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Pakistan fuel tanker owners end strike, bringing halt to panic buying


KARACHI/ISLAMABAD Owners of Pakistani fuel tankers ended their protest strike on its third day on Wednesday, dispelling fears of a fuel shortage that had prompted long queues of panicked fuel buyers at petrol stations countrywide.

Taliban kill 30 Afghan soldiers as fighting intensifies - army spokesman

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Taliban fighters killed 30 soldiers in an attack on an army base in the southern province of Kandahar, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, as heavy fighting raged across the country.

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Exclusive: Sri Lanka's cabinet 'clears port deal' with China firm after concerns addressed

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday, the government said, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation.

Mattis bristles at Pentagon waste of $28 million on Afghan uniforms

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has criticized Pentagon officials for wasting as much as $28 million by making a questionable choice of forest camouflage-patterned uniforms for Afghan National Army soldiers.

World, 25 Jul 2017

Maldives opposition says blocked from entering parliament for impeachment vote

Two opposition leaders accused soldiers and police in the Maldives of roughing up opposition lawmakers on Monday, using pepper spray to prevent them from entering parliament to take part in an impeachment vote against the speaker.

World, 25 Jul 2017

Suicide bomber in Pakistan's Lahore kills 25, many of them police

LAHORE, Pakistan A suicide bomber killed at least 25 people, many of them police, in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, officials said, an attack which shattered a period of relative calm in Pakistan's second-largest city.

World 24 Jul 2017

Taliban suicide car bomber kills dozens in Afghan capital

KABUL A Taliban suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing up to 35 people and wounding more than 40, government officials said, in one of the worst attacks in the Afghan capital in recent weeks.

World, Top News 24 Jul 2017

Dengue outbreak kills 300 in Sri Lanka, hospitals at limit

COLOMBO An outbreak of dengue virus has killed around 300 people so far this year in Sri Lanka and hospitals are stretched to capacity, health officials said on Monday.

World 24 Jul 2017

Son of Afghan Taliban leader dies carrying out suicide attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The son of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada died on Thursday carrying out a suicide attack in the province of Helmand in southern Afghanistan, one of the insurgent movement's main spokesmen said.

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MSF reopens first Kunduz clinic since deadly hospital air strike in 2015

KABUL Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) reopened a small medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Saturday, their first facility there since the American airstrikes that destroyed a hospital in 2015.

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Movie Review: Lipstick Under My Burkha

If there is one thing you have to credit Alankrita Shrivastava’s latest film with, it is that it throws open the lives of women in a way that we rarely see on Indian celluloid.

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