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New Afghan president invites Taleban to join peace process

BEIJING: Afghanistan’s new president invited the Taleban to join in a peace process backed by the international community yesterday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped…

Soldiers in desperate search for Sri Lanka landslide victims – 1,200 villagers evacuated, 75 children survive

KOSLANDA: Sri Lankan soldiers stepped up their search yesterday for 100 people feared buried alive in a landslide at a tea plantation, but there was little hope of finding any…

100 buried alive in Lanka mudslide – Part of mountainside collapses onto tea estate

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka: Around 100 people were buried alive in a tea-growing region of Sri Lanka yesterday as mudslides triggered by monsoon rains washed away their homes on a plantation,…

Top Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court yesterday sentenced to death the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party for war crimes, a long-awaited verdict that triggered violent protests by his supporters. The…

Wife raises concerns over Myanmar reporter’s death

YANGON: The wife of a reporter shot by Myanmar soldiers while in army custody denounced yesterday the military’s version of the killing, as the United States voiced “serious concern” over…

India govt submits 600 names with foreign accounts to SC – India to probe Indians with huge foreign assets

NEW DELHI: India’s government handed over the names of more than 600 Indians with foreign bank accounts to the Supreme Court yesterday after public outrage over rampant tax evasion. The…

India slides, US gains in gender equality ranking

NEW DELHI: Indian women still face some of the world’s worst inequality in access to healthcare, education and work, despite years of rapid economic growth, according to a survey of…

India uncovers plot to assassinate Bangladesh PM

NEW DELHI: India’s top counter-terrorism agency has uncovered a suspected plot by a banned militant group to assassinate the prime minister of Bangladesh and carry out a coup, three senior…

Afghan mullah jailed for raping 11-year-old girl

KABUL: An Afghan cleric has been jailed for 20 years for raping an 11-year old girl, her lawyer and activists said yesterday, after the child confronted her attacker in court…

India to buy 8,356 missiles, 321 launchers from Israel – India rejects US offer, chooses Israel

NEW DELHI: India has chosen to buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival US offer, as the right-wing government clears projects worth $13.1 billion to modernize its ageing…

British forces hand over last base to Afghan troops

CAMP LEATHERNECK: British forces yesterday handed over formal control of their last base in Afghanistan to Afghan troops, ending combat operations in the country after 13 years which cost hundreds…

Delhi chokes on toxic smog after festival of lights

NEW DELHI: Thick smoke hung over New Delhi this week as millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, but calls for a boycott highlighted growing concerns over…

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