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China looms over SAARC summit in the Himalayas


NEW DELHI - When eight South Asian leaders gather for a summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday, they will meet in a conference centre donated by China to its cash-strapped Himalayan neighbour Nepal 27 years ago.

EXCLUSIVE - U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned - sources

KABUL - The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

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Pakistan centre to help traumatized journalists, but stigma attached

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Death threats, bombings and getting attacked is part of the job for many Pakistani journalists but they say one of the biggest barriers to seeking counselling to help cope is the stigma that they need it - and others in the business talking about it.

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Kazakhstan on brink of WTO membership deal, Afghanistan in line

GENEVA - The 160-member World Trade Organization is in active discussions with 10 countries aiming to become members, including Kazakhstan and Afghanistan, WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said in a report on Tuesday.

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Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges govt not to use pope's visit to help election campaign

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has urged the government not to use a forthcoming visit by Pope Francis to help its re-election campaign after media reported posters had appeared depicting the pontiff blessing President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Modi gives Buddha a miss as SAARC leaders flock to Nepal

KATHMANDU - Visiting Nepal for a South Asia summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dropped plans to hold rallies at the birthplaces of the Buddha and Hindu goddess Sita, after controversy over whether he was gaining too much prominence inside Nepal.

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Pakistani man shoots niece for listening to loud music

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani man shot dead his teenage niece because she was listening to loud music, police said on Tuesday.

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Two blasts hit Kabul, seven Afghan soldiers wounded

KABUL - Two explosions shook the Afghan capital on Tuesday, leaving seven army officers wounded after a bomb attack on their bus, while a grenade blast in the diplomatic quarter caused no casualties but led to the arrest of a suspect, officials said.

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Nepal gives Indian firm green light for $1 billion hydroelectric plant

KATHMANDU - Nepal has given an Indian company permission to build a 900 megawatt hydropower plant, government officials said on Monday, as the Himalayan state looks to ease chronic energy shortages by opening up its rivers to its larger neighbour.

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Role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to shift to training - White House

WASHINGTON - The role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will shift in 2015 to training Afghan security forces and counter-terrorism activities, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday.

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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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