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Freed Pakistani militant Hafiz Saeed rails against India, ex-PM Sharif


LAHORE/ISLAMABAD Newly freed Pakistani Islamist Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in Mumbai, called ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a "traitor" on Friday for seeking peace with neighbour and arch-foe India.

U.S. calls on Pakistan to arrest recently freed Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed

ISLAMABAD A U.S. official on Friday said Washington is "deeply concerned" at the release from house arrest of a Pakistani Islamist accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in the Indian city of Mumbai.

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China signs deal to build new nuclear reactor in Pakistan: WNN

PARIS China has signed a deal to build a third large nuclear reactor in Pakistan, which wants to get a fifth of its electricity from nuclear by 2030.

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Rights groups say outside monitors needed for Rohingya return to Myanmar

YANGON Human rights groups called on Friday for international agencies to be allowed to monitor the planned repatriation of hundreds of thousands Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh to the homes they have fled from in Myanmar over the past three months.

World, Top News 24 Nov 2017

Nepal to elect new parliament after years of instability

KATHMANDU Nepalis vote on Sunday to choose a new parliament and seven state assemblies hoping to end years of fickle coalitions and complete a tumultuous transition, more than a decade after the end of a civil war.

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Afghan air strike kills about 20 Taliban at religious school - officials

KABUL A rocket attack on an Afghan religious school killed about 20 Taliban insurgents exchanging fire with security forces, officials said on Friday, adding that no children were among the victims.

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Pakistan's central bank keeps main interest rate at 5.75 percent

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan's central bank kept its main policy interest rate unchanged at 5.75 percent on Friday, citing steadily rising economic growth.

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Suicide attack kills a top Pakistani police officer - official

PESHAWAR, Pakistan A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed a top Pakistani police officer and one of his guards on Friday in the city of Peshawar, police said.

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Strike called in Bangladesh over power price rise on day pope arrives

DHAKA Several small opposition parties in Bangladesh have called for a half-day strike on Thursday against a power tariff increase, which could cause traffic chaos in the congested capital as Pope Francis arrives for a three-day visit.

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Pakistan searches for new finance minister after Dar relieved of duties

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan on Thursday began searching for a new finance minister a day after Ishaq Dar was relieved of his portfolio amid mounting headwinds for the economy.

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Movie Review: Tumhari Sulu

Finally, someone in a Bollywood film lives in Virar. This far-flung and much reviled Mumbai suburb and its people have been wholly ignored by India’s popular cinema, whose scope usually doesn’t extend beyond the tried-and-tested urban milieu.

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