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Pakistan PM complains to US about greater role for India in Afghanistan (Lead) (With Images) (20:30) IANS Photo Service
United Nations, Sep 20 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has complained to the United States about the greater role President Donald Trump wants for India in Afghanistan, according to media reports.

Myanmar to resettle refugees in Rakhine state (19:58) IANS Photo Service
Nay Pyi Taw, Sep 20 (IANS) Myanmar will resettle refugees displaced at home and abroad due to conflicts in the country's northern Rakhine state, said Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Win Myat Aye on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka to change regulations to woo foreign investment (19:54) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Sep 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka will reform regulations to attract more investment to tackle growing debt and target economic growth, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday.

6 killed in Bangladesh textile factory fire (19:02)
Dhaka, Sep 20 (IANS) At least six people were killed on Wednesday in a fire that broke out in a textile factory near the Bangladeshi capital.

Pakistan, Iran agree to find resolution to Afghan conflict (18:34) IANS Photo Service
New York, Sep 20 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Iranian President Muhammad Hassan Rouhani agreed to "maintain a trajectory of positive progress" between the two countries and work for the resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Take back Rohingyas, don't call them Bengalis: Hasina to Myanmar (18:28) IANS Photo Service
Dhaka/New York, Sep 20 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Myanmar to take back 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in her country and also called for an end to "propaganda" that labelled the ethnic group as "Bengalis".

Pakistan Army chief confirms death sentences of 4 terrorists (18:24)
Islamabad, Sep 20 (IANS) Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday confirmed the death sentences awarded to four "hardcore terrorists" involved in heinous offences, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Wednesday.

Thai Islamic group to aid Rohingyas in Bangladesh (17:14) IANS Photo Service
Bangkok, Sep 20 (IANS) A Thai humanitarian team on behalf of the national Islamic committee is due to travel to Cox's Bazar in southeast Bangladesh next week to provide assistance to Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

Pakistan, US vow to remain engaged (16:58) IANS Photo Service
New York, Sep 20 (IANS) Pakistan and the United States have agreed to stay engaged with a constructive approach to achieve shared objectives of peace, stability and economic prosperity in the region.

More Rohingya influx could lead to humanitarian catastrophe, says Bangladesh NHRC (14:30)
By Garima Tyagi IANS Photo Service
Kuala Lumpur, Sep 20 (IANS) As Bangladesh tackles the flood of Rohingya Muslims streaming into the country from Myanmar, the head of the country's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says the situation is alarming in the camps set up for the refugees and further aggravation of the situation may lead to a "humanitarian catastrophe".

Afghan president calls for long-term strategy against entrenched terror (With Images) (08:50)
By Arul Louis
United Nations, Sep 20 (IANS) Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has called for international action and a long-term strategy to counter the terrorist organisations sheltered in the region warning that they do not differentiate Kabul and other cities when they strike.

PM should stop 'embarrassing' Pakistan with his statements: Ex-minister (22:26) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Sep 19 (IANS) The Prime Minister should definitely put "our own house in order" but refrain from issuing statements that embarrass Pakistan internationally, former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Tuesday.

At UN, Trump warns against supporting Taliban (22:18)
By Arul Louis IANS Photo Service
United Nations, Sep 19 (IANS) Vowing to stop "radical Islamic terrorism," US President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday of strong action against countries that support or finance organisations like the Taliban.

Suu Kyi condemns abuses in Rohingya region, UN seeks access (Roundup) (18:28) IANS Photo Service
Nay Pyi Taw, Sep 19 (IANS) Breaking her silence on Rohingyas, Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said she and her government condemned all human rights abuses and unlawful violence in the country and do not fear global scrutiny on the situation in Rakhine state.

Media forum on China's Belt and Road kicks off (18:12)
Beijing, Sep 19 (IANS) A media forum on China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative kicked off in the Chinese city of Dunhuang, a key transit point in the ancient Silk Road, on Tuesday, attended by representatives of media outlets and think tanks from 126 countries, including Nepal, a media report said.

India welcomes Suu Kyi's statement on Rohingyas (16:48) IANS Photo Service
Yangon, Sep 19 (IANS) India on Tuesday welcomed as encouraging and positive Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's address on the situation in the country's Rakhine state where violence has triggered an outflow of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to neighbouring Bangladesh.

India stresses on restoration of normalcy in Myanmar's Rakhine (16:14) IANS Photo Service
Geneva, Sep 19 (IANS) India on Tuesday stressed on restoration of normalcy in Myanmar's Rakhine state where violence has triggered an outflow of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to neighbouring Bangladesh and called for the situation to be handled with restraint.

UN seeks unrestricted access in Myanmar (16:08) IANS Photo Service
Geneva, Sep 19 (IANS) The UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar has sought unhindered access to verify reports of human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Spain arrests Pakistani for spreading jihadi propaganda (15:50)
Madrid, Sep 19 (IANS) Spanish police arrested a 25-year-old Pakistani national on Tuesday on suspicion of indoctrination and spreading jihadi propaganda.

Pakistan anti-graft court indicts ex-PM in fake recruitment scam (15:34)
Islamabad, Sep 19 (IANS) An accountability court in Pakistan on Tuesday indicted former Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and eight others in a case related to illegal recruitment in the Gujranwala Electric Power Company (Gepco).

Pakistan accountability court again summons Sharif family (15:22) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Sep 19 (IANS) The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday gave former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other family members another seven days to appear before the accountability court in connection with the Supreme Court-mandated corruption cases.

Suu Kyi condemns human rights violations in Myanmar's Rakhine (Second Lead) (14:00) IANS Photo Service
Nay Pyi Taw, Sep 19 (IANS) Breaking her silence over the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said she and her government "condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence" in the country and does not fear global scrutiny on the situation in Rakhine state.

Several countries urge Myanmar to end violence against Rohingyas (13:14) IANS Photo Service
New York, Sep 19 (IANS) A group of countries, led by the UK, met with representatives of the Myanmar government in New York, calling on them to stop the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority and allow aid to be provided.

Suu Kyi doesn't fear 'global scrutiny' over Rohingya crisis (Lead) (12:06) IANS Photo Service
Nay Pyi Taw, Sep 19 (IANS) Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said her country "does not fear international scrutiny" over the ongoing Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis and was "aware of the fact that the world's attention is focused on the situation in Rakhine state".

Myanmar allocates funds to repair Bangladesh border (11:40) IANS Photo Service
Nay Pyi Taw, Sep 19 (IANS) The Myanmar government has allocated additional funds of 20 billion kyats ($14 million) to urgently repair a damaged portion of the border with Bangladesh, an official statement said.

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