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Villagers flee Kashmir front line as India, Pakistan trade artillery fire

SRINAGAR, India India and Pakistan have exchanged artillery fire in the disputed Kashmir region forcing hundreds of people to flee, police in Indian Kashmir said, raising fresh doubts about a 15-year-old ceasefire between the nuclear-armed rivals in the area.

More than 20 killed in attacks in Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan A series of militant attacks in Afghanistan killed more than 20 people, officials said on Saturday, ahead of an international meeting next week aimed at building diplomatic support for hoped-for peace talks with the Taliban. | Video

Top News, World, 24 Feb 2018

Global watchdog to put Pakistan back on terrorist financing watchlist: sources

ISLAMABAD A global money-laundering watchdog has decided to place Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist, a government official and a diplomat said on Friday, in a likely blow to Pakistan's economy and its strained relations with the United States. | Video

World, Top News 24 Feb 2018

Rome's Colosseum turned red to protest Pakistan blasphemy law

ROME Rome's ancient Colosseum was lit in red on Saturday in solidarity with persecuted Christians, particularly Asia Bibi, a woman condemned to death under Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

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Bangladesh police free detained foreign aid workers

DHAKA The Bangladesh police authority has freed all the foreign aid workers who had been detained near the city of Cox's Bazar after failing to show their passports, visas or work permits, a senior police official said on Saturday.

World 24 Feb 2018

Pakistan could evict, rather than kill, militants: U.S. official

WASHINGTON Pakistan need not kill or capture militants such as members of the Haqqani network that use its territory to launch attacks in Afghanistan but could push them across the border instead, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

World, Top News 24 Feb 2018

Leaders launch start of Afghan section of TAPI gas pipeline

SERHETABAT, Turkmenistan Regional leaders launched construction work on the Afghan section of an $8 billion natural gas pipeline that will link the energy-rich Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India.

Business, 23 Feb 2018

Prosecutor calls Maldives' extension of state of emergency unconstitutional: sources, media

MALE The extension of a state of emergency in the Maldives was unconstitutional, the country's prosecutor general has said, according to two sources and local media on Wednesday.

World 22 Feb 2018

Floating Island: New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal

DHAKA/BHASAN CHAR/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there. | Video

World, Top News 22 Feb 2018

Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court disqualified him as the country's leader over unreported income.

Top News, World 21 Feb 2018

Bollywood legend Sridevi dies at 54 of cardiac arrest

NEW DELHI Indian actress Sridevi, arguably Bollywood's first female superstar, died in Dubai after cardiac arrest, media reported on Sunday. She was 54.Sridevi is survived by her husband - producer Boney Kapoor - and daughters Jhanvi and Khushi. She was in Dubai to attend a family wedding and died late on Saturday.

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