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PM heading to Bangladesh with China on his mind


NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take border settlement and water sharing deals to Bangladesh next month as part of his drive to erode Chinese influence in South Asia, although Dhaka is likely to remain dependant on Beijing for military equipment.

Nepal recovers more human remains from U.S. chopper crash site

KATHMANDU - Nepal has found more human remains at the site where a U.S. military helicopter crashed during a mission to aid victims of the country's earthquake, the army said on Wednesday.

World, 27 May 2015

Flattened by erratic rain, Pakistani farmers ditch crop farming

ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In late April, after 28 hours of heavy rain, Noor Hussain and his two brothers surveyed his three-hectare wheat plot to see what they could save.

World, 27 May 2015

Afghan Taliban gunmen killed after attack on Kabul guesthouse

KABUL - Four Taliban insurgents armed with assault rifles and a grenade launcher stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital overnight and held out for hours until they were killed by government forces early on Wednesday, officials said.

Top News, World, 27 May 2015

Pakistan seeks FBI help to investigate firm accused of faking diplomas

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has asked U.S. authorities to help it investigate Axact, a software firm accused of earning millions of dollars from the international sale of bogus university degrees online, officials said on Wednesday.

Top News, World 27 May 2015

Taliban claim attack on Kabul guesthouse after overnight siege ends

KABUL - The Taliban claimed responsibility for an overnight attack on a guesthouse in the diplomatic enclave of the Afghan capital that ended on Wednesday morning after a stand-off with Afghan government forces.

World 27 May 2015

Exclusive - Before Myanmar seized migrant boat, Rohingya whisked away

YANGON/THEK KAY PYIN, Myanmar - When the Myanmar navy seized a boat used by people smugglers last week, it announced that the 200 people found aboard were mostly Bangladeshis seeking better economic prospects in Southeast Asia.

World, 27 May 2015

Nepal moves to protect children from traffickers after quake

KATHMANDU - Nepal banned children from travelling without parents or approved guardians on Tuesday in an unprecedented move to deter human traffickers who authorities fear are targeting vulnerable families after last month's devastating earthquake.

Top News, World, 26 May 2015

IT chief at Bangladesh Coca-Cola unit arrested as Islamic State suspect

DHAKA - An IT manager at a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Co was one of two men arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of planning to fight for Islamic State in Syria, police and company sources said on Monday.

World, Syria 26 May 2015

Taliban suicide bombers attack Afghan court killing two

KABUL - Taliban suicide bombers attacked a court in Wardak province on Tuesday, killing two police officers before being shot dead as they entered the compound, the police chief said.

World, 26 May 2015

Movie Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Director Aanand L Rai seems to believe in the adage "Well begun is half done." With both "Tanu Weds Manu" (2011) and its sequel, Rai starts with a great idea, some sparkling dialogue and interesting characters. But what you get in "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" is the cinematic equivalent of a car wreck.

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