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Suicide bomber in Afghan city kills 3, wounds 14


MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan At least three people were killed and 14 wounded on Monday when a suicide bomber attacked a bus filled with Afghan army personnel in northern Afghanistan, officials said.

To protect Chinese investment, Pakistan military leaves little to chance

GWADAR, Pakistan A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan's powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment.

Top News, World, 8:43am IST

Director hopes Oscar-nominated film will help end Pakistan honour killings

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD An Oscar-winning filmmaker hopes her latest Academy Award-nominated documentary will help bring tougher laws against honour killings in Pakistan, which account for the deaths of hundreds of women and men each year.

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U.N. rights chief meets families of Sri Lanka's war victims

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka The United Nations human rights chief on Sunday travelled to the north and east of Sri Lanka to assess the country's progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.

Top News, World, 07 Feb 2016

Suicide bomber kills nine, injures dozens, in Pakistan city of Quetta

QUETTA, Pakistan At least nine people were killed and 35 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a military convoy in Pakistan's western city of Quetta on Saturday, police and hospital officials said.

World, Top News 06 Feb 2016

Sri Lankan nationalists protest U.N. rights chief's visit on war crimes

COLOMBO Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations' office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka's progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.

World 06 Feb 2016

Nations aim for Afghan peace talks with Taliban by end-February

ISLAMABAD Officials from the four nations seeking to end Afghanistan's 15-year-old war agreed on Saturday to press for direct talks between Taliban groups and the U.S.-backed government in Kabul by the end of the month.

Top News, 06 Feb 2016

Afghan interior minister close to quitting as crisis deepens - sources

KABUL Afghan Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Olomi has offered his resignation to President Ashraf Ghani after mounting criticism of the worsening security situation over recent months, people familiar with the matter said.

World, 06 Feb 2016

Afghan government rocked by Kandahar fistfight

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is struggling to placate furious tribal elders in Kandahar, who include some of the most powerful figures in the strategic southern province, after one of his top aides punched a senior local leader in the face.

Top News, World, 05 Feb 2016

IMF urges Sri Lanka to reduce fiscal gap, raise tax revenues

COLOMBO The International Monetary Fund on Friday urged Sri Lanka to take steps to reduce its fiscal deficit and raise tax revenues to help improve its balance of payments.

06 Feb 2016

Movie Review: Sanam Teri Kasam

"Sanam Teri Kasam" is Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru's second Bollywood film as directors and is the cinematic equivalent of pulling off a Band-Aid very, very, very slowly. Excruciating and never-ending.

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