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New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

KABUL: Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan today and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks… Read more »

Pakistan's powerful spy agency gets new chief

Pakistan’s ISI gets new chief

ISLAMABAD: Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, considered a close confidante of army chief Gen Raheel Sharif, was today appointed as new head of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ISI. Lt Gen Akhtar… Read more »

Ex-Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia's graft trial begins

Ex-Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia’s graft trial begins

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s main opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia went on trial today accused of embezzling about USD 680,000 in two corruption cases that could see her jailed… Read more »

Sri Lanka, China strike defence cooperation deal

Sri Lanka, China strike defense cooperation deal

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka and China today clinched defense and maritime security cooperation deal with Colombo pledging to support silk trade route, a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. These… Read more »

China's Xi launches USD 1.4 bln Sri Lanka port city

China’s Xi launches USD 1.4 bln Sri Lanka port city

COLOMBO: Describing Sri Lanka as an “all-weather” friend, China today put bilateral ties on a firm footing with President Xi Jinping launching the construction of a USD 1.4 billion port… Read more »

Delwar Hossain Sayedee

B’desh apex court commutes Jamat leader’s death penalty

DHAKA: In a surprise verdict, Bangladesh Supreme Court today commuted the death sentence of Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a key 1971 war criminal and fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leader, triggering clashes between police… Read more »

Swaraj meets Russian counterpart; discusses bilateral ties

Swaraj meets Russian counterpart; discusses bilateral ties

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan: India and Russia today reviewed entire gamut of their bilateral relationship including cooperation in crucial sectors of defense, energy security, trade and investment and agreed to inject fresh… Read more »

Pak arrests 3 navy officials for Taliban attack

Pak arrests 3 navy officials for Taliban attack

KARACHI: Three Pakistani navy personnel allegedly involved in the Taliban attack on Karachi’s naval dockyard over the weekend have been arrested while they were attempting to flee to Afghanistan, officials… Read more »

Floods threaten Pak''s historic Multan city

Floods threaten historic Multan city of Pak

ISLAMABAD: After causing widespread damage in northern Punjab in Pakistan, the devastating floods now threaten the historic city of Multan and its famous shrines, even as authorities struggle to save… Read more »

Swaraj, Karzai agree to intensify security, defence ties

Swaraj, Karzai agree to intensify security, defence ties

KABUL: As Afghanistan prepares for a democratic transition of power, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Afghan President Hamid Karazi on Wednesday held wide-ranging talks on political and security situation… Read more »

India Bangladesh sign MoU on traditional medicine

India Bangladesh sign MoU on traditional medicine

DHAKA: Bangladesh and India have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the fields of traditional medicine like Ayurveda and Unani, as World Health Organization decided to… Read more »

India, Bhutan to hold round 3 of development talks

India, Bhutan to hold round 3 of development talks

THIMPHU: Bhutan and India will hold the third round of Development Cooperation Talks here on Wednesday for Bhutan’s 11th Five Year Plan during which Indian aid of Rs 45 billion… Read more »

Nearly 200 killed in floods, rains in Pakistan

Nearly 200 killed in floods, rains in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Nearly 200 people have been killed in floods and rain-related incidents in Pakistan with four days of incessant showers leaving a trail of death and destruction, officials said today…. Read more »

China downplays cancellation of Xi's Pakistan visit

China downplays cancellation of Xi’s Pakistan visit

BEIJING: Downplaying reports of cancellation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s maiden Pakistan visit, China today said the trip was never officially announced. “We have never officially released any information about… Read more »

Doval to visit Beijing

Doval to visit Beijing next week ahead of Xi’s trip

BEIJING: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will visit Beijing next week for talks with Chinese leaders ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to India later this month. During his three-day… Read more »

ISIS trying to expand influence in Pakistan

ISIS trying to expand influence in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The dreaded Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is trying to expand its influence in Pakistan, with pamphlets being distributed in Peshawar and border provinces of Afghanistan, seeking… Read more »

Pakistan on edge; protesters storm secretariat, PTV office

Pakistan on edge; protesters storm secretariat, PTV office

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s powerful Army Chief today met embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discus the deepening political crisis that has put the country on edge, as hundreds of protesters stormed… Read more »

Pak govt agrees to Qadri's demand of FIR against PM

Pak govt agrees to Qadri’s demand of FIR against PM

ISLAMABAD: After dragging its feet for days, Pakistan government today accepted a key demand of Tahir-ul- Qadri by agreeing to register a murder case against 21 people, including Prime Minister… Read more »

Pak survived difficult times, this too shall pass Sharif

Pak survived difficult times, this too shall pass: Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Amid mounting pressure from protesters to quit as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, a defiant Nawaz Sharif today refused to resign saying the country has survived “difficult times” and the current… Read more »

Water talks between India, Pak ended inconclusively

Water talks between India, Pak end inconclusively

LAHORE: The three-day talks between India and Pakistan here over designs of Kishan Ganga Dam and four other hydroelectric power projects at the Jhelum and the Chenab rivers respectively have… Read more »