'When I heard he survived, I was surprised': Salman Rushdie's attacker

Washington [US], August 18 (ANI): Hadi Matar, who allegedly stabbed Indian-born-British author Salman Rushdie in western New York State last week during a lecture, praised Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini and admitted that he didn't think that the author would survive.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 16:03 IST

MEA Secretary East, Undersecretary co-chaired 4th India-Philippines Strategic Dialogue in Manila

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (East) Saurabh Kumar and Undersecretary Theresa Lazaro co-chaired the 4th India-Philippines Strategic Dialogue in Manila on Thursday.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 16:03 IST

Russia expects US to issue visa to Lavrov, delegation for UNGA Visit: Foreign Ministry

Moscow [Russia], August 18 (ANI): Russia expects that the United States will issue visas to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his delegation for their participation in the high-level meetings during the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, a senior diplomat told Sputnik on Thursday.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 15:38 IST

Erdogan to offer Zelenskyy to organize talks with Putin during his visit to Lviv: Reports

Moscow [Russia], August 18 (ANI/Sputnik): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will offer Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to arrange a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Lviv, Turkish TV channel A Haber reported on Thursday, citing diplomatic sources.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 15:38 IST

Afghanistan has highest maternal deaths in Asia-Pacific: Report

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 18 (ANI): Highlighting that Afghanistan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the Asia-Pacific region, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has raised concerns over the rise in maternal mortality during childbirth in the war-ravaged country.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 15:23 IST

Pakistan: ECP to hear Toshakhana reference against Imran Khan today

Islamabad [Pakistan], August 18 (ANI): The Election Commission of Pakistan will start the hearing of the Toshakhana reference against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, sent under articles 62A, 63A and 223 by the National Assembly Speaker, today.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 15:20 IST

Protests continue in various cities and towns of PoK against 15th Amendment

Kotli [PoK], August 18 (ANI): As protest rallies, sit-ins and blockings of roads against the 15th amendment including the tourism authority act continue in various cities and towns of PoK, Charhoi Tehsil of Kotli district has emerged as the latest centre of the ongoing protest.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 15:18 IST

Jaishankar extends wishes to Egypt on 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday extended his wishes to his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, the government and the people of Egypt on the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 15:12 IST

Death toll in Kabul mosque explosion rises to 21

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 18 (ANI): The death toll in the blast that took place in a mosque in Kabul's Khair Khana area during evening prayers has gone up to 21, said the spokesman for the Kabul security command according to local media.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 14:39 IST

We cannot pretend COVID-19 is not here, says WHO Chief

Geneva [Switzerland], August 18 (ANI): With a surge in deaths due to coronavirus, World Health Organization Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on said "we cannot pretend it's not there."

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 13:56 IST

Human Rights Watchdogs appeals US to ban Taliban from traveling abroad

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 18 (ANI): In a report published on the first anniversary of the Taliban returning to power in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watchdog called on the US to ban the Taliban from travelling abroad.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 12:49 IST

New Zealand: Remains of two children found in suitcases

Auckland [New Zealand], August 18 (ANI): The remains of two young children were found inside suitcases that were bought as part of an auction for abandoned goods in a storage unit in South Auckland, local media reported.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 12:43 IST

Maritime Security Coordinator meets Malaysian Navy Chief, discusses maritime security challenges

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): India's National Maritime Security Coordinator Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar (Retd) met Malaysian Navy Chief Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Bin Mohd Sany on Thursday and held discussions on the maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 12:20 IST

Hindustan Aeronautics to open office in Malaysia

Bengaluru [Karnataka], August 18 (ANI): Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed an MoU for establishing an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday in the presence of the Secretary of Defence, Dr Ajay Kumar.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 12:13 IST

Chinese troops to participate in joint military exercises in Russia

Beijing [China], August 18 (ANI): China's Defence Ministry has announced that its People's Liberation Army will participate in the strategic command and staff exercise Vostok-2022 in Russia in which India, Belarus, Tajikistan and Mongolia are also participants.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 11:30 IST

Afghanistan: Taliban condemn Kabul mosque blast

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 18 (ANI): The Taliban on Wednesday condemned the explosion that took place at a mosque in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, which left 20 people dead.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 10:07 IST

Jaishankar offers prayers at Bangkok's Devasthana, underlines shared cultures between Thailand, India

Bangkok [Thailand], August 18 (ANI): External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar who is in Thailand to attend the 9th India-Thailand Joint Commission Meeting offered prayers at the Devasthana at Bangkok on Thursday morning.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 09:39 IST

US, Taiwan commence formal negotiation on trade initiative

Washington [US], August 18 (ANI): The US and Taiwan on Wednesday have started formal negotiations under a trade initiative to deepen the trade and investment relationship, in another move to support the island country.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 09:22 IST

Gotabaya Rajapaksa set for return to Sri Lanka next week: Report

Colombo [Sri Lanka], August 18 (ANI): Sri Lanka's former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is all set to return next week to the island nation that he was forced to flee in July after massive protests against him, local media reported.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 08:59 IST

Not flipping a light switch: US on historic ties between India, Russia

Washington [US], August 18 (ANI): The United States on Wednesday appeared to be defending India's policy choices amid the Ukraine conflict, saying that it will take a long time for countries who have historic ties with Moscow to reorient their foreign policy.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 07:18 IST