Bomb blasts kill policeman in Pakistan

Two bomb blasts targeting a police patrol on Wednesday killed at least one policeman and wounded 10 others in the restive northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials said. The first bomb planted on a roadside exploded when a police petrol vehicle passed in Aslam Dheri, a neighbourhood in the southern outskirts of Peshawar. The second […]

Apple chief Cook unveils app design centre in India

Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced on Wednesday a new app design centre in India as he kicked off his first visit to the Asian giant seeking to tap into its roll-out of 4G networks. Cook landed in the Indian financial capital Mumbai shortly before midnight on Tuesday by private jet from China, where he […]

India minister slams police handling of horrific rape and murder of student

Indian women’s minister on Tuesday accused police and forensic experts of incompetence over the brutal rape and murder of a young student, a case that echoed the 2012 gang-rape of a Delhi student that sparked mass protests. Women’s and children’s minister Maneka Gandhi accused police of dithering in their investigation into the attack on the […]

Pakistan to host meeting on reviving Afghan Taliban talks

Pakistan will on Wednesday host a new round of four-nation Afghan peace talks aimed at reviving long-stalled negotiations with the Taliban, a foreign office official said. The group comprising Afghanistan, the United States, China and Pakistan has been attempting since January to restart the nascent peace process. But the lack of progress has left many […]

India Prime Minister Modi to visit Iran in effort to boost trade

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Iran this week, seeking to boost trade with the oil-rich country after international sanctions were lifted this year, it was announced on Tuesday. Iran was India’s second largest supplier of crude oil until 2011/12, when sanctions forced New Delhi to reduce its dependence on the Gulf state. The […]

Teach equality in India’s classrooms to end discrimination, says activist

Efforts to combat discrimination against India’s lower castes, religious minorities and women must begin in the classroom, with children holding the key to ending deep-rooted prejudices, a human rights campaigner said. According to the Amnesty International’s annual report for 2015-16, gender and caste based discrimination and violence has “remained pervasive” in India, with increasing censorship […]

Exit polls predcits Prime Minister Modi winning key new state in mid-term boost

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP party should win power this week in the northeastern state of Assam for the first time, exit polls showed on Monday, but trail regional groups in four other areas that have held polls. Voting in stages over the past month ended on Monday in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and […]

Pakistan PM proposes Panama Papers probe in parliament, opposition walks out

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked parliament on Monday to form a commission to investigate allegations stemming from the Panama Papers leak but opposition lawmakers walked out, saying he had evaded questions about his family’s affairs. Sharif has been under pressure since documents released as part of the Panama Papers data leak showed his children […]

Trump blasts Prime Minister Cameron and Mayor Khan

Donald Trump warned on Monday he may end up having a bad relationship with British Prime Minister David Cameron, who branded the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s proposal to stop Muslim immigration to the US “stupid”. “It looks like we are not going to have a very good relationship,” Trump told ITV television. “Who knows, I […]

Press groups urge probe into Indian journalist killings

A coalition of press freedom groups have urged a swift investigation into the murder of two Indian journalists in 24 hours, crimes that heightened fears about media safety and freedom in the country. Rajdeo Ranjan, local bureau chief for the Hindi-language daily Hindustan, was shot five times by unknown gunmen late on Friday while he […]