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Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' laid to rest in Karachi (19:10)
Islamabad, Aug 19 (IANS) A state funeral was held in Karachi on Saturday for Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan and earned international acclaim as the country's "Mother Teresa".

Afghan forces foil Taliban's offensive, 70 militants killed (18:16)
Kandahar, Aug 19 (IANS) As many as 70 Taliban militants were killed and scores injured after Afghan aircraft dropped bombs on a militant convoy in Kandahar province, an official said on Saturday.

PTI challenges acceptance of Kulsoom Nawaz's nomination papers (17:48)
Lahore, Aug 19 (IANS) The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday challenged in the Lahore High Court a returning officer's acceptance of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Kulsoom Nawaz's nomination papers for the upcoming NA-120 elections.

Afghanistan celebrates 98th Independence Day (14:26) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Aug 19 (IANS) Afghanistan on Saturday marked the 98th anniversary of its independence from British occupation.

US to provide $500mn to Nepal for electricity, road sectors (22:06)
Kathmandu, Aug 18 (IANS) The US has approved a $500 million assistance to Nepal under its Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact programme, the MCC board announced on Friday.

Pakistan should 'pull out' of Kashmir: Pakhtoon leader (18:32)
Islamabad, Aug 18 (IANS) Pakistan should take the first move to let Kashmir be free by withdrawing from the region, a leader from the Khber-Pakhtoonkhwa province bordering Afghanistan said on Friday.

16 million affected by floods in Nepal, India, Bangladesh: Red Cross (16:54) IANS Photo Service
Geneva, Aug 18 (IANS) A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday.

China chides Japan for backing India on Doklam (13:58)
By Gaurav Sharma
Beijing, Aug 18 (IANS) China on Friday told Japan not to make "random" comments on the Sino-Indian border stand-off even if it wants to support New Delhi.

Barcelona attack: Injured included people from Asia (12:14) IANS Photo Service
Barcelona, Aug 18 (IANS) Citizens from four Asian countries -- China, Pakistan, Taiwan and The Philippines -- were among the over 100 people who were injured in Thursday's terror attack in Barcelona, the Catalonian Interior Ministry said on Friday.

US designating Hizbul as terror group sad: Pakistan (18:16)
Islamabad, Aug 17 (IANS) The US decision to declare Hizbul Mujahideen a specially-designated terrorist organisation led by an internationally recognised terrorist is "saddening", Pakistan's Foreign Office said on Thursday.

Malala Yousafzai gets into Oxford University (15:02) IANS Photo Service
London, Aug 17 (IANS) Pakistani Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will be studying in Oxford University.

Five Taliban militants killed in Afghan airstrike (14:06)
Kabul, Aug 17 (IANS) At least five Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan's Kunduz province on Thursday, a top official said.

Pakistan's anti-graft body summons Sharif, sons (13:52) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Aug 17 (IANS) Pakistan's anti-corruption body has issued summons to disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons to appear before it on Friday in money laundering and graft cases.

US soldier killed in Afghanistan (12:06)
Kabul, Aug 17 (IANS) A US service member who was injured in a security operation in eastern Afghanistan has died, the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission said on Thursday.

Nepal, China sign three accords (Lead) (20:40) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Aug 16 (IANS) Nepal and China have signed three agreements related to economic and technical cooperation, promotion of Chinese investment and economic cooperation, as well as oil and gas exploration in Nepal.

Death toll in Myanmar swine flu outbreak reaches 25 (17:48) IANS Photo Service
Naypyidaw, Aug 16 (IANS) The death toll in Myanmar in swine flu cases has climbed to 25, the media reported on Wednesday.

Don't want to be in contact with Sharif, says Zardari (17:18) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Aug 16 (IANS) Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chief Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that he has no interest in establishing contact with ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, media reports said.

Pakistan 'key partner' in region, says US Centcom (16:58)
Islamabad, Aug 16 (IANS) The US on Wednesday said it wishes to continue the "key partnership" with Pakistan in the South Asian region.

China, Nepal should enhance cooperation in traditional medicine: Wang (15:36) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Aug 16 (IANS) Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang on Wednesday called on China and Nepal to step up cooperation in research and application of traditional medicine.

Bangladesh allows polygamy for Hindus, but bans divorcee remarriage (10:56)
By Arul Louis
New York, Aug 16 (IANS) Some aspects of marriage laws for Hindus in Bangladesh mirror those for Muslims in India, according to a US government report.

Toll in Nepal floods rises to 120 (Roundup) (22:12) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Aug 15 (IANS) The toll in Nepal's floods soared to 120 as the disaster caused havoc mostly in the country's southern plains in the Terai, officials said on Tuesday.

Nepal appeals to China to resume trade along repaired border road (20:32) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, Aug 15 (IANS) China has "responded positively" to an appeal by Nepal for immediate resumption of the Araniko Highway -- the main road that links Nepal with Tibet and China -- and, during talks between top Nepali leaders and visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, Beijing has also agreed in principle to upgrade the trade highway.

29 killed as floods ravage Bangladesh (20:10)
Dhaka, Aug 15 (IANS) At least 29 people have died in the last few days in floods caused by heavy rainfall in Bangladesh, officials said.

Fasting Nepali doctor's condition worsens, supporters clash with police (19:20)
Kathmandu, Aug 15 (IANS) Supporters of a senior surgeon whose fast unto death seeking reforms in Nepals medical education system entered the 23rd day on Tuesday clashed with security personnel as his condition deteriorated.

Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka marks Independence Day (17:30)
Colombo, Aug 15 (IANS) The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka celebrated India's 71st Independence Day on Tuesday by hoisting the national flag and organising a cultural performance.

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