Maldivian President seeks extension of state of emergency (14:38) IANS Photo Service
Male, Feb 19 (IANS) Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday requested Parliament to extend the state of emergency for a further 15 days amid the ongoing political crisis.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister to visit Russia (13:00) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Feb 19 (IANS) Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will leave for a four-day official visit to Russia on Monday.

Afghan Army defuses 234 IEDs, landmines (17:06)
Kabul, Feb 18 (IANS) Around 234 different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and landmines have been detected and defused over the last 24 hours, the Afghan Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

Pakistan minor's killer gets four death sentences (14:58)
Lahore, Feb 17 (IANS) A Pakistan court on Saturday gave a 24-year-old man four death sentences for raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab Amin last month.

Sri Lankan PM vows to continue unity government (22:36) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Feb 16 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday said that the unity government between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) would continue even after its defeat in the local body elections.

10,000 civilians killed, injured in Afghanistan in 2017 (14:44) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Feb 16 (IANS) More than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in violent attacks in in Afghanistan last year, the UN has said.

Modi congratulates Nepal's Oli, invites him to India (13:30)
By Anil Giri IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Feb 16 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Nepal's new Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and invited him to visit India.

UNGA President calls for more international action to aid Rohingyas (23:54)
By Arul Louis IANS Photo Service
United Nations, Feb 15 (IANS) UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has said that "much more action is needed" from the international community to address the "human tragedy" of the Rohingyas.

Italy eyes support in western Afghanistan (22:54)
Rome, Feb 15 (IANS/AKI) Italy needs to redistribute the troops it deploys world conflict zones and wants military support from other countries for its contingent in western Afghanistan, Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti has said.

Oli sworn in as 41st PM of Nepal (Lead) (20:54)
By Anil Giri IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Feb 15 (IANS) CPN-UML Chairman K.P. Sharma Oli was on Thursday sworn in as the 41st Prime Minister of Nepal, 69 days after the elections of the Federal and Provincial Assemblies.

2 killed in Afghanistan blast (18:30)
Kabul, Feb 15 (IANS) At least two persons, including a child, were killed in a blast in Afghanistan's Samangan province on Thursday, the police said.

Modi's Arunachal visit irks China (18:24) IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Feb 15 (IANS) China on Thursday expressed its firm opposition to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as its own, and said the Indian side should not take any action that could complicate the boundary issue.

Pakistan SC issues arrest warrant against ex-envoy to US (16:56) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Feb 15 (IANS) Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against the country's former Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, in the "Memogate" scandal.

Civilian casualties fall in Afghanistan: UN report (15:48) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Feb 15 (IANS) The number of civilian victims in Afghanistan in 2017 was 10,453 -- comprising of 3,438 dead and 7,015 wounded -- nine per cent lower than in 2016, representing the first decline since 2012, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Thursday.

Oli appointed new Nepal PM (12:38)
By Anil Giri IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Feb 15 (IANS) CPN-UML Chairman K.P. Sharma Oli was on Thursday appointed the 41st Prime Minister of Nepal.

Nepal PM Deuba resigns (Lead) (11:44)
By Anil Giri IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Feb 15 (IANS) Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba resigned from his post on Thursday. K.P. Oli will replace him as the 41st Prime Minister of the Himalayan nation later in the day.

IFAD, Bangladesh invest $92 mn to aid poorest (20:42)
Rome, Feb 14 (IANS/AKI) The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Bangladesh have signed an accord to invest $92.4 million to help 303,000 of the poorest rural households in flood-prone areas, IFAD said.

Oli to claim PM's post in Nepal (19:50)
By Anil Giri IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Feb 14 (IANS) Two months after the successful conclusion of parliamentary elections, Nepal's largest party CPN-UML on Wednesday picked its Chairman K.P. Sharma Oli as the next Prime Minister of the country.

Taliban reaches out to US with offer of talks (19:30)
Kabul, Feb 14 (IANS) The Taliban on Wednesday said it will welcome talks with the US and urged people to pressurize Washington to bring an end to the invasion of Afghanistan.

Hafiz Saeed's seminaries, dispensaries taken over in Punjab (17:36) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Feb 14 (IANS) Pakistan's Punjab government has launched a crackdown on seminaries and health facilities run by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Rawalpindi.

Key Taliban commander, 2 others killed in Afghanistan (16:08)
Kabul, Feb 14 (IANS) Three Taliban militants including key commander Mullah Abdullah alias Fedai were killed and two others injured after clashes erupted in Afghanistan's Kunduz province on Wednesday, a local official said.

Taliban kill 4 security personnel in Pakistan attack (14:42)
Islamabad, Feb 14 (IANS) At least four members of the Pakistani security forces were killed in an attack by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Pakistan's Quetta city on Wednesday.

Panel to decide future of Sri Lanka's unity government (13:28) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Feb 14 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government said on Wednesday that it had appointed a special committee to decide on the future of the unity government after the two ruling parties suffered a defeat in local elections.

'508 Hindu refugees cleared for repatriation to Myanmar' (10:26)
By Arul Louis IANS Photo Service
United Nations, Feb 14 (IANS) Myanmar has said that 508 Hindus are among around 1,000 refugees cleared for the first batch to be repatriated to their homes from Bangladesh.

6 killed in van-bus collision in Pakistan (21:00)
Islamabad, Feb 13 (IANS) At least six people were killed and 20 others injured when a passenger van hit a bus in Pakistan's east Wazirabad district on Tuesday, the media reported.

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