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UAE runs 'informal prisons' in Yemen: Human Rights Watch

The UAE is a key member of a Saudi-led military coalition that entered Yemen's conflict in 2015 to battle on the government's side against Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

 

South Korea president calls on China's Xi Jinping to do more on North Korea nuclear program

South Korea and the United States agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in response to the growing missile threat from North Korea.

China funding Pakistan's mega dam in Pak-occupied Kashmir? China funding Pakistan's mega dam in Pak-occupied Kashmir?

The Asian Development Bank, World Bank have already refused to commit funds for Pakistan’s project.

United States tells Turkey it will take back weapons from Kurdish militia: Turkish sources United States tells Turkey it will take back weapons from Kurdish militia: Turkish sources

In a letter to Turkey's Defence Minister Fikri Isik, Mattis said the United States had informed Turkey about the weapons it had given the YPG and that it would provide monthly lists of the arms supplied, the sources said in a statement.

Iran begins sending gas to Iraq under major deal

Shiite-dominated Iran and Iraq, which fought a devastating war in the 1980s, have become close allies since the 2003 fall of Sunni strongman Saddam Hussein and the rise of a Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

 

At least 29 dead as car bomb hits bank in southern Afghanistan At least 29 dead as car bomb hits bank in southern Afghanistan

No group has claimed responsibility for the brazen attack, but it comes as the Taliban ramp up their nationwide spring offensive despite government calls for a ceasefire during Ramadan.

Tycoon backs charges against ousted South Korea President

Chey Tae-Won, chairman of SK, the country's second largest conglomerate after Samsung, became the first business mogul who took the stand at what is being dubbed in South Korea "the trial of the century".

Two Turkish soldiers, one village guard killed after clashes with Kurdish militants: Army

The soldiers were wounded during an operation targeting militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Bitlis, the army said.

Chinese draft law regulates use of national anthem

According to the draft, those who maliciously modify the lyrics or play or sing it in a distorted or disrespectful way can be detained for up to 15 days by public security departments. 

Funeral to be held for US student imprisoned by North Korea

Warmbier`s funeral will be held at Wyoming High School -- located in the city of Wyoming, a suburb of Cincinnati -- from which he graduated in 2013. He will then be buried in Cincinnati`s Oak Hill Cemetery.

Donald Trump advisors meet Palestinian President

The White House released a statement late on Wednesday that achieving peace with the Israelis "will take time", reports Efe news.

When Pakistani journalists were beaten for 'drinking water' during Ramadan When Pakistani journalists were beaten for 'drinking water' during Ramadan

Crew of a Pakistani TV channel drew the ire of students of an Islamic seminary for drinking water during the fasting period in Ramadan - the Muslim holy month of fasting.

Hackers threaten cyberattack against South Korean banks

The group, called Armada Collective, has threatened to carry out a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack if the demanded money is not paid by June 26, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Thursday.

Man stopped on Thai border with orangutans, tortoises, raccoons

Thai wildlife officers have arrested a Malaysian man attempting to smuggle two baby orangutans, 51 tortoises and six raccoons into the kingdom across its southern border, officials said on Thursday.

Nepal, China hail 'smooth, healthy development' of bilateral ties

Nepal highly appreciates China's non-interference in its internal affairs, China's support for and understanding of its constitutional process and China's long-term assistance for its socio-economic development, Deuba said.

In Syria's besieged Douma, Ramadan meals among the ruins

The open-air meals are a rare treat in the town in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus, made possible only by the relative calm that has followed an international deal to reduce violence.

Myanmar forces kill 3 in raid on 'terrorist training camps': State media

Myanmar security forces have killed three people in raids on "terrorist" training camps run by Rohingya Muslim militants in the north of Rakhine state, state media reported on Thursday.

United Nation says IS targets children to hold Mosul civilians hostage

UNICEF said 1,075 Iraqi children have been killed and 1,130 wounded since IS militants overran nearly a third of Iraq in 2014.

ISIS blows up landmark Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had declared himself "caliph" in 2014 ISIS blows up landmark Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had declared himself "caliph" in 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the destruction of the sites was "an official declaration of defeat" from the jihadists in the eight-month-old battle for Mosul.

Turkey sends first aid ship to Qatar amid tensions

Speaking in an interview with the state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, Zeybekci said that nearly 105 cargo planes have carried aid from Turkey to Qatar, after several Gulf countries cut diplomatic ties with Doha earlier this month, Xinhua news agency reported.

Pakistan to make visa rules stringent for Chinese Pakistan to make visa rules stringent for Chinese

Pakistan has decided to make visa rules stringent for Chinese citizens after the recent abduction and killing of a Chinese couple from Quetta.

China invites Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner to visit Beijing

The invitation from China underscores the influential roles that Kushner and Ivanka Trump hold in Trump's administration, including in matters of foreign policy.

Israel boasts of `unimaginable` power in future Lebanon war

Israeli troops poured into southern Lebanon after the Shiite militia seized two soldiers in a deadly cross-border raid on July 12, 2006 in a war that killed more than 1,200 Lebanese.

Philippines says school hostage drama over, 31 captives freed Philippines says school hostage drama over, 31 captives freed

Islamist militants who stormed a primary school in a southern Philippines town on Wednesday have fled, leaving behind 31 hostages unharmed, including 12 children.

Pakistan journalists thrashed over 'drinking water' in Ramazan

An FIR has been registered against the madrasa management with the Margalla police.