SILIGURI (INDIA), July 17: Nara Bahadur Bhandari, who played significant role in recognizing Nepali language in Sikkim State of India, breathed his last at a New Delhi hospital on Sunday. Old age and frail health caught up with him, leading to an eventual demise. He was 77.

NEW DELHI, July 17: India's parliament began voting on Monday for a new president in an election likely to be won by a candidate backed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), tightening its grip over top political positions.

SEOUL, July 17: South Korea offered Monday to talk with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume reunions of families separated by their war in the 1950s.

JERUSALEM, July 16: Israel will gradually reopen a Jerusalem holy site Sunday after taking the rare step of shutting it down following a deadly assault there that sparked concerns of a fresh round of violence.

TOKYO, July 15: Visitors will not be allowed to set foot on a men-only UNESCO World Heritage island in Japan from next year, an official said Saturday.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 15: The second person to walk on the moon is rolling out the red carpet for the red planet.

ISTANBUL, July 15: Turkish authorities sacked nearly 7,400 civil servants for alleged links to terror groups as the country marked the first anniversary of quashing last summer’s coup attempt on Saturday.

SHENYANG, July 15: China cremated the body of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died this week after a battle with liver cancer amid international criticism of Beijing for not letting him travel abroad as he had wished.

WASHINGTON, July 15: The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday.

HONOLULU, July 15: At least three people died and at least 12 were injured in a fire that broke out on the 26th floor of a Honolulu high-rise Friday, and hundreds fled from the giant apartment complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors, authorities said.