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Plastics factory fire kills 13 people in Bangladesh capital

DHAKA - At least 13 people including two women were killed when a fire swept through a plastics factory in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka on Saturday, police said.

Bangladesh opposition says leader's Internet, electricity cut

DHAKA - Bangladeshi opposition activists accused the government of cutting the power, Internet and cable connections at their leader's office on Saturday to pressure her into calling off a strike after days of violent anti-government protests.

World, 9:00am IST

Two die as Muslim protesters clash with police in Afghan capital - witnesses

Kabul - Two people were killed when violence broke out at an anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday, according to witnesses, but Kabul's police chief said there were no deaths and only two injuries.

World, 31 Jan 2015

Blast at Shi'ite mosque in southern Pakistan kills 49

SHIKARPUR, Pakistan - At least 49 people were killed in a powerful explosion at a crowded Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan during Friday prayers, the latest sectarian attack to hit the South Asian nation.

World, 31 Jan 2015

Three U.S. contractors killed in "insider attack" in Afghanistan

KABUL - An Afghan soldier killed three U.S. contractors and wounded a fourth on Thursday at Kabul's military airport, an Afghan air force official said.

World, Top News, 30 Jan 2015

Dozens killed in Afghanistan in attacks on funeral, checkpoint

KABUL - A suicide bomb attack on a funeral in east Afghanistan killed 16 people and injured another 39 on Thursday, a local official said, an unusually high death toll for a single bombing in a country ravaged by decades of war.

World, 29 Jan 2015

Sri Lanka's new government plans fresh war crimes probe

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka is planning an investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of a 26-year civil war amid international frustration at the failure to look into numerous civilian deaths, a government spokesman said late on Wednesday.

World, Top News 29 Jan 2015

About 40 migrants missing off Bangladesh after their boat sinks

DHAKA - About 40 illegal migrants heading from Bangladesh to Malaysia to look for work were missing on Thursday after their boat sank, police said.

Top News, World, 29 Jan 2015

Afghans arrest commander of group that claimed killing Swedish journalist

KABUL - Afghanistan's main intelligence agency said on Wednesday it had arrested a commander of a militant group known as the "Suicide Front", that claimed responsibility last year for the execution-style killing of a Swedish journalist.

World, 28 Jan 2015

Bangladesh charges opposition chief with instigating attack on bus

DHAKA - Bangladesh police have formally charged Begum Khaleda Zia, head of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) with instigating a petrol bomb attack on a passenger bus, a senior police official said on Sunday.

Top News, 25 Jan 2015

India-Pakistan border flare-up a zero-sum game

At places along the Line of Control (LoC), barely a wire separates the Indian soldier and his Pakistani counterpart. The genesis of the recent flare-up was the killing of five Indian soldiers on the Indian side of the LoC. The media blitz in Delhi found more fodder with a spike in infiltration attempts and exchange of fire beyond the LoC at posts across the international border.

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