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Imran Khan confirmed as new Pakistani PM


Pakistani lawmakers have endorsed Imran Khan as their next prime minister, ahead of a ceremony on Saturday that should see the cricket hero sworn in as leader of the nation.

Royal well-wishers

Well-wishers pray during a ceremony to celebrate the 86th birthday of Thai Queen Sirikit, widow of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Narathiwat on Sunday. Photo: AFP

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Maid cafe waitresses sprinkle water during the Uchimizukko festival at the Kanda Myojin Shrine on Saturday, in Tokyo. Maid cafe waitresses attended the annual event, a Japanese summer tradition celebrated in Akihabara since 2003, to splash water on the hot ...


Giant on a string

A giant marionette of the French street theatre company Royal de Luxe parades through the streets in the European Capital of Culture 2018, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, on Friday. Royal de ...

Hajj begins Sunday

Hajj pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, located in the center of the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Friday. Hajj 2018 will commence on Sunday ...


India's Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears

India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022 and roll out a health insurance scheme from September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his last Independence Day speech ahead of next year's general election.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/15 22:33:40

US trying to get 'surrender' via sanctions, says Iran VP

The United States is trying to make Iran surrender through the imposition of sanctions, Iranian vice president Eshaq Jahangiri said on Wednesday.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/15 22:28:42

Turkey hits back with tariffs at US

Turkey on Wednesday said it was hiking tariffs on imports of key US products in retaliation for American sanctions against Ankara, as a bitter dispute between the two allies that sent the Turkish lira into freefall showed no sign of ending.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/15 22:28:42

Iconic Soviet cartoon creator Eduard Uspensky dies

Legendary Soviet children's writer and creator of the USSR's most popular cartoon characters Eduard Uspensky died in his home in the Moscow suburbs at the age of 80 late on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/15 22:28:40

Japan toddler found alive after 3 days

A 2-year-old boy who went missing in woods in western Japan has been found unharmed after three days alone, apparently surviving on river water as volunteers hunted desperately for him.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/15 22:23:41

NZ bans non-residents from buying homes

New Zealand's parliament passed a law on Wednesday to ban many non-­resident foreigners from buying ­existing homes, completing the Labour-led ­government's election campaign pledge.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/15 22:23:40

North Korean seafood attracts Chinese diners to cross border one-day tours

Chinese gourmands are sampling cheap high-quality seafood on one-day trips across the China-North Korea border.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/15 21:48:40

At least 22 students dead as boat sinks on Nile River in Sudan: official media

At least 22 students drowned on Wednesday when a boat was crossing the Nile River in Sudan, state news agency SUNA reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 21:20:30

Pakistani lawmakers elect Asad Qaiser as new parliamentary speaker

Asad Qaiser of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI was elected speaker of the National Assembly or the lower house of the country's parliament on Wednesday, according to an official announcement made by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the outgoing speaker.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 21:16:48

Turkey, Russia come closer amid common tension with US

Turkey and Russia display further rapprochement after the United States imposed sanctions on Moscow and Ankara on different grounds.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 21:13:28

Suicide attack rocks Kabul's western edge, casualties feared

Casualties are feared as a suicide bombing was launched on a private educational center in Dasht-e-Barchi locality of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Wednesday, a security official confirmed on condition of anonymity.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 20:21:25

Putin ready to meet Kim at 'early date': KCNA

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un "at an early date," the DPRK's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Wednesday. The two leaders are expected to share thoughts on "bilateral ties" as well as "important issues," according to the Russian TV network RT.
Source: CGTN | 2018/8/15 20:14:24

Spilling the beans

President Donald Trump lashed out at his former "Apprentice" and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Tuesday in especially angry terms, slamming her as a "dog" and a "crazed, crying lowlife" as her tell-all book hit stores.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/15 19:03:41