Worsening world hunger affects 821 million: UN

UNITED NATIONS, JULY 16: More than 821 million people suffered from hunger worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday ~ the third year in a row that the number has risen. After decades of decline, malnutrition began to increase…

Code-breaker Alan Turing to appear on U.K.’s new £50 bank note

LONDON, JULY 16: Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been chosen to feature on Britain’s new £50 note, the Bank of England announced on Monday, decades after his tragic death following a conviction for homosexuality. Turing played a pivotal…

B’desh seeks greater co-op from India to tackle smuggling

Rangpur (Bangladesh), July 15: Bangladesh’s border force on Monday described smuggling of cattle, drugs, narcotics and arms at the Indo-Bangla frontier as a “major challenge” and sought greater cooperation from their Indian counterpart to crackdown on smugglers. Brigadier Jalal Gani,…

China GDP growth slows to 6.2%, 27-year low

BEIJING, JULY 15: China’s economic growth slowed to 6.2% in the second quarter from a year earlier, the weakest in at least 27 years, as demand at home and abroad faltered as the United States ratcheted up trade pressure. But…

Next Dalai Lama must be chosen within China; India should not intervene: Chinese authorities

LHASA/BEIJING, JULY 15: The successor of the Dalai Lama has to be decided within China and any interference by India on the issue will impact bilateral ties, Chinese authorities have said. In first clear assertion on the sensitive issue, senior…

As India builds houses, Myanmar to reach out to Rohingya in Bangladesh

NEW DELHI, JULY 14: With India handing over 250 pre-fabricated houses for the first batch of refugees who are willing to return, Myanmar is likely to send its Foreign Secretary to the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh ~ at New Delhi’s…

Bangladesh ex-dictator HM Ershad dies at 89

DHAKA, JULY 14: Bangladesh’s former military dictator HM Ershad, who had seized power in a 1982 coup, has died. He was 89. Ershad had long been suffering from multiple complications including infections in his lungs and kidneys, his younger brother,…

Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are found

VATICAN CITY, JULY 14: The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist Saturday following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery. The Vatican said it had discovered 2 sets…

‘Gandhi was spiritual leader of America’s non-violence movement’: US House Speaker

WASHINGTON, JULY 12: Mahatma Gandhi was the spiritual leader of America’s non-violence movement, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has said as she described how the Indian leader influenced American social activist Martin Luther King Jr. A…

Done nothing against Pak, says Hafiz Saeed in plea to cancel terror FIRs

Islamabad, July 12: Hafiz Saeed, the chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) organization on Friday challenged terror financing cases lodged against him in a petition filed in the Lahore High Court. Saeed, along with Amir Hamza, Abdur Rehman Makki, M Yahya…