Fmr. Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Pakistani court has sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison on corruption charges related to four luxury London flats. The National Accountability Bureau court handed down the verdict after a series of delays. Sharif previously filed to delay the ruling while he was in London with his wife, where she is receiving cancer treatment. The former leader has called the charges politically motivated. His daughter, Maryam Sharif, also received a seven-year sentence, while his former security officer Safdar Awan received a one-year sentence.  Read more...

Indian President rejects plea to release Rajiv Gandhi killers

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the Tamil Nadu government’s request to release the seven prisoners convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991. Mr. Kovind conveyed to the State government that the “Centre doesn’t concur with its view” to release the prisoners. The President is bound by the advice of his Council of Ministers in such matters. In the last four years, the State government has written twice to the Home Ministry to pardon Read more...

Malaysian Government to re-define fake news law

Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Sunday that an anti-fake news law brought by the previous administration will be given “proper” definition, making it clear to the media and the public what is fake. “Even though we support freedom of press and freedom of speech, there are limits,” Mahathir said in a live telecast on State TV. Abolishing the anti-fake news law was one of the Mahathir’s campaign promises, but his latest comments point to a re-defining Read more...

Prince William and Kate name baby son Louis

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate have named their baby son Louis Arthur Charles, Kensington Palace announced on Friday. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles,” said a palace statement. “The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.” The name pays tribute to William’s great-great uncle Louis Mountbatten, who was killed by the IRA in 1979, while Charles Read more...

49 dead in plane crash at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport

At least 49 people were killed when a plane approached the runway from the wrong direction, crashed and burst into flames while landing at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport in Nepal on Monday. Flight BS 211, which belongs to US-Bangla Airlines, a privately owned Bangladeshi carrier, was flying from Dhaka, Bangladesh, police spokesperson Manoj Neupane said. There were 71 passengers on the plane, including the crew, said Kamrul Islam, the head of public relations for US-Bangla. Forty bodies were Read more...

Maldives ex-leader Gayoom and SC Chief Justice arrested

Maldives police have arrested the country’s chief justice of the Supreme Court and ex-leader Abdul Gayoom, hours after the government declared a state of emergency. The crisis began when President Abdulla Yameen refused to comply with a court order to release political prisoners. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning “for an investigation”, police said. No details were given about the investigation or any charges. Other Read more...

Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as new president of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as president, beginning a new era for the long-troubled nation. Earlier Mr Mnangagwa raised his fist and the 60,000-strong stadium crowd in the capital Harare jumped to its feet and erupted with shouts and singing. The 75-year-old promised to devote himself to the well-being of the people. A handful of regional heads of state are attending the inauguration, including the leaders of Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. The president of Read more...

Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation by Indian Police for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, a lawyer said Tuesday. The firm behind the development is alleged to have taken millions of dollars from homebuyers before the project folded. Piyush Singh, a lawyer representing one of the buyers, told AFP that Police had filed initial charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy against Sharapova as part of a Read more...

UK minister Priti Patel resigns over Israel meetings row

Theresa May’s government was rocked on Wednesday by a second cabinet resignation in a week, after Priti Patel was forced to step down as International Development Secretary. It was revealed Patel held secret meetings with Israeli officials. Patel met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior figures while on a private holiday with her family, in August. The Prime Minister will now need to carry out another reshuffle that will create disruption and add to the sense of instability Read more...

Trump says he will terminate green card lottery system

US President Donald Trump has said that he would end the popular US green card lottery after a radicalised Uzbek man who entered the country under the programme killed eight people in New York. “I am starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery programme,” Mr Trump told reporters. He said: “We have to do what’s right to protect our citizens. We will get rid of this lottery programme as soon as possible.” The 1990 programme awards US permanent resident visas to around 50,000 Read more...