Sri Lankan seeks $300 million for a rare blue star sapphire

COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan gem trader who owns the world's largest blue star sapphire has decided to sell the dazzling stone, with a dizzying...

Pakistan expels Bangladeshi diplomat; ‘spy row’ worsens

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi diplomat will leave the Pakistani capital of Islamabad yesterday, officials said, amid a deepening row between the two countries that has...

Do more to rescue women trafficked to Goa, charity tells India government

MUMBAI: A prominent charity in India's beach resort state of Goa called on the government yesterday to do more to rescue thousands of women...

Indian Kashmir chief minister dies

SRINAGAR, India: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, chief minister of India's restive Kashmir region and one of the country's best-known Muslim politicians, died yesterday, an official...

Bangladesh upholds death sentence for nation’s largest Islamist leader – ‘Long and painful wait...

DHAKA: Bangladesh's highest court yesterday upheld the death sentence for the leader of the country's largest Islamist party for crimes during its 1971 independence...

Taleban publishes 1st annual report as security improves – Pakistani Taleban claims it killed...

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taleban has released its first annual report, claiming it killed hundreds of people in 2015, with analysts suggesting its "inflated" figures...

Sri Lanka’s Tamils welcome land, demand end to army occupation

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's main opposition yesterday welcomed President Maithripala Sirisena's promise of land for 100,000 people who were forced from their homes during the...

Gunfights near India’s Afghan consulate after air base attack – Suicide bomber strikes near...

MAZAR-I-SHARIF: Troops battled yesterday to end an hours-long gun and bomb siege near the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif city, after a bloody weekend...

Indian Air Base attack threatens Pakistan talks, 5th gunman killed

PATHANKOT: A rapprochement effort between India and Pakistan appeared to be in jeopardy yesterday, as Indian security forces battled for the third day to...

9 dead as strong quake hits northeast India

GUWAHATI: At least nine people were killed and scores injured yesterday when a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck northeast India, sending panicked residents fleeing...

Indian troops still fighting at air base – Attempt to undo improvements in Indo-Pak...

PATHANKOT: Indian troops were still battling at least two gunmen yesterday night at an air force base near the border with Pakistan, more than...

150,000 Hindu nationalists gather for massive rally – Largest ever gathering of RSS party

PUNE: More than 150,000 Hindu hardliners, all dressed in khaki shorts, white shirts and black hats, put on a massive show of strength at...

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10th July