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UNSC condemns Taliban attacks in Afghanistan (03:14)
United Nations, Oct 19 (IANS) The Security Council on Wednesday condemned "the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks" carried out by the Taliban in various provinces of Afghanistan.

Senior Taliban leader presumed dead in US drone strike (02:18)
Islamabad, Oct 19 (IANS) A senior Pakistani Taliban leader Omar Khalid Khorasani is presumed dead in recent air strikes on the Afghan side of the border, local media and the militant sources said late on Wednesday.

US thanks Pakistan for rescuing N. American hostages (01:08)
Islamabad, Oct 19 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday received a telephone call from US Vice President Mike Pence who offered thanks for the rescue of an American hostage, her Canadian husband and three children, the Prime Minister's office said.

Unicef seeks more funds to help Rohingya children (19:46)
Dhaka, Oct 18 (IANS) The Unicef on Wednesday said there is an urgent need to raise more funds to continue helping thousands of Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Taliban hostage rescue: US Seals were ready if Pakistan failed (19:12) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Oct 18 (IANS) US Navy Seal commandos were ready to conduct a raid inside Pakistan, similar to the one that killed Osama bin Laden, if Islamabad failed to rescue a Canadian-American family seized in 2012 by the Haqqani network, the New York Times said.

Myanmar forces terrorised Rohingyas: Amnesty (17:38)
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Myanmar security forces are using crimes against humanity in a targeted, systematic and widespread campaign of violence to drive Rohingyas out of Rakhine state, Amnesty International said in a new report on Wednesday.

Delay, hassles in Indian transit raise Nepal's cost of trade: Report (15:16)
Kathmandu, Oct 18 (IANS) Landlocked Nepal can substantially reduce the cost of its foreign trade if transit procedures in India are simplified and transport service is effective, according to a report by the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Imran Khan challenges arrest warrant in court (14:52) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Oct 18 (IANS) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday challenging the non-bailable arrest warrant issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan against him in a contempt of court case.

Seven policemen killed in Pakistan blast (11:32)
Islamabad, Oct 18 (IANS) Seven policemen were killed and 22 injured in an explosion in Quetta in Pakistan on Wednesday.

Pakistan Army denies US drone strikes in its territory (22:58)
Islamabad, Oct 17 (IANS) The Pakistan Army on Tuesday said there had been no US drone strikes on the Pakistani side of the border in recent days and all military operations had been conducted on the Afghan side of the border.

Qatari man held in Lahore with falcons (20:44)
Lahore, Oct 17 (IANS) A Qatari man was arrested at the Lahore airport for trying to smuggle nine falcons worth more than Rs 50 million, the Pakistani media reported on Tuesday.

53 die as Taliban hit Afghan police centre (Fourth Lead) (20:24) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Oct 17 (IANS) Twin suicide bombings and gunfire on a police training centre in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktia on Tuesday left at least 53 people dead, including a provincial police chief, and over 150 wounded in a gory terror attack.

Woman sentenced to death in Pakistan for killing husband (19:40)
Islamabad, Oct 17 (IANS) An anti-terrorism court in Multan on Tuesday sentenced a woman to death on two counts after finding her guilty of murdering her husband.

10,000-15,000 Rohingyas flee to Bangladesh in 48 hours (Lead) (18:28) IANS Photo Service
Geneva, Oct 17 (IANS) Between 10,000 and 15,000 Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh over the last 48 hours, taking the total number of the Muslim minority to have fled Myanmar to 582,000, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Tuesday.

US hits Haqqanis again despite Pakistan caution (18:26)
Islamabad, Oct 17 (IANS) Two suspected US drone strikes on Tuesday killed 11 people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border even as Pakistan cautioned the US to show restraint.

41 killed in Afghan Taliban attack (Third Lead) (18:16)
Kabul, Oct 17 (IANS) Twin suicide bombings and gunfire on a police training centre in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktia on Tuesday killed at least 41 people including the provincial police chief and wounded over 200 others, officials said.

CPN (Maoist Centre) decides against pulling out of Deuba government (Lead) (17:54) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Oct 17 (IANS) The CPN (Maoist Centre), a key partner in Nepal's ruling coalition, on Tuesday decided against pulling out support to the Sher Bahadur Deuba government hours after announcing that it was going to withdraw.

33 killed in Afghan Taliban attack (Second Lead) (17:22)
Kabul, Oct 17 (IANS) Twin suicide bombings and gunfire on a police training centre in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktia on Tuesday killed at least 33 people including the provincial police chief and wounded over 200 others, officials said.

10,000-15,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh in 48 hours (15:38) IANS Photo Service
Geneva, Oct 17 (IANS) Between 10,000 and 15,000 Rohingya refugees arrived in Bangladesh over the last 48 hours, taking the total number of the Muslim-minority to have fled Myanmar to 582,000, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees announced on Tuesday.

20 killed in Afghan suicide attack (Lead) (13:54)
Kabul, Oct 17 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed and over 160 others injured on Tuesday in a suicide attack next to a police training centre in Afghanistan's Paktia province, a senior official said.

Six killed in Afghan suicide attack (13:44)
Kabul, Oct 17 (IANS) At least six people were killed and over 30 others injured on Tuesday in a suicide attack next to a police training centre in Afghanistan's Paktia province, police said.

Nearly 300 Rohingya villages torched in Myanmar: HRW (13:30) IANS Photo Service
Nay Pyi Taw, Oct 17 (IANS) The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said nearly 300 Rohingya villages have been torched in Myanmar since the current spate of violence began in late August.

CPN (Maoist Centre) to quit Deuba government (13:16)
Kathmandu, Oct 17 (IANS) The CPN (Maoist Centre), which joined the leftist alliance led by main opposition CPN-UML, has decided to quit as coalition partner of the Nepali Congress-led government on Tuesday, a media report said.

UN Rohingya report shelved at Myanmar's order (12:16) IANS Photo Service
United Nations, Oct 17 (IANS) The UN food aid agency withdrew a critical report revealing desperate hunger among the Rohingya Muslim minority after the Myanmar government ordered it to be taken down, the media reported on Tuesday.

Rohingya crisis: India must take more initiatives, says Bangladesh (23:34)
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The latest Rohingya refugee crisis sparked by violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state is a major security concern and India should take more initiatives to find a solution to this, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali said on Monday.

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