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Bangladesh bomb blasts kills six, scores injured


DHAKA At least six people, including two police officials, were killed and scores wounded in two bomb blasts in Bangladesh on Saturday near a militant hideout that was raided by commandos, police said.

U.S. strike kills an al Qaeda 'leader' in Afghanistan - Pentagon

WASHINGTON The Pentagon said on Saturday a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan this week killed an al Qaeda militant who was responsible for the death of two American service members and accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009.

Top News, World 26 Mar 2017

U.S. judge grants Singaporean blogger's asylum request

CHICAGO A U.S. immigration judge in Chicago on Friday granted asylum to a Singaporean blogger, saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the Southeast Asian city-state.

World 25 Mar 2017

Russia calls U.S. charge it may be supplying Taliban 'a lie' - RIA

MOSCOW Russia dismissed a U.S. allegation it may be supplying Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan as "a lie" on Friday, saying the charge was an attempt by Washington to try to cover up for the failure of its own policies there, the RIA news agency reported.

World 24 Mar 2017

Man blows self up near Bangladesh airport, Islamic State claims attack

DHAKA A man carrying a bomb blew himself up in front of a police checkpoint near Bangladesh's international airport on Friday, in a blast claimed by Islamic State.

Top News, World, 25 Mar 2017

Hong Kong to choose new leader amid anger at perceived China meddling

HONG KONG A small electoral college chooses a new Hong Kong leader on Sunday amid accusations of meddling by Beijing, denying the Chinese-ruled financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better suited to defuse political tension.

25 Mar 2017

Nepal PM to support new Silk Road during China visit

KATHMANDU Nepal's prime minister is set to throw his support behind Beijing's initiative to build a modern-day Silk Road across Asia during a six day trip to China starting on Thursday, in a move that could upset traditional regional powerhouse India.

World, Top News 23 Mar 2017

Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents - U.S. general

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan.

World 23 Mar 2017

Violence, corruption threaten Afghan progress in getting kids to school

KABUL/KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Afghanistan's progress in educating its children is under threat, as growing insecurity and corruption shut more schools and reduced international funding undermines a system struggling to cope.

World 23 Mar 2017

Fire at Bangladesh central bank under control

DHAKA A fire that broke out in Bangladesh's central bank on Thursday night on floors 13 and 14 of the 32-story building has been brought under control.

Top News, World 24 Mar 2017

Movie Review: Phillauri

Anshai Lal's "Phillauri" could have been two films, except for the ghost that glides in and out of the two stories. Tree-dwelling spirit Shashi (Anushka Sharma) -- dead for nearly 100 years -- finds herself in the middle of a big, fat Indian wedding.

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