand in the next month's General Elections, reported the Independent. (Photo: File)

Longest-serving British Indian MP Keith Vaz announces retirement

The 62-year-old was found to have 'expressed a willingness' to purchase cocaine for others during an encounter with male prostitutes.

Americas

Bei Bei will travel on a specially equipped direct flight from Washington to Chengdu inside a steel and plexiglass crate, accompanied by his keeper. (Skip Brown/Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Last Panda cub in US leaves for China

The four year-old cub, whose name means 'precious, treasure' in Mandarin, was destined to head to China under Beijing's 'panda diplomacy'.

Two Arkansas college chemistry professors have been arrested on charges of making meth, in an apparent case of life imitating art. (Photo: AP)

2 US chemistry professors arrested for cooking meth at university

Tina Hall, a spokeswoman for the Arkadelphia-based school, says Bateman and Rowland have been on administrative leave since October 11.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Chinese President Xi Jinping and said there has been a "new direction and new energy" in bilateral ties after their second informal summit in Chennai as the two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen India-China relations, including on the trade front. (Photo: Twitter/ Narendra Modi)

'Glad to meet you again': PM Modi to Xi Jinping in Brazil

The two leaders held talks on a wide range of bilateral issues.

The bill - if it becomes law - will demand greater scrutiny of the city's special status, which among other things prohibit the commercial export of certain munitions to the Communist party-controlled Hong Kong Police Force, would provide sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong. (Photo: AP)

US Senate unanimously passes Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

The bill sends a message of bipartisan support from US Congress for the democratic aspirations of the majority of Hong Kong.

Oceania

'Raising an allegation of sexual assault is an incredibly difficult thing to do -- for additional distress to be caused through the way these allegations are handled is incredibly distressing,' Ardern said in a statement. (Photo: File | AP)

Mistakes made: NZ PM apologises for party's handling of sexual assault claim

The 19-year-old woman alleges the staffer sexually assaulted her at his home in February last year.

‘Carpet Pythons are the most common snake we catch and don't seem to bothered by humans. They will often hang out in entertaining areas like this and won't move even if people are around,’ Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers had written while sharing a video of the snake. (Photo: Facebook | @elitesnakecatchingbrisbane)

Python pops out during a pool game in Brisbane, see pictures

The post has been doing the rounds in the internet, with over 4,000 shares and thousands of comments.

The idea behind the document was to prepare the Australian government's Liberal-National Party coalition members for Monday's resumption of Parliament. (Photo: File)

Australian PM's office accidentally sends confidential document to journalists

While Prime Minister Scott Morrison is yet to comment on the matter, Attorney-General Christian Porter downplayed the gaffe.

The family of four has been held at the Christmas Island detention facility for the past month while their fight to stay in the country is before the courts. (Photo: Facebook)

Australia rejects UN call to release Tamil family held at Christmas Island

A Federal Court judge ruled last month there was enough evidence for the toddler’s case to go to trial, though a date has not yet been set.

Residents across a wide swath of Australia's east coast were bracing for "catastrophic" conditions on Tuesday, with searing heat and high winds expected to fan scores of already burning bushfires, threatening residential areas. (Photo: screenshot)

‘Stay Alert’: Millions in Australia brace for ‘catastrophic’ bushfires

Around 600 schools and colleges were closed as a precaution and authorities advised anyone suffering respiratory conditions to stay indoors.