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US Afghanistan: Tillerson ups pressure on Pakistan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tillerson suggested Pakistan could lose some privileges American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has increased pressure on Pakistan over its perceived backing for the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies sheltering the Taliban, but Mr Tillerson suggested it could lose US privileges if the government failed “to change their posture”. […]

How Muslim women won divorce battle

Image copyright Getty Images The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that the controversial practice of instant divorce in Islam is unconstitutional. It is being hailed as a huge victory by rights activists. But the battle was not easy, as the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi explains. Over the years, Muslim women in India have complained […]

Has Harry Potter cursed Indonesia’s owls?

Since the runaway success of the Harry Potter series some Indonesians have started keeping owls as pets. More owls are being sold and conservationists are worried about the impact on the population in the wild. Produced by: Rebecca Henschke, Haryo Wirawan and animation by Davies Christian. Has Harry Potter cursed Indonesia’s owls?}

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

Media caption“We are not nation building again. We are killing terrorists,” Trump said 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 win” – avoiding […]

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 […]

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 […]

US Navy orders ‘operational pause’ after collision

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. Officials […]

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 […]

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 […]

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