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  • Cricket World Cup: England loses again badly; Pakistan wins
    Cricket World Cup: England loses again badly; Pakistan wins 15 hours ago

    England lost another Cricket World Cup match by a big margin Sunday, and its odds of making the quarterfinals are fading. Pakistan did the opposite, winning for the first time in three matches to improve its chances of reaching the final eight. More »

  • Air in Delhi is world's worst, 13 other Indian cities aren't far be … 15 hours ago

    The cost of India’s economic growth is partly recorded in the fact that 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India, according to the World Health Organization. New Dehli, India’s capital, is now number one on the list of the most polluted. Debates on air pollution were largely dismissed as Western propaganda aimed at curtailing India's growth. Few Indian cities have purchased or deployed the kind of monitoring equipment necessary to measure the levels of air quality, says Delhi-based environmentalist Sunita Narain. More »

  • India's ruling party forms coalition government in Kashmir
    India's ruling party forms coalition government in Kashmir 15 hours ago

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's ruling Hindu nationalist party formed a coalition government in Kashmir on Sunday, marking the first time it will hold a leadership position in the disputed Muslim-majority region. More »

  • Pakistan wins toss, bats 1st vs Zimbabwe at World Cup 23 hours ago

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat first Sunday in the World Cup Pool B match against Zimbabwe. More »

  • A date with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan
    A date with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    For my generation of British Asians, the one part of our ancestral heritage that drew us in was Indian cinema. More »

  • Many girls in Africa and the Middle East are under pressure to leave school Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    In numerous developing countries, more girls are in school and staying longer than ever before, as families and governments grasp the economic and social benefits of girls getting an education. Afghanistan is one example of a country spurring global gains in girls’ education, with the proportion of girls in school rising over the past 15 years from 3 percent to just shy of 40 percent. More »

  • Afghan government executes top crime figure Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan says it has executed one of the country's most dangerous criminals, a man who was charged with a string of armed robberies, kidnappings and killings of Afghans and foreigners across the country. More »

  • India thrashes UAE by 9 wickets in World Cup Pool B match
    India thrashes UAE by 9 wickets in World Cup Pool B match Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned a career-best 4-25 to set up defending champion India's nine-wicket win over second-tier United Arab Emirates in a World Cup Pool B match on Saturday. More »

  • India unbeaten at World Cup after UAE rout
    India unbeaten at World Cup after UAE rout Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    India's World Cup confidence continued to climb as they thrashed the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets in their Pool B match at Perth's WACA Ground on Saturday. More »

  • Afghan democracy and western hypocrisy
    Afghan democracy and western hypocrisy Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    What remains unrecognised is the West's complicity in denying Afghan democratic aspirations. More »

  • Misbah to Pakistan: not time to panic at World Cup
    Misbah to Pakistan: not time to panic at World Cup Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Misbah-ul-Haq can't see any reason for his Pakistan squad to panic, despite two losses from two starts at the Cricket World Cup. More »

  • UAE wins toss, elects to bat 1st vs defending champion India Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — United Arab Emirates won the toss and elected to bat first against defending champion India on Saturday in the Cricket World Cup Pool B match at the WACA. More »

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, occurred on a crowded sidewalk as he and his wife, Rafida Ahmed, were returning from a book fair at Dhaka University. Ahmed, who is also a blogger, was seriously injured. It was the latest in a series of attacks on secular writers in Bangladesh in recent years. More »

  • GOP contenders push for military action against ISIS
    GOP contenders push for military action against ISIS Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Republican Party's leading presidential contenders on Friday promised conservative activists they would pursue aggressive military action to prevent the spread of global terrorism, including a renewed use of ground forces in the Middle East. More »

  • Rand Paul: National security trumps all other spending
    Rand Paul: National security trumps all other spending Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Friday he understands some conservatives' skepticism toward his foreign policy views but emphasized that the first priority of the president must be national security. More »

  • Afghan troops push Taliban from key southern district Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces on Friday routed the Taliban from a large swath of a key southern province that has long been an important insurgent stronghold, in their first major solo operation since international combat forces pulled out of the country, an American general and a senior Afghan police officer said. More »

  • Bangladesh activists protest against US blogger's murder
    Bangladesh activists protest against US blogger's murder Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Hundreds of protesters rallied in Dhaka on Friday to denounce the murder of a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin hacked to death with machetes after he allegedly received threats from Islamists. More »

  • West Indies sink to record World Cup loss v South Africa
    West Indies sink to record World Cup loss v South Africa Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — The erratic nature of West Indies cricket was on full view at the World Cup in a record-equaling 257-run defeat to South Africa on Friday. More »

  • 2 inmates accused in killing of 10 tourists flee from jail Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    MANSEHRA, Pakistan (AP) — Two prisoners believed to be involved in the 2013 slaying of 10 foreign climbers at the base of one of the world's tallest mountains escaped from jail in northern Pakistan before dawn Friday, police said. More »

  • Pakistanis on trial in massacre of 10 foreign climbers escape jail Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two Pakistani militant suspects facing trial for the massacre of 10 foreign climbers two years ago escaped from jail on Friday, an official said. The 2013 killing of the climbers and their local guide in a pre-dawn attack on their base camp on Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world, dealt a severe blow to Pakistan's mountaineering tourism industry. Two other prisoners were shot and killed in the jailbreak in northern Gilgit agency early on Friday morning, said Sultan Faisal, the prison's deputy inspector general. The two who escaped were among about a dozen suspected Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants jailed while on trial for the Nanga Parbat massacre, Faisal said, adding that two jail officials had been suspended pending an investigation. More »

  • The Taliban and the government: talking about talking
    The Taliban and the government: talking about talking Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    A lot of work needs to be done before peace talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban can occur. More »

  • Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 200
    Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 200 Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    More than 200 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, warning the death toll could rise still further. More »

  • Champion India aiming to continue World Cup momentum
    Champion India aiming to continue World Cup momentum Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — After high-profile wins over archrival Pakistan and one of the tournament favorites, South Africa, India's biggest concern ahead of Saturday's World Cup match against second-tier side United Arab Emirates could be complacency. More »

  • Two worlds collide as India face UAE in Cricket World Cup
    Two worlds collide as India face UAE in Cricket World Cup Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Two worlds collide on Saturday when mighty India tackle the United Arab Emirates' team of shipping clerks and airline staff, with at least two of the Gulf amateurs relishing the World Cup showdown at the WACA. More »

  • India coach leaves World Cup for funeral in South Africa Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — India coach Duncan Fletcher has left the Cricket World Cup to attend his father-in-law's funeral in South Africa and will miss his team's match against the United Arab Emirates on Saturday. More »

  • Terror suspect says Internet chats about women, not plot Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man on trial in the U.S. for planning to bomb a British shopping center testified Thursday he was exaggerating his prowess with women in online chats and emails he sent mentioning potential wedding dates and a bride, denying the communiques were coded to disguise an al-Qaida plot. More »

  • Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its "aggressive" effort to exert sovereignty, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats. His comments underscore U.S. concern over land reclamation activities that could fuel tensions between China and its neighbors over disputed islands and reefs. More »

  • British government made 'Jihadi John' torture and kidnap prisoners? … Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The Washington Post appears to have identified the masked British Islamic State murderer called "Jihadi John," who has reveled in his videotaped decapitations of people like the American journalist James Foley. Mr. Emwazi's background certainly fits the classic profile of many senior leaders and hangers-on of groups like IS and Al Qaeda. More »

  • Saudi Arabia beheads Indian axe murderer, Pakistani
    Saudi Arabia beheads Indian axe murderer, Pakistani Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded an Indian axe murderer and a Pakistani heroin trafficker, bringing to 34 the number of death sentences carried out this year. More »

  • Man guilty of setting up Pakistan-born wife's death Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (AP) — A man was convicted Thursday of setting up the fatal shooting of his Pakistan-born wife while the couple was on a walk with one of their young sons. More »

  • Man guilty of setting up wife's death while on walk with son
    Man guilty of setting up wife's death while on walk with son Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man was convicted Thursday of setting up the fatal shooting of his wife while the couple was on a walk with one of their young sons in New Jersey. More »

  • Suicide attack on Turkish diplomatic vehicle kills two in Kabul
    Suicide attack on Turkish diplomatic vehicle kills two in Kabul Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A Taliban suicide attack targeting a Turkish diplomatic vehicle belonging to the NATO mission killed two people in Kabul Thursday, highlighting the fragile security situation as the Afghan government presses for talks with the militants. More »

  • Pakistan army warns India against any provocations Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army chief has warned neighboring India that any provocations on its part would exact a "befitting response" from Islamabad. More »

  • Stuck in limbo, Bangkok's hidden urban refugees scrape by
    Stuck in limbo, Bangkok's hidden urban refugees scrape by Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — They were a middle-class family in Pakistan, living in a comfortable three-bedroom apartment with a modern kitchen and a PlayStation for the three kids. Fluent in English, the father ran his own moving company while the mother taught art. More »

  • Fans smash eggs on heads in anger against chief selector
    Fans smash eggs on heads in anger against chief selector Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A handful of Pakistan cricket fans smashed eggs on their heads in anger Thursday after the country's chief selector returned home from the World Cup in disgrace because he visited a casino. More »