US Afghanistan: Tillerson ups pressure on Pakistan

US Afghanistan: Tillerson ups pressure on Pakistan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tillerson suggested Pakistan could lose some privileges American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has increased pressure on Pakistan over its perceived backing for the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies sheltering the Taliban, but Mr Tillerson suggested it could lose US privileges if the government failed “to change their posture”. […]

Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce

Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Five Muslim women asked the Supreme Court to declare instant divorce unconstitutional India’s top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women’s rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice “un-Islamic”. India is one of a […]

Indian court rules against instant divorce

Indian court rules against instant divorce

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Five Muslim women moved the Supreme Court to declare instant divorce unconstitutional India’s top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women’s rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict India’s Supreme Court also stayed the practice. India is one of […]

James Dresnok: Sons confirm death of US defector to N Korea

James Dresnok: Sons confirm death of US defector to N Korea

Image copyright AFP / VeryMuchSo Productions Image caption James Dresnok defected across the minefields of the DMZ in 1962 James Dresnok, the last known US soldier living in North Korea, died of a stroke aged 74 late last year, his sons have confirmed. Mr Dresnok’s children said he was loyal to North Korea until the […]

Trump to unveil Afghanistan war strategy

Trump to unveil Afghanistan war strategy

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump is expected to indicate later that he is sending more troops to Afghanistan, prolonging a war-weary America’s longest conflict. In his first prime-time speech on a specific policy issue, the Republican leader will address the nation at 21:00 local time (01:00 GMT). He said he had reached […]

James Dresnok, last US soldier to defect to N Korea, dies

James Dresnok, last US soldier to defect to N Korea, dies

Image copyright AFP / VeryMuchSo Productions Image caption James Dresnok defected across the minefields of the DMZ in 1962 James Dresnok, the last known US soldier living in North Korea after defecting, has died aged 74. His sons – both born in North Korea – told a state media outlet their father had died in […]

The push to save Mumbai’s colonial-era water fountains

The push to save Mumbai’s colonial-era water fountains

Image copyright Vikas Dilawari Image caption The Mulji Jetha fountain in South Mumbai before restoration. It is one of at least 50 colonial-era fountains in the city. Metallic sheets barricade the approximately 15ft (4.5m) drinking water fountain (pyaav) outside the postal headquarters in south Mumbai. Dozens of pigeons are jostling in the small courtyard-like space […]

Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move

Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move

Image copyright PA Cambridge University Press, the world’s oldest publishing house, has reversed a decision to censor content in China. The publisher had agreed to suppress access to hundreds of its own articles that dealt with subjects sensitive to the Chinese authorities, such as those about the Tiananmen Square massacre. The Chinese had said that […]

Malaysia sites hacked after blunder over Indonesian flag

Malaysia sites hacked after blunder over Indonesian flag

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Indonesian flag was misprinted in the guidebook for the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Indonesian hackers have claimed to have attacked several Malaysian websites, following a blunder which saw the Indonesian flag printed upside down in a regional sports event’s guidebook. The mistake prompted fury in Indonesia over […]

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore

Media captionThe USS John S McCain suffered damage midships to port Ten US Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, the Navy says. The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain was sailing east of Singapore and preparing to stop in the […]

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