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US designating Hizbul as terror group sad: Pakistan (18:16)
Islamabad, Aug 17 (IANS) The US decision to declare Hizbul Mujahideen a specially-designated terrorist organisation led by an internationally recognised terrorist is "saddening", Pakistan's Foreign Office said on Thursday.

Malala Yousafzai gets into Oxford University (15:02) IANS Photo Service
London, Aug 17 (IANS) Pakistani Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will be studying in Oxford University.

Five Taliban militants killed in Afghan airstrike (14:06)
Kabul, Aug 17 (IANS) At least five Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan's Kunduz province on Thursday, a top official said.

Pakistan's anti-graft body summons Sharif, sons (13:52) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Aug 17 (IANS) Pakistan's anti-corruption body has issued summons to disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons to appear before it on Friday in money laundering and graft cases.

US soldier killed in Afghanistan (12:06)
Kabul, Aug 17 (IANS) A US service member who was injured in a security operation in eastern Afghanistan has died, the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission said on Thursday.

Nepal, China sign three accords (Lead) (20:40) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Aug 16 (IANS) Nepal and China have signed three agreements related to economic and technical cooperation, promotion of Chinese investment and economic cooperation, as well as oil and gas exploration in Nepal.

Death toll in Myanmar swine flu outbreak reaches 25 (17:48) IANS Photo Service
Naypyidaw, Aug 16 (IANS) The death toll in Myanmar in swine flu cases has climbed to 25, the media reported on Wednesday.

Don't want to be in contact with Sharif, says Zardari (17:18) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Aug 16 (IANS) Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chief Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that he has no interest in establishing contact with ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, media reports said.

Pakistan 'key partner' in region, says US Centcom (16:58)
Islamabad, Aug 16 (IANS) The US on Wednesday said it wishes to continue the "key partnership" with Pakistan in the South Asian region.

China, Nepal should enhance cooperation in traditional medicine: Wang (15:36) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Aug 16 (IANS) Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang on Wednesday called on China and Nepal to step up cooperation in research and application of traditional medicine.

Bangladesh allows polygamy for Hindus, but bans divorcee remarriage (10:56)
By Arul Louis
New York, Aug 16 (IANS) Some aspects of marriage laws for Hindus in Bangladesh mirror those for Muslims in India, according to a US government report.

Toll in Nepal floods rises to 120 (Roundup) (22:12) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Aug 15 (IANS) The toll in Nepal's floods soared to 120 as the disaster caused havoc mostly in the country's southern plains in the Terai, officials said on Tuesday.

Nepal appeals to China to resume trade along repaired border road (20:32) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Aug 15 (IANS) China has "responded positively" to an appeal by Nepal for immediate resumption of the Araniko Highway -- the main road that links Nepal with Tibet and China -- and, during talks between top Nepali leaders and visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, Beijing has also agreed in principle to upgrade the trade highway.

29 killed as floods ravage Bangladesh (20:10)
Dhaka, Aug 15 (IANS) At least 29 people have died in the last few days in floods caused by heavy rainfall in Bangladesh, officials said.

Fasting Nepali doctor's condition worsens, supporters clash with police (19:20)
Kathmandu, Aug 15 (IANS) Supporters of a senior surgeon whose fast unto death seeking reforms in Nepals medical education system entered the 23rd day on Tuesday clashed with security personnel as his condition deteriorated.

Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka marks Independence Day (17:30)
Colombo, Aug 15 (IANS) The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka celebrated India's 71st Independence Day on Tuesday by hoisting the national flag and organising a cultural performance.

Sharif challenges disqualification verdict in top court (17:28) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Aug 15 (IANS) Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court for review of the Panama Papers verdict that led to his disqualification.

Sri Lanka gets new Foreign Minister (14:40) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Aug 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Assignments Tilak Marapana was on Tuesday sworn in as the country's new Foreign Minister in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena, officials said.

Neo JMB militant kills himself in Dhaka hotel raid (14:40)
Dhaka, Aug 15 (IANS) A suspected militant of the Neo JMB group blew himself up with his suicide vest during a raid by security forces on a hotel in Bangladesh's capital city on Tuesday, police said.

India-Pakistan peace a distant prospect: Pakistani daily (10:30)
Islamabad, Aug 15 (IANS) With seven decades of unending hostility, peaceful coexistence between India and Pakistan "is very obviously a distant prospect", a leading newspaper here said on Tuesday.

UN chief concerned about India's plans to deport Rohingyas (Lead)  (08:36)
By Arul Louis
United Nations, Aug 15 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is concerned about India's plans to deport Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, his spokesperson Farhan Haq said.

Death toll in Nepal floods reaches 91 (07:52)
Kathmandu, Aug 15 (IANS) Massive floods following incessant rains in the past few days have claimed 91 lives in Nepal, while thousands of people have been displaced across the country, officials said on Monday.

UN chief concerned about India's plans to deport Rohingyas  (04:32)
By Arul Louis
United Nations, Aug 15 (IANS) The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is concerned about India's plans to deport Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, according to his spokesperson Farhan Haq.

Pakistan hopes for stronger relations with Sri Lanka (22:12)
Colombo, Aug 14 (IANS) Pakistan on Monday said it hoped for stronger relations with Sri Lanka as both countries had achieved development, progress and prosperity over the last 70 years through mutual cooperation.

Pakistan President meets Chinese Vice Premier on deepening bilateral ties (21:56) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Aug 14 (IANS) Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain met visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang here on Monday and held discussions on consolidating the friendly ties between the two countries.

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