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Pakistan says won't release doctor who helped CIA find Osama (21:24)
Islamabad, Jan 18 (IANS) Pakistan's government has said it would not hand over to the US or release the doctor who helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, a newspaper here reported.

China, Sri Lanka build Friendship Village for landslide victims (21:20)
Colombo, Jan 18 (IANS) Sri Lanka and China have started to construct the Aranayake China-Sri Lanka Friendship village in the central part of the island nation to provide shelter for landslide victims, the Chinese embassy said on Wednesday.

Nepal-China airline to fly to Malaysia (15:10)
Kathmandu, Jan 18 (IANS) Himalaya Airlines, a China-Nepal joint venture airline, has announced it will fly to Kuala Lumpur and Yangon.

Afghanistan's snowy hilltops now draw skiing youngsters (14:48)
Bamyan (Afghanistan), Jan 18 (IANS) When the Gunbadak hilltops are snow-capped, covering their usual mud and dust, dozens of children flock to the peak which lies 30 minutes away from Bamyan city, the capital of central Bamyan province, to enjoy skiing, a fun-filled pursuit not often associated with the conflict-ridden country.

Intelligence sharing needed to combat terrorism: Raheel Sharif (13:48) IANS Photo Service
Davos, Jan 18 (IANS) Pakistan's former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif said 2016 witnessed a significant decrease in terrorism and that "intelligence sharing is a very important component of strategy to combat terrorism".

Nepal invites new Indian Army chief to visit in February (21:00)
Kathmandu, Jan 17 (IANS) Nepal has extended an invitation to new Indian Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat to visit the country in February, a Nepal Army spokesperson here said.

Pakistan, US top commanders support Afghan reconciliation (21:34)
Islamabad, Jan 16 (IANS) US Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General Joseph Votel and Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday pledged to support "inclusive reconciliation" in Afghanistan through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process.

'Pakistan to give befitting reply in case of Indian surgical strike' (20:54)
Islamabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday said the country's armed forces would respond with full force if India tried to carry out any surgical strikes inside Pakistan. This comes days after Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said that "surgical strikes in Pakistan can not be ruled out".

Pakistan Senate deplores Modi for terrorism slur (19:08)
Islamabad, Jan 16 (IANS) The Pakistan Senate on Monday unanimously passed a resolution that condemns Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for attributing terrorism to Pakistan at various international forums, including the BRICS Summit held in Goa last year.

Afghan attackers 'live, recruit and operate' in Pakistan: Ghani (17:52) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Jan 16 (IANS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa that those who recently launched attacks in Afghanistan "lived, were recruited and operated freely in Pakistan and no action was taken against them", a Presidential Palace statement said on Monday.

Former King attends marriage of Nepali President's daughter (17:44) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Jan 16 (IANS) Nepal's former King Gyanendra Shah here on Monday attended the marriage ceremony of President Bidya Devi Bhandari's daughter here.

Bangladesh court sentences 26 to death in murder case (16:54)
Dhaka, Jan 16 (IANS) A Bangladeshi court on Monday sentenced 26 persons to death in a sensational seven-murder case in Narayanganj area of the country in 2014.

Mother gets death penalty for burning daughter in Pakistan (16:48)
Islamabad, Jan 16 (IANS) An Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore on Monday sentenced a mother to death for burning her daughter alive in June 2016 after she contracted a 'free-will marriage'.

Free healthcare services to Nepal quake survivors (14:16)
Kathmandu, Jan 16 (IANS) Nepal's Health Ministry and the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) will conduct free healthcare programmes for the 2015 earthquake survivors.

Afghan senators call to dissolve High Peace Council (13:56) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Jan 16 (IANS) Afghan senators asked President Ashraf Ghani to dissolve the High Peace Council (HPC) following the insensitive remarks uttered by former advisor Abdul Hakim Mujahid.

Gunmen kill Afghan official (13:18)
Kabul, Jan 16 (IANS) Unknown gunmen shot dead a government official in Baghlan province of Afghanistan on Monday, police said.

25th Asia-Pacific forum opens in Fiji (11:00)
Suva, Jan 16 (IANS) The 25th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) opened on Monday in Fiji, focusing on parliamentary partnerships for peace and security.

Zardari leaves for Dubai ahead of US trip (09:26) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Former President and Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has left for Dubai from where he will fly to Washington to attend the inauguration ceremony of US president-elect Donald Trump.

Nepal Foreign Minister to arrive in India (09:04)
Kathmandu, Jan 16 (IANS) Nepal's Foreign Affairs Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat is scheduled to arrive India on Monday on a two-day visit.

Stop cross-border terrorism: Pakistan's Bajwa tells Afghan President (22:24)
Islamabad, Jan 15 (IANS) Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday telephoned Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to condole the loss of life in recent terror attacks in Afghanistan and urged him to restrict cross-border incursions, an official here said.

Canadian PM wishes Tamils 'Happy Pongal' (19:42) IANS Photo Service
Ottawa, Jan 15 (IANS) In a heart-warming gesture, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has wished Tamils in Canada and around the world 'Happy Pongal'.

Afghan peace official fired for calling Taliban ‘Angels of Peace' (19:26)
Kabul, Jan 15 (IANS) An official of the Afghan High Peace Council was fired on Sunday for his controversial remarks calling the Taliban group ‘Angels of Peace.

IS kidnaps 14 teachers in Afghanistan (19:14)
Kabul, Jan 15 (IANS) The Afghan Eduction Ministry on Sunday said the Islamic State terror group has kidnapped 14 teachers from Nangarhar province.

Sri Lanka's mega port city poised to change face of Colombo (18:58)
Colombo, Jan 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka is building a mega port city project in its capital Colombo that will transform the country into an international financial and business hub in the Indian Ocean region in the coming years.

American Kashmiri group hopes for Trump's mediation (17:38)
Washington, Jan 15 (IANS) The US-based World Kashmir Awareness organisation expressed the hope that the US President-elect Donald Trump would help resolve long-standing Kashmir dispute to establish durable peace in the region.

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