Nepal leaders hold emergency talks as charter deadline nears

KATMANDU: Nepal’s parliament speaker called an emergency meeting of top leaders Thursday in a last-ditch push for agreement on a constitution before a midnight deadline that they look almost certain t

Sri Lanka vows to recover Rajapaksa’s stolen billions

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s new government pledged Thursday to trace billions of dollars in stolen wealth stashed abroad by members of the previous regime and said experts from the IMF and World Bank had agr

Strikes, attacks bring turbulent politics back to Bangladesh

DHAKA: A 2½-year-old victim of a homemade bomb lies in an intensive care unit with burns to his face, head and other body parts.

Thousands protest against Charlie Hebdo in Pakistan

KARACHI: Thousands of people marched in Pakistan Thursday against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as anger remains high in the Muslim majority country over the publication of blasphemous sketc

Philippines slams China’s bid at ‘island building’

MANILA: The Philippines’ foreign minister on Thursday slammed China’s attempts to build islands in the disputed South China Sea.

Indonesia to execute Australian smugglers

DENPASAR, Indonesia: An Australian drug smuggler on death row in Indonesia has lost his appeal for presidential clemency, an official said Thursday, meaning he could soon face the firing squad alongsi

Modi opens drive to tackle dwindling number of girls

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi implored his country to stop killing unborn girls on Thursday, warning that its growing gender imbalance would have serious consequences.

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