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India says hits Pakistan-based militants, escalating tensions


NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD Indian officials said elite troops crossed into Pakistan-ruled Kashmir on Thursday and killed suspected militants preparing to infiltrate and carry out attacks on major cities, in a surprise raid that raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

U.S. drone strike kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan, United Nations says

KABUL At least 15 civilians were killed and 13 wounded in a U.S. unmanned aircraft strike in eastern Afghanistan, the United Nations said, calling for an independent investigation into the incident.

Exclusive: Pakistani rebel chief says would welcome help from arch-rival India

ISLAMABAD The elusive leader of a major rebel group fighting for independence in Pakistan's Baluchistan province said he would welcome cash and other help from India, words likely to alarm Islamabad which accuses New Delhi of stirring trouble there.

World, Top News 29 Sep 2016

U.S. may consider lifting sanctions on Afghan warlord - official

KABUL The United States may consider lifting sanctions on one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords after a peace accord was signed in the Afghan capital on Thursday, a U.S. official said.

World, 29 Sep 2016

U.S. expects donors to pledge $3 billion a year for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON An international conference is expected to pledge over $3 billion a year in development support for Afghanistan next week but funds will be dependent on reforms and countering corruption, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

World 30 Sep 2016

Rights group urges Bangladesh to stop "kneecapping" detainees

DHAKA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Security forces in Bangladesh are deliberately shooting members and supporters of opposition parties in the leg, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Thursday that compared the acts to "kneecappings" once meted out by the Irish Republican Army.

World 29 Sep 2016

As Pakistan army chief's tenure nears end, PM faces key choice

ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faces a key choice in the coming weeks about who should run Pakistan's powerful military, one that will have a major influence on the country's often strained relationships with the United States and nuclear rival India.

World, Top News 28 Sep 2016

SAARC summit uncertain as India, others pull out in snub to Pakistan

KATHMANDU A summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders set for Islamabad in November may be called off, as several countries have decided not to attend amid rising tension between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, officials said on Wednesday.

Top News, 29 Sep 2016

Exclusive: U.S. seeks accused Manila banker's help to crack Bangladesh heist

MANILA The FBI is negotiating with a former branch manager of a Philippines bank for information relating to $81 million that she handled after it was stolen from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve, her lawyer said.

28 Sep 2016

China urges Pakistan, India to solve differences over disputed Kashmir

BEIJING China on Wednesday called on Pakistan and India to solve their differences over Kashmir, as tensions mount between the nuclear-armed neighbours after an attack killed 18 Indian soldiers in the disputed Himalayan region.

28 Sep 2016

Movie Review - M S Dhoni: The Untold Story

Neeraj Pandey’s “M S Dhoni: An Untold Story” opens with a story that has been told a thousand times. The Indian cricket captain walks out to bat in the final of the 2011 World Cup, bails his team out of trouble and hits the winning runs. That shot of Dhoni, his eyes blazing, determination writ large as he hauls the ball over the boundary has been replayed countless times, and remains one of the defining moments of his brilliant career.

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