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Syrian governor says deal to restore Damascus water

Syrian governor says deal to restore Damascus water

BEIRUT: Syria’s government has reached a deal for the army to enter a rebel-held area near Damascus and restore the capital’s water supply, the provincial governor said on Wednesday. Opposition sources denied there was any such deal, but a source inside the Wadi Barada region reported several hundred civilians were leaving under an agreement. State […]

China makes war with Japan six years longer

China makes war with Japan six years longer

BEIJING: China has ordered all schools to teach pupils that its 20th-century war with Japan lasted 14 years rather than eight, the education ministry said on Wednesday, to “strengthen patriotic education”. Chinese textbooks currently date the “Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression” to July 7, 1937 and the Marco Polo Bridge Incident which […]

Bangladesh siege restaurant reopens after massacre

Bangladesh siege restaurant reopens after massacre

The upscale restaurant in Bangladesh where Islamist extremists killed 22 hostages last year has reopened at a new location, its owner said on Wednesday. The Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka was a favourite hangout for the city’s expats and well-heeled until five armed men laid siege to it on July 1 last year, taking dozens […]

Park’s downfall a big setback for South Korean women fighting bias

Park’s downfall a big setback for South Korean women fighting bias

Back in 2013, South Korea’s Park Geun-hye smashed through the ultimate glass ceiling, giving women hope their first female president would lead to better gender equality in a deeply male-dominated society. Her messy political downfall hasn’t exactly been a lean in moment for South Korean women. Fast forward four years and you see few women […]

Amazon halts sales of Indian flag doormat after visa threat

Amazon halts sales of Indian flag doormat after visa threat

Amazon.com removed doormats resembling the Indian tri-color flag from its Canadian website on Wednesday, after an Indian government threat to rescind visas of the American company’s employees if they did not stop selling the product. “Amazon must tender unconditional apology,” India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter. “They must withdraw all products insulting […]

Mahira Khan and Shah Rukh Khan share steamy chemistry in Udi Udi Jaye

Mahira Khan and Shah Rukh Khan share steamy chemistry in Udi Udi Jaye

And Mahira Khan makes our hearts flutter like a kite again. In the latest Raees song release, Udi Udi Jaye, Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan put on quite a show. The song shows the Pakistani actor as the girl next door and in a series of progression, the relationship between SRK and Mahira blossoms, […]

China launches new electronic intelligence naval ship

China launches new electronic intelligence naval ship

China’s Navy has launched a new electronic reconnaissance ship, state media said on Thursday, the latest addition to an expanding fleet and as Beijing’s new assertiveness to territorial claims in the South China Sea fuels tensions. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) now operates six electronic reconnaissance vessels, the official English-language China Daily newspaper said, noting […]

SRK and Salman Khan will reunite on-screen in ‘Tubelight’

SRK and Salman Khan will reunite on-screen in ‘Tubelight’

What’s better than one Khan? Definitely two. According to Mumbai Mirror, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan will be seen together on-screen after a decade. And it’s Salman’s upcoming film Tubelight which will feature the stars. Although a cameo role, a source close to the project told the publication, “SRK plays a pivotal role and […]

Erdogan spokesman slams US military for backing Syrian Kurdish militia

Erdogan spokesman slams US military for backing Syrian Kurdish militia

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman lashed out at the US military on Thursday after it re-tweeted a statement by a Kurdish-dominated alliance it backs in Syria saying it had no links to Kurdish militants fighting the Turkish state. The Syrian Democratic Forces, the main US partner on the ground in Syria in the fight against […]

Indian soldier who protested bad food gets plumber’s job

Indian soldier who protested bad food gets plumber’s job

NEW DELHI: As India ordered an inquiry into a complaint by a Border Security Force (BSF) trooper at the Line of Control (LoC) that he and his colleagues were served bad food, the soldier said on Tuesday he has been transferred to the headquarters as a plumber. Tej Bahadur Yadav posted videos alleging that troops […]

Ban on ethnic politics in India hard to enforce

Ban on ethnic politics in India hard to enforce

NEW DELHI: India’s Election Commission vowed to enforce a court order banning politicians from seeking votes on the basis of religion or caste in upcoming state polls, amid uncertainty over the feasibility of its implementation in a country where political parties are identified by such affiliations. Experts said that, at best, parties would be more […]

Thousands flee fighting on Myanmar’s border with China

Thousands flee fighting on Myanmar’s border with China

Thousands of people fled heavy fighting on Myanmar’s northern border with China overnight, activists said Wednesday, as the government blocked a senior UN official from visiting the area. Clashes between the army and ethnic minority militias in Myanmar’s borderlands have intensified in recent months, undercutting Aung San Suu Kyi’s vow to bring peace to the […]

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