- Gale kills four in Beijing(16:28)
Beijing, May 20 (IANS) Beijing continued with a blue alert for strong winds on Monday, after gales began to sweep across the capital city on Sunday, killing at least four people and disturbing traffic.
- 4 killed in Afghanistan bombing(14:42)
Herat (Afghanistan), May 18 (IANS) At least four civilians were killed and 14 people, including a district chief, were wounded in a bomb attack in Afghanistan's Herat province on Saturday, officials said.
- Sri Lanka marks 10 years since end of civil war(12:26)
Colombo, May 18 (IANS) As Sri Lanka on Saturday marked the 10-year anniversary since its brutal civil war came to an end, the country finds itself again at a crossroads following the Easter Sunday bombings that ripped through the nations fragile peace and fuelled some of the islands worst fears of returning to violence.
- Over 500 test positive for HIV in Pakistani village(20:14)
Islamabad, May 17 (IANS) A mass HIV detection programme in a village in Pakistan has resulted in more than 400 children and 100 adults diagnosed with the virus following widespread social alarm that broke out after a doctor was reported for negligence, authorities said on Friday.
- Indian modernist painters to shine at London sale(16:10)
London, May 17 (IANS) An upcoming global auction here will spotlight contemporary and modern art from South Asia, with a special focus on Indian masters like Tyeb Mehta, M.F. Husain and S.H. Raza.
- Principal, teacher linked to SL terror group arrested(14:26)
Colombo, May 17 (IANS) A principal and a teacher were arrested in Sri Lanka for alleged links to the Islamist group National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), which has been blamed for the Easter suicide bombings, police said on Friday.
- Poet, lawyer jailed in fresh crackdown in Bangladesh: HRW(14:24)
New York, May 17 (IANS) Bangladesh authorities made a series of new arrests in their crackdown on the right to free speech, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. The arrests were based on vague charges such as "hurting religious sentiment" or undermining "law and order".
- Muslim leaders call for united Sri Lankan identity(14:16)
Colombo, May 17 (IANS) Sri Lankan Muslim leaders have called for one united identity of the island nation while expressing solidarity with the victims of the April 21 Easter Sunday terror attacks and those affected by the recent spate of violence.
- Doubts raised over Pakistan's battle against terror financing(13:12)
Islamabad, May 17 (IANS) The Asia-Pacific Group (APG), a regional affiliate of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), has raised questions on Pakistan's seriousness in its campaign against terror financing and money laundering, the media reported on Friday.
- PayPal declines to come to Pakistan: Official(10:46)
Islamabad, May 17 (IANS) PayPal will not come to Pakistan despite the governments efforts to convince the American company, which operates a worldwide online payment system that supports online money transfers, to introduce its services in the country, said a senior official.
- Refugees in Sri Lanka fear for safety amid violence(15:28)
Colombo, May 16 (IANS) More than 1,100 refugees and asylum seekers in Sri Lanka have been forced to flee their homes due to violent attacks on religious minorities following the Easter Sunday bombings and are living in precarious makeshift shelters in the country, Amnesty International said on Thursday.
- SL military says situation under control, 78 arrested (Lead)(20:22)
Colombo, May 15 (IANS) The Sri Lanka military on Wednesday said the situation in the country was now "totally under control" and 78 people were arrested after anti-Muslim clashes this week in several areas that left one person dead and dozens of shops and mosques destroyed.
- SL Army investigates man in uniform watching rioters(19:10)
Colombo, May 15 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Army has launched an investigation after a man in uniform was seen in a footage watching rioters attacking Muslim-owned shops, homes and mosques during communal clashes earlier this week in the wake of the Easter suicide bombings.
- SL military says situation 'totally under control'(18:34)
Colombo, May 15 (IANS) The Sri Lanka military on Wednesday said the situation in the country was now "totally under control" following anti-Muslim violence earlier this week in several areas that left one person dead and dozens of shops and mosques destroyed.
- Sri Lanka doesn't need foreign armies: Minister(15:58)
Colombo, May 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka has no requirement to bring in the US Army or armies of other countries in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.
- Pakistan arrests Hafiz Saeed's brother-in-law(14:56)
Lahore, May 15 (IANS) The brother-in-law of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has been arrested for hate speech and criticizing the Pakistan government, the police said on Wednesday.
- Aasia Bibi's lawyer to defend Pakistani couple on death row(11:40)
Islamabad, May 15 (IANS) The case of a Christian couple on death row in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy has reportedly been taken up by the lawyer who defended Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman who was cleared of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row.