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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 ...


Keita re-elected Mali president with landslide victory in runoff ballot

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been re-elected for a five-year term after winning a landslide victory in a runoff ballot, according to official ­figures on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/16 23:08:46

Top S.Korea Buddhist in corruption, fatherhood allegations

South Korea's biggest Buddhist denomination ordered its executive head to step down Thursday amid mounting allegations he forged his academic credentials, accumulated vast wealth, and broke his vows of celibacy.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/16 23:03:41

Banksy says 'nothing to do' with Moscow exhibition

The reclusive British street artist Banksy has said in a bemused social media post he was not involved in a major exhibition of his works currently on display in Moscow.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/16 23:03:41

US editorials blast Trump over media attack

Hundreds of US newspapers devoted print space on Thursday to a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for saying some media organizations are enemies of the American people.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/16 23:03:40

Qatar pledges 15 bln USD funds for Turkey hit by currency plunge

Qatar has pledged to inject 15 billion US dollars into Turkey's economy hit by a currency plunge amid its escalating row with the United States, to show support for a regional ally.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 22:38:13

Turkish firms cancel iPhone orders amid nationwide boycott on U.S. products

Turkey's biggest mobile phone importing companies have cancelled their iPhone orders as Turkish citizens join a move to boycott U.S. products.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 21:24:46

India's former PM Vajpayee passes away

India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday, said a statement issued by the hospital where he was admitted.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 20:45:00

Suspects accused of murdering DPRK man called to enter defense

Two female suspects accused of murdering a man from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), were called to enter their defense by a Malaysian judge on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 20:30:10

Italy viaduct collapse: The financial facts behind the fury

Italy's anti-establishment government, outraged at the deadly collapse of a 50-year-old bridge, has presented the disaster as a warning to Brussels to give it more leeway to upgrade the country's ageing infrastructure.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/16 19:03:40

Malaysian PM aims to push for close ties with China

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that he would strengthen bilateral relations with China in his upcoming visit to China, citing historical bond between the two countries and close cooperation during his previous 22 years in office.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 18:55:57

Vietnamese gets life sentence for transporting drugs from Laos to Vietnam

A Vietnamese court on Thursday sentenced a local 43-year-old man life behind bars for transporting 8,000 pills of synthetic drug from Laos to Vietnam.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 18:54:24

China's economic presence in South Pacific should not be any cause for concern: Aussie expert

An Aussie infrastructure development expert believes that China's economic presence in the South Pacific should not be any cause for concern.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 18:37:26

German lifeguards blame increased child drownings on parents' phone obsession

Parents' obsession with phones has led to increased cases of child drowning, a German organization warned.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 18:32:40