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US Drone strikes on Pak-Afghan border kill 2

At least one man was severely injured in a drone strike allegedly carried out by a US spy plane in Kurram Agency's Badshah Kot...

Indian inmates to undergo ‘cow therapy’

Indian inmates are to be exposed to the "magical power" of cows under a radical rehabilitation programme involving rearing the beasts - revered by...

Russia offers to host talks between Afghan govt and Taliban

Russia has called for urgent talks between Afghan government and the Taliban and offered to host such talks, a statement from its Foreign Ministry...

Myanmar defense ministry asks for budget increase

Myanmar Defense Ministry on Tuesday (Jan 16) asked for a budget of more than 1.3 trillion kyats (US$1 billion) for a six-month period—an amount...

Nepal plans to scrap another hydropower deal with China

Months after scrapping the Budhigandaki Hydropower deal signed with China’s Gezhouba Group, the government of Nepal is planning to cancel the agreement signed with...

ADB provides additional $75 million to support SME development in Sri...

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday (Jan 16) said its Board of Directors has approved $75 million in additional financing to continue support...

BD hosting more than 1 mln Rohingya as repatriation efforts start

Bangladesh has counted more than a million Rohingya refugees living in camps near the border with Myanmar, higher than previous estimates, the head of...

No more extension in stay of Afghan refugees, says Pakistan

The stalemate in the Pakistan-US relations has brought millions of Afghan nationals, including 1.4 million registered refugees, into the spotlight again as the federal...

Pakistan can defend itself despite India-Israel nexus, says Pak FM

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan can defend itself despite a nexus between India and Israel. On Tuesday (Jan 16), speaking on Geo...

Terror sanctuaries in Afghanistan along Pakistan border a threat: Russian FM

Russia said late on Tuesday (Jan 16) that it will provide every possible support to Pakistan to make it a developed country, Radio Pakistan...

Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar to complete Rohingya return in two years

Bangladesh has agreed to complete the process of returning Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar within two years after repatriation begins, the south Asian nation said...

Top US general says ‘not giving up’ on Pakistan ties

The top US military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday (Jan 15) he was committed to the US-Pakistan relationship, which has been...

India withdraws Haj subsidy

The government of India on Tuesday (Jan 16) withdrew its subsidy for Haj pilgrims. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the...

Maldives looks to block extremist websites

The counter terrorism unit of Maldives was working with the communications authority of Maldives (CAM) to block websites that are used as a tool...

Private equity comes to Bhutan

Bhutan is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia, but the Himalayan kingdom has a fundamental problem: Its private sector is relatively underdeveloped and...

Gen Bajwa meets top Sri Lankan military leadership, discusses ways to...

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Sri Lanka on a two-day official visit on Tuesday (Jan 16) and held...

Bangladesh, India, Nepal okay vehicle movement procedure

Bangladesh, India and Nepal have given nod to operating procedures for movement of passenger vehicles in the sub-region under Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicles agreement,...

Pakistan clerics issue fatwa against suicide bombings

More than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim clerics have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, in a book unveiled by the government on...

US envoy to Pakistan tries damage limitation in wake of Trump’s...

A senior US diplomat had talks in Pakistan on Monday (Jan 15) following an outcry over President Donald Trump’s accusation that the nuclear-armed South...

India’s sense of superiority miffs neighbors

Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim's three-day visit to India last week during which he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Indian counterpart Sushma...

Bangladesh to start process for 11th national election in October

Bangladesh’s Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K M Nurul Huda on Monday (Jan 15) said that the process for holding the 11th parliamentary election...