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Land rush around Pakistan's Gwadar port triggered by Chinese investment


LAHORE, Pakistan Pakistani real estate giant Rafi Group made a ten-fold profit last year from its sale of hundreds of acres of land in the remote fishing town of Gwadar, acquired soon after the government announced plans for a deep-sea port there.

Bomb kills at least 10 in shopping district in Lahore

LAHORE, Pakistan A bomb blast in an upscale shopping centre in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore killed at least 10 people on Thursday, a provincial government spokesman said, the latest attack in a surge of violence that has shaken the country.

World, Top News 23 Feb 2017

China again dismisses reports of military patrols in Afghanistan

BEIJING China's defence ministry on Thursday dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, saying the two countries were only carrying out counter-terrorism operations along their common border.

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Second explosion heard in another upscale neighbourhood in Pakistan's Lahore

ISLAMABAD A powerful explosion hit near a second upscale market in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, a government official said, the latest in a new surge of violence across the country.

World 23 Feb 2017

Afghan vice president's bodyguards cooperate in abuse case

KABUL Bodyguards of Afghan Vice President Rashid Dostum who are wanted over allegations of torture and abuse of one of their boss's political rivals have turned themselves in to authorities after weeks of refusing to cooperate, officials said on Wednesday.

World, 22 Feb 2017

Exclusive: China state firm in preliminary deal to buy Chevron's Bangladesh gas fields - oil executives

BEIJING/DHAKA China's state-run Zhenhua Oil has signed a preliminary deal with Chevron to buy the U.S. oil major's natural gas fields in Bangladesh that are worth about $2 billion, two Beijing-based Chinese oil executives said.

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Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials

WASHINGTON China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

World 22 Feb 2017

Security forces surround Afghan VP's house over abuse case

KABUL Afghan security forces blocked roads and took up positions around the house of Vice President Rashid Dostum on Tuesday as a standoff flared up over accusations his men tortured one of his political opponents.

World 21 Feb 2017

Suicide bombers in Pakistan kill five in attack on court

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 20, police officials said, the latest incident in a new surge of Islamist violence. | Video

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Sri Lanka panel questions central bank chief over bond sale

COLOMBO A Sri Lankan commission investigating irregularities in government bond sales questioned the new head of the country's central bank on Tuesday, as the government's anti-corruption policy came under scrutiny.

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Cash crunch forces Indian town’s cinemas into a long intermission

Milan Talkies used to be a cinema hall. Now it’s locked behind iron gates, home to a family of stray dogs who growl when other dogs show up to urinate in its dark corners.

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