29 May 2015 14:09
Afghan security forces have killed nearly 80 Taliban militants and injured over 90 others during security operations in troubled northern Afghanistan.
General Ghulam Farooq Ahmadi, a regional Corps commander, said at least 79 militants were killed, 92 were wounded and 25 others were arrested during the operations carried out in Baghlan Province.
The operations were jointly conducted by...
29 May 2015 12:45
The island of Kuchinoerabu on Japan’s remote southern region has been hit by a five-minute-long volcanic earthquake.
The phenomenon was reported on Friday by Japan's Meteorological Agency, which said Mount Shindake on the island had shot black clouds reaching as high as 9,000 meters (29,500 feet).
The eruption, which also saw lava flowing down the flanks of the volcano toward one of...
29 May 2015 12:42
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the participants in an Asian summit to put more pressure on the Myanmar government over its mistreatment of ethnic Rohingya Muslims, who are fleeing violence and persecution in the Southeast Asian country.
Seventeen countries, including Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Iran, are attending the regional meeting on the migrant crisis...
29 May 2015 12:39
Islamabad has strongly defended its recent condemnation of the death penalty handed down by an Egyptian court to former President Mohamed Morsi.
Pakistani Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said in a statement on Thursday that its condemnation of the death sentence against Egypt’s first democratically elected president was in accordance with international principles.
“Our statement on the death sentence given...
28 May 2015 22:34
The death toll from a severe heatwave sweeping large swathes of India has now surpassed 1,400 people, officials say.
Bhambal Ram Meena, an official at the disaster management said on Thursday that a total of 1,020 deaths were reported from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh alone.
The official added that at least 340 people also died in heat-related incidents in neighboring...
28 May 2015 22:22
Pakistan has executed three Baluch militants who were sentenced to death for their role in hijacking an aircraft in 1998 in a bid to disrupt Islamabad’s first nuclear tests.
On Thursday, two of the convicts, Shahsawar Baluch and Sabir Baluch, were hanged in Hyderabad prison in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh, while the third, Shabir Rind, was hanged in the...
28 May 2015 22:09
Authorities in Malaysia estimate that 139 bodies are buried in the graves recently found by its forensic teams, which are believed to contain the the remains of migrants from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim community.
Malaysia’s Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar confirmed on Thursday that each of the 139 grave sites contained the remains of one person.
“Based on the size...
28 May 2015 22:00
Indonesia says it has discussed crude supplies from Iran to meet its rising demand for oil as the Southeast Asian country is expanding its refineries.
Indonesian Energy Minister Sudirman Said met Iran's Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh in Tehran last week and agreed to cooperate in the upstream sector.
“We agreed on two things -- Indonesia to buy Iranian crude and...
27 May 2015 18:01
At least six people have been killed in the latest US drone strikes on Afghanistan’s Nuristan and Kunar provinces.
The first of the Wednesday raids in the northeastern province of Nuristan claimed the lives of five people.
Local officials claimed those killed were Taliban militants, among them a commander.
The Taliban have made no comments on the incident, yet.
The second drone attack, in...
27 May 2015 18:00
Bangladesh plans to move thousands of Rohingya Muslims residing in refugee camps near its border with Myanmar to the Hatia Island in the south.
The plan involves relocation of the Muslims from two camps in the southeastern district of Cox’s Bazar to the southern island in the Bay of Bengal, Amit Kumar Baul, the head of the Bangladeshi government’s Myanmar Refugee...
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