Explained | What Pakistan, Taliban ending ceasefire means for Islamabad

On November 28, in a letter issued by its defense chief Mufti Muzahim, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group that has been waging war against the Pakistani state for over a decade now, officially announced an end of the ceasefire with Pakistan. In its statement, TTP accused the Pakistani state of not…

Temple in Thailand has no monks after all fail drug test

There are no monks left at a Buddhist temple in central Thailand after all of them failed drug tests, a local official said, reported news agency AFP. All four of them have been defrocked, the official added. Defrocking is the removal of a monk’s rights to exercise the functions of the ordained ministry. Four monks,…

Dating apps and Telegram: How China protesters are defying authorities

Opponents of China’s anti-Covid measures are resorting to dating apps and social media platforms blocked on the mainland to evade censors, spread the word about their defiance and strategy, in a high-tech game of cat and mouse with police. Videos, images and accounts of the opposition to China’s tough…

Did not attend China’s Indian Ocean initiative, say Australia and Maldives

Australia and Maldives on Sunday refuted claims made by organisers of China’s Indian Ocean Region Initiative that they had officially participated in the forum organised by the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA). On Sunday, Maldives released an official statement regarding a statement issued…

Amid barrage of missile tests, China expresses will to work with North Korea for world peace

Chinese President Xi Jinping told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Beijing was willing to work with Pyongyang for world peace, North Korean state media said Saturday. The message from Xi came days after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile in one of its most powerful tests yet, declaring it would…

Patients in UK refusing sick notes as they cannot afford not to work, says leading doctor

More and more Britons suffering from severe illness have refused sick notes in recent times because they feel they cannot afford to take time off work, the head of the Royal College of GPs told the Guardian. In the UK, sick notes are vital to many people suffering from long term health conditions or recovering from…

At least 20 dead, 300 injured as 5.6 magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia

At least 20 people were killed and 300 others sustained injuries after a 5.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Indonesia’s main island of Java for several seconds on Monday afternoon. “The information I got for now, in this hospital alone, nearly 20 died and at least 300 people are being treated. Most of them…

Curbs start crawling back in China after first Covid death in 6 months | Top points

With Covid cases on the rise, China has started reintroducing curbs. The nation recorded around 24,215 fresh infections, over the last 24 hours, the vast majority of them asymptomatic. Most of the infections are taking place due to the spread of the Omicron sub-variants. While China has an overall vaccination rate of…

9 dead, 1 missing in apartment block collapse in Russia’s island of Sakhalin

Nine people have been found dead in the rubble of a five-storey apartment block that partially collapsed on the Russian Pacific island of Sakhalin, the regional governor said on Saturday, and emergency services were searching for one still missing. Russian news agencies said the collapse appeared to have been caused by…

As Shraddha murder shocks India, Hindu girl chopped into pieces by lover in Bangladesh

Abu Bakr met Kavita Rani, fell in love, then killed her and chopped her into pieces in Bangladesh. The case has eerie similarities to the murder of Shraddha Walkar, who was strangled and chopped into 35 pieces by Aaftab Ameen Poonawala in Delhi on May 18. On November 6, Abu Bakr did not turn up for work and was…