Latest World News - Saudi girl who fled 'abusive' family granted asylum in Canada
--- Saudi girl who fled 'abusive' family granted asylum in Canada ---
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the 18-year-old Saudi girl who fled alleged abuse by her family, has been granted asylum in Canada, the Thai immigration chief said. She will leave for Canada from Bangkok on Friday night. Rahaf had last week fled to Thailand saying she feared her family will kill her upon return to Saudi Arabia as she has renounced Islam.
--- US govt shutdown enters 22nd day, longest in country's history ---
The ongoing US partial government shutdown entered its 22nd day, breaking the record to become the longest government shutdown in US history. The partial government shutdown was imposed after opposition Democrats resisted President Donald Trump's demand for $5 billion for Mexico border wall. Some 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or are working without pay due to the shutdown.
--- Indian sentenced to 13-yr jail for sex with 12-yr-old in Singapore ---
A 31-year-old Indian man in Singapore has been sentenced to 13 years in jail and 12 strokes of the cane after pleading guilty to one charge of sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl and two charges of attempted statutory rape. The offence came to light after the convict's girlfriend found a video of the naked minor on his phone.
--- Pak should be last country to lecture us on plurality: India ---
Responding to Pakistan PM Imran Khan's comments on the treatment of minorities in India, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "Pakistan should be the last country to lecture us on plurality and inclusive society." The world is aware of the situation of minorities in Pakistan, he added. Pakistan's statements intended to deflect attention from its own problems, he further said.
--- India rejects Pak's 'fabricated' claim of role in Karachi attack ---
India on Thursday rejected Pakistan's accusations of the involvement of RAW in the terrorist attack at the Chinese consulate in Karachi last year, calling it a "fabricated and scurrilous" attempt. "Instead of maliciously pointing fingers at others, Pakistan needs to look inwards and undertake action against support to terrorism and terror infrastructure", India's Ministry of External Affairs said.