Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce
The ruling on "triple talaq" is seen as a major victory for women's rights in India

Bear bites man in China 'tiger death' wildlife park
The man rolled down his car window at the drive-through park to feed bears despite warnings.

Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal
The president indicates he will send more US troops to a conflict he once called "a complete waste".

Finally illegal
The Indian Supreme Court bans the controversial practice of instant divorce in Islam.

Indian court rules against instant divorce
The ruling against the "triple talaq" is seen as a major victory for women's rights in India

Australian zoo welcomes rare white koala
The joey does not have albinism and would struggle to survive in the wild, experts say.

Trump vows 'fight to win' in Afghanistan
A hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists, the president said.

India court suspends instant divorce
India's top court suspends instant Islamic divorces for six months, but says parliament must legislate

The Dr. Seuss Museum and His Wartime Cartoons about Japan and Japanese Americans


Donald Trump warns against hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan
US president says pullout could create vacuum for Isis and al-Qaeda to fill

Trump warns against hasty Afghanistan withdrawal
US president says pullout could create vacuum for Isis and al-Qaeda to fill

News Analysis: Trump’s Strategy May Help in Afghanistan, but Few Expect ‘Outright Victory’
Additional troops are likely to help on the battlefield, but other parts of the president’s strategy, including putting pressure on Pakistan, are unproven.

Trump Sets U.S. Strategy but No ‘Blank Check’ for Afghan War
The president embraced deepened American involvement in a nearly 16-year-old war, but he did not say how many troops would be committed or how he would judge success.

USS John S McCain collision: Search continues for 10 missing sailors, US Navy says
SINGAPORE: Search efforts for 10 missing US sailors continued more than 24 hours after the US Navy destroyer USS John S McCain and an oil tanker collided in Singapore territorial waters on early Monday morning (Aug 21).  Aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS America are searching an area ...

US Navy orders 'operational pause' after collision
The inquiry will look at "all related accidents at sea", US Defence Secretary James Mattis says.

Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan
"My instinct was to pull out," Trump said as he spoke of his frustration with a war that has killed thousands of US troops and cost US taxpayers trillions of dollars. While Trump refused to offer detailed troop numbers, senior White House officials said he had already authorized his defense secretary to deploy up to 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan. A conflict that began in October 2001 as a hunt for the 9/11 attackers has turned into a vexed effort to keep Afghanistan's divided and corruptio...

Trump commits to more troops in Afghanistan, vows 'fight to win'
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump opened the door on Monday night to an increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan as part of a retooled strategy for the region, overcoming his own doubts about America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win." Trump, in a prime-time televised address at a military ...

NKorea issues trademark fiery rhetoric over US-SKorea drills
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's military on Tuesday greeted the start of annual U.S.-South Korean military drills with its standard fiery threats, vowing "merciless retaliation" for exercises Pyongyang claims are an invasion rehearsal.

BHP Billiton to sell US shale business
The mining giant posted a $5.9bn (£4.6bn) annual net profit, but there is pressure to offload US shale.

Anger boils over at Charlottesville council meeting
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Anger boiled over at the first Charlottesville City Council meeting since a white nationalist rally in the city descended into violent chaos, with some residents screaming and cursing at councilors Monday night and calling for their resignations.

One dead, one missing after quake hits Italy holiday island
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Italian holiday island of Ischia late Monday, causing destruction that left one person dead and one missing at peak tourist season, authorities said. A woman was killed in Casamicciola, in the north of the small tourist island, hit by debris that fell from a church, with around 25 people injured in the quake, for the most part lightly. At a press conference early Tuesday, the head of the local department of civil protection, Angelo Borrelli, said that two...

America's 16 years in Afghanistan: From triumph to stalemate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation's future precarious. Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday outlined his strategy for "victory" in a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions.

Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About Troop Increase, Then Gave In
The president, who had called for American withdrawal from Afghanistan before he took office, in the end accepted a “big military” approach as the only viable option.

James Dresnok: Sons confirm death of US defector to N Korea
James Dresnok was believed to be the last living US soldier to defect, crossing the DMZ in 1962.

After Criticism, Publisher Reverses Decision to Bow to China’s Censors
Cambridge University Press said it will reinstate immediately all 315 papers it had cut from the version of its journal China Quarterly that can be read on its website in China.

Latest: Speakers shout down Charlottesville council members
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on developments related to a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville (all times local):

After Dangerous Collisions, Navy Will Pause for Safety Check
A crash involving the destroyer John S. McCain near Singapore raises questions about Navy safety two months after a similar collision killed seven people.

Full Transcript and Video: Trump’s Speech on Afghanistan
President Trump addressed the nation from Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Va., about his military plan for Afghanistan.

No Exit From Afghanistan: Major Takeaways From Trump’s Big Speech on America’s Longest War
Counterterrorism is in and nation-building is out, but the United States still has no way out of Afghanistan.

Trump pledges support for Afghanistan
A hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists, the president said.

Trump vows "fight to win" in Afghanistan
A hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists, the president said.

Japan looks to staunch regional student exodus
Tokyo enrolment cap aimed at reversing tide of students who are abandoning provinces

Indonesia forgives Malaysia over upside down flag
JAKARTA: President Joko Widodo on Monday (Aug 21) said he had forgiven Malaysia over the upside down flag of Indonesia printed in a souvenir booklet for the 2017 SEA Games, which is being held in Kuala Lumpur. The president’s special communications official, Johan Budi Saptopribowo, said the ...

Trump clears way for Afghanistan troop increase as part of retooled strategy
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump opened the door to an increase in US troop numbers in Afghanistan on Monday (Aug 21) night as part of a new strategy for the region, arguing against a hasty withdrawal from America's longest military conflict. Trump, in a prime-time televised address, said his ...

China sacks executives, officials after Shanxi coal mine accident
BEIJING: Senior company executives and local officials have been removed from their jobs following a deadly accident in a northern China coal mine, state media reported. Ten people, including chairman of Shanxi Lv Xin Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Jinneng Group, and local officials, have been sacked ...

US launches probe after second deadly Navy collision
WASHINGTON: The US Navy announced a fleet-wide global investigation on Monday (Aug 21) after the latest in a series of accidents left another 10 sailors missing and five more injured. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson ordered commanders to set aside time, perhaps "one or two days" ...

Trump Sets U.S. Strategy for Afghan War
The president embraced deepened American involvement in a nearly 16-year-old war, but he did not say how many troops would be committed or how he would judge success.

Analysis: Trump will own the war that bedeviled predecessors
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before he became president, Donald Trump rarely talked about Afghanistan. When he did, he often called for a swift end to America's longest war.

Melbourne terror charges: Men face court over mosque fires
The men set a mosque ablaze after being inspired by so-called Islamic State, police allege.

BHP bows to activist pressure to exit US shale
Mining group ‘actively pursuing options’ to sell unit, after Elliott intervention

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