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South Asia

Musharraf’s supporters have held small rallies across the country in his support since the court sentenced him to death after finding him guilty of imposing an emergency in violation of the constitution. (Photo: File)

‘Personal vendetta against me’: Pervez Musharraf on his death sentence

It was Pervez Musharraf’s first reaction to Tuesday’s court verdict, which had already been denounced by the country’s powerful military.

The court heard that during the telecast last year, Reham, a journalist and broadcaster, was also likened to a historical Pakistani female figure known as “Budhan Bai”, who was a well-known courtesan, as part of a series of “slurs” upon her reputation. (Photo: File)

Pak PM Khan’s ex-wife Reham Khan wins defamation case against news channel

Reham said in a statement: 'I am glad that justice has finally prevailed. It took me a long legal battle to prove my innocence.'

On being again pressed for endorsing Imran Khan's comment on his own Twitter handle, Qureshi said, “No! No! Show me the tweet I have written, not what Prime Minister Khan has written.' (Photo: File)

Qureshi loses cool when asked to name 58 countries supporting on Kashmir

'On whose agenda are you working?' Qureshi snapped at talk show host Javed Chaudhry.

Rajapaksa said that the region as a whole requires to forge new avenues of cooperation to steer the Organization to be more effective in addressing the emerging challenges. (Photo: File)

Lanka firmly committed to SAARC, says Gotabaya Rajapaksa

SAARC is regional intergovernmental organisation and geopolitical union of states in South Asia, including, India and Pakistan.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa also confirmed that he wants to renegotiate the agreement with China about the strategic Hambantota port south of Colombo that serves the key shipping lanes between Europe and Asia. (Photo: File)

Invest in Sri Lanka to keep China at bay, says Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka has traditionally been allied to India but became close to China, securing about USD 7 billion in loans and investment.

Asia

North Korea said Sunday it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site. (Photo: File)

North Korea says it carried out 'very important test' at its long-range rocket launch site

The UN bans North Korea from launching satellites because it is considered a test of long-range missile technology.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday claimed that India could carry out "an action of some sort" in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to divert attention from its domestic issues and warned that his army was prepared for any such move. (Photo: File)

India could carry out 'action of some sort' in PoK, claims Pak PM Imran Khan

PM said he had told army chief Gen Bajwa about the threats from India and the General 'told me that Pakistan is prepared for them.'

Official sources said following the reports of kidnapping, the Indian mission in Nigeria has approached the African nation's authorities for help to ascertain the details and rescue those abducted. (Representational Image)

18 Indians on Hong Kong vessel kidnapped by pirates off Nigerian coast

The Hong Kong-flagged 'VLCC, NAVE CONSTELLATION' was attacked by pirates during the evening hours of Dec 3 while transiting through Nigeria.

Clocking in at four hours and twenty-five minutes, the question-and-answer session was one of the longest ever held by Putin in a format that has become an annual end-of-year tradition for the Russian leader. (Photo: File)

Vladimir Putin hints at leaving Russian presidency in 2024

Putin indicated he was in favour of removing the word 'successive' from a clause in the constitution.

Middle East

Islamic Jihad fired around 450 rockets at Israel, many of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome defence system. Israel has fought three wars with Hamas and allied armed groups in Gaza since 2008. (Photo: Representational)

Israel strikes in Gaza after rocket attack

Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007, Israel holds the Islamist movement responsible for all rocket fire coming from the territory.

 Islamic Jihad's leader, Ziad al-Nakhalah, announced three conditions for an end to the fighting: an end to targeted killings, a halt in Israeli shootings of protesters at weekly demonstrations along the Israeli border and easing a 12-year-old Israeli blockade that has devastated Gaza's economy. (Photo: AFP)

Israel, Islamic Jihad cease fire after heavy Gaza fighting which claimed 32 lives

Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Berim said the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 AM.

It also provides a new lifeline for the embattled Netanyahu, who is desperate to remain in office as he prepares for an expected indictment on corruption charges, possibly as early as Thursday. (Photo: File)

As Israel moves towards 3rd election, Netanyahu's rival Gantz fails to form new govt

The announcement by Benny Gantz, leader of centrist Blue and White party, prolongs political paralysis that gripped nation for past year.

Turkish media said several mortar shells had landed on the Turkish side of the border but there were no casualties. (Photo: AP)

Turkey opens ground assault on Syria's kurds; republicans turn on Trump

SDF fighters repelled a ground attack by Turkish troops in Tel Abyad, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Twitter.

In their long hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iraqi intelligence teams secured a break in February 2018 after one of the Islamic State leader’s top aides gave them information on how he escaped capture for so many years, said two Iraqi security officials. (Photo: File)

ISIS leader Baghdadi’s aide was key to his capture: Iraqi intel officers

The Nusra Front and Islamic State were rivals who fought bloody battles against each other in the Syrian war.

Africa

The national public broadcaster SABC is currently facing financial strain.  (Photo: Facebook)

Indian-origin head of S Africa's news channel sacked over racist remarks

Pillay, head of South Africa's largest independent TV news channel eNCA, had called journalist Maseko, a rat heading for sinking ship.

 'I condemn the barbaric attack on the Protestant Church of Hantoukoura in the department of Foutouri which left 14 dead and several wounded,' President Roch Marc Christian Kabore tweeted. (Photo: Twitter | @rochkaborepf)

14 people killed in attack on Protestant church in Burkina Faso

The identity of the gunmen is yet to be ascertained.

Under the rule of general-turned-president Sisi, who led Morsi's ouster, authorities have launched a broad crackdown on dissidents, jailing thousands of Islamists as well as secular activists and popular bloggers. (Photo: AFP)

Watch: Several protests break out in Egypt’s Tahrir square, many arrested

Tahrir Square was the epicentre of 2011 revolution that toppled Egypt’s long-time autocratic leader.

Bodies were strewn on the floor of a hangar in the Tripoli suburb of Tajoura, mixed with the blood-soaked clothes of migrants, an AFP photographer said. (Photo: AFP)

44 killed in air strike on Libya migrant centre, sparks outrage

UN chief denounced 'horrendous' attack and demanded an independent investigation, as divided Security Council failed to condemn the strike.

Europe

Putin last month praised Zelensky as "likeable" and "sincere". (Photo: File)

'Don't trust Putin': Ex-Ukraine Prez warns ahead of Russia talks

Zelensky, a political novice who was inaugurated in May, will meet Putin for the first time on Monday.

The 40-year-old MP won her Wigan seat in the north-west of England, holding on to one of the key bricks in the so-called "red wall" which collapsed as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won over traditional Labour Party voters across the region. (Photo: Twitter)

Indian-origin MP Lisa Nandy in race to replace Corbyn after Labour's poll defeat

Corbyn acknowledged party's failings in the poll and said he accepted his responsibility for it but made no clear reference to exit plan.

The 37-year-old, behind the wheel of a Nissan GT-R, was travelling along Binley Road in Coventry in October last year when he struck 17-year-old Ryan Willoughby-Oakes at the junction with Allard Way. (Photo: Twitter)

Indian-origin man jailed after his speeding sports car kills UK teen

A West Midlands Police investigation showed that Tajinder Rai was driving at close to motorway speeds on a slow-speed zone.

They found 152 bundles containing three tonnes of cocaine, Spanish police said in a statement. (Representational Image)

Submarine seized in Spain was carrying three tonnes of cocaine

Police intercepted the 20-metre (65-foot) submarine -- thought to be the first of its kind captured in Europe on Saturday.

“You may have mistaken ideas, you may have made a complete mess of things, but the Lord continues to love you,” the pontiff told crowds gathered at the Vatican for his Christmas Eve midnight mass. (Photo: File)

‘God continues to loves us all, even worst of us’: Pope Francis on Christmas

Francis will at noon on Wednesday give the traditional Christmas Day mass -- his 7th -- addressed to world in front of St Peter’s Square.

Americas

Democrats demanded at the fall session of Congress that Trump and his Republicans take action to restrict guns. (Photo: File)

'Over in 6 seconds': Gun laws saved lives at Texas church, says Trump

The Sunday shooting at a church service in the Fort Worth Suburb of White Settlement was the latest attack on a house of worship in the US.

Speaking to media here, Jaishankar said that the resolution neither provides a fair understanding of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir nor fair characterisation of what the Indian government is doing in the region. (Photo: File)

Have no interest in meeting Pramila Jayapal, says Jaishankar

Jaishankar had abruptly cancelled a meeting with senior members of Congress this week after US lawmakers refused demands to exclude Jayapal.

Dass' foundation, Love Serve Remember, announced late Sunday that the author and spiritual leader died peacefully at his home earlier in the day. No cause of death was given. (Photo: Social Media)

Author, spiritual guru and LSD pioneer Ram Dass passes away

Ram Dass entered the public sphere in the early 1960s as a young Harvard psychology professor.

Soleimani heads the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force and also serves as Iran's pointman on Iraq. (Photo: AP)

Trump ordered killing of Soleimani to protect US personnel abroad: Pentagon

Ties between the US and Iran deteriorated since Washington pulled out of nuclear deal with Tehran.

Oceania

The company said it was working with its software and online security suppliers to ensure the situation was not repeated. (Photo: AP)

Asics store in New Zealand apologises after porn played on big screens

Pornography played on retailer's outdoor screens for up to 9 hrs -- until staff arrived at shop around 10 am on Sunday and switched it off.

A permanent ban on scaling Uluru -- also known as Ayers Rock -- comes into place Saturday in line with the long-held wishes of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land, the Anangu. (Photo: File)

Hundreds in Australia flock to climb Uluru, giant monolith, for last time

Saturday marks 34 years since that the park’s title was handed back to the traditional owners.

The word 'responsibility' is printed with a missing 'i' in the Australian USD 50 note photographed in Sydney, (Photo: AP)

Typo! Australia misspells 'responsibility' on USD 2.3 billion worth notes

The Reserve Bank of Australia said the spelling error will be corrected at the next print run later this year.

Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy stressed India's concern over the 'tacit support' that some nations are extending to terror groups breeding on their soil, in an apparent reference to Pakistan. (Photo: ANI)

India to host next 'No Money For Terror' meet in 2020

The session also called for a united global effort against all those who support terror or help generate finances for terror.

The death toll from New Zealand's White Island volcanic eruption earlier this month has risen to 19, the police said on Monday. (Photo: File)

New Zealand volcanic eruption: Death toll rises to 19

White Island, a volcanic island, is a famous tourist attraction which people can explore by boat or helicopter.