Suicide bomber killed near Dhaka airport (20:48)
Dhaka, March 24 (IANS) A suicide bomber was killed in a blast in front of a police box near Dhaka airport on Friday.

Taliban denies holding Afghan peace talks with Pakistan (18:18)
Islamabad, March 24 (IANS) The Taliban group on Friday denied reports that its representatives visited Islamabad to discuss the prospect of holding peace talks with Kabul.

Police raids militant hideout in Bangladesh (17:42)
Dhaka, March 24 (IANS) Bangladesh police on Friday cordoned off a building in the country's Sylhet city, suspecting presence of militants.

Pakistan probes 'theft' of priceless art pieces from PNCA (17:26)
Islamabad, March 24 (IANS) The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday initiated an inquiry into the disappearance and theft of priceless artwork and preciouspaintings from the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) here.

US rejects Russian invite to Afghan peace conference (10:00)
Washington, March 24 (IANS) The US will not attend a peace conference on Afghanistan organised by Russia on April 14 in Moscow, according to US State Department sources.

Bangladesh to join India's South Asia Satellite initiative (21:52)
Dhaka, March 23 (IANS) Bangladesh has signed an agreement with India to formally join New Delhi's 'South Asia Satellite' initiative, through which the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a communication satellite for serving the South Asia region.

Keen to settle disputes through dialogue: Pakistan (17:48)
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Pakistan is keen to settle through dialogue all the issues with India, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Islamabad's High Commissioner Abdul Basit said on Thursday.

16 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy (16:46)
Colombo, March 23 (IANS) At least 16 Indian fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan Navy for poaching in the country's waters.

Chinese Defence Minister arrives in Nepal (16:46)
Kathmandu, March 23 (IANS) Chinese Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan arrived here on Thursday on a three-day official visit.

Chinese contingent participates in Pakistan Day parade (12:28)
Islamabad, March 23 (IANS) A contingent of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) took part in a grand military parade here on Thursday to mark Pakistan's Republic Day.

Nine Afghan policemen killed (12:00)
Kabul, March 23 (IANS) Nine police personnel were killed on Thursday in an attack in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, a security official said.

Pakistani President offers dialogue to India (11:58)
Islamabad, March 23 (IANS) Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday offered a dialogue with India to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute.

Sikhism to be included in census forms: Pakistan court (20:30)
Islamabad, March 22 (IANS) The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday directed the provincial statistics department to include the Sikh community in the national census form prepared for the ongoing headcount.

Prachanda to meet Xi on China visit (19:16)
Kathmandu, March 22 (IANS) Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' will leave here for China on Thursday to attend the Boao Asia Forum in China's Hainan province during which he will also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.

'Pakistan to blame for violence in Afghanistan' (15:58)
Washington, March 22 (IANS) Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani has accused Pakistan of supporting terrorist organisations and praised India for being helpful in the development of his country.

Ex-Sri Lankan minister fasts, seeks release (15:06)
Colombo, March 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka's former Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa, currently in prison on allegations of misusing state vehicles, has begun a hunger strike demanding his release.

Musharraf wanted 'underhand' deal in 2007: Sharif (14:32)
Islamabad, March 22 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf offered him an "underhand" deal to form a joint government but he turned it down.

Suspected terror bid foiled at Lahore airport (11:38)
Islamabad, March 22 (IANS) The Airport Security Force (ASF) on Wednesday foiled a suspected terror bid at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore by confiscating a cache of weapons and ammunition, a media report said.

Sri Lankan President heads to Russia (09:34)
Colombo, March 22 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left on Wednesday on an official visit to Russia, the President's office said.

Sri Lanka arrests 10 Indian fishermen (15:26)
Colombo, March 21 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities on Tuesday arrested 10 Indian fishermen for poaching in its territorial waters.

Unicef urges funding to tide over Sri Lanka drought (14:14)
Colombo, March 21 (IANS) The UN International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) on Tuesday called for $1 million in funding to combat an ongoing drought in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan-Afghanistan border reopens (13:40)
Islamabad, March 21 (IANS) Pakistan on Tuesday reopened its border with Afghanistan after it was shut last month following an attack on a Sufi shrine in Sindh that killed over 70 people.

Sri Lanka to increase international air connectivity (12:44)
Colombo, March 21 (IANS) Sri Lanka is looking to increase international air connectivity in an effort to boost tourism, a statement said here on Tuesday.

Pakistani bank establishes branch in Xinjiang (03:02)
Beijing, March 21 (IANS) A branch of Pakistani Habib Bank Limited opened on Monday in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur region, local authorities said.

Pakistan lodges protest with India over cross-border firing (00:34)
Islamabad, March 21 (IANS) Pakistan Foreign Office on Monday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh to lodge a protest over the death of an elderly woman allegedly due to firing across the Line of Control (LoC) on March 17.

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