Sri Lanka parliament sacks Rajapakse

Sri Lanka showdown looms as new PM loses confidence vote COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's parliament yesterday voted out the bitterly disputed government of former strongman Mahinda...

Rainstorms kill 49 in northern India; bus crash kills 33

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Heavy monsoon rains that sparked floods and caused buildings to collapse have killed at least 49 people in north India’s Uttar Pradesh...

India restricts festivals over COVID surge fears

MUMBAI: Indian authorities are restricting major religious festivals that start this week and attract huge crowds, warning that a new COVID-19 wave had already...

Fear and faith for daughters of Pakistani Christian on death row

LAHORE: Esham and her sister Esha live largely in seclusion: fears they will be mistreated because they are daughters of the accused in Pakistan's...

Indian murder convict gets prison break to father child

NEW DELHI: An Indian court has freed for two weeks a convicted murder serving a life jail term so that he can try to...

India pledges $250m to rebuild quake-hit Nepal

NEW DELHI: India yesterday pledged $250 million for post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal as the two countries try to heal strained ties following protests in...

Notorious Afghan warlord urges end to ‘unholy war’

Hekmatyar addresses followers in public speech MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan: In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of...

Palestinian president kicks off India visit with tech tour

NEW DELHI: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began a three-day visit to India yesterday with a tour of an IT facility that is helping Ramallah...

Sri Lankan man who confronted bomber at church door remembered

BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka: Ramesh Raju has become a hero to the shell-shocked congregation of the Zion evangelical church in Batticaloa after he...

Rakhine rebels abduct 31 after storming bus

YANGON: Suspected ethnic Rakhine rebels disguised as a sports team stormed a bus in rural Myanmar and took 31 hostages -- mostly...

India, Pakistan troops open fire amid tension

NEW DELHI: Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fresh fire across their border yesterday as UN chief Ban Ki-moon offered to mediate between the nuclear-armed...

Sri Lanka to offer a strategic deep-sea port to India, Japan

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will offer a strategically located deep-sea port to India and Japan, an official said yesterday as the island seeks to balance...

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