Bulgaria’s parliament approved on Friday legislation outlawing face-covering Islamic veils in public, joining a small number of EU countries as debate rages across Europe about religious freedoms.

A Czech-Polish team said Friday it had discovered the world’s deepest underwater cave in the eastern Czech Republic.

NEW DELHI, Oct 1: India and Pakistan exchanged fire across their de facto border in the Kashmir region on Saturday, in minor skirmishes that come at a time of heightened tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

BEIJING, Oct 1: China has blocked a tributary of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet as part of the construction of its hydro project, which could cause concern in India as it may impact the water flow into the country.

NEW YORK, Oct 1:  "A clear and present danger to our country." ''Xenophobia, racism and misogyny." ''Beneath our national dignity."

WASHINGTON, Sept 30: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is leading Republican rival Donald Trump by 4 per cent after their first televised debate, according to a poll.

BEIRUT, Sept 30:  A Syrian opposition monitoring group that tracks Syria's civil war says a year of Russian airstrikes have killed more than 9,000 people in the war-torn country.

MUMBAI, Sept 30: Asserting that all Pakistani artists have left Mumbai following their 48-hour ultimatum, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Sunday continued to stay firm on their stand that no artist from the neighbouring nation will be allowed to work in Mumbai, adding that if anyone is still “hiding” in the city, they will be hunted down.

BERLIN, Sept 30: Police say two people have died and 15 have been injured in a hospital fire in western Germany.

HOBOKEN, N.J. , Sept 30: A rush hour commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in a grisly wreck that renewed questions about whether long-delayed automated safety technology could have prevented tragedy.