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India's ruling BJP begins damage control exercise over Taj Mahal row

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday began a damage control exercise, two days after one of its prominent lawmakers created a nationwide row by calling Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World - a "blot on Indian culture."
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/17 17:06:07

5 killed in alleged US drone attack in NW Pakistan

At least five killed in an alleged US drone attack in northwestern Pakistan area late Monday, according to local reports, adding that the target was a militant house.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/17 9:37:13

Up in smoke

Members of Pakistan’s Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF) stand beside a pile of burning drugs and liquor at a ceremony in Peshawar on Monday, after the contraband was seized across different areas of the province. The ANF torched 51.6 tons of narcotics.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/16 23:03:39

Afghan Taliban, IS clashes leave 11 dead in northern Jawzjan province

At least 11 insurgents have been killed and 15 others injured as clashes erupted between Taliban militants and Islamic states (IS) group in Jawzjan province on Sunday, a local official said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 16:42:28

Afghan soldiers defuse 51 improvised bombs within day: gov't

The Afghan army found and defused 51 rounds of landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) within a day, Defense Ministry said on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 14:55:00

11 feared killed in boat capsizing in India

At least 11 people were feared killed after a boat capsized Monday in eastern Indian state of Bihar, officials said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 14:48:43

Cylinder blast kills 3 in Indian city

A cooking gas cylinder blast at a congested locality in southern Indian city of Bengaluru in Karnataka state on Monday collapsed portion of three houses, killing at least three people besides trapping many others, local media reports said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 13:55:45

8 dead, 40 missing after Rohingya boat capsizes off Bangladesh

Eight bodies had been recovered after a boat with scores of Rohingya people aboard capsized in the Bay of Bengal close to Bangladesh's southeastern border with Myanmar, a local police official said on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 11:17:59

Pakistan, Iran sign agreement on improved border management

Pakistan and Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Sunday to improve border security between the two neighboring countries, according to local reports.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 8:30:51

Myanmar gov't reiterates welcome of non-ceasefire signatory armed groups to join peace process

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday reiterated the government's welcome of non-signatory armed groups to the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) to join in the peace process by being inclusive in formulating the principles toward a democratic federal union in the future.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 16:46:57

Afghanistan obtains AIIB permanent membership

Afghanistan has obtained the permanent membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the country's finance ministry reported on its website Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 15:48:43

Afghan forces kill 8 IS fighters in eastern province

Afghan security forces repelled an attack of Islamic States (IS) militants in mountainous eastern Kunar province on Saturday night, killing eight IS fighters and injuring four others, Afghan Interior Ministry said Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 15:48:16

Kyrgyz presidential elections kick off

Voting for the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan kicked off early morning on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 15:04:53

Explosions kills 4 soldiers in NW Pakistan

Explosions hit a military check post in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency on Sunday morning, leaving at least four soldiers killed and two others injured, local Urdu media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 14:53:23

Indian firing kills Pakistani civilian, injures 5: army

The Pakistani army said at least one civilian was killed and five others injured in Indian forces' firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region, according to local reports early Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 11:34:39

Nepal's former living goddess rejoins society after 9 years in isolation

A narrow alleyway with both its sides filled with stalls of bangles and beads in Kathmandu's Indra Chowk leads to a courtyard called Itum Bahal.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 11:06:31

Thai police seize large sum of smuggled Indian aphrodisiac jelly at northwestern border

A large volume of aphrodisiac jelly made in India was seized as smuggled goods on Saturday in Mae Sot district in northwestern Thailand, police said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 6:53:36

Nepali PM expands cabinet seventh time

Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Saturday expanded his cabinet for the seventh time since he came to power in June this year.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 6:51:41