Category: Asia Pacific

India seeks travel exemption for badminton team to compete in Tokyo qualifier

Indian badminton players’ hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics hang in balance, with the country’s sports ministry seeking exemption from the travel ban to compete in a qualifier in Malaysia. In the wake of an unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases in India, Malaysia has banned travel from […]

Russian foreign minister visits Pakistan in search of Afghan peace

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and the country’s army chief for talks on the troubled peace process in Afghanistan, where both countries have long histories of involvement. It was the first time a Russian foreign minister had visited Pakistan in […]

Train crash kills 48 in Taiwan’s deadliest rail tragedy for decades

A Taiwan express train with almost 500 aboard derailed in a tunnel on Friday, killing at least 48 passengers and injuring 66 in the island’s worst rail disaster in almost four decades. Images from the scene showed carriages in the tunnel ripped apart by the impact, with others […]

U.S. remains concerned about India-Pakistan tensions: official

WASHINGTON – The United States remains concerned about India-Pakistan tensions as the nuclear-armed countries’ militaries remain on alert nearly three weeks after their most dangerous confrontation in decades, a senior U.S. administration official said on Wednesday. The official also indicated that the Trump administration does not think Pakistan […]

U.S. wants to know if Pakistan used U.S.-built F-16 jets to down Indian warplane

ISLAMABAD  – The United States is “seeking information” on whether Pakistan used U.S.-built F-16 jets to down an Indian warplane, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said on Sunday, which may violate the F-16 sale agreements between Washington and Pakistan. Pakistan says it did not use F-16s in shooting […]

India-Pakistan border quiet but Kashmir tense amid militancy crackdown

SRINAGAR, India/MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan  – As India and Pakistan seemingly dial down hostilities that brought the arch enemies to the brink of another war, a massive crackdown on militancy in the Indian-controlled Kashmir region is killing both militants and security personnel in big numbers. At the Line of Control […]

Bon appe-teeth: man chomps on ‘molar’ in airline meal

A horrified Australian traveller discovered a suspected human tooth in a meal on a Singapore Airlines flight, prompting the carrier Thursday to apologise and launch an investigation. Bradley Button was eating rice on the flight on Tuesday when he heard a crunch and spat out what appeared to […]

China bars millions from travel for ‘social credit’ offenses

BEIJING — Forgot to pay a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year under a controversial “social credit” system the ruling Communist Party says will improve public behavior. Some 5.5 million people […]

Pakistan reimposes ban on Islamist charities linked to Hafiz Saeed

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has re-instated a ban on two charities linked to Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group that has carried out attacks in India, the interior ministry said on Friday. The ban comes as Pakistan faces international pressure to act against militant groups, […]

‘Don’t mess with Pakistan,’ India is told amid Kashmir tension

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan – Pakistan will respond to any attack by India with “full force”, the army said on Friday amid heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, as Islamabad said it took over the base of a militant group that claimed a deadly bombing in Kashmir. Army spokesman Major […]

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