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29 January 2017 23:25

  A prominent Muslim lawyer and adviser to Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party has been assassinated along with a taxi driver outside the country’s busiest airport. Ko Ni was shot dead as he got into a taxi in front of the main terminal of Yangon International Airport at 5:00 pm (1030 GMT) on Sunday after returning from a government-led trip...

26 January 2017 15:05

  At least 27 children have lost their lives due to freezing temperatures in northern Afghanistan, officials say. The children, all under the age of five, were killed in the remote district of Darzab in Jawzjan Province over the last two or three days, said District Governor Rahmatullah Hashar on Thursday, adding that roads in the district were blocked by a blanket...

21 January 2017 12:29

  A bomb has gone off in a mainly Shia Muslims area in northwestern Pakistan, leaving at least 21 people dead and about 40 others injured. The blast rocked a crowded vegetable market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district near the Afghan border on Saturday. "We received 21 bodies of the local tribal people killed in the blast," said Sajid Hussain Turi,...

21 January 2017 11:46

  Myanmar has defied a call by Muslim governments to stop atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, slamming instead Malaysia for hosting a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). At an extraordinary OIC meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, the Malaysian premier called on Myanmar to end its crackdown on Rohingya Muslims and stop the "unspeakable cruelty" against them. Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

19 January 2017 12:21

  An Iranian top diplomat has called on Myanmar’s government to put an end to the ongoing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in the country. “We will not tolerate victimization of Muslims in anywhere and we call on Myanmar’s government to control the situation and prevent the crimes against Muslims,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday. He...

18 January 2017 20:53

  Japan's government has announced measures to prevent employees from overworking in an attempt to stop people literally working themselves to death, a report says. The Independent newspaper reported on Wednesday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would soon seek to impose a cap on the number of overtime hours employees can work. Yoshihide Suga, a government spokesman, has said that Japan needs to...

18 January 2017 11:26

  The Taiwanese military has begun two days of exercises simulating a Chinese invasion at a time of increased tensions between Taipei and Beijing. Troops started practicing combat skills with tanks, artillery, and helicopters in the city of Taichung as part of annual exercises on Tuesday. Fighter jets and naval vessels were also deployed to the Taiwan Strait, where the passage earlier...

17 January 2017 8:15

  The Philippines says negotiations are underway with Iran over exports of a variety of agricultural products to the country. The media in Manila highlighted remarks by Iran’s Ambassador to Manila Mohammad Tanhaei that the country was specifically planning to purchase more bananas, pineapple, mango and abaca. Tanhaei – speaking in a meeting with the Philippines’ Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol - emphasized...

16 January 2017 14:01

  Daesh terrorists have stormed a religious seminary in eastern Afghanistan, kidnapping over a dozen teachers and administrators there, officials say. The attack involving three armed men took place in Nangarhar Province over the weekend, Mohammad Asif Shinwari, spokesman for the provincial education department, said Monday. The Ministry of Education also said the Daesh terrorists entered Mesher Mullah Sahib Madrassa while the students...

16 January 2017 8:29

Japan’s space agency on Sunday aborted the launch of the world’s smallest rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit. Carrying a miniature satellite for observation of the Earth’s surface, the No. 4 vehicle of the SS-520 series lifted off at 8:33 a.m. from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said; Japan Times reported. But the...

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