India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the potential to become the Indian version of Abraham Lincoln, says one human rights activist after the country's leader declared his devotion to help the poorest and most deprived social class, and labeled the unjust caste system as "poison" in an interview on Friday.
As the caste system makes it nearly impossible for those considered to be "Dalits" or "untouchables" and their children to rise from the lowest rung of Indian society and earn their way to a comfortable life, millions of Dalits have rioted in recent weeks to protest and proclaim that the injustice they face must end.
What is becoming known as the "Dalit uprising" began in July, as millions of Dalits have rioted against the Indian system of social order and have demanded that they finally be given the rights granted to them by the country's Constitution. more >>
A huge blast rocked a night market in Davao City, a city located in the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines and the hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Reports said that the president was in the city the night of the explosion.
The explosion instantly killed 14 people and injured 71 others as the market is a very popular area in the city. Among those who were killed instantly by the blast was a 12-year old child.
President Duterte issued a "state of lawlessness" which will impose checkpoints all over the country and enforce curfews. The newly-elected president has been active in the crackdown of drug syndicates around the country which has resulted to more than 2,000 drug-related deaths since July 1. more >>
A powerful 7.1 earthquake hit the East Coast of the North Island in New Zealand Friday morning lasting for about a minute. The earthquake struck the island just before the break of dawn and it was felt all over the country. After 90 minutes, a tsunami warning was issued to brace nearby areas of the after effects of the strong quake.
Reports said that a small tsunami was spotted but was not able to cause any damage. The tsunami warning was lifted. Thousands woke up to the strong vibrations and then afterwards, power was cut off. Classes were suspended in schools while rail lines were forced to close to prepare for possible aftershocks.
Gisborne region badly affected more >>
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Two bombs killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens outside a court complex in northwest Pakistan on Friday, a rescue official said, hours after militants killed two people in a Christian neighborhood in the same region.
Both attacks were claimed by Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a breakaway Pakistani Taliban faction believed to be behind some of the past year's deadliest attacks, including last month's bombing of lawyers in the city of Quetta that killed 74 people.
The bodies of policemen, lawyers and other civilians were recovered, said Haris Habib, chief rescue officer in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. more >>
An 18-year-old man, who tried to explode a bomb at a large Catholic church in Indonesia's Medan city and attacked the 60-year-old priest with an axe when the bomb failed to explode properly, was inspired by the leader of the Islamic State terror group, an official said Tuesday.
The suspect, identified as Ivan Armadi Hasugian, was arrested after his failed attempt to detonate a bomb and kill the priest, Albert Pandiangan, at St. Yosep Catholic Church in North Sumatra province during the Sunday mass, The Jakarta Post reported.
The local newspaper quoted Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto as saying that Hasugian was inspired by Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi. "Having been fed misleading news on the internet, he became obsessed [with al-Baghdadi],'' he said, of the suspect. more >>