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18 August 2018 17:59

  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lambasted the close ally United States for trying to hamper the modernization of his country’s army and for warning Manila against purchasing Russian submarines. “Is that the way you treat an ally and you want us to stay with you for all time?  Who are you to warn us?” he said at an event in his hometown of Davao on...

18 August 2018 16:30

In his message to Imran Khan, who on Saturday was sworn in as Pakistan's prime minister after his party's victory in last month's election, Rouhani expressed the hope that the new Pakistani leader’s tenure would mark “growing unity and convergence in the Islamic world and deepening of bonds between the two friendly neighbors.” “As always and particularly in the new era,...

18 August 2018 15:22

Pakistan’s former cricket star Imran Khan has been sworn in as the country’s new prime minister. The 65-year-old took the oath in a ceremony at the President's House in the capital Islamabad on Saturday, officially assuming office in the South Asian country after his party won July 25 elections. The charismatic sports star swore to "bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan" and "discharge my...

18 August 2018 15:15

Chinese President Xi Jinping is reportedly planning to visit North Korea in September at the invitation of the country’s leader Kim Jong-un to take part in the 70th anniversary of the North’s founding. The visit twill be Xi’s first since taking power in 2012, some 13 years after the last visit to North Korea by a Chinese president, when his predecessor...

18 August 2018 14:52

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the flood-ravaged state of Kerala more helicopters, boats and other equipment needed to evacuate tens of thousands of stranded people as he was given an aerial tour of stricken areas on Saturday. There are growing fears that the death toll, already in the hundreds, could escalate rapidly, with so many people still marooned, desperate for...

18 August 2018 14:48

Human Rights Watch has warned that a panel set up by Myanmar to probe atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state does not seem to be performing its task in a “serious and impartial” manner. "It’s now clear that Myanmar’s new ‘independent commission of inquiry’ into human rights violations committed in Rakhine State will not be a serious and impartial investigation...

17 August 2018 15:50

The Pentagon claims China has expanded its bomber operations, and is “likely training for strikes” against the United States. A Pentagon report released on Thursday said Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from China as possible. “Over the last three years, the PLA (People's Liberation Army) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime...

17 August 2018 15:39

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday strongly denounced the international sanctions on his country, saying that ‘hostile forces’ are trying to ‘stifle’ the North Korean nation by imposing such bans. Kim made the rare remarks during a visit to a construction site in a tourist coastal area, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. The North Korean leader expressed his discontent with...

17 August 2018 15:33

The United States says it is prepared to impose sanctions on all countries that continue to buy Iran's oil -- including China -- after Washington starts restoring bans on the Islamic Republic’s energy sector. The announcement was made on Thursday by Brian Hook, the head of US State Department's newly-established Iran Action Group, after he was asked by reporters about the group’s...

17 August 2018 8:25

  Thousands of Muslims gathered at a mosque in northwestern China on Friday to protest its planned demolition in a rare, public pushback to the government’s efforts to rewrite how religions are practiced in the country. A large crowd of Hui people, a Muslim ethnic minority, began congregating at the towering Grand Mosque in the town of Weizhou on Thursday, local Hui...

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