Zee News : South Asia (44)

Taliban insists on fighting as US reveals Afghan strategy

The statement comes after US President Donald Trump announced a new strategy to Afghanistan and South Asia, lambasting Pakistan for offering safe haven to "agents of chaos".

Iraq must do more for Islamic State sex abuse victims: UN

The women were sold and traded across the jihadists` self-proclaimed "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq. Around 3,000 are believed to remain in captivity.

42 civilians dead in US-led strikes on Raqa: Report

At least 42 civilians were killed on Monday in a barrage of US-led air strikes on Islamic State group territory in the Syrian city of Raqa, a monitor said.

Earthquake of 4.5 magnitude hits Nepal, no casualties reported

An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on Tuesday at around 6.20 AM. 

Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz set to become PML-N president next month

The announcement of Shahbaz as the new PML-N president is likely to be made on September 7.

Nine killed in Philippines militant attack: Police

President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed martial law across the southern third of the Philippines, including Basilan, to quell the militant threat.

Seven kidnapped policemen rescued in Pakistan after search operation

Accpording to the report, the seven policemen, Luqman, Zeeshan, Sabir, Shakir, Jamshed, Safdar and Muzammil, were abducted by 15 dacoits from the riverine area of River Indus in the limits of Bangla Ichha police, Rajanpur.

Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj pilgrimage flights

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5 in what has become the worst political crisis to grip the Gulf region in decades.

Cambridge University Press may face boycott over China censorship: Report

The appeal came after it emerged that the Cambridge University Press, the world`s oldest publishing house, had complied with a Chinese instruction to block online access to more than 300 politically sensitive articles from its highly respected China Quarterly journal. 

China to launch world's fastest train in September

China will launch the world`s fastest train in September which will shorten the travel time between Beijing and Shanghai by more than an hour, authorities said on Monday.

27 Indians overstaying in Sri Lanka arrested

Earlier this month, the ColomboPage reported that three Indians were arrested on August 11 in northeast Sri Lanka for illegally staying in the country.

Philippine Church head urges end to drug killings

More than 2,000 other people have been killed in drug-related crimes and thousands more murdered in unexplained circumstances.

Ousted Pakistan PM Sharif to leave for London on Aug 24

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for his first London trip after his removal from power by the country's Supreme Court in Panama case.

RJP-Nepal to participate in local polls

The RJP-N had boycotted the first and second phase of local-level elections due to non-fulfillment of their key political demands.

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

The 76 kg explosive was detected and defused, sparking a manhunt for those responsible for the assassination attempt on Hasina, who is in her third term as leader of Bangladesh`s secular government.

Pakistan grants nationality to 298 Indians in five years: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan

Only 15 were given nationality in 2015, while 69 got it in 2016, until April 14 this year, 15 Indians got nationality, the statement said.  

China installs high-definition cameras along Great Wall

An expert on the Great Wall, Dong Yaohui, says many of the scratches were left by tourists in the 1980s to 1990s when people were less aware of the importance of ancient monument protection, and preventative measures were far from effective.

Iraq begins battle to retake Tal Afar, Islamic State bastion near Mosul

In a televised speech, Abadi, dressed in military uniform and standing in front of an Iraqi flag and map of the country, announced "the start of an operation to free Tal Afar".

Donald Trump hints at ''decision'' on Afghanistan strategy

Earlier, Trump had termed Afghanistan issue as `a mess` which he took over from the previous administration and said his administration is getting close to a decision on an updated strategy for the war in Afghanistan.  

Palestinian in West Bank attack bid killed: Israel police

A Palestinian teenager who tried to attack an Israeli border guard in the occupied West Bank with a knife on Saturday was shot dead.

Bangladesh sends back Rohingya boat carrying injured

A coastguard patrol boat found the boat on the Naf river, which acts as a border between Bangladesh and Myanmar, as it tried to enter Cox`s Bazar early in the morning.  

Five killed in house fire in China

Five people were killed on Saturday in a fire that engulfed a house in north China's Inner Mongolia.

Hardline Islamic party leader shot dead in northwest Pakistan

A local leader of hardline Islamic party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam was on Saturday shot dead by unidentified gunmen near a mosque in Pakistan's restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

North Korea media grade South's Moon a 'fail'

North Korea`s ICBM tests sparked weeks of sabre-rattling with Washington, with Pyongyang threatening to fire a salvo of rockets towards the US territory of Guam. 

China chides Japan for backing India on Doklam

"I have seen the Japanese Ambassador in India really wants to support India. I want to remind him not to randomly make comments before clarifying relevant facts," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

North Korea media grade South`s Moon a `fail`

North Korea`s ICBM tests sparked weeks of sabre-rattling with Washington, with Pyongyang threatening to fire a salvo of rockets towards the US territory of Guam. 

Pakistan disappointed with US move to blacklist Hizbul Mujahideen, calls it 'unjustified'

Disappointed with the United States decision to designate Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist organisation, Pakistan called the move 'unjustified', the Pakistan Foreign Office said on Wednesday. 

Pakistan's top anti-corruption body summons Nawaz Sharif, sons

The National Accountability Bureau on the directive of the Supreme Court issued summons to Sharif and his sons — Hussain and Hasan — to interrogate them in its Lahore office in connection with their offshore properties revealed by the Panama Papers case.  

If Doklam standoff continues, China may issue ultimatum to India, says ex-naval officer

China has multiple ways of pushing India back to its own soil if India ignores the ultimatum, as a few dozen military personnel and one bulldozer  is a piece of cake for the Chinese military," Xu said.

There will be no war on Korean peninsula: South Korea`s Moon

Moon, who visited Washington at the end of June, declined to criticise Trump`s rhetoric towards the North Korea that has raised alarm among observers.

Sohail Mahmood takes over as Pakistan's High Commissioner to India

Sohail Mahmood on Wednesday assumed his charge as the Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, after his predecessor Abdul Basit announced retirement before his tenure was scheduled to end

Chinese side requests flag meeting after Ladakh skirmish

A day after Indian and Chinese troops clashed along the northern bank of Pangong Lake in Ladakh, a flag meeting was requested by the Chinese side, sources said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh allows polygamy for Hindus, but bans divorcee remarriage

Some aspects of marriage laws for Hindus in Bangladesh mirror those for Muslims in India, according to a US government report.

NAB directorates initiate fresh investigations against Sharif family

The National Accountability Bureau has begun fresh investigations to prepare four references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif`s family in accordance with the July 28 Supreme Court verdict for his disqualification.

Nawaz Sharif's wife files nomination to contest his Lahore seat

According to media reports, as many as 35 candidates have filed nomination papers for the by-poll scheduled to be held on September 17.

Roadside bomb blast kills eight soldiers in southwest Pakistan

A roadside bomb killed eight soldiers in a remote district in Pakistan`s southwestern province of Baluchistan, a government official said on Tuesday, the second attack within days in the troubled region.

PML-N ponders over options for new party chief

Shahbaz Sharif will continue as Punjab Chief Minister as leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz are mulling over options, who would replace former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the party chief, in regard to a notice from election commision, following Sharif`s disqualification from office.

Nepal floods: Death toll rises to 120; 35 persons still missing

The toll in Nepal`s floods soared to 120 as the disaster caused havoc mostly in the country`s southern plains in the Terai, officials said on Tuesday.

Chinese mother wraps new-born baby in plastic, parcels to Orphanage

The baby girl was sent to a local hospital for further care and investigation.

Rebel rockets kill five in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

More than 330,000 people have been killed and millions more displaced.

Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif challenges disqualification verdict in top court

Advocate Khuwaja Haris on behalf of Sharif filed three applications with the top court.  

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sends ritual offering to war dead shrine on WW2 surrender anniversary

Tensions in the region weighed on the minds of many who visited the shrine.

Death toll in Nepal floods reaches 91

Massive floods following incessant rains in the past few days have claimed 91 lives in Nepal, while thousands of people have been displaced across the country, officials said on Monday.

60 Taliban insurgents killed by security forces in Afghanistan

At least 60 Taliban insurgents were killed and 20 others were wounded after Afghan National Defense and Security Forces retaliated the attacks launched by the Taliban insurgents in northern Faryab province.