LUCKNOW, Oct 19:  India’s famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm, with some members of the country’s ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture.

BEIJING, Oct 19: In what may be taken as a move to further deepen its trade relations with South and Central Asian countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China will pursue the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a priority and open up its western region wider for the expansion of foreign trade in the next five years.

BEIJING, Oct 18: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation’s “grim” challenges as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress.

SEOUL, South Korea, Oct 18:  Diplomats from the United States, South Korea and Japan met in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss policy responses to North Korea's accelerating efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program.

BEIJING, Oct 17: The Communist Party of China has decided to include key theories and strategies proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping as the party core leader for the governance of China by amending its constitution in the 19th National Congress, which opens in Beijing from Wednesday.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct 17:  The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, targeting police compounds and government facilities in the country's south, west and east and killing at least 34 people, including civilians, officials said.

CAMBRIDGE, Oct17: Scientists in the United States and Europe have for the first time paired the detection of gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, with light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday.

BARCELONA, Oct 16:  Catalonia’s leader called for dialogue with Spain and a meeting with the country’s prime minister, complying with a Monday deadline to respond to a request from the central government to state explicitly whether the regional president had declared independence.

SEOUL, South Korea, Oct 16:  South Korean and U.S. troops began five days of naval drills on Monday after North Korea renewed its threat to fire missiles near the American territory of Guam.

IRAQ, Oct 16: Iraqi Kurdish officials say federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a “major, multi-pronged” attack aimed at retaking the disputed northern city of Kirkuk.