Unesco condemns TV journalist's murder in Pakistan (16:58)
Paris, Dec 12 (IANS/AKI) The UN cultural organisation Unesco has deplored last week's killing of TV reporter Noorul Hassan in Pakistan and called on the country's authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the attack.

Jailed Myanmar journalists mark 1 year in prison (13:40)
Yangon, Dec 12 (IANS) Two Myanmar journalists, who were named Person of the Year by Time magazine, completed a year in prison on Wednesday.

Pakistan will try for peace despite India's negative attitude: Official (12:10)
Islamabad, Dec 12 (IANS) Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has said that Islamabad would continue with its efforts for peace in its neighbourhood despite New Delhis negative attitude.

Pakistan rejects listing as violator of religious freedom by US (12:06)
Islamabad, Dec 12 (IANS) As Washington announced that Pakistan had been added to a list of violators of religious freedoms, Islamabad on Wednesday rejected the "unilateral and politically motivated pronouncement".

Legal challenge filed against ousted Sri Lankan PM (20:40)IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Dec 11 (IANS) A local Sri Lankan Municipal Councillor on Tuesday filed a petition in the Court of Appeal against ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe continuing to be a member of Parliament.

12 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan security forces (Second Lead) (19:48)
Kabul, Dec 11 (IANS) At least four members of the Afghan security forces and eight civilians, including two women and a child, were killed on Tuesday in a suicide car bombing by the Taliban targeting a military convoy in a district of Kabul province.

India hands over houses built for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar (14:32)IANS Photo Service
Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 11 (IANS) India on Tuesday handed over to Myanmar the first 50 housing units built for the displaced Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state following delegation-level talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Myanmar counterpart U Win Myint here.

India's role crucial for Afghan peace: Qureshi (13:58)
Islamabad, Dec 11 (IANS) Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that India's cooperation would be needed for bringing peace to war-torn Afghanistan.

4 killed in suicide attack on Afghan security forces (13:04)
Kabul, Dec 11 (IANS) At least four people were killed in a suicide attack targeting an Afghan security forces vehicle in a district of Kabul province on Tuesday.

Bangladesh begins poll campaigning amid opposition claims of arrests (17:04)IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, Dec 10 (IANS) Election campaigning in Bangladesh began on Monday amid reports of arrests of hundreds of leaders and members of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

Myanmar court to hear Reuters reporters' appeal (15:20)
Yangon, Dec 10 (IANS) A Myanmar court will hear later this month the appeal of two Reuters reporters jailed on charges of violating a colonial-era Act while investigating the killing of Rohingyas in the country, one of their lawyers said on Monday.

Twitter CEO under fire for Myanmar tweets (18:02)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Dec 9 (IANS) Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey, who faces a lawsuit for hurting Hindu sentiments during his visit to India in November, now faces criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country.

Pakistan government opens President House to public for a day (18:54)
Islamabad, Dec 8 (IANS) The Pakistani government on Saturday opened the President House here for the general public as part of its plans to allow public access to government-owned buildings.

BJP has 'anti-Muslim', 'anti-Pakistan' approach: Imran (Lead) (20:28)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Dec 7 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Pakistan" approach and claimed New Delhi rebuffed all his gestures due to the upcoming general elections.

14 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack (18:05)
Herat (Afghanistan), Dec 7 (IANS) At least 14 Afghan soldiers were killed after Taliban militants attacked an Army camp in the country's Herat province overnight, officials said on Friday.

Malala Yousafzai honoured by Harvard University (15:26)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 7 (IANS) Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has been honoured by Harvard University for her global work promoting girls education.

We're not your 'hired gun' anymore, Imran Khan tells US (15:08)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Dec 7 (IANS) Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused the US of "pushing Pakistan away" and said he would never want to have a relation with Washington where his country is treated like a "hired gun".

BJP has 'anti-Muslim', 'anti-Pakistan' approach: Imran (14:48)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Dec 7 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Pakistan" approach and claimed New Delhi rebuffed all his gestures due to the upcoming general elections.

Afghan President meets US special envoy on peace process (20:32)IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Dec 6 (IANS) Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday met visiting US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, discussing the latest efforts for a political solution to the conflict in the country.

Afghan poll watchdog invalidates Kabul's parliamentary vote (Lead) (17:30)
Kabul, Dec 6 (IANS) Afghanistan's Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Thursday invalidated all votes cast during the parliamentary elections in Kabul constituency due to the widespread charges of irregularities and fraud recorded in the voting.

India tried to politicize Kartarpur border opening: Imran Khan (16:36)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Dec 6 (IANS) Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that India gave a "political colour" to his gesture of opening the Kartarpur border and called it "unfortunate".

Pak-India trade much below full potential of $37 billion: World Bank (16:10)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Dec 6 (IANS) The current level of trade between Pakistan and India is valued at a little over $2 billion, but it could be as high as $37 billion if both neighbours agree to tear down artificial barriers, the World Bank said in a report.

Afghan poll watchdog invalidates votes cast in Kabul constituency (14:04)
Kabul, Dec 6 (IANS) Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has invalidated all votes cast during the October 20 parliamentary elections in Kabul constituency, officials said on Thursday.

Ex-Indian diplomat elected to UN's socio-economic, cultural panel (08:52)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
United Nations, Dec 6 (IANS) Former senior Indian diplomat Preeti Saran has been elected unopposed to an Asia Pacific seat on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the UN.

Sri Lankan crisis will be solved in a week: Sirisena (19:42)IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Dec 5 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday that the political crisis in the island country will be resolved in seven days.

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