Pakistan rolls out red carpet for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed

Pakistan rolls out red carpet for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed

Image caption Pakistan needs Saudi money to stave off a huge IMF bail-out – but this is not a one-way relationship For a country running out of foreign reserves, facing a yawning current account deficit and fighting to secure its financial future, Pakistan is putting on quite a show for Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler […]

Bangladesh slum fire: Nine dead in Chittagong blaze

Bangladesh slum fire: Nine dead in Chittagong blaze

Image copyright AFP Image caption Officials say a short circuit may have caused the blaze At least nine people have died after a fire swept through more than 200 slum dwellings in the coastal Bangladeshi city of Chittagong. Police and firefighters say more than 50 other people were injured. Four members of one family were […]

Near-naked men scramble for sticks in Japan

Near-naked men scramble for sticks in Japan

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of near-naked men seeking luck have scrambled to find two sacred sticks as part of an ancient Japanese festival. It’s thought about 10,000 men wearing white loincloths took part in the ceremony at the Kinryozan Saidaiji Buddhist temple in Okayama on Saturday. Participants were purified in water before scrambling to […]

Pulwama attack: India mourns Kashmir dead

Pulwama attack: India mourns Kashmir dead

Image copyright EPA Thousands of mourners have been attending funerals across India for some of the security force personnel killed by a suicide bomber in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday. At least 40 paramilitary police died in the attack near Srinagar. The militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it carried out the attack. India has imposed a swathe […]

UK minister’s visit to China not going ahead

UK minister’s visit to China not going ahead

Image copyright AFP A visit to China by Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been called off amid reports a speech by the UK’s defence secretary angered Beijing. There were plans for trade talks between Mr Hammond and senior Chinese government figures during the brief visit next week. But a Treasury spokesperson said: “No trip was ever […]

India high speed train breaks down on first trip

India high speed train breaks down on first trip

Image copyright Reuters Image caption PM Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express on Friday India’s fastest train has broken down on its first trip, a day after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi. The Indian-built semi high-speed Vande Bharat Express was returning to the capital Delhi from the city of Varanasi after […]

Hong Kong seizes $1m worth of rhino horn at airport

Hong Kong seizes $1m worth of rhino horn at airport

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The haul accounts for 20% of Hong Kong’s rhino horn seizures in five years Airport authorities in Hong Kong have arrested two men smuggling a record number of suspected rhino horns worth $1m (£780,000) on Thursday. Some 24 severed rhino horns weighing 40kg (88lb) were found in the bust – […]

Family acquitted over Italy woman’s Pakistan ‘honour killing’

Family acquitted over Italy woman’s Pakistan ‘honour killing’

Image copyright Instagram/Sana_Cheema2014 Image caption Sana Cheema was born in Pakistan, but was an Italian citizen A court in Pakistan has acquitted the father, brother and uncle of a woman who died in a suspected honour killing last year. Sana Cheema, 26, lived in Italy but died while visiting her family in Gujrat in April […]

Ko Ni: Gunman gets death penalty in murder of Myanmar lawyer

Ko Ni: Gunman gets death penalty in murder of Myanmar lawyer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ko Ni was one of few prominent Muslims in a country dominated by Buddhists Two men have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for the murder of a Muslim lawyer, Ko Ni, in broad daylight at Yangon International Airport in January 2017. Nick Beake reports from Yangon. It’s hard […]

Pulwama attack: India will ‘completely isolate’ Pakistan

Pulwama attack: India will ‘completely isolate’ Pakistan

Media captionThe blast took place on a heavily guarded highway India has said it will ensure the “complete isolation” of Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed 46 soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir. Federal Minister Arun Jaitley said India would take “all possible diplomatic steps” to cut Pakistan off from the international community. India accuses Pakistan of […]

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