Friday, 06 December, 2019
India's govt boosts massive Hindu festival, eyeing election
India's Hindu nationalist-led government is splashing out on a religious megafest, spending unprecedented sums as part of a strategy to focus on the country's majority Hindu population ahead of a general election due this year.
Afghan Taliban says 'post-occupation' discussed with Iran

Taliban attack on security team near Kabul kills 12
The death toll from a suicide bombing targeting a security forces convoy outside Kabul early on Tuesday jumped to 12, officials said, with eight civilians killed in the latest Taliban-claimed attack near the Afghan capital.
Hindu extremists announce Rs1 crore bounty Sidhu's head
Hindu extremist group has announced a reward of Rs 1 crore for beheading former cricketer and minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Indian soldier posted in IHK allegedly kills cop in UP over 'cow protection'
An Indian soldier, who has been posted in IHK, seemed to appear a member of an extremist group, involving mob attacks in the name of "cow protection", as he has reportedly emerged as a key suspect in the brutal murder of a police inspector in mob frenzy over cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on Monday.
Exit polls show BJP losing ground in key state elections before national vote
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is likely to lose two heartland states while a third is too close to call, exit polls showed on Friday in the final test of popularity before a national election due by May next year.
Iran warns US over attempts to block oil sales
Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed that the United States will not be able to stop Iran’s oil sales, warning that no crude will find its way out of the Persian Gulf should Washington attempt to target Iranian crude exports.
Sushma ignores positivity, pours cold water on talks prospects
India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday poured cold water on hopes of progress in Pak-India ties after positive developments on the Kartarpur corridor issue, saying it was not about resumption of bilateral dialogue.
At least 22 Afghan police killed in Taliban ambush: official
At least 22 police officers were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, a health official said on Monday, in another blow to Afghan forces already suffering record casualties.
'Pakistan is my second home', says Navjot Singh Sidhu
Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has said that Pakistan is his second home.
28 drown after bus plunges into canal in India
At least 28 people, many of them children, have drowned after their bus plunged into a canal in India, police say, in the latest tragedy on the world's deadliest roads.
Iran rejects ‘baseless’ US chemical warfare accusations
Iran has categorically dismissed US accusations that it has failed to declare "a toxic arms program" to the global chemical warfare watchdog in breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
At least 9 dead, 22 injured in blast at Afghan military base mosque
At least nine people were killed and 22 were injured on Friday in an explosion inside a mosque at an Afghan military base in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province, an official said.
Four friends jump in front of train in India
Four friends in northern India anxious over their job prospects jumped in front of a train Thursday in an apparent suicide pact, police said Thursday.
Iran blasts US 'bullying' as it scores another legal victory
Iran says the US must lift its cruel sanctions on exports of humanitarian goods, including food and medicine, to Iran based on an October ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Bomb blast kills over 50 at Kabul religious gathering
More than 50 people have been killed and over 80 wounded after a huge explosion ripped through a building in Afghanistan's capital in which a large crowd of people, including religious scholars, were marking the birthday anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
Pakistani security forces recover 5 abducted Iranian guards
The Pakistani security forces on Thursday safely recovered five of the 12 Iranian border guards who were abducted by militants last month from Lulakdan area near the Pak-Iran border.
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PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said that the international financial support being given to Pakistan by friendly countries is welcome, but no "foreign force" can prevent the economic slide the country appeared to be heading towards because of PTI government's policies.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Monday in Riyadh, where he is visiting for talks on a range of Middle East crises, topped by the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, threats from Iran and the Saudi response to the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi last year.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday assailed an audit member of the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) for the body's "sluggish" investigation in the case against 44 politically exposed individuals or their benamidars who own properties abroad.
A bill seeking to remove Pakistan from a list of America’s major non-Nato allies has been introduced in the US Congress, even though the Trump administration enhances its contacts with Islamabad in its pursuit of a peaceful end to the Afghan war.

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America’s fingerprints are all over the war in Yemen, the New York Times said on Wednesday.
Torn between preventing Pakistan from going nuclear and fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, the United States appears to have decided that pushing the Russians out of Kabul was more important, shows a set of documents released by the US State Department.
A group advocating the cause of the persecuted Rohingya Muslims says a generation of the Muslims may be lost due to a lack of education for children and the youth at camps for the displaced in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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