HLAING THAR YAR, Myanmar:
NEW DELHI: A Hindu temple worker was hacked to death in western Bangladesh Friday, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on religious minorities by suspected Islamists.
COLOMBO: Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka’s wealthy elite – a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown.
ISTANBUL: Just two days after triple suicide bombings, Istanbul’s main international airport is as usual a hive of activity – but with passengers snapping selfies in front of bullet-shattered windows.
SAN FRANCISCO: A Secret Service agent who stole money seized by the government in the investigation of underground drug bazaar Silk Road is now suspected of stealing money in at least two other cases, according to court filings unsealed on Thursday.
NEW YORK: Tesla said Thursday a driver was killed while using the “autopilot” self-driving mechanism on its Model S electric car, leading to a federal safety investigation.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS: The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an “active shooter” report that turned out to be a false alarm.
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday officially lifted restrictions on tourism in Turkey after mending ties with Ankara over its downing of one of Moscow’s warplanes.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday there was an “unfolding situation” at Joint Base Andrews in Washington’s Maryland suburbs but provided no further details.
KABUL: Two Taliban suicide bombers on Thursday killed at least 27 people and wounded around 40 in an attack on buses carrying newly graduated cadets on the western outskirts of Kabul, officials said.
LONDON: Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner who had been considered one of the favourites to replace David Cameron as British Prime Minister, said on Thursday he would not be standing.
TEHRAN: Iran sentenced to death two Afghans convicted of raping a French tourist hiking in the high mountains just north of Tehran, a government newspaper reported on Thursday.
ISTANBUL: Turkey on Thursday detained 13 suspected Islamic State jihadists over the deadly Istanbul airport attack, as chilling details emerged of how suicide bombers launched their assault.
TOKYO: Japanese prosecutors have charged a U.S. military contractor with the murder and rape of a 20-year-old woman on Okinawa, a high-profile case that has renewed anti-American base sentiment on the southern Japanese island.
KABUL: Two buses transporting police cadets in the Afghan capital were struck by a suicide bomb attack on Thursday, government and Taliban sources said, with many casualties feared.
SINGAPORE: A man whose Facebook comment calling for violence against the local LGBT community went viral after a shooting at a popular gay club in Florida was charged in Singapore on Thursday.
HELENA: A grizzly bear attacked and killed a 38-year-old mountain biker as he was riding along a trail just outside Glacier National Park, Montana authorities said.
WELLINGTON: A homeless New Zealand man whose dismembered body was found crushed in cardboard bales was likely picked up by a recycling truck while sleeping rough, police said Thursday.
TAIPEI: A catalogue of errors led the pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan to shut down the only working engine, exclaiming: “Wow, pulled back wrong throttle,” a damning report said Thursday.
NEW DELHI: Police say a fire in a pharmacy engulfed residential quarters of a Mumbai suburban building, killing eight people.
KABUL: Who can lay claim to Rumi, the Sufi mystic who is one of the world’s most beloved poets? A bid by Iran and Turkey to do so has exasperated Afghanistan, country of his birth eight centuries ago.
MANILA: There will be no fancy ‘vin d’honneur’ at Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration as president of the Philippines on Thursday, just simple fare at a low-key event. Then he will get straight down to the business of crushing crime, drugs and lawlessness.
HANOI: A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced an Australian citizen to death for heroin trafficking.
LONDON: Britain’s two main political parties were embroiled in leadership battles Thursday to decide who will lead the country through turbulent times in the wake of a vote to leave the European Union.
TUNIS: A Tunisian killed in the Istanbul airport attack blamed on the Islamic State group was in Turkey to secure the release of his son detained for joining the jihadists, diplomats said Wednesday.
BERLIN: The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of deliberately displaying the wrong naval signals and interfering with a US aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea, in the latest salvo about a June incident that both countries blame on each other.
ISTANBUL: Turkey pointed the finger of blame at Islamic State jihadists Wednesday after suicide bombers armed with automatic rifles attacked Istanbul’s main international airport, killing 41 people, including foreigners.
Brussels: EU leaders agreed Wednesday that Britain cannot have access to the single market after leaving the union without accepting the bloc’s rules on free movement, president Donald Tusk said.
Brussels: French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that Britain’s vote to leave the EU should not change a deal to stop migrants crossing the Channel, which led to many being stuck at camps in Calais.
Istanbul: A triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s international airport left 41 people dead, 13 of them foreign nationals, and 239 wounded, the city governor said in a statement.
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