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Sri Lankan risks torture if deported from Australia (13:00)
Canberra, Dec 14 (IANS) A UN committee against torture has advised the Australian government not to deport a Sri Lankan man, fearing he might be tortured upon return, the media reported on Thursday.

6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar: Report (11:16)IANS Photo Service
Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14 (IANS) Global humanitarian NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced on Thursday that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed after violence broke out in Myanmar's Rakhine state late August.

Pakistan court orders police to explain activist's disappearance (20:00)
Islamabad, Dec 13 (IANS) The Lahore High Court on Wednesday called on the police to explain the disappearance of Raza Mahmood Khan, an activist who formed a group to promote peaceful relations with India.

Nepal's CPN-UML emerges largest party in historical polls (18:38)
Kathmandu, Dec 13 (IANS) Nepal's CPN-UML emerged as the largest party in the Himalayan nation as vote counting of the first-past-the-post (FPTP) for Parliament and provincial assembly elections in Nepal came to an end on Wednesday, the Election Commission said.

More Pakistanis 'disappearing', says report (17:28)
Islamabad, Dec 13 (IANS) More and more people are being picked up in Pakistan by security agencies "for reasons never disclosed", a commentary in a Pakistani newspaper said on Wednesday.

Pakistani televangelist barred from TVs (17:06)
Islamabad, Dec 13 (IANS) A Pakistani court on Wednesday barred televangelist and TV host Amir Liaquat Hussain from making any television appearances till further notice.

Pakistan to reveal CPEC plan on December 18 (16:16)
Islamabad, Dec 13 (IANS) The long-term plan for the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) will be made public on December 18, Pakistan's Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said.

Taliban commander arrested, two others killed in Afghanistan (20:46)
Kabul, Dec 12 (IANS) Afghanistan's security forces on Tuesday captured a key Taliban commander and killed two other militants in Kunduz province, an Army official said.

Bangladesh police detain wife, in-laws of New York 'attempted suicide bomber' (20:34)
Dhaka, Dec 12 (IANS) Bangladesh Police detained the wife and in-laws of New York's 'attempted suicide bomber' Akayed Ullah for questioning in Dhaka, the media reported.

With Left alliance's win Oli set to return as Nepal PM (20:28)IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Dec 12 (IANS) CPN-UML Chairman K.P. Sharma Oli, seen as close to China, is set to become Prime Minister of Nepal again with the Left alliance completing a clean sweep in the country's first elections to the provincial and federal assemblies.

Chinese indulging in crime will be tried in Pakistan (14:56)
Islamabad, Dec 12 (IANS) Chinese expatriates involved in criminal activities in Pakistan will face punitive action, officials said.

Woman gives birth on PIA flight (14:12)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Dec 12 (IANS) A woman gave birth on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for Multan from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

American soldier killed in Afghan accident (Lead) (13:16)
Kabul, Dec 12 (IANS) An American soldier was killed after being injured in a vehicle accident in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, officials said on Tuesday.

Indian short film wins award in Vancouver (13:10)IANS Photo Service
Vancouver, Dec 12 (IANS) Indian film "The School Bag" has bagged the Best Short Film award at the Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival.

Trump calls for ending family immigration following NYC bombing (12:20)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
New York, Dec 12 (IANS) Blaming a "lax" immigration system for the bomb attack here by a Bangladeshi immigrant, US President Donald Trump has renewed calls to end immigration based on family ties.

US soldier killed in Afghan vehicle accident (11:42)
Kabul, Dec 12 (IANS) An American NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) service member died due to he sustained in a vehicle accident in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, the coalition forces announced on Tuesday.

'Low-tech' blast in New York, Bangladeshi-origin suicide bomber held (Third Lead) (21:46)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
New York, Dec 11 (IANS) A Bangladeshi-origin man was arrested on Monday after a "low-tech" suicide bomb he was was allegedly wearing went off injuring him and three others at the city's transportation hub at the start of the rush hour.

Blast in New York, Bangladeshi-origin man reportedly arrested (Second Lead) (20:06)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
New York, Dec 11 (IANS) A bomb exploded at the start of Monday morning rush hour at the city's transportation hub and a man, said to be of Bangladeshi-origin, was arrested as a suspect, according to media reports.

1,000 schools closed in Pakistan province over low enrolment (12:16)
Islamabad, Dec 11 (IANS) Authorities in Pakistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have closed down around 1,000 government primary schools due to low enrolment, the media reported.

US, Pakistan engage in quiet diplomacy to improve ties (12:14)
Islamabad, Dec 11 (IANS) Talks between the US and Pakistan for finding common ground in Afghanistan have moved into a phase of quiet diplomacy aimed at resolving differences, according to authorities.

Chinese medical team launches free health camp in Nepal (09:40)
Kathmandu, Dec 11 (IANS) A team of doctors from China's Sichuan province have launched a week-long free health camp in Nepal.

Afghan President launches construction of new highway (21:32)IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Dec 10 (IANS) Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday inaugurated the construction of Qaisar-Laman highway, which will connect the country's western region to the northern provinces.

Communist alliance gears up for landslide victory in Nepal (20:42)
Kathmandu, Dec 10 (IANS) The alliance of Communist parties of Nepal formed by the CPN-UML-Marxist-Leninist and CPN Center-Maoist emerged victorious after 60 per cent of the vote had been counted on Sunday in Thursday's bi-phase general elections.

HIV/AIDS cases increase in Pakistan (15:10)
Islamabad, Dec 10 (IANS) HIV/AIDS infection cases are on the rise in Pakistan, according to new data.

Over 300 militants surrender in Pakistan (02:04)
Islamabad, Dec 10 (IANS) More than 300 militants, including 17 of their commanders, of banned organisations have laid down arms and surrendered to the government in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

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