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Pakistan closes US-funded Radio Mashaal (20:24)
Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) The Pashto-language station of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been closed by the Pakistani government, officials said on Saturday.

Pakistan summons Indian Deputy HC over cross-border firing (18:06)
Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) Pakistan on Saturday again summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh to condemn "unprovoked ceasefire violations" by India, which it said had killed five civilians and injured 22 others over the past three days.

67 Afghan security force members freed from Taliban captivity (17:24)
Kabul, Jan 20 (IANS) Afghan security forces have freed 67 soldiers and police officials from a Taliban-run jail in Afghanistan's Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.

US-led coalition fails to make Afghanistan safer: Iran (17:20)
Tehran, Jan 20 (IANS) Iran's deputy envoy to the UN has said the US-led military coalition had failed to make Afghanistan a safer nation, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.

Rohingyas seek safety, citizenship guarantees before repatriation (16:48) IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, Jan 20 (IANS) Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh on Saturday asked for guarantees that their safety and security would be protected and that they would be granted Myanmar citizenship before being repatriated to Rakhine state.

Roadside bomb kills 1 in Afghanistan (16:36)
Kabul, Jan 20 (IANS) At least one person was killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan's Paktia province on Saturday, the police said.

Two key suspects in Pakistani minor's rape-murder arrested (09:28)
Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) Two people have been arrested in connection with the rape and murder case of seven-year-old Zainab in Pakistan, with police terming it an important development in the search of suspect(s) involved in the case.

Maryam Nawaz to contest Pakistan General Elections: Report (19:56)
Islamabad, Jan 19 (IANS) Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has decided to take part in the next General Elections, a leading daily reported on Friday.

India should not comment on Chinese construction in Doklam: Beijing (Lead) (17:08)
By Gaurav Sharma IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Jan 19 (IANS) China on Friday said Doklam is Chinese territory and India has no business to comment if it builds infrastructure in the region.

Pakistan summons Indian Deputy HC over ceasefire violations (16:58)
Islamabad, Jan 19 (IANS) Pakistan on Friday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh to condemn the "unprovoked ceasefire violations" by Indian forces along the International Border in Sialkot Sector, that left one civilian dead and injured nine others.

Pakistan, Iran to restore passenger train service (16:06)
Islamabad, Jan 19 (IANS) Pakistan and Iran have decided to restore a fortnightly passenger train service between the two countries by September due to improvement in the security situation.

Hafiz Saeed should be prosecuted: US (15:20) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) The US has said that Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack, should be prosecuted to the "fullest extent of the law" as Washington regards him as a terrorist.

Will keep building infrastructure in Doklam, India should not comment: China (14:12)
By Gaurav Sharma
Beijing, Jan 19 (IANS) China on Friday said it will keep building infrastructure in Doklam and India has no business to comment on construction activity on Chinese territory.

Sri Lanka, China to co-build power plant (13:56)
Colombo, Jan 19 (IANS) Sri Lanka and China on Friday signed a joint venture agreement to construct Sri Lanka's largest dendro power plant in the country's south.

Violent protests erupt in Nepal (20:54)
Kathmandu, Jan 18 (IANS) Violent protests broke out on Thursday in at least four of the seven provinces of Nepal a day after the government announced temporary provincial capitals.

1 killed in Karachi grenade attack (19:42)
Islamabad, Jan 18 (IANS) At least one civilian was killed and five others injured in a hand grenade attack in a busy market in Pakistan's Karachi on Thursday, a senior police official said.

Sri Lankan women to challenge alcohol ban in top court (17:44)
Colombo, Jan 18 (IANS) Several Sri Lankan women have filed fundamental rights petitions in the Supreme Court against a Cabinet decision to revoke two gazette notifications which permit women to buy alcohol and work in outlets that sell or manufacture alcohol, the media reported on Thursday.

Insider attack leaves 9 policemen dead in Afghanistan (17:36)
Kabul, Jan 18 (IANS) An insider attack against the police in Afghanistan's Helmand province claimed the lives of nine police personnel on Thursday, a local official said.

2 polio vaccinators shot dead in Pakistan (16:22) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Jan 18 (IANS) Two polio vaccinators -- a mother and a daughter -- were shot dead on Thursday by unidentified men on motorcycles in Pakistan's Quetta city.

Pakistan can live without US aid: Foreign Minister (14:38) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Jan 18 (IANS) Pakistan is trying to maintain a balance in its relationship with the US and the government has made it clear that Islamabad can live without Washington's aid but will not compromise on national integrity, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said.

US, Israel, India nexus major 'threat' to Muslim world: Pakistan Senate Chairman (14:34) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Jan 18 (IANS) An emerging nexus between the US, Israel and India is a major threat to the Muslim world, Pakistan's Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani has said.

Myanmar urges Bangladesh to extradite 1,300 'rebel' Rohingyas (13:30) IANS Photo Service
Naypyidaw, Jan 18 (IANS) Myanmar said on Thursday that it has asked Bangladesh to arrest and extradite more than 1,300 Rohingyas suspected of taking part in a rebel assault against government checkpoints in Rakhine state in August last year.

Afghan forces kill 14 IS militants in Nangarhar (22:44) IANS Photo Service
Jalalabad (Afghanistan), Jan 17 (IANS) Security forces during overnight operations killed 14 Islamic State (IS) terror group militants in the eastern Nangarhar province, provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogiani said Wednesday.

Afghan leaders ask UNSC to mobilise global pressure on Pakistan: Haley (22:10)
By Arul Louis IANS Photo Service
United Nations, Jan 17 (IANS) Afghanistan's leaders have asked the Security Council to mobilise international pressure on Pakistan to stop supporting terrorists, United States Permanent Representative Nikki Haley said on Wednesday.

Over 1 million Rohingyas registered in Bangladesh (17:54) IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, Jan 17 (IANS) Bangladeshi immigration authorities have registered more than a million Rohingyas -- or around 95 per cent of the estimated Muslim minority members living in refugee camps in the country, an official said on Wednesday.

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