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U.S. official calls on Myanmar to free journalists


DHAKA U.S. envoy Sam Brownback called on Thursday for the release of journalists jailed in Myanmar while covering the plight of ethnic Rohingya Muslims forced to flee a military crackdown.

Exclusive: Pakistan TV channel returning to air after negotiations with military - sources

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI Pakistan's largest TV station has been allowed back on the air at some major cable operators after talks with the military on demands it make changes in political coverage, two officials who work for the channel's media group told Reuters on Wednesday.

World, Top News 19 Apr 2018

Five killed in ammonia tank accident in Sri Lanka rubber factory

HORANA, Sri Lanka At least five people were killed in Sri Lanka on Thursday when a worker at a rubber factory fell into a tank of ammonia and a colleague and local residents died trying to save him, police said.

World, 19 Apr 2018

Afghans make long trek west before Turkey secures border

AGRI, Turkey On a mountainous road leading west from the Iranian border, 22-year-old Sunnatilla Rasulbek trudges through heavy rain, one of tens of thousands of Afghans hoping to find work and security in Turkey before a wall goes up to keep them out.

Top News, World, 19 Apr 2018

Pakistan's long-delayed new airport to open May 3, official says

ISLAMABAD A long-delayed new international airport for Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, is set to open on May 3, a civil aviation official said on Wednesday during an advance tour of the facility.

19 Apr 2018

Judiciary won't influence outcome of Pakistan's general election: interior minister

LONDON Pressure from Pakistan's judiciary won't influence the outcome of upcoming general elections this year, Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday, adding he hoped the election would be free and fair.

Top News, World, 18 Apr 2018

China says Nepal a natural area for cooperation with India

BEIJING Nepal is a natural area for cooperation between China and India, the Chinese government's top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi said on Wednesday, as he invited India to participate in connectivity projects between the three nations.

World, Top News 18 Apr 2018

More pressure needed on Myanmar to take back Rohingya - Bangladeshi PM

LONDON Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Tuesday more international pressure was needed on Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees, rejecting an assertion claim by the Myanmar government that it had repatriated a family of five.

World, Top News, 18 Apr 2018

Violence against Rohingya exposed in 'shocking photos'

When a Rohingya refugee boat capsized on the Bangladesh coastline, photographer Damir Sagolj rushed to the scene and saw locals collecting the drowned and arranging their bodies next to the road.

World, Top News, 18 Apr 2018

Conditions worsening for Rohingya in Cox's Bazar ahead of rains

GENEVA Conditions in crowded camps in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh have deteriorated for nearly 700,000 Rohingya as aid workers race to strengthen shelters ahead of monsoon season, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

World, Top News 16 Apr 2018

Actress Sridevi gets posthumous national award

Assamese-language drama “Village Rockstars” was named the best film of 2017 at India’s National Film Awards on Friday while Bollywood actress Sridevi got the best actress award two months after her death.

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