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India ‘advises’ Pakistani NSA Aziz not to meet Hurriyat leaders

India has advised Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz not to meet separatist Hurriyat leaders before talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, raising a question mark about the meeting of the NSAs scheduled for Monday. External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a series of tweets that... read more »

Hurriyat leaders released hours after ho...

Hurriyat leaders released hours after house arrest

Just hours after they were placed under house arrest, Kashmiri separatist leaders were on Thursday released by authorities in Srinagar indicating a confused response to their proposed meeting with Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz. Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah... read more »

Sri Lanka votes as Rajapaksa eyes comeba...

Sri Lanka votes as Rajapaksa eyes comeback

Sri Lankans began voting on Monday in parliamentary polls with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa eyeing a political comeback as prime minister months after being toppled as president by Maithripala Sirisena. Mr. Sirisena has vowed not to make Mr. Rajapaksa premier even if his United People’s... read more »

Death toll in Pakistan’s Attock suicide ...

Death toll in Pakistan’s Attock suicide attack rises to 20

The death toll in a brazen suicide attack that killed Pakistan’s Punjab province Home Minister at his ancestral home in Attock district on Monday rose to 20. Home Minister Shuja Khanzada, 71, and a DSP were among 20 people killed when two suicide bombers attacked his political office on Sunday in... read more »

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China says 2 pilots died in aircraft carrier tests

Two Chinese test pilots were killed during development of the country’s first aircraft carrier fighter wing, state media said. President Xi Jinping had signed an order awarding honorary titles to... read more »

11 held in China for sale of toxic capsules

BEIJING: Eleven people have been arrested for production and sale of toxic capsules on massive scale in east China’s Zhejiang Province. Police... read more »

Eight killed, 24 missing after rainstorms, landslides h...

Eight people were killed and 24 others went missing after rainstorms and landslides hit China’s southwestern Chongqing Municipality. More than 500... read more »

Man in China kills 2 in knife attack at school

Officials said a 40-year-old man stabbed students and teachers with a knife at a school in central China, killing two people and injuring four before jumping... read more »

China bus-truck collision death toll rises to 15

The death toll in a massive head-on collision between a truck and bus in northwestern China has risen to 15, with 48 other people being treated for injuries,... read more »

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Thai caretaker PM refuses to step down

Thai caretaker PM refuses to step down

Bangkok – Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Tuesday reiterated that she would not resign as demanded by anti-government protestors. Shinawatra insisted that, as per the... read more »

Kim Jong-Un rounds up executed uncle's relatives

Kim’s aunt survives purge with appointment t...

Sydney – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s aunt, whose husband was executed last Friday for trying to overthrow the government, has been... read more »

South Korea leader warns of North’s ‘reckle...

South Korea leader warns of North's 'reckless provocations'

Seoul – South Korean President Park Geun-Hye warned Monday of possible “reckless provocations” by North Korea after the shock execution of... read more »

Kim Jong Un’s uncle’s execution sparks fears of r...

Kim Jong Un's uncle’s execution sparks fears of regional instability

London – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle’s execution has sparked fears of instability in the secretive nuclear-armed state. South Korean... read more »

Kim’s executed uncle’s wife likely involved...

Kim's executed uncle's wife likely involved in husband's execution

London – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s aunt seem to be involved in making the final decision to execute her husband over power abuse and trying... read more »

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IS claims beheading of US aid worker, 18 Syrians

BEIRUT: The Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday claimed to have executed Peter Kassig, a US aid worker kidnapped in Syria, as a warning to the United States. The same video showed the gruesome... read more »

Islamic State says it plans tIslamic State says it...

They have paraded their own flag, formed courts and ministries, issued passports and even license plates. Now, the leaders of the Islamic State, the... read more »

Angry Arabs march in north Israel after shooting

KFAR KANA, Israel: Angry Arab-Israeli protesters took to the streets across the country on Sunday and police raised alert levels nationwide amid shock waves... read more »

US-led air strikes hit Qaida branch in Syria: Monitor

BEIRUT: US-led coalition air strikes hit al-Qaida’s Syrian branch overnight, expanding the raids to jihadists outside the Islamic State group for only... read more »

Israel beefs up security in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that security forces have been increased significantly in East Jerusalem to prevent further... read more »

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Musharraf committed to facing all legal cases against him in Pak

Musharraf committed to facing all legal cases against him in Pak

Islamabad – Former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has once again shown commitment to face all the cases against him in the courts of law. According to the sources in All Pakistan... read more »

US disappointed over Shinzo Abe's visit to war shrine

Pakistan cautious on Japanese PM’s shrine vi...

Islamabad – Pakistan Friday was cautious in reaction to the Japanese prime minister’s controversial visit to the World War II related... read more »

Bangladesh deploys troops for parliamentary poll

Bangladesh deploys troops for parliamentary poll

Dhaka – Tens of thousands of Bangladeshi troops have been deployed across the country ahead of parliamentary poll slated for Jan 5 next year amid boycott... read more »

Bangladesh security forces lay siege around Khaleda Zia...

Bangladesh security forces lay siege around Khaleda Zia’s residence

Bangladesh security forces on Thursday laid a siege around the residence of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia, ahead of an... read more »

Musharraf to file intra-court appeal with IHC against t...

Musharraf rejects Pak offer of air ambulance for his ailing mother

Islamabad – Former president General Pervez Musharraf has decided to file an intra-court appeal (ICA) with a two-member division bench of the Islamabad... read more »

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China gives former general suspended death sentence for bribery

BEIJING – A top Chinese military officer has been given a suspended death sentence for corruption, state media said Monday, in a case where he was exposed as owning dozens of homes, gold... read more »

Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Barely three months after the killing of a blogger in Sylhet, unknown assailants armed with machetes hacked to death secular blogger Niloy Chatterjee Neel at his home in Dhaka on... read more »

Landslides and floods claim 90 lives in Nepal

KATHMANDU: At least 90 people have been killed across Nepal in the past two months due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains, authorities have said. According to a report... read more »

At least 30 killed in Nepal landslides

The landslides came crashing into villages and homes just after midnight. One survivor said they sounded like an earthquake. Multiple slides, triggered by torrential rains, struck... read more »

Two Turkish police killed in gun attack blamed on PKK: reports

ISTANBUL: Two Turkish police were killed Friday in a gun attack on police headquarters in the southern region of Adana blamed on Kurdish militants, the official Anatolia news agency reported. The... read more »