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Lanka president’s party suffers blow in vote test

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse suffered a political blow yesterday when his ruling party’s popularity dropped in a local election seen as a gauge for snap presidential polls. Although…

Modi ‘expresses concern’ to Xi on disputed border issues

NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese soldiers pulled back from a stand-off on a Himalayan plateau yesterday, helping salvage the mood during a rare visit by China’s President Xi Jinping to…

Floating bodies, shallow graves in flood-hit Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Parminder Singh carefully lifted one of the bloated bodies from his boat as he described the horrors confronting Indian Kashmir residents after the worst floods in a century. After…

Clashes in Bangladesh after top Islamist spared death sentence – Sayedee to spend ‘the rest of his natural life’ in jail

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s highest court yesterday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police. In…

Chinese leader makes maiden India visit, seeks to reset ties – Xi sets tone for future relations

  AHMEDABAD: India’s new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his home town yesterday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with both sides…

Taleban bomber kills 3 NATO soldiers in Kabul – 2 Americans, one polish among slain in blast

KABUL: A Taleban suicide bomber rammed an explosives- laden car into a NATO convoy in Kabul yesterday, triggering a massive blast that killed two Americans and one Polish soldier as…

Xi to launch $1.4bn port city in S Lanka – China to enhance cooperation in maritime, business

COLOMBO: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday to launch construction of a Beijing-funded $1.4 billion port city and seek closer defence ties that could provoke unease in…

YouTube to go offline in India on smartphones

NEW DELHI: YouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be…

Fresh rain hampers rescue bid in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Fresh rain hampered rescue operations in Kashmir yesterday a week after deadly floods swamped the Himalayan region, with medics and survivors describing nightmarish conditions in the devastated city of…

Anger mounts in Indian Kashmir after worst floods

SRINAGAR: Residents of revolt-torn Indian Kashmir turned their wrath on state administrators for failing to provide them with succour after the worst flooding in over a century, angrily dumping food…

Bomb kills 3, wounds 16 in SW Pakistan

QUETTA: A bomb explosion on a busy road in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province yesterday killed three people, including a paramilitary soldier, and wounded at least 16 other people, security officials…

Standoff in Islamabad as political crisis drags on – Court sends 100 activists to jail

ISLAMABAD: A court in Pakistan ordered yesterday that 100 opposition activists be sent to jail for holding illegal protests and other violations, prompting a tense confrontation between demonstrators and police…

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