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In escalation, India says launches strikes on militants in Pakistan

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD India said on Thursday it had conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-ruled Kashmir, making its first direct military response to an attack on an army base it blames on Pakistan.

SAARC summit uncertain as India, others pull out in snub to Pakistan

KATHMANDU A summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders set for Islamabad in November may be called off, as several countries have decided not to attend amid rising tension between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, officials said on Wednesday.

Top News, South Asia 8:31am IST

Car industry puts cooperation on show in battle against Silicon Valley firms

PARIS/FRANKFURT Alarmed by the threat posed by Silicon Valley firms to their businesses in developing autonomous driving systems, it was evident at the Paris Motor Show this week that carmakers are seeking to fight back by cooperating in areas of technology development where previously they might have tried to compete.

Top News, Tech 3:35pm IST

Tokyo favours venue changes as Games costs soar

TOKYO A Tokyo panel on Thursday urged changes to three venues for the 2020 Olympics in the face of ballooning costs but organisers say such adjustments may prove difficult to instigate in time for the Games.

3:27pm IST

Duterte declares upcoming Philippines-U.S. war games 'the last one'

HANOI Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plunged one of the United States' most important Asian alliances deeper into uncertainty on Wednesday by declaring upcoming U.S.-Philippines military exercises "the last," and ruling out any joint navy patrols.

World, Top News 9:08am IST