Asia Bibi acquitted in blasphemy case, leaves Pakistan: Reports

NEW DELHI, MAY 8: Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy and acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court, has left the country for Canada, officials said on Wednesday. “Asia Bibi has left the country. She is a free…

Most Australians see climate change as bigger threat than terrorism: Study

MELBOURNE, MAY 8: Majority of Australians rate climate change as a bigger threat to the country’s interest compared to global terrorism, a study has found. Almost 64% of Australians have called climate change as ‘a critical threat’ – an increase…

About 200 children lose family members in Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings

COLOMBO, May 8: About 200 children in Sri Lanka have lost their family members, some of them sole breadwinners, in the massive Easter Sunday bombings, according to a leading charity organisation. Some of the families have lost their source of…

Pak Taliban claims suicide blast at Sufi Shrine in Lahore that killed 10

Lahore, May 8: A suicide blast at one of Pakistan’s oldest and most popular Sufi shrines killed at least 10 people and wounded 24 in the eastern city of Lahore Wednesday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Pakistani…

Myanmar frees Reuters journalists jailed for Secrecy Act crime

YANGON, MAY 7: Two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act over reporting on security forces’ abuses of Rohingya Muslims were pardoned and released on Tuesday. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were freed after President…

SL safe, all extremists linked to Easter Sunday bombings killed or arrested: Authorities

COLOMBO, MAY 7: All the Islamic extremists involved in the Easter suicide bombings are either killed or arrested, Sri Lankan police and military chiefs have claimed, assuring that the country is now safe and can get back to normalcy. The…

India, Germany, Brazil, Japan ‘absolutely needed’ at UNSC as permanent members: France

UNITED NATIONS, MAY 7: India and nations like Germany, Brazil and Japan are “absolutely needed” as permanent members of a reformed and enlarged UN Security Council to better reflect contemporary realities and the addition of these key members to the…

Pilot says lightning caused deadly Russian crash landing that killed 41

Moscow, May 6: The pilot of a Russian passenger plane that erupted in a ball of fire on the runway of Moscow’s busiest airport, killing 41 people, said lightning led to the emergency landing. Investigators were on Monday working to…

Islamic State chose Sri Lanka to tell the world that it exists: Sirisena

Colombo (Sri Lanka), May 6: The Islamic State terror group chose Sri Lanka to stage a massive attack on Easter Sunday to tell the world that they exist, President Maithripala Sirisena said Monday, amid reports that the plot was hatched…

‘I was surprised by the question,’ Jacinda Ardern talks about wedding proposal

WELLINGTON, MAY 6: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she was surprised when her long-time partner proposed to her over the Easter holidays and has no idea when the wedding will be. Ardern was addressing her first…