Bangladesh fire: Thousands of homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

Bangladesh fire: Thousands of homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

A fire in a crowded slum in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka has destroyed thousands of homes and left at least 10,000 people homeless, officials have said. The fire started on Friday in Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood and destroyed about 2,000 mostly tin homes, fire services official Ershad Hossain told AFP news agency. Several people were injured but nobody was…
India’s ISRO says lander lost on final approach to moon located

India’s ISRO says lander lost on final approach to moon located

ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan displays a model of Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and rover during a news conference last month [File: Aijaz Rahi/AP] The lander module from India's moon mission has been located on the lunar surface, a day after it lost contact with the space station, and efforts are under way to try to establish contact…
Activists hail Qatar withdrawal from pro-China text over Uighurs

Activists hail Qatar withdrawal from pro-China text over Uighurs

Doha, Qatar - Activists have welcomed Qatar's decision to withdraw its signature from a letter signed last month by 37 countries expressing support for China's policies in Xinjiang province, where about one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres, according to United Nations experts. The Qatari move, which was first reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday,…
Japan PM Abe: S Korea move to end intelligence pact damages trust

Japan PM Abe: S Korea move to end intelligence pact damages trust

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has denounced South Korea's decision to end an intelligence-sharing pact between the two countries, saying such action "damages trust" with Tokyo. "Japan will urge South Korea to recover trust between us, including resolving the matter of violation of the international treaty between Japan and South Korea and hope South Korea…

Ancient city Kemune emerges in northern Iraq before sinking again

A palace thousands of years old has emerged from the Mosul Dam in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq after water levels dropped because of drought. The appearance of the ruins on the banks of the Tigris River triggered an archaeological dig, with a joint Kurdish and German team keen on surveying the treasures of the complex, known…
South Africa: Protesters demand action on violence against women

South Africa: Protesters demand action on violence against women

Thousands of protesters wearing all-black, brandishing placards and singing apartheid-era struggle songs took to the streets of Johannesburg to demonstrate against what they called a scourge of femicide in South Africa. Friday's demonstrations, which police said were attended by 4,000 people in the Sandton neighbourhood, followed weeks of renewed activism and protests against gender-based violence in…
Palestinian PM vows to release probe result on Israa Gharib death

Palestinian PM vows to release probe result on Israa Gharib death

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh says a number of people have been called in for questioning over the death of a 21-year-old woman under suspicious circumstances, in a case that sparked widespread anger in the occupied West Bank. Though the exact circumstances surrounding Israa Gharib's death last month remain unknown, rights activists have alleged she died after being beaten by…

‘Astonishing’: Taliban respond to Trump’s peace talks withdrawal

Peace talks between the United States and the Taliban began last October in Qatar, with the aim of ending the almost 18-year-old war in Afghanistan. On Monday, US President Donald Trump announced that negotiations were over without a deal. "They are dead. They are dead. As far as I'm concerned, they are dead," Trump told reporters,…
Bahamas brace for impact as Hurricane Dorian closes in

Bahamas brace for impact as Hurricane Dorian closes in

Hurricane Dorian, which intensified to a category 5 storm capable of inflicting catastrophic levels of destruction, has made landfall on an island chain in the northern Bahamas.  Massive waves, torrential rain and sustained winds of 285 kilometres an hour were reported as Dorian hit Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands on Sunday at 12:40pm (16:40 GMT), the US…
Easing of Kashmir crackdown begins, Indian authorities say

Easing of Kashmir crackdown begins, Indian authorities say

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir say they have restored landline telephone links and eased restrictions on movement in some parts of the region after a nearly two-week security lockdown and communications blackout. In a Twitter post on Saturday, Shahid Choudhary, a government administrator in Srinagar, the region's main city, said authorities have "initiated" the process of restoring…