Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Five Muslim women asked the Supreme Court to declare instant divorce unconstitutional India’s top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women’s rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice “un-Islamic”. India is one of a […]

Trump vows ‘fight to win’ in Afghanistan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Donald Trump made the address at prime time in the US President Donald Trump has said a hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill. He said his original instinct was to pull US forces out, but had instead decided to stay and “fight to […]

James Dresnok: Sons confirm death of US defector to N Korea

James Dresnok: Sons confirm death of US defector to N Korea

Image copyright AFP / VeryMuchSo Productions Image caption James Dresnok defected across the minefields of the DMZ in 1962 James Dresnok, the last known US soldier living in North Korea, died of a stroke aged 74 late last year, his sons have confirmed. Mr Dresnok’s children said he was loyal to North Korea until the […]

Melbourne terror charges: Men face court over mosque fires

Image copyright ABC/ Iskandar Razak Image caption Melbourne’s Imam Ali Islamic Centre was twice hit by fire Three men have faced a court charged with terrorism offences over alleged arson attacks on an Australian mosque. The two alleged attacks in Melbourne were inspired by so-called Islamic State and targeted a Shia Islamic centre, according to […]

Trump to unveil Afghanistan war strategy

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump is expected to indicate later that he is sending more troops to Afghanistan, prolonging a war-weary America’s longest conflict. In his first prime-time speech on a specific policy issue, the Republican leader will address the nation at 21:00 local time (01:00 GMT). He said he had reached […]

US Navy orders ‘operational pause’ after collision

Media captionThe timing of this incident is awkward for the United States The US Navy has ordered a worldwide “operational pause” of its fleet after a destroyer collided with a tanker near Singapore, leaving 10 sailors missing. Five other sailors were injured in the crash involving the guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain. The […]

James Dresnok, last US soldier to defect to N Korea, dies

Image copyright AFP / VeryMuchSo Productions Image caption James Dresnok defected across the minefields of the DMZ in 1962 James Dresnok, the last known US soldier living in North Korea after defecting, has died aged 74. His sons – both born in North Korea – told a state media outlet their father had died in […]

The push to save Mumbai’s colonial-era water fountains

Image copyright Vikas Dilawari Image caption The Mulji Jetha fountain in South Mumbai before restoration. It is one of at least 50 colonial-era fountains in the city. Metallic sheets barricade the approximately 15ft (4.5m) drinking water fountain (pyaav) outside the postal headquarters in south Mumbai. Dozens of pigeons are jostling in the small courtyard-like space […]

Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move

Image copyright PA Cambridge University Press, the world’s oldest publishing house, has reversed a decision to censor content in China. The publisher had agreed to suppress access to hundreds of its own articles that dealt with subjects sensitive to the Chinese authorities, such as those about the Tiananmen Square massacre. The Chinese had said that […]

Malaysia sites hacked after blunder over Indonesian flag

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Indonesian flag was misprinted in the guidebook for the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Indonesian hackers have claimed to have attacked several Malaysian websites, following a blunder which saw the Indonesian flag printed upside down in a regional sports event’s guidebook. The mistake prompted fury in Indonesia over […]

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