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4 November 2016 14:28

  At least 54 people have died in the sinking of an overcrowded boat carrying migrant workers in the sea off the Indonesian island of Batam.   Police and rescue agency officials on Friday provided updates on the incident which happened on Wednesday after rescuers found more bodies. The speedboat carrying 101 migrant workers and their families from Malaysia capsized in stormy weather and 41 of the passengers were...

4 November 2016 14:10

  Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, urging the resignation of the governor of the city for “blasphemy.” The protesters marched toward the presidential palace and the office of Governor Basuki Tjahja Purnama on Friday. They chanted “God is greatest” and waved placards with messages calling for the governor to be imprisoned for...

4 November 2016 7:00

  Authorities in Indonesia have recovered more dead bodies from the site of a recent accident that saw an overcrowded boat carrying migrant workers sink off the Indonesian island of Batam. On Wednesday, a speedboat carrying migrant workers and their families, a total of around 100 people, capsized in stormy weather near Batam. Police and rescue agency officials said that, by Friday morning, a...

4 November 2016 6:35

  At least 12 people have lost their lives and 30 others sustained injuries after a mortar shell landed in a wedding ceremony in Afghanistan’s northern province of Faryab, officials say. The deadly assault, believed to have been carried out by the Taliban militant group, took place in Kosa Qala village in Khwaja Sabz Posh district on Thursday afternoon, Afghanistan's Tolo News TV channel reported,...

3 November 2016 15:04

  Two US soldiers have been killed and two others injured in operations against the Taliban militant group around the northern city of Kunduz in Afghanistan, according to an American military statement. "The service members came under fire (on Thursday) during a train, advise and assist mission with our Afghan partners to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group's operations in...

3 November 2016 15:01

  Pakistan has accused eight Indian diplomats of conducting acts of “espionage and terrorism” against Islamabad. In a statement released by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry on Thursday, the Indians, whose names leaked to the media overnight, were accused of causing instability in Pakistan’s Sindh and Baluchistan provinces. The statement said the Indian diplomats had been sabotaging Pakistan’s most crucial economic project, the 46-billion...

3 November 2016 14:59

  At least 30 Afghan civilians, including women and children, have lost their lives in Afghanistan in an airstrike carried out by the so-called US-led military alliance in the country’s volatile north. Local Afghan officials said more than two dozen civilians were also injured in the aerial assault which took place in the northern province of Kunduz on Thursday. "Afghan forces and coalition troops conducted...

2 November 2016 12:10

  Iran says it has finalized a cooperation agreement with China that would allow Chinese traders to use the Iranian territory for exports to Europe.  The agreement was signed between customs officials of Iran and China. It is expected to take an ambitious plan by China to revive the ancient Silk Road one step closer to reality, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported. Preparations...

2 November 2016 6:49

  North Korea is gearing up for launching an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the next three days, US sources say. Citing two unidentified US officials, Fox Business Network reported on Tuesday that Pyongyang has planned the launch for between 24 and 72 hours. The launch, which is to be the latest in a series of previous attempts, comes following two other failed launches in...

1 November 2016 14:45

  Last month, an overcrowded ferry sank in Myanmar's Chindwin River, resulting in the deaths of 73 of its passengers. Now, police in the Southeast Asian country have brought a number of charges against its captain including manslaughter, causing shipwreck and abandoning the vessel while passengers were still aboard. Zaw Myo Win has been accused of careless driving of a crammed ferry and...

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