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South Asia

Students shout slogans to protest against an alleged gang-rape and stripping and torturing of a woman in the southern district of Noakhali during a demonstration in Dhaka. (AFP)

Bangladesh weighs death penalty for rapists as protests flare

Saturday’s demonstrations were sparked by a video of a group of men stripping and attacking a woman for almost half an hour in Noakhali

Fifty-year-old retired Indian Navy officer Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. (PTI File)

India failed to appoint lawyer to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pak court informed

The Islamabad High Court had last month set a new deadline for India to appoint a legal representative for Jadhav

 In August, Prime Minister Imran Khan had warned that if blacklisted at the FATF, Pakistan's entire economy will be destroyed due to inflation and a massive fall in Pakistani Rupee. (AFP)

FATF all set to decide on Pakistan's grey list status

To wriggle out of the grey list, Pakistan had recently imposed sanctions on 88 terror groups and their leaders, including Dawood Ibrahim

Tourists wearing masks to protect from the coronavirus stand near a floral decoration set up for the National Day celebrations on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Negative perceptions of China have increased sharply in many of the world's advanced economies, especially in Australia and the U.K., a new survey from the Pew Research Center showed Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP)

China tourism rebounds over Golden Week but still below last year

Tourism sites were visited by 637 million domestic tourists over the eight-day National Day holiday that started October 1

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (AFP)

China has deployed 60K soldiers on India's northern border: Pompeo

Pompeo met minister S Jaishankar in Tokyo and they underscored the need to work together to advance, peace and security in the Indo-Pacific


A red notice for Vorayuth had not been published on the Interpol website as of Sunday afternoon. (AP File)

Interpol issues 'red notice' for Thai Red Bull heir over hit-and-run

The charges against Vorayuth, grandson of Red Bull's co-founder, were dropped in July - sparking public outrage from Thais

 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (PTI FIle)

India, US, Australia, Japan to discuss China's growing power in Quad talks

The talks follow recent tensions between China and India over the border issue as well as Australia's deteriorating ties with China

 External affairs minister S. Jaishankar (L) met his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi (C) for a bilateral meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday .(Image: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar)

India, Japan finalise pact for cooperation in 5G tech, AI

External affairs minister S. Jaishankar met his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi for a bilateral meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday

 Protesters demonstrate in the central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Sooronbai Jeenbekov, the embattled president of Kyrgyzstan, has moved to end the political turmoil that followed a disputed parliamentary election, ordering a state of emergency in the capital. (AP)

Kyrgyzstan president calls in military as protesters clash in streets

Earlier the president had said he was ready to resign once a new cabinet was appointed - which could happen on Saturday

Middle East

 U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader sign a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban say the long-awaited peace talks with the negotiating team selected by the Afghan government are to begin on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar. The announcement on Sept. 10, came in a statement from the Taliban in Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office, and also as an announcement from Qatar's foreign ministry. (AP File)

Peace talks to begin between Taliban, Afghan government 19 years after 9/11 triggered war

The US-backed negotiations come six months later than planned owing to bitter disagreements over a controversial prisoner swap

Navid Afkari had been found guilty of "voluntary homicide" for stabbing to death Hossein Torkman, a water department employee, on August 2, 2018, the judiciary said. (Twitter/Navid Afkari)

Iran executes young wrestler, evoking shock and condemnation

Donald Trump had pleaded for Afkari's life earlier this month, saying his 'sole act was an anti-government demonstration on the streets'

 Four Afghan women who endured the Taliban's oppressive rule and have fought for fragile gains since the militants were ousted are facing the hardline group in peace talks. (Image: Twitter@Zarifa_Ghafari)

Afghan's women negotiators face hardline Taliban in peace talks

Their presence at the negotiating table is significant in patriarchal Afghanistan, though they are outnumbered by the rest of the team

 Israeli protesters hold a poster of their prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gagged by a surgical protection mask during an anti-government demonstration in front of Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on September 12, 2020, demanding his resignation over several corruption indictments and his handling of the coronavirus crisis. (AFP)

Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as virus cases surge

Lockdown is credited with having brought down what were much lower infection numbers, but it wreaked havoc on Israel's economy

(L-R)Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan hold up documents after participating in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognize Israel, at the White House in Washington, DC, September 15, 2020. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates arrived September 15, 2020 at the White House to sign historic accords normalizing ties between the Jewish and Arab states. (AFP)

Israel signs pacts with UAE, Bahrain in White House ceremony

The agreements do not address the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, who view the pacts as a stab in the back


Mohamed's office announced late Thursday the appointment of Mohamed Hussein Roble, a Swedish-trained civil engineer and political neophyte.Image: Twitter/@AbikarDr)

Somalia names new PM, announces plan for national elections

Somalia had set itself the goal of holding its first fully democratic, one-man one-vote election since 1969

Japanese MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, can be seen from the coast of Mauritius. The oil spill disaster turned deadly this week when a tugboat leaving the shipwreck collided with a barge and sank, killing at least three sailors, police said Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020. (AP)

Mauritius oil spill ship operator to pay $9.4 million

More than 1,000 tonnes of oil is believed to have leaked from the ship, with the rest siphoned out before it spilled

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaking during a televised announcement from Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. (AFP)

Maduro announces arrest of 'American spy' near Venezuelan refineries

The arrest occurred after a 'plan to cause an explosion' was 'discovered and dismantled' at El Palito refinery, authorities say

 Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, ousted as president of Mali last month in a military coup, has flown to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment, the new junta said on September 5, 2020. Family and airport sources confirmed that Keita, who left hospital on September 3, 2020 after treatment for a mini-stroke, had flown out of the country on September 5, 2020. (AFP)

Ousted Mali president Keita leaves country as transition talks begin

West African leaders, fearing the coup could set a precedent that would undermine their power, initially insisted Keita be restored to power


Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds an electric vehicle charging cable during a visit to the headquarters of Octopus Energy in London, Monday Oct. 5, 2020. They visited the startup company to promote the company's plan to create 1,000 new technology jobs across sites in London, Brighton, Warwick and Leicester, and a new tech hub in Manchester. (AP)

Build back greener: UK's Johnson pitches wind-driven recovery from pandemic

Johnson is under pressure over his handling of the pandemic as his government’s response has been cast by opponents as poorly organised

 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account, shows himself, centre, and his wife Yulia, right, daughter Daria, and son Zakhar, top left, posing for a photo in a hospital in Berlin, Germany. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has posted the picture of himself in a hospital in Germany and says he's breathing on his own. He posted on Instagram Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020: "Hi, this is Navalny. I have been missing you. I still can't do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own for the entire day." (Navalny instagram via AP)

'Poisoned' Putin critic Navalny shares hospital photo of himself

Navalny’s spokeswoman said that once he has recovered, the Putin critic plans to return to Russia

 Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny. The German government says specialist labs in France and Sweden have confirmed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. (AP File)

Germany says French, Swedish labs confirm Navalny's Novichok poisoning

The poisoning has brought tensions between Russia and Germany to new heights, fuelling calls for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be scrapped

People sunbathe around the fountains in trafalgar Square in central London on September 18, 2020, as the fine weather in the south of England continues. (AFP)

From Denmark to Greece, European cities announce tighter COVID-19 restrictions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was inevitable that the country would see a second wave of the coronavirus

 Prime Minister Sanna Marin (L) let 16-year-old Aava Murto take her place for a day. (Image: Twitter/@FinGovernment)

Girls Takeover: Finland PM hands her post to teenager for one day

Although Finland scores highly in gender equality comparisons, women are still heavily under-represented in technology firms and boardrooms


 A fly rests on the head of US Vice President Mike Pence as he takes notes during the vice presidential debate against US Democratic vice presidential nominee and Senator from California Kamala Harris in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (AFP)

Fly creates buzz at US vice presidential debate - and online

Pence received an unwelcome visitor when a large fly perched on his white hair for two minutes, triggering an avalanche of online commentary

 Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf speaks during an event at DHS headquarters in Washington. The Department of Homeland Security has rolled out a series of of immigration measures in recent days. The agency is helping to revive an issue that was at the heart of Trump’s successful 2016 campaign, but largely on the back burner in the current one. (AP)

Trump administration turns to immigration as election nears

Trump's get-tough approach and promise to build a border wall were cornerstones of his 2016 campaign

US President Donald Trump takes off his facemask as he arrives at the White House upon his return from Walter Reed Medical Center. (AFP)

Coronavirus aid hopes evaporate as Trump halts talks with Democrats

Just days earlier, Trump had urged fast action on a fifth major virus aid bill to augment more than $3 trillion approved earlier this year

Vice President Mike Pence greets the crowd before he speaks during a Faith and Freedom Coalition policy conference. (AP)

Trump's defender: Pence's campaign role grows at key moment

With Trump hospitalized with COVID-19, his ever-loyal No. 2 will play an increasingly prominent role in the weeks ahead


Although whales are sometimes seen off the Northern Territory coast, it is believed to be the first time one has been spotted in the tropical rivers of the huge world heritage-listed nature reserve. (AFP)

Humpback whales stray up tropical Aussie river

Park authorities have set up a partial exclusion zone to protect unwitting boaters and whales, which can grow up to 16 metres long

 While COVID-19 has rattled some diplomatic ties, the 30 countries that make up the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes teamed up early to keep the virus out. (AP)

Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way?

Until this year, conversations with incoming visitors focused on preparing the newcomers. Now the advice goes both ways

 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, second right, addresses the media on the first day of her election campaign in Rotorua, New Zealand, Monday, Sept 7. 2020. Ardern said that her government will create a new public holiday to celebrate the Maori New Year if it is reelected next month. (AP)

New Zealand government to honour Maori New Year if reelected

Many people have argued that marking the day would help recognise the nation's indigenous people

Detained Australian writer Yang Hengjun. (Image: Twitter/@withMEAA)

Australian writer to face trial in China for espionage charges

Diplomatic relations between the two have deteriorated after China imposed trade reprisals in response to Australia’s COVID-19 probe call

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. (Image: Facebook)

Poll says Jacinda Ardern poised for big win in New Zealand election

All recent polls have pointed to a victory for Ardern’s Labour Party, governing in a coalition with the Greens and New Zealand First