Maldives declare public holidays to battle water crisis

The upmarket honeymoon destination of Maldives Saturday declared two days of public holidays in bid to manage fraying tempers and ration supplies following a drinking water crisis caused when a fire crippled a key desalination plant.

17 dead as militants storm Kashmir army camp

Militants hurling grenades stormed an army camp Friday in Indian Kashmir and killed 11 security officials, police said, and spreading violence in the Muslim-majority region which is voting in state elections.

Burdwan Blast key accused arrested from Assam

Sahanur Alam, a key accused in the Burdwan blast case, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency of India late on Friday night, reports NDTV.

Protesters block NY traffic after officer cleared in chokehold death

Thousands of protesters shouted at police and clogged streets of Manhattan on Wednesday, angered by a New York City grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

UN asks people to give $1 each for Syrian refugees

The World Food Program launched an unusual campaign Wednesday to raise $1 contributions from 64 million people around the world so it can restore food vouchers to Syrian refugees who won’t be getting any UN help in December.

China to launch 50 bln yuan fund to fight pollution

China plans to launch a 50 billion yuan ($8.13 billion) environmental protection fund in stepped-up efforts to reduce widespread pollution, the official China Securities Journal reported on Wednesday.

Egyptian court sentences 185 to death for attack on police

An Egyptian judge sentenced 185 people to death on Tuesday over an attack on a police station on the outskirts of Cairo in 2013 in which police officers were killed.

Agni-IV launch successful: India

India said that the launch of Agni-IV, its strategic missile, from the Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast this morning was a success, the Hindu reports.

Second Sino-Nepal trade route opens

With China officially opening the Gyirong Port on the Rasuwagadhi border on Monday, the second land route has opened for bilateral trade between Nepal and China. Tatopani border was the sole trade transit with China for a long period.

China refuses to let British lawmakers visit Hong Kong

British lawmakers will not be allowed to enter Hong Kong as part of an inquiry into Britain’s relations with its former colony and progress towards democracy there, the head of a parliamentary committee said on Sunday.