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Giant statue of ex-Chinese leader Mao Zedong demolished

Beijing (AFP) - A gargantuan gold-painted statue of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong has suddenly been demolished, apparently for lacking government approval, state media said Friday, days after images of it went viral.
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A short cultural history of west-returned Pakistanis

In the 1950s and 1960s, Pakistanis who had lived in a western country and then returned home were usually perceived to have become more informed and ‘modern’....
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From Bhutto to Zia to Musharraf, 'no apologies' should be our national motto

...Before the partition of Pakistan, when our ‘dark skinned’ brothers were still with us, we treated them with an attitude that was both racist and contemptuous. History has much to say about it. ......
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Russia sees threats from Nato and colour revolutions

President Vladimir Putin has unveiled Russia's updated national security paper labelling Nato and "colour revolutions" as major threats to the country....
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Top aide to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un dies in car crash: KCNA

A senior North Korean ruling party official and a top aide to leader Kim Jong Un has died in a car accident, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, the latest dramatic demise in the close circle of deputies to the country's leader....
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China to 'wait and see' if Japan sincere on 'comfort women' issue

China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it would "wait and see" how sincere Japan was after South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement to resolve the issue of "comfort women"....
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India welcomes rule-breaker Modi's surprise Pakistan visit

New Delhi (AFP) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagrantly broke with diplomatic protocol to pay a surprise birthday visit to Pakistan leader Nawaz Sharif, betting his personal brand on his ability to revive a troubled relationship, Indian media and analysts said on Saturday....
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Vietnam builds military muscle to face China

Vietnam's military is steeling itself for conflict with China as it accelerates a decade-long modernization drive, Hanoi's biggest arms buildup since the height of the Vietnam War....
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Fukushima chief says no textbook for cleanup

TOKYO —The man leading the daunting task of dealing with the Fukushima nuclear plant that sank into meltdowns in northeastern Japan warns with surprising candor: Nothing can be promised....
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Ex-Australia PM Abbott says West should 'proclaim superiority over Islam'

Sydney (AFP) - Deposed Australian prime minister Tony Abbott declared Wednesday "cultures are not all equal" and the West should proclaim its superiority over Islam, sparking accusations he is trying to "Trumpify" the nation's politics....
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