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Mob beats police officer to death in Indian Kashmir

23 Jun

SRINAGAR, India: An angry mob beat a police officer to death outside a mosque in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said Friday (Jun 23), as tensions ran high in the volatile Himalayan region. Witnesses said the mob attacked Mohammad Ayub Pandith late Thursday after he fired his pistol when confronted by worshippers at the mosque in the […]

68-year-old ‘Water Man’ on a quest to quench thirst of Delhi’s poor

23 Jun

NEW DELHI: “In India, water is sacred, it is spiritual,” said Alag Natarajan, yet 63 million people in the country do not have access to clean drinking water.  Natarajan is a one-man army, who is trying to make a dent in that ocean. He has earned the epithet of being Delhi’s “Water Man” because in a […]

Myanmar’s Muslims mark Ramadan out in the cold

23 Jun

YANGON: Huddled under umbrellas to escape a thundering monsoon downpour, dozens of Muslims stood in line at a Yangon mosque for a small portion of rice and curry to break their Ramadan fast. Many would have normally prayed at Islamic schools that for six decades – most of them spent under Myanmar’s former military government […]

Friend of former South Korea leader Park Geun-hye jailed for 3 years: Report

23 Jun

SEOUL: The friend of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye who was at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country’s business and political elite has been sentenced to three years in jail, the Yonhap news agency reported on Friday (Jun 22). Prosecutors had demanded a seven-year jail term for Choi Soon-sil on charges […]

Chile publishes details of Nazi spy rings in World War Two

22 Jun

SANTIAGO: Chilean police made public on Thursday archive documents relating to its investigation during World War Two that uncovered how Nazi supporters in the country aided the Third Reich, including supplying information and plans to bomb mines in Chile. Young members of families of German descent in southern Chile underwent paramilitary training, while Nazi supporters […]

Rare protest on Thai student leader’s arrest anniversary

22 Jun

BANGKOK: Anti-junta activists staged a rare protest in Thailand on Thursday (Jun 22) demanding the release of a prominent student leader who was detained for sharing a news story about the kingdom’s new monarch on Facebook. Jatupat “Pai” Boonpatararaksa, 25, was arrested six months ago for sharing a profile of King Maha Vajiralongkorn written by […]

Rare protest on Thai student leader’s arrest anniversary

22 Jun

BANGKOK: Anti-junta activists staged a rare protest in Thailand on Thursday (Jun 22) demanding the release of a prominent student leader who was detained for sharing a news story about the kingdom’s new monarch on Facebook. Jatupat “Pai” Boonpatararaksa, 25, was arrested six months ago for sharing a profile of King Maha Vajiralongkorn written by […]

East Timor recaptures two inmates who escaped from Bali jail

22 Jun

DILI: Police in East Timor on Thursday captured two foreign inmates who escaped from a prison on the Indonesian island of Bali this week by crawling through a tunnel under the walls, the police chief said. Police said they had captured Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said near a port area in […]

Analysis: Scandal clouds outlook for Japan’s Abe, Tokyo poll may give clues

22 Jun

TOKYO: Just a few months ago, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looked to be cruising to a third term that would make him Japan’s longest serving leader and put him on track to achieving his dream of revising its post-war, pacifist constitution. But suspicions he may have helped a friend get favoured treatment for a business, […]

South Korea president calls on China’s Xi to do more on North Korea nuclear programme

22 Jun

SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday China should do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear programme and he would call on President Xi Jinping to ‘lift all measures’ against South Korean companies taken in retaliation against Seoul’s decision to host a U.S. anti-missile defence system. In an interview with Reuters ahead […]