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Afghan blast kills 33; president blames Islamic State


JALALABAD, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday, setting off a blast outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said. | Video

U.N. investigation finds corruption in Afghan police oversight division

KABUL - A United Nations sponsored report has found that Afghanistan government officials who headed oversight of the police suppressed complaints of corruption against the force and has recommended their dismissal, according to a copy of the document seen by Reuters.  

World, 10:04am IST

Rivals claim Pakistan body election was not held

- The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) found itself mired in a messy power struggle over Friday's election of its largest regional body with a rival group claiming voting never took place.

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Sri Lanka bars central bank chief from foreign travel for three months

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka has imposed a three-month ban on overseas travel by its central bank governor, Arjuna Mahendran, who faces an investigation over alleged insider dealing, an official said on Saturday.

World 18 Apr 2015

China says AIIB won't be used for $46 billion Pakistan deal

BEIJING - China does not plan to use either its new Asian Infrastructure Development Bank (AIIB) or Silk Road fund to finance the $46 billion Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, with money to come from both countries instead, a senior diplomat said on Friday.

Top News, Business, 17 Apr 2015

Obama urges Gulf nations to help with chaos in Libya

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday urged Gulf nations to help calm the chaotic political situation in Libya, saying that outside military action would not be enough to help reduce tensions in the war-ravaged North African country.

World, Libya, 18 Apr 2015

Village women run safe water franchises in arsenic-hit India, Bangladesh

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rural housewives in countries such as India and Bangladesh, where ground water has high levels of arsenic, are being encouraged to set up businesses to sell safe water to save lives in their communities and earn some income.

Top News, 17 Apr 2015

Pakistani court blocks execution of those convicted by military courts

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of death sentences passed by military courts set up this year after a spike in militant violence but which have raised concern about fairness and the extent of military powers.

Top News, World, 16 Apr 2015

Islamic State gains ground near capital of Iraq's Anbar province

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants gained ground in western Iraq on Wednesday, overrunning several villages on the edge of the capital of Anbar province, police sources and local officials said. | Video

World, Iraq 16 Apr 2015

Joyous Kabul girl skateboarders defy war, light up London exhibition

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wearing scarves under helmets that look too big for little girls' heads, and knee protectors strapped over colourful dresses, the Afghan girls on skateboards seem a world away from the insurgency battering their country.

World, 15 Apr 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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