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South Asia

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. (Photo: AP)

Sirisena defends his capital punishment order citing Trump's similar views

Sirisena in June signed the death warrants to hang four drug convicts, ending a four-decade-long moratorium on the capital punishment.

On Sunday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC), which had been called to discuss issues pertaining to national security in the wake of allegations against India using cluster ammunition to target civilians along the Line of Control (LoC). (Photo: File)

Pak's Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Affairs to discuss security situation today

The meeting will be held at the Parliament House in Islamabad at 2 pm (local time), and chaired by Syed Fakhar Imam.

Police officials on Thursday said the marriage appeared to be part of an effort to prevent the suspects from being prosecuted. (Representational Image)

Bangladesh police force gangrape victim to marry suspect

The mother-of-three had accused five men of confining her to a room and sexually assaulting her multiple times between Aug 29 and 31.

During Muharram, stalls were set up in different parts of the city to offer milk, juices and cold water to the participants of the holy month’s processions. (Photo: AFP)

Milk at Rs 140 per litre, costlier than petrol in Pakistan

Petrol was sold Rs 113 per litre, while diesel was Rs 91 per litre in Pakistan.

As Yousafzai spoke, the comical filter superimposed pink ears and whiskers on his face, and that of other officials sitting beside him. (Photo: Screengrab)

Accidental 'cat filter' appears on Pakistan official's briefing

Screen grabs of the live stream have been shared widely on social media, much to the humiliation of Yousafzai and his colleagues.

Asia

A Pakistani Hindu dental college student was found dead in her hostel room in Pakistan's Sindh province with a rope tied to her neck, a media report said on Tuesday. (Representational Image)

Hindu medical student found dead in Pak's hostel room, brother claims foul play

Police is yet to ascertain whether the girl committed suicide or was murdered.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (Photo: ANI)

Police case against students for protesting at Imran Khan rally: report

Khan, in his speech at the rally, targeted India over the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Yemen rebels claim drone attack on Saudi oil sites. (Photo: AFP)

Can't put blame for Saudi drone attacks without ascertaining facts: China

Drones claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited US President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources. (Photo: File)

Kim Jong Un invites Donald Trump to North Korea in new letter: report

Trump subsequently said he would be willing to meet Kim at some point later this year.

Middle East

Iran on Sunday dismissed as "meaningless" US accusations it was behind drone attacks on Saudi oil installations, suggesting Washington was seeking a pretext to retaliate against the Islamic republic. (Photo: AFP)

Iran refutes US claims over Saudi attacks, says 'fruitless and blind'

Since the withdrawal, the United States has slapped crippling sanctions on Iran as part of a campaign of 'maximum pressure'.

With Netanyahu locked in a razor tight race and facing the likelihood of criminal corruption charges, a decisive victory in Tuesday's vote may be the only thing to keep him out of the courtroom. (Photo: File)

Embattled Israeli PM fights for survival in do-over election

Netanyahu, the country's longest-serving prime minister, has dominated the political discourse during the campaign.

The US has been negotiating with the Taliban in the last few months at Doha despite the group’s reluctance to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, which it views as a US puppet. (Photo: AP)

Trump’s tweets on calling off peace talks ‘unbelievable’: Taliban

Trump on Saturday announced that he was calling off the peace negotiations with the Taliban.

Hezbollah issued a statement soon afterward saying it had destroyed an Israeli military vehicle and killed and wounded those inside. (Photo: AFP)

Escalation between Israel, Hezbollah ends but tensions remained along Lebanese border

Burnt fields could be seen in the border area and a new military checkpoint was set up outside the Israeli community of Avivim.

PM Modi reached UAE capital Abu Dhabi from Paris on the second leg of his three-nation tour to France, UAE and Bahrain. (Photo: Twitter/ @narendramodi)

PM Modi to be conferred Gulf Nation's highest civilian award in UAE

PM Modi's visit to Bahrain is significant as it will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the country.

Africa

Without any ceremony, the coffins were hastily put into freshly-dug graves, nine-feet (three-metre) deep, with three or four stacked in each hole. (Representational Image)

South Africa buries 46 unidentified corpses lying unclaimed in public morgues

The routine was a sombre reminder of South Africa's perennial failure to identify many corpses.

Officials insist that what became the world's biggest internal displacement crisis in 2018 is under control, and that more than a million people have returned to their homes. However those working on the ground, speaking anonymously to avoid a government backlash, say the displaced are being forcibly returned. (Photo: Twitter | @@UNHCREthiopia)

Rising misery as Ethiopia struggles to stem ethnic tensions

Clashes led to the world's largest displacement crisis, with over a million mostly ethnic Gedeos displaced, according to government figures.

President Ram Nath Kovind. (Photo: File)

President Kovind thanks Slovenia for supporting India's fight against cross-border terrorism

Kovind discussed various issues relating to cooperation in high-tech, clean technology, robotics and artificial intelligence.

The gunmen were shouting "Allahu Akbar" while raiding three villages, killing six people. (Photo: File)

Police says gunmen kill six villagers in Nigeria

Gambo Isah said police were combing the bushes for the bodies of the assailants.

Europe

(Photo: ANI)

'Fabricated narrative from epicentre of terrorism': India on Pak's Kashmir rhetoric

'This (Pakistan) country conducts cross-border terrorism as a form of alternate diplomacy,' Vijay Thakur Singh said.

One of the EU's most powerful lobbies, Business Europe issued the warning just hours before British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scheduled to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg. (Photo: File)

No-deal Brexit would be 'disaster' warns EU business lobby

A 2-day European summit is scheduled to be held on October 17 in Brussels, which could be the last chance for agreement between two parties.

Without such a deal, Britain faces a chaotic Brexit that economists warn would disrupt trade by imposing tariffs and customs checks between Britain and the bloc. (Photo: File)

Boris Johnson takes aim against opponents of Brexit plans

Lawmakers are returning from their summer recess this week for a brief session that promises to be a dramatic week in British politics.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday he was making a "huge amount of progress" towards a Brexit deal with the EU, in an interview in which he compared Britain to the Incredible Hulk. (Photo: File)

UK's Boris Johnson claims huge progress in Brexit talks

Johnson took office in July promising to leave the EU next month with or without a deal, but has faced resistance from the House of Commons.

Johnson appeared to have lost control of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union with the approval of the law, which obliges him to seek a delay unless he can strike a new deal at an EU summit next month. (Photo: file)

'Would not request an extension to Brexit,' says British PM Boris Johnson

For the second time in a week, lawmakers then rejected Johnson’s request to try to break the deadlock through an early national election.

Americas

Five people were shot dead in a bar in the home state of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador a few hours before he was due to lead his first independence day celebrations on Sunday night. (Representational Image)

5 killed in Mexico bar hours before Independence Day Event

Mexican media reported that the attack on the bar in Tabasco took place at around 8:00 pm local time.

The sheriff’s office said authorities found 2,246 preserved fetal remains but there’s no evidence medical procedures were performed at the home. (Photo: AP)

2,000 Fetal remains found at abortion doctor's home days after he dies

Klopfer, who died September 3, was a longtime doctor at an abortion clinic in South Bend, Indiana.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is blaming Iran for drone attacks Saturday against Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure. (Photo: File)

US claims Iran responsible for attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil factories

Pompeo says the US calls on all nations to 'condemn Iran's attacks.'

‘That's incredible to see,’ said Pitt, who held the 20-minute video call via split-screen from NASA's Washington headquarters. (Photo: video screengrab)

Watch: Actor Brad Pitt calls up astronaut at ISS, asks ‘Did you spot Indian moon lander’?

Brad Pitt talked to astronaut Nick Hague at the International Space Station.

Oceania

Realising that they had been found by the police, the duo made a bid to escape -- only to discover a "big, huge seal" was now blocking their way. (Representational Image)

Find out how a giant, angry seal helps Australian cops to bust international drug ring

Officers discovered an estimated USD 688,000 of illicit drugs hidden on the island.

Griffin suspected that the bottle had been buried on a beach for years then refloated by a storm. (Photo: AP)

Australian finds message in a bottle written 50 years ago

Paul Elliot told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he and his son Jyah found the bottle on west coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

The New Zealand government released long-awaited plans on Monday to overhaul its abortion laws, so that a termination is treated as a health issue and a woman's choice rather than a crime. (Representational Image)

New Zealand’s proposed abortion laws to give women right to choose

The bill, to be introduced to parliament on Thursday, will be a conscience vote rather than along party lines.

‘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.

In one case study, arms that began held close to the body ended up flung out to the side. (Representational Image)

Human bodies move for more than a year after death: Australian Scientist’s revelation

After studying and photographing movements of a corpse over 17-months, Alyson Wilson said that she found humans don't exactly rest in peace.