Diwali, or the festival of lights, is observed by Hindus around the world every year with oil lamps, fireworks, prayers and songs as well as the exchange of gifts and sweets to mark the triumph of good over evil.
Members of Afghanistan's Peace Council, who met Taliban delegates in Moscow, repeat President Ashraf Ghani's offer of peace talks with Taliban without pre-conditions. Taliban says it will negotiate with US only.
A Somali man identified as Hassan Khalif Shire Ali set fire to a pickup truck in the centre of Melbourne city and stabbed three people, killing one, before he was shot by police in what they called a terrorist attack claimed later by Daesh.
More than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar's northern Rakhine state after a heavy-handed army crackdown in August last year that survivors say involved mass rape and extrajudicial killings.
Street power is often used as a tool to pressure Pakistani governments to the extent that the state often loses the ability to protect its citizens.
A company in Zunyi city in northern Guizhou province has allegedly forced its employees to eat insects and drink urine after failing to meet their sales targets.
The island nation has been engulfed in turmoil since President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month and replaced him with former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, triggering constitutional crisis and protests.
Afghan forces deployed to beat back Taliban fighters in Ghazni province, heavily populated by minority Hazaras, raising fears of sectarian violence. The escalation comes as Afghan government and Taliban meet for first direct peace talks in Moscow.
According to an interior ministry official, the riot started when one inmate thought to be a member of Daesh attacked a prison guard.
A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy has been freed from jail after an acquittal that triggered religious protests, but is still in Pakistan, officials said Thursday amid appeals for her to be offered asylum.
The president of Tokyo Medical University said it would contact 101 applicants, including 67 women, who took the exam in the past two years but were rejected.
"I have been told that she is on a plane but nobody knows where she will land," lawyer Saif-ul-Malook says, a week after a top court ordered Bibi's release overturning her conviction that sparked massive protests by hardliners.
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