Asia / Pacific

Gun battle in occupied Kashmir leaves three suspected militants dead

Gun battle in occupied Kashmir leaves three suspected militants dead

SRINAGAR, India (Yes news) – Three suspected militants were killed in an overnight gun battle with soldiers in a village in India-held Kashmir, an army spokesman said Monday. Rajesh Kalia said troops cordoned off the village near the tourist resort of Pahalgam after receiving a tip that fighters were hiding out in a private home […]

26 to hang for Bangladesh abductions and murders

26 to hang for Bangladesh abductions and murders

DHAKA (Yes news) – A Bangladesh court Monday sentenced 26 people to death after hearing how a politician from the ruling Awami League hired members of the country’s elite security unit to assassinate political rivals. At the end of a trial that gripped the nation, a judge found all 35 defendants in the case guilty […]

At least 19 dead as boat capsizes in India: police

At least 19 dead as boat capsizes in India: police

NEW DELHI: At least 19 people died Saturday after a boat carrying some 40 revellers returning from a kite festival capsized in the Ganges River in eastern India, police said. “We can confirm that 19 people have died. Rescue operations are on to find those still missing,” Manu Maharaj, a senior police superintendent, told AFP. […]

Bangladesh arrests another plotter behind cafe siege

Bangladesh arrests another plotter behind cafe siege

DHAKA: Bangladesh police Saturday said they have arrested an extremist accused of being one of the “masterminds” of last year´s deadly siege at a Dhaka cafe where 22 hostages were killed. A police spokesman said Jahangir Alam was detained Friday night by counter-terrorism forces in Elenga, a town some 120 kilometres (63 miles) north of […]

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti says cinemas, song concerts harmful

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti says cinemas, song concerts harmful

Saudi Arabia’s top religious authority has called cinemas and singing concerts harmful and corrupting, in a move that could complicate government efforts to introduce cultural reforms to the conservative kingdom. The comments by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, published on his website, said cinemas and round-the-clock entertainment could open the door to “atheistic or […]

Philippines’ Duterte says he may impose martial law if drug problem ‘virulent’

Philippines’ Duterte says he may impose martial law if drug problem ‘virulent’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would impose martial law if the drug problem became “very virulent”, just a month after dismissing as “nonsense” any suggestion he might do so. Duterte has made a brutal war on drugs a central pillar of his administration since he took office in the middle of last year. […]

German jet makes emergency landing in Kuwait over hoax bomb threat

German jet makes emergency landing in Kuwait over hoax bomb threat

KUWAIT CITY: A German plane carrying 299 passengers made an emergency landing in Kuwait on Sunday over a hoax bomb threat, authorities in the Gulf emirate said. The aircraft operated by Eurowings, a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa, had been travelling from Salalah in Oman to Cologne in Germany when the captain requested an emergency […]

Vin Diesel confirms Ranveer is Deepika’s boyfriend to fans’ delight

Vin Diesel confirms Ranveer is Deepika’s boyfriend to fans’ delight

In an interview with Indian film critic Anupama Chopra to promote xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Vin Diesel – Hollywood’s beefed-up, action movie icon – may have let slip Deepika Padukone’s admirers a tiny, yet significant, piece of information they have been clinging on to the edge of their seats for: that Ranveer Singh […]

UN rights envoy in Rakhine to probe Rohingya abuse

UN rights envoy in Rakhine to probe Rohingya abuse

SITTWE (Yes News) – The UN s rights envoy for Myanmar arrived in troubled Rakhine state on Friday for a trip north to probe allegations of horrific abuse of Rohingya Muslims by security forces. Special rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee touched down in the state capital Sittwe as part of a 12-day visit to investigate escalating […]

Bangladesh arrests another plotter behind cafe siege

Bangladesh arrests another plotter behind cafe siege

DHAKA (Yes News) – Bangladeshi police Saturday said they have arrested an extremist accused of being one of the “masterminds” of last year’s deadly siege at a Dhaka cafe where 22 hostages were killed. A police spokesman said Jahangir Alam was detained Friday night by counter-terrorism forces in Elenga, a town some 120 kilometres (63 […]

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