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Sri Lanka leader spells out populist policies in 2015 budget; targets tax evaders

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COLOMBO - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is set to seek an unprecedented third six-year term, announced a 2015 budget on Friday that trims VAT and cuts the deficit while providing a range of handouts, mainly to rural communities.

Bangladesh Islamist leader convicted of war crimes dies

DHAKA - A Bangladeshi Islamist party leader serving 90 years in prison for crimes during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence has died, a doctor said.

World 24 Oct 2014

Obama invites new Afghan leaders to White House

KABUL - U.S. President Barack Obama, keen to reset relations with Afghanistan that soured under longtime president Hamid Karzai, has invited the leaders of Afghanistan's new unity government to visit the White House early next year.

World, 23 Oct 2014

Russian captured in Afghanistan to face terrorism charges in U.S.

WASHINGTON - A Russian captured while fighting with militants in Afghanistan and held by the U.S. military there, will be flown to the United States to face terrorism charges, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

World, 24 Oct 2014

Eight Pakistani Shi'ites killed in sectarian attack

QUETTA Pakistan - Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed and one wounded on Thursday, when gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said.

World, 23 Oct 2014

Scion of Pakistan's Bhutto dynasty throws down gauntlet to PM

NAUDERO Pakistan - The scion of Pakistan's leading political dynasty, emerging from the shadow of his mother and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto seven years after she was assassinated, has vowed to resurrect her party's flagging fortunes.

Top News, 23 Oct 2014

Afghan president's first trip abroad will be to China

BEIJING - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will travel to China this month, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, marking what will be the leader's first foreign trip since being sworn in September after a protracted election stalemate.

Top News, World 22 Oct 2014

Noble prize winner Malala Yousafzai renews call for education for all

PHILADELPHIA - Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, renewed her call for world peace and universal education on Tuesday at a ceremony in which she was awarded the Liberty Medal.

Top News, World, 22 Oct 2014

Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade

PHANG NGA Thailand - When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening.

22 Oct 2014

Death toll in Nepal's worst trekking disaster reaches 43

KATHMANDU - Rescuers on Tuesday pulled out three bodies of Nepali citizens killed in last week's freak blizzards and avalanches, taking the toll in the Himalayan nation's worst trekking disaster to 43.

World, Top News 21 Oct 2014
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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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