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 ...

Russia presents modernized bomber Tu-22M3M

An upgraded long-range multimode missile carrier bomber Tu-22M3M made its debut in the Russian city of Kazan on Thursday, the designer of the aircraft said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:10:33

Over 1.7 million visas for Hajj pilgrims issued by Saudi diplomatic missions

Saudi Arabia announced Thursday that more than 1.7 million visas for Hajj pilgrims have been issued by its diplomatic missions abroad.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:10:12

Problems with US can be solved easily without current mindset: Turkish FM

Problems with the United States over a series of differences can be solved easily but not with its current mindset, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:09:52

Student stabbed multiple times at US high school

A 14-year-old female student on Thursday was stabbed multiple times on the first school day at a high school in Luther, about 45 km northeast of Oklahoma City in the US state of Oklahoma.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:09:34

Fallout from Italy's tragic bridge collapse jitters investors

A collapsed bridge that resulted in the deaths of 39 people is unnerving investors in both the private company that operated the bridge and the cash-strapped Italian government that now planning to dramatically increase the amount it spends on infrastructure maintenance.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:09:13

US rolls out Iran Action Group to pressure Iran

US State Department on Thursday announced the creation of the Iran Action Group (IAG) to execute the administration's Iran strategy and pressure the country to change its behaviors.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:07:50

Pakistani parliament to elect new PM on Friday

The Pakistani parliament will elect the country's new prime minister on Friday in a special session, officials said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 1:15:19

Seeking divine intervention

Muslims pray at a mosque in Istanbul on Wednesday. The Turkish government's framing of its problems as an epic battle for sovereignty against outside enemies, particularly US President Donald Trump, resonates among core supporters, even as fears grow that a further decline in the value of the Turkish lira could threaten bankruptcies.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/17 0:08:40

British public don't trust banks 10 years after crisis: survey

A majority of Britons do not trust banks and think they did not face severe enough penalties for their part in the 2008 financial crisis, a survey showed Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/16 23:18:41

India's former PM Vajpayee dies at 93

India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday, according to a statement issued by the hospital where he was admitted.
Source: Agencies | 2018/8/16 23:18:40

Ex-CIA boss fires back after Trump slap

Former CIA director John Brennan fired back at US President Donald Trump on Thursday with an op-ed published in the New York Times one day after the president revoked the Obama-era official's security clearance, saying he would not be scared into silence.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/16 23:13:42

Duterte might quit if Marcos Jr becomes VP: spokesperson

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could step down if the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos succeeds in overturning his 2016 vice presidential election defeat, Duterte's spokesman said Thursday.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/16 23:13:41

Killers of North Korean to testify in Malaysian court

The murder trial of two women accused of assassinating the half-brother of North Korea's leader can proceed, a Malaysian court ruled Thursday, in a blow to their families who insist the pair were tricked into carrying out the dramatic hit.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/16 23:13:40