Pakistan woman stoned to death by family for marrying man she loved

(Reuters) – A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan’s top courts on Tuesday in a so-called “honor” killing for marrying the man she loved, police said. Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore to open when a group of around dozen men began attacking her with bricks, said Umer Cheema, a senior police officer. Her father, two brothers and former fiance […]

Obama plans to end U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by 2016

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined a plan to withdraw all but 9,800 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and pull out the rest by the end of 2016, ending more than a decade of military engagement triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The decision means that Obama will leave office in early 2017 having extricated the country from the longest war in U.S. history. He ended Washington’s […]

Malaysia, UK satellite firm release data on missing flight

(Reuters) – Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation and British satellite firm Inmarsat on Tuesday released the data used to determine the path of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, following mounting calls from passengers’ relatives for greater transparency. Relatives of passengers on the missing flight said they had received the data report compiled by Inmarsat and Malaysian officials and they published it on their Facebook page. The data communications log comprises 14 pieces of data from seven “handshakes,” or pairs […]

Sworn in as India’s leader, Modi speaks of a ‘glorious future’

(Reuters) – Narendra Modi was sworn in as India’s prime minister in an elaborate ceremony at New Delhi’s presidential palace on Monday, after a sweeping election victory that ended two terms of rule by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Millions of Indians watched the inauguration live on television as the 63-year-old Hindu nationalist leader, once thought of as too divisive to lead the world’s largest democracy, took his oath along with his cabinet members in the palace […]

Vietnam, China trade accusations after Vietnamese fishing boat sinks

  (Reuters) – Vietnam and China traded accusations on Tuesday over the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat not far from where China has placed an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea, as tensions fester between the two countries over the giant drilling platform. Hanoi said some 40 Chinese fishing boats had surrounded the Vietnamese craft before one of them rammed it and it sank. Vietnamese fishing boats operating nearby rescued the 10 fishermen on board, the government and […]

Thai coup leader gets royal endorsement, threatens crackdown on protests

(Reuters) – Thai coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday he had been formally endorsed by the king as head of a military council that will run the country, and warned he would use force if political protests flared up again. Prayuth seized power on May 22, saying the army would restore order after nearly seven months of sometimes deadly street demonstrations. The military has since taken into custody of scores of politicians, activists, […]

Floods in China kill 19, affects thousands

(Reuters) —  Rescuers evacuated residents in southern China on Sunday (May 25) after flooding caused by heavy rains killed 19 people and affected thousands, state media reported. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed footage of rescuers carrying people from flooded homes in Jiangkou County of southwest Guizhou province. State media reported that heavy flooding in Guangzhou city resulted in the collapse of an 80-year-old bridge. Official Xinhua news agency said seven people are missing in Guangdong province, where flood levels in some regions reached up […]