Drone strike kills six in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: A US drone strike on Wednesday killed at least six militants in a Pakistani tribal region where Islamabad launched a full-scale military offensive last year, security officials said.

Afghan Parliament rejects most of Ghani’s Cabinet

KABUL: Afghan lawmakers on Wednesday rejected most of President Ashraf Ghani’s nominees for the new Cabinet, in a fresh setback for the newly formed “national unity government.”

Detention of Tamil asylum-seekers at sea ‘lawful’

SYDNEY: Australia’s detention of 157 asylum-seekers at sea for weeks in June was legal, the nation’s High Court found Wednesday in a win for the government’s hard-line immigration stance.

China defends aid role in Africa

BEIJING: China on Wednesday offered a spirited defence of its aid to Africa, rejecting charges of “concrete diplomacy” following a major infrastructure deal with the continent.

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