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 ...

Heavy rains kill 2, damage 135 homes in Mexico City

Torrential rains in Mexico City's outlying areas have claimed two lives and damaged 135 homes, local authorities said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 11:03:35

Marshal of the KPA Kim Yong Chun dead

Kim Yong Chun, Marshal of the Korean People's Army (KPA) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), died of disease Thursday at the age of 82, the Korean News Central Agency reported Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 11:03:14

Trump's military parade estimated to cost 92 mln dollars

U.S. President Donald Trump's military parade is estimated to cost 92 million dollars, according to a CNBC report on Thursday, quoting an anonymous U.S. defense official.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 9:55:55

US Treasury chief threatens more sanctions on Turkey if pastor not released

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that the United States would slap more sanctions on Turkey if a detained American pastor was not released.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 9:14:47

2 militants killed in attack on security training center in Kabul

Two assailants were killed in the attack on a security training center in the 5th Police District of Kabul, Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:25:03

Russian airbase in Syria destroys 45 drones over past month: ministry

Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Syria has intercepted a total of 45 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the last month, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:24:26

Giant flower carpet unrolled in central Brussels

A carpet of over 500,000 flowers was unrolled Thursday at central Brussels' Grand Place.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:22:57

Pakistan army chief confirms death penalty of 15 hardcore terrorists

Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday confirmed the death sentence to another 15 "hardcore terrorists," who were involved in "heinous offenses related to terrorism," the military said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:22:34

Ramen noodles worth nearly 100,000 dollars stolen in US state Georgia

The police in southern US state Georgia are probing into a theft case in which a tractor trailer was stolen with ramen noodles worth nearly 100,000 dollars it contained.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:22:11

Drug overdose deaths in US record new high: data

Drug overdose deaths in the United States reached 72,000 in 2017, hitting a record high and surpassing the highest annual death totals from HIV, car crashes and guns, according to latest provisional estimates released by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:21:54

Iraq launches airstrike on IS command center in Syria

Iraqi Air Force has carried out an airstrike on a command center of the Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syria near the border with Iraq, the Iraqi military said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:21:33

2 workers stuck on scaffold rescued at UN headquarters

Two workers stuck on a scaffold outside the top floor of the UN headquarters were rescued without injury on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:18:38

Plane makes emergency landing on Greece's Crete over bomb alert

A passenger airplane flying from Egypt to Germany made an emergency landing on Greece's Crete island on Thursday amid a bomb alert, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:12:32