13 killed as heavy rains lash Sri Lanka (20:40)IANS Photo Service
Colombo, May 24 (IANS) Three more deaths have taken the toll due to heavy monsoon rains in Sri Lanka to 13 and the number of people evacuated to over 50,000, according to the latest official figures released on Thursday.

Xi asked Pakistan to shunt out Hafiz? Baseless, says China (13:22)
By Gaurav SharmaIANS Photo Service
Beijing, May 24 (IANS) China on Thursday rejected as "baseless" a report that it had asked Pakistan to shunt out Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to some West Asian country.

13 transgenders will contest 2018 Pakistan general elections (11:42)
Islamabad, May 24 (IANS) At least 13 transgenders will contest the Pakistan general elections this year. Two of them will contest for the National Assembly and the rest for the provincial assemblies.

Pakistan supports SCO's anti-terrorism efforts: Tehmina Janjua (21:52)
Islamabad, May 23 (IANS) Pakistan fully supports anti-terrorism efforts by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and will be working with regional countries under the SCO framework to effectively eliminate this menace from the region, a top Pakistani diplomat said on Wednesday.

Rains batter Sri Lanka, 10 killed (20:22)IANS Photo Service
Colombo, May 23 (IANS) The death toll in Sri Lanka's monsoon rains has climbed to 10 while 27,621 people have been evacuated, officials said on Wednesday.

Sharif: Being punished for treason case against Musharraf (20:22)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, May 23 (IANS) Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that the references against him by the country's anti-corruption body, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), are "byproducts" of him filing a high treason case against former President Pervez Musharraf.

Pakistan again raises Kashmir at UN Security Council (19:34)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
United Nations, May 23 (IANS) Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue yet again at the UN Security Council, trying to twin it with the Palestinian problem.

Pakistan bids farewell to teen killed in US shooting (18:34)
Islamabad, May 23 (IANS) Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student who was killed in the US high school shooting last week, was laid to rest in Karachi on Wednesday.

British mother convicted of forcing daughter to marry (17:16)
London, May 23 (IANS) A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

Key Taliban commander among 6 militants killed (16:58)
Kunduz (Afghanistan), May 23 (IANS) Six Taliban militants including a key commander were killed after the Afghan security forces' aircraft struck the terror group's hideout in Kunduz province on Wednesday, officials said.

Rohingya militants massacred nearly 100 Hindus: Report (09:18)
Naypyidaw, May 23 (IANS) Members of a Rohingya militant group allegedly massacred as many as 99 people, including women and children, in Hindu villages in Myanmar's Rakhine state in 2017, according to a new Amnesty International report.

Canal cleaning to shield Bangladeshis, Rohingya refugees from monsoons: UN (21:20)IANS Photo Service
Rome, May 22 (IANS/AKI) A major canal dredging and renovation project is underway to protect local residents and refugees in southern Bangladesh from impending monsoon floods, the United Nations migration agency said on Tuesday.

Pakistan likely to host India among others in SCO meet (19:56)
Islamabad, May 22 (IANS) Amid signs of an improvement in relations between Pakistan and India, authorities in Islamabad are expecting to host an Indian delegation, among others, at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation-Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (SCO-RATS) Legal Experts meeting, being held from May 23 to 25.

Japanese climber dies on eighth Everest attempt (18:02)
Kathmandu, May 22 (IANS) A Japanese climber, who lost nearly all his fingers in an attempt to climb Mount Everest earlier, has died on his eighth attempt to summit the mountain.

16 killed in Afghanistan blast (16:36)
Kabul, May 22 (IANS) At least 16 people were killed when a vehicle, packed with explosives detonated in the southern Kandahar province on Tuesday, authorities said.

'Minimal progress for US troops in Afghan in Q1 2018' (16:36)
Washington, May 22 (IANS) A Pentagon watchdog has said that US troops made "minimal progress" in Afghanistan during the first quarter of 2018 as challenges facing US and Afghan forces mount.

Sharif shouldn't engage in politics: Hafiz Saeed (16:20)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, May 22 (IANS) Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief and 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should not engage in politics after his disqualification and that he has become the biggest non-state actor in Pakistan.

India borrowed our economic plans: Pakistan Minister (16:12)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, May 22 (IANS) India borrowed Pakistan's economic and reforms plans and implemented them successfully while "we squandered the opportunity largely because of political instability", Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said.

Pakistan, World Bank begin talks on Kishanganga dam in J&K (14:36)IANS Photo Service
Washington, May 22 (IANS) Pakistan and World Bank have started talks here over the recently-inaugurated Kishanganga hydropower project in Jammu and Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing New Delhi of violating the Indus Waters Treaty by setting up the dam.

Taliban kill 12 policemen in Afghanistan (13:16)
Kabul, May 22 (IANS) At least 12 police personnel have been killed in clashes with Taliban militants in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, an official said on Tuesday.

Heatstroke kills 65 in Pakistan (11:04)
Islamabad, May 22 (IANS) At least 65 people have been killed due to heatstroke in the last three days in Pakistan's Karachi, where the temperature hit 44 degrees Celsius, media reported on Tuesday.

Pakistan general election proposed on July 25-27 (19:32)
Islamabad, May 21 (IANS) Pakistan's Election Commission on Monday recommended holding general election in the country between July 25 and 27.

5 TAPI workers killed, 1 abducted in Afghan attack (17:44)
Kabul, May 21 (IANS) A group of militants killed five workers of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) oil pipeline and kidnapped another in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Monday.

Maldives bars convicts from contesting presidential primaries (16:26)IANS Photo Service
Male, May 21 (IANS) The Maldives Elections Commission has announced that anyone convicted of a criminal offence cannot legally contest in a political party's presidential primary, warning that such elections will be annulled.

5 killed as heavy rains lash Sri Lanka (16:24)
Colombo, May 21 (IANS) At least five people have been killed and seven are missing as heavy rains and strong winds caused havoc in Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Monday.

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