Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce

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 […]

Indian court rules against instant divorce

Indian court rules against instant divorce

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Five Muslim women moved 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 “unIslamic”. India is one of a […]

Trump pledges support for Afghanistan

Trump pledges support for Afghanistan

Image copyright Reuters 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 he now wanted to avoid the mistakes made in Iraq. He said he wanted to shift from a time-based approach in […]

US Navy orders fleet investigation after collision

US Navy orders fleet investigation after collision

Media captionThe timing of this incident is awkward for the United States The US Navy has ordered a wide investigation into its Pacific fleet after a US destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore. The inquiry will look at “all related accidents at sea”, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said in Amman, Jordan. Ten […]

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

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

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

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

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 […]

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore

Media captionThe USS John S McCain suffered damage midships to port Ten US Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, the Navy says. The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain was sailing east of Singapore and preparing to stop in the […]

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide off Singapore

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide off Singapore

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The collision was reported at 05:24 local time in the Strait of Singapore Ten sailors are missing and five have been injured after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided off the coast of Singapore, the US Navy says. The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain was sailing […]

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