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Sheikh Hasina to be sworn in as Bangladesh PM

Dhaka, Jan 7: Sheikh Hasina will be sworn in as Bangladesh's prime minister for a record fourth term on Monday after her Awami League's landslide victory in the December 30 election.

Hasina's ruling alliance won more than 90 per cent of the seats contested in the election, which was...

Malaysian king Sultan Muhammad V abdicates in historic first

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 7: Malaysia's king abdicated on Sunday in a historic first for the country that ended weeks of speculation about his future after he took medical leave and reportedly married a Russian ex-beauty queen.

Sultan Muhammad V's decision marks the first time a king has stepped aside...

Death toll from Philippines storm, landslides climbs to 126

Manila, Jan 6: The death toll from a storm that devastated the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 126, authorities said Sunday, adding landslides caused by torrential rain were the top cause.

The storm hit central and eastern Philippine islands on December 29 and caused massive flooding and landslides....

Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina to take oath as PM on Monday

Dhaka, Jan 6: Sheikh Hasina will be be sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Bangladesh on January 7, following her party's sweeping victory in the 11th Parliamentary elections, which were held across the country on December 30.

Hasina, along with her new Cabinet, will take oath on...

"World's Oldest Woman" Died At 122. She Lied about Age, Says Researcher

Jan 6: Jeanne Calment died in 1997 in the southern French town in which she was born, and her death drew a flurry of attention.

At 122, an age that had been certified by the Guinness World Records as well as public health researchers, she was the oldest documented...

UAE's USD 6.2 billion bail-out package for Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 5: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has finalised a bail-out package worth around USD 6.2 billion to assist Pakistan's struggling economy. The package will enable Pakistan to deal with its balance-of-payments crisis.

Dawn newspaper has reported that the bail-out package will be announced by the Crown Prince...

Pak PM calls for friendly ties with India, says Kashmir basic problem

Ankara, Jan 5: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has pitched for friendly relations with India while opining that the "basic problem" between the two countries is Kashmir.

"We are trying to have a dialogue, trying to move towards a friendly relationship with India...Pakistan obviously wants stability because we want...

"Major Changes Never Seen In a Century": Xi Tells Army to Be Battle-Ready

Shanghai, Jan 5: China's armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of top brass on Friday.

China is keen to beef up its armed forces amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea...

US politicians target Al Jazeera with new media disclosure law

London, Jan 4: US politicians plan to use a new financial disclosure law aimed at foreign media companies to force more transparency from Al Jazeera and other Qatari outlets.

The law, introduced last year, requires foreign-owned TV stations broadcasting in America to register and file regular reports with the...

Democrat Pelosi elected US House speaker for 2nd time

Washington, Jan 4: Nancy Pelosi knew this moment would come, even if others had their doubts — or worked to stop her. Pelosi was elected Thursday as House speaker, the only woman who has held the office and now one of few elected officials who have returned to it....