Sri Lankans honour Tamil victims of civil war after 13 years | Tamils News

Sri Lankan protesters have lit flames and offered prayers remembering thousands – including ethnic Tamil civilians – killed in the final stages of the country’s decades-long civil war. It was the first-ever event in the island nation where mostly majority ethnic Sinhalese openly memorialized the minority group. Protesters gathered outside the president’s office in the … Read more

Half a million Indians flee floods in northeast brought by rain

More than half a million people have fled their homes in India’s northeastern state of Assam to escape heavy floods triggered by pre-monsoon rains that drowned seven, authorities said on Wednesday, as they warned the situation could worsen. One of the world’s largest rivers, the Brahmaputra, which flows into India and neighboring Bangladesh from Tibet, … Read more

Nine killed in clashes in Tajikistan’s restive eastern region | News

Tajikistan’s interior ministry says 70 ‘active members of a terrorist group’ were detained after deadly clashes in Gorno-Badakhshan. At least eight people have been killed in clashes between Tajik security forces and “anti-government militants” in a restive region bordering Afghanistan and China, according to the country’s interior ministry. The ministry said on Wednesday members of … Read more

India’s top court frees convict in ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi’s case | Courts News

The Supreme Court of India has released after 30 years a man jailed over the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi India’s top court has ordered the release of a man convicted over the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao invoked extraordinary powers on … Read more

Top Taliban leader makes more promises on women’s rights but says ‘naughty women’ should stay home

Kabul CNN † A senior Taliban official has repeated the group’s as-yet-unfulfilled pledge to allow girls back into high school, saying there would be “good news soon,” but suggested that women who protested the regime’s restrictions on women rights should stay home. Sirajuddin Haqqani, Afghanistan’s acting interior minister and the Taliban’s co-deputy leader since 2016, … Read more

‘Textbook repeat’: India courts hear Hindu-relics-in-mosque pleas | Religion News

India’s Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s order banning mass prayers at a 17th-century mosque in northern India after a survey team said it found relics of the Hindu god Shiva and other Hindu symbols there. In an interim order on Tuesday, the top court said Muslim prayers at the Gyanvapi Mosque in Uttar … Read more

Pakistan: Outrage as TikTok star shoots video next to forest fire | Social Media News

Humaira Asghar posts a clip of herself walking playfully in a silver ball gown in front of a burning hillside with the caption: ‘Fire erupts wherever I am’. A Pakistani social media star with millions of followers is facing criticism after posing for a TikTok video by a forest fire, as a devastating heatwave causes … Read more

US withdrawal prompted collapse of Afghan army: Report | News

The withdrawal of US forces and military contractors last year has been touted as “the single most important factor” in triggering the collapse of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), according to an interim report by the United States government’s leading oversight authority on Afghanistan reconstruction. Washington has spent nearly $90bn on the … Read more

Sri Lanka faces ‘man-made’ food crisis as farmers stop planting | Food News

Walsapugala, Sri Lanka – Mahinda Samarawickrema, 49, will not be planting paddy this season. After a government ban on chemical fertilisers cut his yield in half during the March harvest, the farmer, who owns eight hectares (20 acres) of paddy and banana, said he no longer has the income to maintain a farm – especially … Read more

North Korea Covid outbreak: Kim Jong Un orders lockdown as 1.5million ‘fever’ cases recorded

A nation with an entirely unvaccinated population and one of the world’s worst healthcare systems is buckling as it battles to contain its first Covid outbreak. North Korean military medics ramped up the distribution of medicines to fight a growing coronavirus outbreak, state media said on Tuesday, with the number of reported cases of “fever” … Read more