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Pak court acquits Asiya Bibi in blasphemy case; sparks protests

Pakistan’s Supreme Court in a landmark verdict on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy, sparking protests in the country.

Asia Bibi, a 47-year-old mother of four, was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting Islam in a row with her neighbours. She always maintained her innocence, but has spent most of the past eight years in solitary confinement. Her case has been deeply divisive in Pakistan where there is strong support for the controversial blasphemy laws.

Indonesia deploys divers, 'pinger locators' in hunt for cockpit recorders

Indonesian divers resumed a search on Tuesday for an airliner that crashed with 189 people on board, as “pinger locators” tried to zero in on its cockpit recorders and uncover why an almost-new plane went down in the sea minutes after take-off.

Indonesia, one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets, has a patchy safety record. With the now almost certain prospect of all on board having died, the crash is set to rank as its second-worst air disaster.

All 189 on board crashed Indonesian jet feared dead

All 189 passengers and crew aboard a crashed Indonesian Lion Air jet were “likely” killed in the accident, the search and rescue agency said on Monday, as it announced it had found human remains.

The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, vanished from radar 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta, plunging into the Java Sea moments after it had asked to be allowed to return to the Indonesian capital. Websites that display flight data showed the plane speeding up as it suddenly lost altitude in the minutes before it disappeared.

US will not allow Iran to develop world's deadliest weapons: Trump

US President Donald Trump has said all sanctions against Iran lifted by the 2015 nuclear deal will be back in "full force" from November 5 and promised more in the future to prevent Tehran from developing the world's deadliest weapons. 

In May, the Trump administration withdrew the US from the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed a series of tough sanctions on Iran, citing the Islamic nation's 'malign activities'.

Worried about iPhone eavesdroppers? China says Trump may need a Huawei

China’s foreign ministry has some suggestions for the Trump administration if they are worried about foreign eavesdropping on the US president’s iPhone: use a Huawei handset instead.

Or just sever ties with the outside world completely.

The riposte came after a New York Times report that Chinese and Russian spies often secretly listened in on President Donald Trump when he used his unsecure Apple cellphone to gossip with old friends.

Saudi prince has 'blood on his hands' over Khashoggi

An adviser to Turkey’s leader said on Wednesday Saudi Arabia’s crown prince had “blood on his hands” over Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, the bluntest comments yet from someone linked to Tayyip Erdogan about Riyadh’s de facto ruler in connection with the death.

Saudi authorities did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment about the remarks.

Riyadh has blamed a “rogue operation” for the death of the prominent Saudi journalist, and said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no knowledge of the killing.

'Savage' Khashoggi killing was planned: Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday there were strong signs Jamal Khashoggi’s “savage” killing was planned and attempts to blame it on intelligence operatives - Riyadh has suggested it was a rogue operation — “will not satisfy us”.

In a speech to parliament, Erdogan did not mention Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who some US lawmakers suspect ordered the killing. But he said Turkey would not complete its investigation into Khashoggi’s death until all questions were answered.

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