Indian police battle baton charge students over fee protests

New Delhi - Indian police fought street battles in New Delhi on Monday 18 November 2019 with thousands of students who stepped up protests over fee increases at one of the country’s top universities. Police baton charged some groups of demonstrators and media reports said dozens of students f

Cyclone Bulbul smashes into India, Bangladesh coasts

Twenty people died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rains, officials said Sunday. The cyclone packed winds of up to 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour when it

North Korea says ‘window of opportunity closing’ for outcome of talks with US

Moscow - North Korean diplomat Jo Chol-su said on Friday 8 November 2019 that the window of opportunity for normalizing relations with the United States was getting smaller, adding that Pyongyang expects some steps in this direction from Washington by the end of the year. “We’ve given t

Thousands hold vigils as Hong Kong student's death triggers outrage

Thousands of Hong Kongers held vigils Friday night for a student who died from a fall during recent protester clashes with police, triggering fresh outrage from the pro-democracy movement and fears of more violent unrest. Although the precise chain of events leading to 22-year-old Alex Chow's fal

In Bangkok, Southeast Asian leaders meet under US-China trade war cloud

BANGKOK  - Southeast Asian countries must stick together in the face of a trade war started by US President Donald Trump, Malaysia’s veteran leader said on Saturday at the start of a regional summit held in the shadow of US-China tensions. But as leaders of the 10 member Association of S

Naruhito: Emperor of a modern Japan

Marked by elaborate ceremonies and attended by delegations from nearly 200 countries and organizations, the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito took place on Oct. 22. He ascended to the imperial throne on May 1, becoming Japan’s 126th emperor, according to the country’s traditional

Thai king dismisses consort for undermining the queen

Thailand’s king has stripped his royal noble consort of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty, accusing her of seeking to undermine the position of his official wife for her own benefit.Sixty-seven-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s royal command issued Monday came just three m

At least 62 killed and dozens injured in blast at Afghan mosque

At least 62 people were killed by a blast inside an Afghan mosque during Friday prayers, according to officials, a day after the United Nations said violence in the country had reached "unacceptable" levels.The attack – the year's second most deadly to date – took place in the eastern

Three Killed in India-Administered Kashmir as Non-Locals Targeted in Attacks

The killing of three people in India-administered Kashmir within two days has sparked fears of a possible campaign by insurgents targeting non-locals in retaliation for the Indian government withdrawing the semi-autonomous status of the region in August. The first of the two killings took place o

Newborn girl found alive in shallow grave in India

A newborn baby girl has been discovered buried alive in northern India, a local police chief has revealed.Abhinandan Singh told reporters the baby was found by a villager who was burying his own daughter, who had died minutes after birth.The baby girl, who had been placed inside an earthen pot abo

Japan rescuers wade in muddy waters to find typhoon survivors

Rescue workers waded through muddy, waist-high waters on Monday searching for missing people after one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent history, with rain forecast to resume later in the day.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said vast areas had been struck by the storm and called for urgent su

Typhoon Hagibis kills many as it batters Japan, troops deployed

Japan has sent tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers to save stranded residents and fight floods caused by one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in recent history. Typhoon Hagibis - which means "speed" in the Philippine language, Tagalog - was the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan

Hong Kong police make arrests as flashmob protests erupt

  Hong Kong riot police spent much of Sunday afternoon skirmishing with small groups of masked pro-democracy protesters who held flashmob gatherings across the city – although crowds were smaller and less violent than recent weekends.Rallies erupted in local neighbourhoods with some pr

Japan braces for heavy rain and high winds from Typhoon Hagibis

Japan's government warned people to stockpile and leave high-risk places before the arrival this weekend of a typhoon expected to bring heavy rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area and the central Pacific coast.The approach of Typhoon Hagibis has disrupted flights and train services and forced

China Slams Apple App Allowing Hong Kong Protesters Track Police Moves

Apple has become the latest company targeted by China over products or comments related to anti-government protests in Hong Kong. People's Daily, the mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party, criticised the tech giant today over a smartphone app that allows activists to report police movements.

Hong Kong protesters continue to defy face mask ban

  China’s military garrison in Hong Kong has warned protesters that they broke the law when they took to the streets on Sunday, defying the government’s face mask ban.A flag was raised at around 7.15pm local time on top of the barracks of the People’s Liberation Army, the a

Gandhi's ashes stolen and photo defaced on 150th birthday

Thieves stole some of Mahatma Gandhi's remains on what would have been his 150th birthday, police say.The ashes were taken from a memorial in central India, where they had been kept since 1948 - the year of Gandhi's assassination by a Hindu extremist.The thieves also scrawled "traitor" in green pa

China parades military might in Beijing as country marks 70 years of Communist rule

China celebrated seven decades of Communist Party rule on Tuesday with a massive display of military and economic power in central Beijing. An honour guard carried the Chinese flag through Tiananmen Square, the country's symbolic political heart, in front of thousands of flag-waving spectators . Ar