Islamabad: As a protest by Hazara Shias at Quetta in southwest Pakistan entered its second day, leaders of the vulnerable community said they would not bury over 80 victims of bomb attacks till the army takes control of the city and the provincial government is sacked.
Washington: Signalling a virtual end to a 12 year old Afghan war, US President Barack Obama promises to speed up handover of combat operations to Afghan forces. He gave a go ahead for talks with Taliban and laid the groundwork with the Afghan president for a small troop presence in the country post 2014.
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa sacks the country's first woman Chief Justice by ratifying her controversial impeachment by Parliament on corruption charges despite protests at home and global calls for restraint, pushing the nation into the brink of a major Constitutional stand-off.
Cairo: An Egyptian court accepts former president Hosni Mubarak's appeal against his life sentence and orders his retrial and that of his sons over the killing of hundreds of pro-democracy protesters demanding his ouster in 2011.
Thimpu: India pitches for establishing an "economic partnership" with Bhutan and stressed on the need to take the bilateral relationship beyond the development partnership that currently exists between the two.
Beijing: Ending their hiatus in defence cooperation, India and China agree to resume their joint military exercises and expand their exchanges to include Armies, Navies and Air Forces of the two countries.
Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her country has resolved almost all border disputes with India.
Islamabad/Karachi: Yielding to protests over the killing of nearly 100 Shias in Quetta, Pakistan Premier Raja Pervez Ashraf sacks Balochistan government and imposes Governor's Rule in the troubled southwestern province.
Aleppo (Syria): Over 80 people are killed when twin explosions rocked Aleppo University the governor of Syria's second city, Mohammed Wahid Akkad, and a source at the university hospital says.
Washington: The remarks made by Indian Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh following the beheading of an Indian soldier on the LoC last week were "very hostile", Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar says, as she asked Indian leaders to "catch up" with developments in her country.
Islamabad: As India and Pakistan agree to deescalate the situation along the border, Islamabad offers to hold talks with New Delhi to address concerns related to the LoC and to reinforce a nine-year-old ceasefire, saying any increase in tensions would be counter-productive.
Ho Chi Minh City: India is committed to work with ASEAN, particularly with Vietnam, to enhance security and add greater content to bilateral strategic partnership according to Vice President Hamid Ansari.
London: A helicopter crashes into a crane atop one of Europe's tallest residential blocks in central London killing two people, including the pilot, and injuring 13 others, as it plunged to the ground during rush hour and was engulfed in flames.
Chicago: Tahawwur Rana, an accomplice of Mumbai attack terrorist David Headley, is sentenced to 14 years in jail followed by five years of supervised release for providing material support to Pakistan-based LeT and for backing a "dastardly" plot to attack a Danish newspaper.
Islamabad: Pakistan government agrees to appoint a caretaker Prime Minister by consensus ahead of the next general election as part of a deal struck with fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri to end his protest near parliament that had put intense pressure on the country's fragile coalition.
Dubai/Patiala: Decks have finally been cleared for the release of 17 Indians, who were awarded death sentence for the killing of a Pakistani man in Sharjah, where a local court today wrapped up the case by ordering a compensation to two people injured in the incident.
Islamabad: A senior Pakistani investigator probing graft charges involving Premier Raja Pervez Ashraf was found dead in mysterious circumstances at his official accommodation here, with his relatives alleging that he may have been murdered.
Chicago: The US says it would continue said it would continue its hunt for dreaded terrorist Illyas Kashmiri, LeT handler Sajid Mir and four others involved in the Mumbai attacks that kills 166 people, including six Americans.