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Afghanistan's economy slowly on rise, to grow 2.6 percent this year - World Bank


KABUL Afghanistan's economy is expected to grow 2.6 percent this year, up slightly from the previous year despite deteriorating security, the World Bank said in a report on Tuesday.

SoftBank funding may spur Uber to re-think tough Southeast Asian market

SINGAPORESoftBank Group's multi-billion dollar investment in Uber Technologies Inc opens up the possibility of combining it with other ride-hailing assets the Japanese group owns in a consolidation of a rapidly growing business across Asia, industry sources say.

Budget 2017, Business, Tech, Japan 21 Nov 2017

U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today.

World, Top News 20 Nov 2017

U.S., Afghan forces strike opium factories to curb Taliban funds

KABUL U.S. and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group's economic lifeline, officials from both countries said on Monday. | Video

World 21 Nov 2017

Pakistan PM says first LNG cargo for new import terminal due on Nov. 24

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD Pakistan expects the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for its new terminal to be delivered on Friday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday, outlining huge growth plans for Pakistan's use of LNG.

20 Nov 2017

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

NAYPYITAW China called for a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday.

World, Top News, 20 Nov 2017

Bangladesh says it's in talks with Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation deal

DHAKA Bangladesh is in negotiations with Myanmar aimed at a deal to repatriate displaced Rohingya and Dhaka's foreign minister will address the matter at talks in Myanmar this week, the Bangladeshi foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Top News, World 19 Nov 2017

Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in U.S. blogger killing

DHAKA Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism.

Top News, World, 19 Nov 2017

Pakistan issues 'last warning' to Islamists blocking route into capital

ISLAMABAD Pakistani authorities issued a final warning on Friday to members of an Islamist party blocking a main road into the capital, raising fears of a violent clash.

World, Top News 17 Nov 2017

U.S. Congress members decry 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar; Suu Kyi doubts allegations

YANGON/NAYPYITAW Members of the U.S. Congress said on Tuesday operations carried out against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar had "all the hallmarks" of ethnic cleansing, while the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed doubts about allegations of rights abuses.

Top News, World, 21 Nov 2017

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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