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40 Indian prisoners released from Karachi jail

Karachi: Pakistan on Friday announced the release of 40 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, from a jail here, a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the SAARC Summit. “Pakistan is releasing 40 Indian prisoners (5 civil prisoners and 35 fishermen) tomorrow, who will be repatriated to India through Wagah. This will bring the [Full Article...]

Nepal devotees sacrifice thousands of animals in Hindu ritual

KATHMANDU: Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world’s largest such exercise. More than 80 per cent of Nepal’s 27 million people are Hindus, but unlike most of their counterparts in neighbouring India, they frequently sacrifice animals to appease deities [Full Article...]

Thai parliament votes to ban commercial surrogacy

Bangkok: Thailand’s parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the largely unregulated industry following allegations an Australian couple abandoned a baby with Down’s syndrome, a legislator said on Friday. A draft bill — which would see anyone profiting off surrogacy given a maximum ten year prison sentence — passed its first reading in the country’s military-stacked parliament yesterday, legislator Wallop [Full Article...]

Iranian woman dances without hijab defying country’s laws

Tehran: An Iranian woman has defied the country’s ultra-restrictive laws by dancing publicly without her hijab (veil), and what is more, it was filmed and posted on social media. The unidentified young woman, who could be seen dancing on a Tehran subway train to a song by the British pop group “Little Mix”, has thrown an open challenge to the laws in Iran, where [Full Article...]

Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit

Ankara: Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey’s southern border. Francis is expected to use his opening speeches today to denounce the violence being committed in God’s name by the [Full Article...]

Foreigner among five killed in Afghan bombing

Kabul: A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least five people, including a foreigner, Afghan officials said. The nationality of the foreigner could not be immediately confirmed, and the British embassy had no comment. The embassy’s spokesman had earlier confirmed the attack and said some people in the vehicle [Full Article...]

Malik claims to have proof of IS presence in Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former interior minister Rehman Malik has claimed that he had documentary evidence about the presence of the dreaded Islamic State terror group in the country. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should sensitise the world community about the rapid penetration of IS into several countries and use the forum of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) for setting up of an [Full Article...]

Nine injured in knife attack

Beijing: Nine people were wounded on Thursday by a knife-wielding man who went berserk and attacked them near a supermarket in southern China, the fifth such incident this month in the country. A man in his twenties attacked people near a Hualian supermarket in Jiangnan District of Nanning, capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Nine people were injured in the attack. State-run Xinhua [Full Article...]