- India didn't seek mediation as Trump claimed: US official (Lead)(23:08)
By Arul Louis
New York, Aug 23 (IANS) A senior US official has conceded that India has not requested any mediation with Pakistan on Kashmir, contradicting President Donald Trump's claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate or arbitrate.
- Pakistan Railway Minister pelted with eggs, punched in UK(17:06)
Islamabad, Aug 23 (IANS) Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was allegedly assaulted in the UK by two officials of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) who pelted him with eggs and also punched him for using "abusive language" for their party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
- India diverting attention from Kashmir: Imran(15:38)
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan reacted on Friday to reports about possible infiltration of militants across the Line of Control (LoC), saying these claims are "predictable" to divert attention from developments in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Rohingyas refuse to go back to Myanmar: Bangladesh(16:00)
Dhaka, Aug 22 (IANS) A second attempt to repatriate Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh to Myanmar hit a snag on Thursday as the refugees remained reluctant to return to their homeland, officials here said.
- No point talking to India, says Imran Khan(15:54)
Islamabad, Aug 22 (IANS) Intensifying his criticism of India following the revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he would no longer seek a dialogue with New Delhi and raised the threat of a military escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
- Nepal bans single-use plastics on Everest region(07:28)
Kathmandu, Aug 22 (IANS) Nepal will make the Everest region a plastic-free zone by 2020 by banning single-use plastics, a move that will curb excessive pollution on the highest point of the Earths surface.
- Bangladesh urged to halt returning Rohingyas(13:30)
New York, Aug 21 (IANS) The Myanmar and Bangladesh governments should suspend plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees until returns are safe, voluntary and dignified, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.
- Qureshi speaks to French counterpart on Kashmir(01:26)
Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) Continuing with its diplomatic overdrive against India over the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday held a telephonic talk with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and urged France as a UN Security Council permanent member to play its role to ensure peace in the region.
- Pakistan to now raise Kashmir issue at ICJ(20:10)
Islamabad, Aug 20 (IANS) After its diplomatic overdrive on Kashmir fetched it virtually no results, barring support from friend China, Pakistan on Tuesday said it will take the Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice.
- Bangladesh to repatriate displaced people to Myanmar(15:52)
Yangon, Aug 20 (IANS) A total of 3,450 verified displaced people are expected to be repatriated to Myanmar from Bangladesh on Thursday, prompting the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to request Myanmar to access the resettlement sites, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here on Tuesday.
- Pakistan attacks Rajnath Singh over PoK comments(21:00)
Islamabad, Aug 18 (IANS) Pakistan on Sunday attacked Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh over his statement that any talk with Pakistan would only be on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), saying it is "reflective of the predicament that India finds itself in" after its Kashmir move.
- 63 killed in Kabul blast, IS owns responsibility (2nd Lead)(18:48)
Kabul, Aug 18 (IANS) At least 63 people were killed and over 180 injured in a suicide bombing at a packed wedding hall here, reports said on Sunday. The IS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which has left many relatives of the couple getting married dead.
- Imran Khan attacks 'fascist, Hindu supremacist Modi govt'(17:52)
Islamabad, Aug 18 (IANS) Defeated in his bid to get the UNSC or the world leaders to censure India over Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday took to Twitter to urge the world to "seriously consider the safety and security of India's nuclear arsenal in the control of the fascist, racist Hindu Supremacist Modi Government".
- Modi launches slew of projects to expand India-Bhutan ties(20:56)
Thimpu, Aug 17 (IANS) In a bid to take India-Bhutan relationship beyond hydro-power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched several projects in different areas from LPG to space technology, as well as enhancing cooperation in science and education sectors.
- Pak holds high-level meet on Kashmir post UNSC setback(14:12)
Islamabad, Aug 17 (IANS) A meeting of Pakistan's top brass chaired by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was under way on Saturday to discuss the situation in Kashmir and to devise a future plan of action following the UN Security Council meet where it failed to censure India over its revocation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir.