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.
Chief minister of northern Uttar Pradesh state, Yogi Adityanath, receives a certificate from Guinness World Record officials who monitored the attempt in the state's Ayodhya city with drone cameras.
Pakistan's information minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain says his government entered into a deal with the hardline protesters to avoid violence sparked by a top court order that acquitted a Christian woman Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges.
In the first three months of this year, border forces in Bangladesh and Myanmar seized nearly 9 million methamphetamine pills.
The acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, and three days of protests after have exposed long-running fault lines in Pakistani society. Here's a look at how it played out on Pakistani social media.
Gus Hutt was preparing for an early morning fish when he saw what appeared to be a doll bobbing past him in a rip current at Matata Beach in the North Island's Bay of Plenty.
Ousted premier Ranil Wickremesinghe has refused to accept his surprise sacking by President Maithripala Sirisena, who named former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse as the new premier.
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