World Bulletin / News Desk
A Christian girl arrested in Pakistan for defaming Islam was granted bail on Friday, a judge said, days after police detained a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her.
It was not clear when the girl, Rimsha Masih, would be released.
If bail payment is met, Masih, who is believed to be 14, will be reunited with her family at a location that is being kept secret for security reasons, said Robinson Asghar, an aide to the minister for national harmony.
There were no plans to send Masih abroad, he told Reuters.
Masih was accused by Muslim neighbours of burning Islamic religious texts and arrested, but police recently said a cleric had been taken into custody after witnesses reported he had torn pages from a Koran and planted them in Masih's bag beside burned papers.
Human rights lawyer says smuggling networks saw opportunity to profit from those fleeing Syrian conflict, with illegal entries believed to match 40-percent increase in legal entries
Pyongyang claims to have successfully launched satellite into orbit
Four-nation talks aimed at ending Afghanistan's 15-year war has been concluded with a call for direct talks between the government and the Taliban by the end of February.
A suicide bomber riding on a bicycle targeted a vehicle carrying security forces in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing 8.
Of fatalities, 5 were inside 16-story building among those collapsed after magnitude 6.4 tremor strikes south Tainan city
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has in Sri Lanka on Saturday morning, on a four-day official visit.
Satellite images taken this week of North Korea's Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity seen in the past shortly before a rocket launch
Kashmir Day is observed every year on Feb 5 to express solidarity with the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir in their struggle for self-determination
In 2015, China for the first time has beaten Japan as biggest Asia-Pacific tech spender
US top general in Afghanistan says plan to reduce troops can be adjusted
Turkish member of body overseeing country's peace process says despite failure of house to seal peace expects efforts to continue
Defence ministry says strikes were carried out by the Afghan air force with the support of NATO troops
A three-judge panel in Dhaka, have ruled that Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were involved in the deaths of seven people.
Former rebel leader-turned-congressman concerned that failure to pass law on Muslim south could push one-time largest rebel group to take up arms again
The reforms put the new commands under the direct control of the ruling party's Central Military Commission
National League for Democracy members take seats in parliament to great expectation