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Bangladesh ships Rohingya refugees to remote island despite outcry

Bangladesh naval vessels carried about 1,600 Rohingya refugees to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal on Friday despite complaints by refugees and rights groups that some were being coerced.

Asia stocks edge higher after vaccine news. Wall Street hits record highs

Asian stocks held gains and moved tentatively further into record territory on Tuesday, after U.S. benchmarks were pepped up by news of another promising coronavirus vaccine, though futures indicated the rally could stall in European hours.

End ties with France in 24 hours, Bangladesh Islamist group tells government

Bangladesh’s biggest Islamist group on Monday told the government to cut diplomatic ties with France within 24 hours, as police stopped thousands of its supporters from marching towards the French embassy.

Strong earthquake kills 19 people in Turkey and Greek islands

Nineteen people were killed in Turkey and Greece after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday, bringing buildings crashing down and setting off tidal waves which slammed into coastal areas and islands.

Philippines orders evacuation as world's strongest 2020 typhoon approaches

Philippine officials on Saturday ordered evacuation of thousands of residents in the southern part of the main Luzon island as a category 5 storm that is the world’s strongest this year approaches the Southeast Asian nation.

In Asia next week, Pompeo expected to bolster allies against China

U.S. Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo is flying to India next week to strengthen strategic ties with a nation that is locked in a military standoff with China, in Washington’s latest effort to bolster allies against Beijing.

Afghans jostling for visas sparks stampede, killing at least 15

At least 15 people were killed in stampede among thousands of Afghans gathered near Pakistan’s consulate on Tuesday as jostling broke out between people applying for visas, officials in the eastern city of Jalalabad said.

5 killed, 9 injured in bomb blasts in Afghanistan's Jalrez

Two roadside bomb blasts in the Jalrez district of Afghanistan killed five people and left nine injured, the provincial Governor's office said.

Japan ramping up pressure on China over South China Sea: Report

Japenese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc to cooperate on regional issues including the disputed South China Sea (SCS).

Thailand protesters defy new 'selfie' rule

Thousands of Thai protesters defied the recently imposed state of emergency decree, which has made it illegal for people to take or post selfies on social media of the ongoing anti-government protests in Thailand.

Chinese President aspires to reshape China in the 21st century, Mao Zedong had shaped the 2oth century

The July 15 issue of the Chinese Communist Party journal, Qiushi (Seeking Truth), has declared in an editorial that it is the highest duty of all Chinese to “safeguard the core position of General Secretary Xi Jinping”.

Prambanan Temple is the largest of Indonesia's 240 Hindu temples

The Prambanan Temple built in the 19th century is the largest Hindu site in Indonesia and the second-largest in southeast Asia consisting of 240 temples.

Indian forces killed 10 terrorist and 15 Army soldiers across LOC in an assault on terrorists

The Indian Army’s artillery assault on terror launch pads at Dudhnial facing the Keran sector across the Line of Control (LoC) on April 10 killed eight terrorists and 15 Pakistan Army soldiers, two people in the security establishment told media persons.

India and China needs to work unitedly to build a secure Afghanistan

There is an air of uncertainty about the U.S.’s intentions in Afghanistan. The likelihood of an American pullout raises the spectre of instability in Afghanistan, South and Central Asia.