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 ...

Aquarius docks in Malta as it starts processing 141 migrants on board

The Humanitarian vessel the MV Aquarius docked in Malta on Wednesday afternoon with 141 rescued migrants on board.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 6:36:38

Democrats embrace diversity, Republicans go for Trump fave in primaries

Democrats in the US state of Vermont on Tuesday night nominated the country's first transgender gubernatorial candidate for a major party, while in Minnesota, former governor Tim Pawlenty, once an open critic of President Donald Trump, lost his reelection bid in Republican primaries.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 6:35:52

Ukraine plans major railway project under Belt and Road Initiative

Ukraine on Wednesday has unveiled a concept of a new railway project "China-Ukraine-EU (European Union)," which is aimed at unlocking Ukraine's transit potential under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 6:35:26

UN humanitarian body launches petition for protection of civilians in conflict

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Wednesday launched a petition with world leaders for the protection of civilians and aid workers in armed conflict.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 6:33:39

White House says US not to lift tariffs on Turkey even Brunson released

The White House said on Wednesday that the United States will not lift sanctions on Turkish steel and aluminum products even if detained American pastor Andrew Brunson is released.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 6:32:49

Israel sees decline in new start-ups: report

The number of start-ups in Israel has been gradually declining in recent years, according to figures released Wednesday by SNC (Start Up Nation Central) organization.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 6:32:21

Italy's Genoa struggles to make sense of bridge collapse as rescue goes on

A day after suffering its major structural disaster in decades, the northwestern Italian city of Genoa still struggled to cope with reality.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 6:31:33

6.5-magnitude quake hits 65km S of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska -- USGS

An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale jolted 65 km south of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska at 21:56:54 GMT on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 6:29:54

Celebrating independence

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets schoolchildren after his speech commemorating India's 72nd Independence Day, which marks the 71st anniversary of the end of British colonial rule, at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Wednesday. Modi announced in a speech that India will send a manned mission into space by 2022.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/15 23:33:42

Man behind UK attack faces murder attempted charge

A British man accused of a terror attack after driving into a barrier protecting the Houses of Parliament faces investigation for attempted murder, police said Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/15 22:38:42

Italy bridge collapse death toll climbs to 39

Rescuers hunted for survivors among huge chunks of debris on Wednesday after a bridge collapse that killed 39, as furious government ministers rounded on the viaduct's operator, saying it should pay fines and compensation and lose its concession.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/15 22:38:42

'Bold step' toward ending war: Moon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday his visit to Pyongyang next month will be a "bold step" toward formally ending the decades-old war with the nuclear-armed North.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/15 22:38:41

India must find unique development path to achieve its manufacturing ambitions

Wednesday was a memorable day for India, as it marked the anniversary of the country's independence from the British Empire in 1947. During the subsequent decades, India created an impressive economic miracle, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, but it has long been beset by a failure to achieve its manufacturing ambitions.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/15 22:33:42