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Death toll from flood reaches 152 in Nepal, India, Bangladesh

-- July 20, 2019 19:51:40

The death toll in monsoon flooding in South Asia has risen to 152 as millions of people and animals continue to face the brunt in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. At least 90 people have died in Nepal an...

Pakistan aims to bring religious schools into mainstream

-- July 20, 2019 18:10:23

Pakistan has agreed on a plan to overhaul instruction at madrasas or religious schools to bring the institutions closer into line with conventional schools and curb extremist teaching, Education Minis...

Kyoto arson suspect believes studio stole his novel

-- July 20, 2019 11:26:07

A man suspected of torching an animation studio and killing 33 people in Japan's worst mass killing in two decades had been convicted of robbery and carried out the attack because he believed his nove...

Iran denies seizure of second British ship

-- July 20, 2019 10:15:13

Britain said Iran seized two oil tankers in the Gulf on Friday and told Tehran to return the vessels or face consequences in the latest confrontation to ratchet up tension along a vital international...

Powerful explosion outside Kabul University kills eight

-- July 19, 2019 19:52:49

A powerful bomb exploded outside the gates of Kabul University in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding 33, according to police and health officials. Several of the...

Six killed in blasts near Afghan university

-- July 19, 2019 19:52:40

An explosion on Friday near a gate to the campus of Kabul University in the Afghan capital killed six people and injured at least 27 as students waited to take an examination, officials said, reports...

Iran dismisses Trump's claim that US destroyed 'provocative' drone

-- July 19, 2019 19:34:18

Iran on Friday denied President Donald Trump’s assertion that the US Navy has destroyed one of its drones, saying all of its unmanned planes were accounted for, amid growing international concer...

India's Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi detained

-- July 19, 2019 17:21:10

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the general secretary of India's Congress party, was detained on Friday near Varanasi by the Uttar Pradesh police. Local police prevented her from travelling to Sonbhadra distr...

Japan arson suspect identified after blaze kills 33

-- July 19, 2019 15:32:18

Japanese police have identified the man suspected to have started a fire at an animation studio that killed 33 people as Shinji Aoba, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday. Aoba, who has been in cust...

India says its warships to stay longer in Persian Gulf

-- July 19, 2019 13:03:30

Indian warships escorting merchant vessels in the Persian Gulf will remain deployed for the longer term, officials with direct knowledge of the matter said, as tensions between Iran and Western powers...

South Asia flooding affects 5.0mn children: UNICEF

-- July 19, 2019 11:30:01

Heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides across three countries in South Asia - Bangladesh, India and Nepal - have killed at least 93 children, and put the lives of millions more at risk. UNICEF estim...

Arson at Japan anime studio: At least 33 dead

-- July 18, 2019 17:37:48

At least 33 people are dead and dozens injured after a suspected arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, local emergency officials have said. Local media quoted police as saying a man br...

Myanmar filmmaker charged over Facebook posts on army

-- July 18, 2019 14:17:19

A Myanmar judge on Thursday charged filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi for Facebook posts he made about the powerful military, meaning he will stand trial despite concern over his health and an outcry from...

Organised crime outpaces authorities in Southeast Asia: UN

Reuters July 18, 2019 10:54:11

Transnational crime syndicates are growing more powerful in Southeast Asia and raking in profit by exploiting rampant corruption, weak law enforcement, and lax border controls, the United Nations said...

More than 10 feared dead in Japan studio 'arson'

Reuters July 18, 2019 10:33:32

More than 10 people are feared dead in a suspected case of arson at an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday, local media reported. About 10 people were found lying on the seco...

Australia calls on China to allow Uighur mom, son’s travel

-- July 17, 2019 22:47:12

The Australian government has called on China to allow an ethnic Uighur mother and son to leave the country, following a public plea from the child's father, reports BBC. Rights groups say China is h...

Pakistan arrests 'mastermind of Mumbai attacks'

-- July 17, 2019 14:39:12

Pakistan authorities on Wednesday arrested Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of a four-day militant attack on the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008, on terror finance charges, a spokesman for the chief...

Death toll in Mumbai building collapse rises to 14

-- July 17, 2019 13:03:58

The death toll from a building collapse in Mumbai rose to 14, while eight people have been rescued and hospitalised, Mumbai police said Wednesday. Many people are still feared trapped as the rescue m...

Australian death rate hits all-time low

-- July 17, 2019 13:03:23

The rate of death in Australia is the lowest it has ever seen, according to data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on Wednesday. Data revealed that the rate of death i...

Four dead, dozens trapped in Mumbai building collapse

-- July 16, 2019 15:19:05

A four-storey building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai on Tuesday, trapping dozens in the rubble, with at least four people confirmed dead, a fire department official said. It...

Pakistan reopens airspace for civil aviation after India row

-- July 16, 2019 12:14:33

Pakistan’s airspace has been reopened to civil aviation with immediate effect, its aviation authority said on Tuesday, following months of restrictions imposed in the wake of a standoff with nei...

People flee buildings as strong quake hits Indonesia's Bali

-- July 16, 2019 11:00:54

An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck south of Indonesia’s Bali on Tuesday, the European earthquake monitoring agency EMSC said, causing minor damage and prompting residents and...

Iran ready to talk if US lifts sanctions, Pompeo sceptical

-- July 15, 2019 11:51:38

Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal it quit last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on...

7.3 quake strikes eastern Indonesia

-- July 14, 2019 17:59:56

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck southeast of the city of Ternate on Sunday, in the Moluccas in the eastern area of Indonesia, the US Geological Survey reported. The earthquake occurred...

30 die in Nepal flash floods

-- July 14, 2019 11:10:56

Flash floods and landslides in Nepal triggered by monsoon rains killed 15 people and injured 12 overnight while another 18 have gone missing, officials said on Saturday. The latest deaths took to 30...

New Zealanders start handing over guns

-- July 13, 2019 18:22:55

New Zealanders have started handing over their semi-automatic weapons on Saturday as part of a buyback scheme following a ban after the Christchurch attacks. Gun reforms were enacted after a gunman s...

Hong Kong protesters march near border to target traders from China

-- July 13, 2019 17:19:45

Thousands of Hong Kong people marched on Saturday to protest against mainland Chinese traders in a town near the border, tapping into anger behind huge demonstrations against an extradition bill to hi...

China to slap sanctions on US firms that sell arms to Taiwan

-- July 13, 2019 14:05:40

China said on Friday it would impose sanctions on US firms involved in a deal to sell $2.2-billion worth of tanks, missiles and related equipment to Taiwan, saying it harmed China’s sovereignty...

North Korea makes Kim Jong Un head of state

-- July 12, 2019 17:46:44

Kim Jong Un has been formally named head of state of North Korea and commander-in-chief of the military in a new constitution observers said was possibly aimed at preparing for a peace treaty with the...

US conference to host victims of religious persecution

-- July 12, 2019 11:23:56

The US State Department said on Thursday it would host a conference in Washington next week to highlight the problem of religious persecution, and has invited victims of recent attacks at a synagogue...