Tuesday, 12 November, 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

15 dead in Iran cargo plane crash
A military cargo plane overshot a runway, crashed and caught fire during a botched landing near the Iranian capital Tehran, killing 15 people.
Rouhani: US, allies' schemes will be frustrated
President Hassan Rouhani has assured the Iranian nation that Iran is the party that will eventually emerge victorious from the ongoing campaign of sanctions and pressure that the country has been subjected to by the United States and its allies.
Pakistan won’t mend its ways anytime soon, says India’s Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that it would be a huge mistake to believe that Pakistan would mend its ways anytime soon.
Iran says Afghan Taliban were in Tehran for peace talks
Iran said on Monday that the Afghan Taliban have visited Tehran for a second round of peace talks in just a few days aimed at bringing an end to 17 years of conflict.
Naseeruddin Shah refuses to backtrack on remarks about intolerance in India
Despite facing severe criticism over remarks about rising intolerance in India, Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah has categorically said he has no regrets about saying what he said.
US offers safety and job security to Taliban
Eager to persuade Taliban to join the Afghan peace process, the United States is offering them a safety network that includes creating job opportunities for the insurgents.
At least 43 killed in Kabul govt compound attack
An hours-long gun and bomb attack on a Kabul government compound killed at least 43 people, officials said on Tuesday, making it one of the deadliest assaults on the Afghan capital this year.
Pentagon opposes Trump’s troop withdrawal plan
The US Department of Defence has informed Congress that it wants to continue to apply direct and indirect military pressure on the Taliban, while supporting nascent efforts for peace in war-ravaged Afghanistan.
Afghan president replaces top security chiefs in major shake-up
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday replaced two of the country's top security chiefs with staunch anti-Taliban officials, in a major shake-up days after US President Donald Trump's decision to slash troop numbers in the country.
Protesters block women activists going to flashpoint India temple
Hundreds of Hindu devotees on Sunday blocked a path leading to one of the holiest temples in southern India to stop a group of women making a new attempt to reach the landmark.
Senior Taliban commander killed in Paktika drone strike
A senior Taliban commander was killed in a United States drone strike in Afghanistan on Sunday.
Indian journalist jailed on criticising Modi on Facebook
An Indian journalist has been jailed for a year after he criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook, in the latest example of what critics claim is a clampdown on free speech.
Taliban say talks focused on US withdrawal from Afghanistan
The latest talks between the Taliban and the US peace envoy on the war in Afghanistan focused on the withdrawal of Nato troops, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces, a Taliban spokesman said on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court overturns sacking of parliament
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve parliament is unconstitutional, dealing a severe blow to the embattled leader in his power struggle with an elected prime minister.
Indian PM Modi's BJP loses key state elections
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered an embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its stronghold just months before national elections.
 
 
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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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