Police were fighting the Taliban in Helmand province late on Thursday when the Afghan forces called for air support. Eight Afghan policemen were killed and 11 more injured in what appears to be a mistake.
Government officials say about 80 percent of land taken from ethnic Tamils during decades of civil conflict has been handed back, but experts say the remainder may never be returned.
Cases of the crippling disease have steadily increased in the country as attacks on health workers persist and fake news continues to circulate about the deaths of numerous children killed by the vaccine.
Lawmakers pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organisations opposed to the move approved most of a government-sponsored bill.
Meeting Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal in Beijing, top diplomat Wang Yi said China sets great store on its ties with Turkey. China faces criticism for its so-called re-education camps which many see as internment camps for Uyghur Muslims.
A closely watched poll showed Labor was going into Saturday's election with a slight advantage.
China's state planner says trade frictions with the United States has had some impact on China's economy, but it was "controllable" and countermeasures would be rolled-out when needed to "keep economic operations within reasonable range".
Five rebels, two army soldiers and two civilians killed during two gun battles in India-administered Kashmir sparking anti-India protests, officials and residents say. Locals say one of the civilians was used as "human shield" by Indian troops.
China is strongly against other countries imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese entities, a commerce ministry spokesman said, stressing the US should avoid further damaging bilateral trade relations.
Qatar is trying to "defuse escalating tensions" across the Persian Gulf, Al Jazeera reports amid allegations of oil tanker sabotage, a drone attack by Yemen's Iranian-allied rebels and deployment of US warships and bombers to the region.
The latest spree of violence against Muslims, who make up less than 10 per cent of Sri Lanka's 22 million people, follows the deadly Easter bombings by militants.
In what appears to be a reprisal for Easter Sunday attackers by Daesh-linked bombers, mobs are moving through towns in Sri Lanka, ransacking mosques burning Qurans and attacking shops.
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