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Rajan, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, is held in high esteem by policymakers and investors at home and abroad for overhauling the way the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) operates. But he has faced mounting criticism...
A Hindu priest was killed in Southern Bangladesh early on Tuesday, the Police has confirmed. ``Ananta Gopal Ganguly, 65, was on his way to a temple in Jhenaidah district when he was attacked around 9 a.m. by unidentified men on...
SARS in Hong Kong made a lasting impression on the city, from the ubiquitous face masks to the attention paid to cold and flu outbreaks, life after the outbreak of the disease was never quite the same. However, many...
Regional officials in Afghanistan say Taliban abducted at least 17 passengers in the north of the country late Wednesday. Zabiullah Amani, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said the passengers, local residents of Balkhab district, were traveling by bus to the capital...
After a year of drought caused by El Nino, the storms of the attendant weather phenomenon La Nina, could bring about widespread flooding and devastation, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Udomsuk Udompaiboon pointed to the fence around his house,...
Cybersecurity firm Symantec has found evidence that North Korea is behind the recent string of attacks on several Asian banks.   Symantec said the malware used to steal $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank is linked to attacks on a...
Indian police say five people have been arrested over attacks on six Africans last Thursday, the latest in a number of assaults that have strained ties between African countries and India. Earlier this month, a Congolese man was beaten to...
India's foreign ministry says it is looking into an alleged attack on a Nigerian student by a local man in the southern city of Hyderabad. Police said 26-year-old Bamilola Kazim was allegedly assaulted by Mohammed Gafoor after a row on...
A group of African embassies in Delhi have requested India to postpone a cultural event following last week's killing of a student from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Masunda Kitada Oliver was beaten to death by a group of Indian...
An Indian court on Thursday ruled four people in Mumbai to serve life in prison for killing two men who, in 2011, tried to protect female friends from being molested. Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said Keenan Santos, 24, and Reuben...
(BBC) - Apple has lost a trademark fight in China, meaning a firm which sells handbags and other leather goods can continue to use the name "iPhone". The Beijing Municipal High People's Court ruled in favour of Xintong Tiandi Technology,...
(BBC) - Taiwan says Kenyan police used guns and tear gas to force 37 of its citizens on to a plane bound for mainland China. It follows the deportation to mainland China of eight other Taiwanese on Monday, prompting Taiwan...
(BBC) - A man was killed after arguing with a friend over whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo was the best footballer in the world. Nigerian national Michael Chukwuma, 21, stabbed 34-year-old compatriot Obina Durumchukwu in a Mumbai suburb, Indian...
(BBC) - Personal data is being collected and transmitted insecurely by thousands of apps using code from the Chinese net giant Baidu, say security researchers. Millions of Chinese people are believed to have been affected by the data leaks, said...
(VOA) - The United States and China have agreed on a United Nations resolution that would impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in retribution for its latest nuclear test and rocket launch at the beginning of this year. U.N. diplomats...
Gunmen attacked a paramilitary convoy in restive Indian Kashmir Saturday, killing two soldiers before entering a government-run training institute with 100 people inside, police said. The militants, believed to be rebels opposed to Indian rule, assaulted a Central Reserve Police...
(VOA) - Indonesian police say they have arrested 12 people allegedly connected to this past week's deadly Islamic State-linked terror attack in the capital. National police chief Badrodin Haiti said Saturday the suspects were arrested in raids across the nation....
(BBC) - African exports to China fell by almost 40% in 2015, China's customs office says. China is Africa's biggest single trading partner and its demand for African commodities has fuelled the continent's recent economic growth. The decline in exports reflects...
The North Korean authorities say they have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb amid reports of a tremor near the main nuclear test site. State media announced the test after monitors detected a 5.1 magnitude quake close to the Punggye-ri site. The...
(BBC) - Zimbabwe is to increase the export of wildlife, including elephants, to China, the environment minister says. The move will reduce the chances of elephants dying because of drought, Oppah Muchinguri is quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper as...
A plane on the way to London was grounded after a rat was seen on board, raising fears the rodent had damaged essential equipment. The Air India flight from Mumbai to London had to be turned around after a rogue...
(Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Muslims must improve the image of their religion, which has been tarnished by the violence of hardline groups such as Islamic State. "It is our greatest duty today to correct...
The Police in Pakistan on Saturday arrested six men for allegedly drugging and raping a teenage girl in the eastern city of Lahore. It said the 15-year-old student was kidnapped on Friday and taken to a guest house where up...
(BBC) - China and South Africa have signed deals and loans valued at $6.5bn (£4.3bn), with the focus on building infrastructure in the African giant. The deals were announced during a four-day visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to increase...
(BBC) - India's Supreme Court has told a Bollywood actor to apologise to a fan whom he slapped while he was shooting a film seven years ago. Govinda said on Tuesday that he "respected" the top court and was waiting...
(BBC) - Fresh rains in the southern Indian city of Chennai have caused serious flooding, with flights and trains suspended and hundreds of people without power. The army has been deployed to rescue thousands of stranded people after two days...
South Korean rapper PSY, who is set to release his first album since becoming an international sensation more than three years ago with the smash hit "Gangnam Style," says the pressure to live up to that success caused him...
Hundreds of gay rights activists danced to drum beats and held colorful balloons as they marched in a parade in New Delhi on Sunday, celebrating what they call the diversity of gender and sexuality. Organizers said that while the gay...
An Indian court has sentenced two medical workers to a year in prison for embezzling about 17 US cents in public funds more than 25 years ago, lawyers say.  The two - a nurse and a medical assistant - were...
(BBC) - Pirates have attacked two foreign fishing trawlers off Somalia's coast, seizing the crew of one of them, maritime experts and residents say. A Thai trawler managed to escape, following a failed attempt on Monday to hijack it in...
Authorities say a late-night fire at a coal mine has killed 21 people and left one missing in the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang. The official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that the fire at the Xinghua mine in the...
A 153-foot statue of an open-armed Jesus famously towers high above the Indonesian city of Manado, but Christians are under siege in the world's fourth-most populous country, according to a disturbing new report. The Southeast Asian nation, where about 90...
(BBC) - A 12.03-carat blue diamond has been auctioned at Sotheby's in Geneva for $48.4m (£31.7m) to a Hong Kong tycoon. Joseph Lau confirmed he bought the ring-mounted, cushion-shaped stone for his daughter, renaming it "Blue Moon of Josephine" after...
Leaders of political rivals Taiwan and China will meet on Saturday for the first time in more than 60 years for talks that come amid rising anti-Beijing sentiment on the self-ruled democratic island and weeks ahead of elections. The talks...
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced $600m (£393m) in assistance for development projects in Africa at a major summit in Delhi. More than 50 African leaders are attending the India-Africa Forum Summit, unprecedented in scale, in the Indian capital. Although...
A cooking gas cylinder exploded Saturday in a crowded restaurant in central India, killing at least 89 people and injuring many others. Police said that the death toll had risen throughout the day as rescue workers continued to extricate bodies...
(BBC) - Chinese authorities have punished 197 people for spreading rumours online about the recent stock market crash and fatal explosions in Tianjin, according to state news agency Xinhua. A journalist and stock market officials are among those arrested, Xinhua...
The rights group Amnesty International has called on Indian authorities to ensure the safety of two young women after their local village council ordered them to be raped and paraded naked after their brother eloped with a married woman.The...
At least 10 civilians have been killed and more than 50 others wounded, as India and Pakistan traded fire across their disputed border, officials have said. The fighting on the border on Friday comes less than a week after planned...
India's Hindus have dropped below 80 percent of the population for the first time since independence. Census data, released on Wednesday by the ministry of home affairs, showed that Hindus declined to 79.8 percent of the country's 1.2 billion people in...
South Korea and North Korea reached a deal early Tuesday to defuse the latest confrontation on the Korean peninsula after three days of tense negotiations. There was no immediate report on details of the accord, but the office of South...
(Reuters) - Asian shares retreated to two-year lows on Wednesday after Chinese stocks extended their plunge, continuing to stoke fears about the stability of China's economy. With Chinese stocks steepening their decline, spreadbetters forecast a lower open from Britain's FTSE...
Search engine Google today commemorated India’s 69th Independence Day by remembering Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March, which had sparked widespread protests across India against the then British government. The tech giant has dedicated the historic march with a doodle showing...
A closed Pakistani military court sentenced six men to death after convicting them for their involvement last year in the Taliban massacre of 134 children at an army-run school in Peshawar, the military said Thursday. The six civilians confessed to...
Afghan officials are due in Pakistan on Thursday to discuss reviving suspended peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, Pakistan's national security adviser said, days after Taliban attacks killed dozens of people in Kabul. The attacks followed a change of leadership...
India's government is seeking damages of nearly $100m from Nestle India for "unfair trade practices" after the food safety regulator banned its hugely popular Maggi noodles brand in June for containing unsafe levels of lead. The government said on Wednesday...
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing Monday at the main gate of Kabul's international airport that killed five civilians and wounded 16 others. Witnesses said the target of the powerful blast was a convoy of armored...
Indian authorities say they are reconsidering a massive crackdown on online pornography after blocking more than 800 websites deemed to have offensive and illegal content in recent days. Authorities had ordered internet service providers to take down sites that officials...
Afghan government officials said Wednesday that reclusive Taliban chief Mullah Omar is dead, and that he died more than two years ago in Pakistan. A government statement said the findings were based on "credible information." "He was very sick in a...
India executed Yakub Memon early Thursday for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people. The 53-year-old was hanged at a prison in the western city of Nagpur after his final plea for clemency was denied. Memon was...
In an apparent attempt to mend relations with Beijing, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has paid tribute to the Chinese soldiers who fought for the North during the Korean War. Ties between the two allies have cooled since late...

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