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Bangladesh Bank heist trail goes cold in Manila as probes falter

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MANILA More than three months have passed since $81 million was stolen in a brazen cyber-heist from Bangladesh's central bank and sent to Manila – yet authorities in the Philippines appear no closer to nabbing those who laundered most of the money through a bank and casinos here.

U.S. says late Taliban leader was planning attacks on Americans

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama approved the drone strike that killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour because the Taliban leader was overseeing plans for new attacks on American targets in Kabul, the Afghan capital, U.S. officials said on Monday. | Video

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Afghan governor sees more fighting after Taliban leader killed

KABUL Power struggles among the Taliban following the death of their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour will probably lead to more fighting and suicide attacks in the coming weeks, a powerful Afghan provincial governor said on Monday.

Top News, World, 23 May 2016

Taliban chief killed because he posed threat to U.S. troops - Pentagon

WASHINGTON U.S. forces killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in an air strike last week because he was engaged in plotting that posed "specific, imminent threats" to U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Monday.

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Pakistan stock exchange expects $1 billion of power IPOs in 2017 and 2018

LONDON Pakistan's stock exchange could see initial public offerings of power sector projects amounting to some $1 billion in 2017 and 2018, the bourse's managing director said on Monday.

Business, Economy 23 May 2016

Pakistan to start "soft-marketing" state airline sale in June

LONDON Pakistan will begin the marketing process next month to sell a 49 percent stake in Pakistan International Airlines and plans to list shares in several power utility firms this year, privatisation minister Mohammad Zubair said on Monday.

Sri Lanka floods expected to cost at least $1.5 billion

COLOMBO The cost of Sri Lanka's landslides and floods will be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion at the minimum, the government said on Monday, as the Indian Ocean island struggles to recover from its worst natural disaster since the 2004 Asia tsunami.

Top News, World, 23 May 2016

Pakistan to sell 40 percent of stock exchange end-2016/early-2017

LONDON Pakistan plans to sell a 40 percent stake in its stock exchange in coming months, and Turkey's Borsa Istanbul has expressed some initial intent, the head of the bourse said on Monday.

Business 23 May 2016

Britain grants refugee status to ex-president of Maldives - lawyer

COLOMBO Britain has granted refugee status to Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives who was jailed in 2015 after a trial that drew international criticism, his lawyer said on Monday.

World, Top News, 23 May 2016

Taliban No.2 Haqqani may be even more deadly foe than Mansour

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Afghan guerrilla commander Sirajuddin Haqqani, a possible successor to Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, would likely prove an even more implacable foe of beleaguered Afghan government forces and their U.S. allies.

World, Top News, 22 May 2016
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A suitable coach for the Indian cricket team

The Indian cricket board's experiment with former Indian players as coaches needs to reach its logical conclusion - an Indian head coach. At least, this time the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has the luxury of considering someone with credentials such as Rahul Dravid.

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