Sunday, 27 May 2018


Bangladesh PM vows to end ‘drug menace’


DHAKA: Nine suspected traffickers were killed in Bangladesh on Monday in an intensifying crackdown against a “drug menace” that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has likened to the country’s war on homegrown militants. The latest shootings take to 22 the number of alleged traffickers killed since Dhaka last week announced a ...

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Nawaz denies ownership of London properties


ISLAMABAD: Answering 55 questions of the total 128 queries handed over to him by the trial court in the Avenfield properties reference, Nawaz Sharif denied the ownership of London properties and also detached himself from the Gulf Steal Mills affairs. At the same time, the ousted premier expressed his serious ...

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Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned Sunday, blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said payments of capital and interest would reach $2.84 billion this year, mostly to repay loans for extravagant ...

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Woman ate endangered animals to make YouTube money


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: A Cambodian woman sparked outrage countrywide after she filmed herself skinning, cooking and eating endangered animals in order to earn money on YouTube. She was later arrested by the authorities. Named, Ah Lin Tuch – the woman drew strong criticism on the social media worldwide and her ...

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China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island

China’s air force - bombers

SHANGHAI: China’s air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement. “A division of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organized multiple bombers such as the H-6K to ...

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India court jails ex-diplomat for spying for Pakistan


NEW DELHI: An Indian diplomat convicted of passing state secrets to Pakistan’s intelligence services has been jailed for three years, her lawyer said on Sunday. Madhuri Gupta was found guilty in a New Delhi court on Friday of “spying and wrongful communication of information” while posted to the Indian embassy in ...

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At least 8 dead, 45 wounded in Afghan cricket stadium attack

Jala labadAFGHAN

KABUL: Eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said Saturday, the first attack since the holy month of Ramazan began. The blasts exploded among spectators crowded into the stadium at around 11pm (1830 ...

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US hopes Pakistan will partner in safeguarding region


WASHINTON: The United States (US) on Friday expressed hope that Pakistan will be a partner in safeguarding the region and would “do more” to uphold regional peace in South Asia. The statement was passed by Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Dana White during the regular briefing held at ...

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China stands to gain in Iran after US quits nuclear deal


BEIJING: The US decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran could scare off European investors but oil-thirsty China may step into the void and ramp up business links with the country. China, which is already Iran’s top trade partner and one of its biggest buyers of crude, has signalled that it ...

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Malaysia’s Anwar is free at last

Anwar Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR: Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s twice-jailed former opposition leader, walked free on Wednesday afternoon, bringing an end to a tumultuous legal saga that saw the iconic politician incarcerated on sodomy charges that critics and observers have long regarded as politically motivated. Emerging from a hospital in Kuala Lumpur where he ...

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