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  • Sri Lanka, Pakistan seek series win in Kandy
    Sri Lanka, Pakistan seek series win in Kandy 6 hours ago

    KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka will play a test without batting greats Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene for the first time in 15 years when the team meets Pakistan for the series decider starting Friday. More »

  • Train carrying Pakistani troops falls into canal, 12 dead 9 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — At least four cars of a train being used to transport Pakistani soldiers fell into a canal because of a bridge collapse in the eastern Punjab province on Thursday, killing at least twelve soldiers, officials said. More »

  • Sabotage suspected as Pakistan troop train plunges into canal, killing 12
    Sabotage suspected as Pakistan troop train plunges into canal, killing 12 9 hours ago

    By Mubasher Bukhari and Mehreen Zahra-Malik LAHORE, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A train carrying hundreds of Pakistan military personnel and their families plunged into a canal on Thursday, killing 12 soldiers, when a bridge collapsed in what the army suspects was sabotage, officials said. The crash in Pakistan's Gujranwala district, in the northeast, happened as an army unit was being transported from southern Sindh province to northern Pakistan. "There were around 300 passengers on board," Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq told Reuters. More »

  • Eight killed in Pakistan as train falls into canal
    Eight killed in Pakistan as train falls into canal 10 hours ago

    At least 8 people including a senior army officer were killed on Thursday when a train carrying soldiers and military hardware fell into a canal in Pakistan following the partial collapse of a bridge, officials said. More »

  • Asian black bears mistaken for 'puppies' for two years by Chinese v …
    Asian black bears mistaken for 'puppies' for two years by Chinese v … 11 hours ago

    Two Asian black bears have been sent to a wildlife rescue centre after they were discovered living with a villager in China's Yunnan Province who had mistaken them for pet dogs. In terms of wildlife trade, bear parts – most notably their gall bladders – are sold across China and south-east Asia. More »

  • Britain's Most Disgusting Takeaway? Dead Rats And Sewage Found At Restauran …
    Britain's Most Disgusting Takeaway? Dead Rats And Sewage Found At Restauran … 11 hours ago

    Krunchy’s Chicken and Pizza in Newtown, Wigan, was littered with rat droppings, dirt and mould, while one dead rodent was found wedged between two freezers used to store food More »

  • Jaguar Land Rover To Build Cars In Austria
    Jaguar Land Rover To Build Cars In Austria 13 hours ago

    Jaguar Land Rover has insisted the UK remains the "centre" of its operations after expanding its overseas manufacturing capabilities - this time in Europe. The manufacturing partnership with Magna Stevr signalled a further expansion away from its UK manufacturing base, which Jaguar Land Rover said was operating at close to capacity. It has three major factories in the UK - at Solihull, Halewood and Castle Bromwich - but last year opened its first overseas manufacturing plant in China and is building a factory in Brazil. More »

  • Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT 22 hours ago

    TUAL, Indonesia (AP) — All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again. More »

  • Allegations of abuse in Indian-administered Kashmir
    Allegations of abuse in Indian-administered Kashmir 22 hours ago

    An Amnesty International report accuses India of "facilitating impunity" in disputed region More »

  • Ice cream for primates as Europe feels the heat
    Ice cream for primates as Europe feels the heat Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A blistering heatwave sweeping through Europe on Wednesday brought blackouts to France and fears of heat stroke for Wimbledon tennis fans, but meant a range of interesting ice creams for the continent's zoo animals. More »

  • Bangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize
    Bangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man who created a Bangladesh-based nonprofit organization credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty was named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize on Wednesday. More »

  • Pakistani raid killed senior al Qaeda figure, official says Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - The head of al Qaeda in Pakistan was among four militants killed in a police raid near the eastern city of Lahore this week, a provincial official said on Wednesday. Shuja Khanzada, home minister for Punjab province, named the al Qaeda leader only as "Abdali" in a news conference and said he and three other operatives were planning an attack on government figures. "Their leader who was giving them the briefings, who was leading the entire team, was the head of al Qaeda in Pakistan. More »

  • Fighting between Afghan, Pakistani forces on border kills one Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Border clashes between Pakistani and Afghan security forces broke out on Wednesday morning, officials said, killing at least one person and potentially undermining efforts by both sides to improve relations. One Afghan border policeman was killed in the fighting near the border town of Angoor Adda, Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said in Kabul. Pakistan's military said two troops were injured and none were killed. More »

  • Mustafizur picked to play South Africa in 1st T20
    Mustafizur picked to play South Africa in 1st T20 Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — South Africa will find out in its opening tour match on Sunday what all the fuss is about Bangladesh sensation Mustafizur Rahman. More »

  • Revoke controversial law in disputed Kashmir - Amnesty
    Revoke controversial law in disputed Kashmir - Amnesty Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Rights group says special law continues to feed a cycle of impunity for human rights violations in region. More »

  • Report: Special power for India army fuels abuses in Kashmir Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The wide-ranging powers granted to Indian soldiers in Kashmir have fuelled a cycle of impunity for human rights violations in the troubled Himalayan region, Amnesty International said Wednesday. More »

  • Has India's southwest monsoon collapsed?
    Has India's southwest monsoon collapsed? Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Early season flooding has led to speculation of an excess monsoon, but is that realistic? More »

  • Brutal heat wave in Pakistan last month killed 1,250 Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's government says the brutal heat wave that hit the port city of Karachi and the country's southern province of Sind in June killed 1,250 people before subsiding. More »

  • Pakistan: 4 members of al-Qaida's South Asian branch killed Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani official says four militants killed this week during a raid on a home near the eastern city of Lahore were members of al-Qaida's South Asian branch who were planning an attack on the offices of a civilian spy agency. More »

  • Countries must deal with health risks of more frequent heatwaves: UN
    Countries must deal with health risks of more frequent heatwaves: UN Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The UN on Wednesday urged countries to create preparedness systems to counter the health risks of heatwaves, as they become ever more frequent and intense, and dangerous, due to climate change. More »

  • Pakistani artists look to counter violent extremism
    Pakistani artists look to counter violent extremism Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — At a militant training camp in Pakistan, a new recruit asks his instructor why his comrades are attacking churches and mosques rather than enemy bases. "This world is full of sin. It needs to be bathed in blood," the instructor replies, nurturing seeds of doubt that will eventually lead the young man to turn away from violence. More »

  • Pakistan soccer undertakes election despite court order Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistan Football Federation undertook elections on Tuesday despite a court ordering a stay in proceedings. More »

  • Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Investigators in Taiwan were focusing Monday on the possibility that a cigarette butt or spark caused the blaze that burned 498 people, killing one, at a weekend water park party when colored powder sprayed from the stage caught fire. More than 400 people remained hospitalized, including 202 in serious condition, city officials said. A 20-year-old woman with burns to 90 percent of her body died after being taken off life support with her family's consent, said a hospital spokeswoman, who spoke anonymously because she wasn't authorized to speak publicly. More »

  • Will Obama's New Hostage Policy Actually Work?
    Will Obama's New Hostage Policy Actually Work? Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Last week, four grieving American families won a bittersweet victory in Washington. Setting aside their sorrow and deep sense of betrayal, the parents of four American hostages killed in Syria met face-to-face with the president they said had failed them. Accompanied by two dozen relatives of current and former hostages, the parents of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller had a private 45-minute meeting with Barack Obama. More »

  • Robert Redford sees 'last chance' to fix climate
    Robert Redford sees 'last chance' to fix climate Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Robert Redford told the United Nations on Monday that negotiations on a global deal to tackle climate change could be the world's "last chance" to save the planet. More »

  • Pakistan police kill four suspected Taliban militants in Punjab - officials Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police and intelligence officials shot and killed three suspected Islamist militants in a raid on their hideout in eastern Pakistan early on Monday and a fourth blew himself up, police and intelligence officials said. Many Pakistani Taliban fighters and other Islamist militants from the western region near Afghanistan have fled to other parts of the country, officials say, as security forces press on with ground and air offensives in North Waziristan. More »

  • IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year
    IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The Islamic State group's "caliphate" enters its second year Monday with the jihadists expanding their territory in Syria and Iraq and their global reach by claiming attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait. More »

  • Drones kill any chance of peace in Afghanistan
    Drones kill any chance of peace in Afghanistan Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Use of unmanned US drones increases recruitment opportunities for the armed opposition in Afghanistan. More »

  • Exclusive - In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic State loyalists gain g …
    Exclusive - In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic State loyalists gain g … Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Hamid Shalizi SURKH DEWAL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability. Witnesses who fled fighting in Nangarhar province told Reuters that hundreds of insurgents pledging allegiance to Islamic State pushed out the Taliban, scorching opium poppy fields that help to fund the Taliban's campaign to overthrow the Afghan government. "They (IS loyalists) came in on many white pickup trucks mounted with big machine guns and fought the Taliban. More »

  • Pakistan cops bust armed militants planning attack, 4 killed Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police officer says authorities have killed four militants, arrested two and seized a large cache of weapons that were meant to be used in an upcoming attack. More »

  • Sri Lanka beats Pakistan by 7 wickets to level 3-test series
    Sri Lanka beats Pakistan by 7 wickets to level 3-test series Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Opener Dimuth Karunaratne smashed a half-century to help Sri Lanka complete a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the second cricket test Monday to level the three-match series 1-1. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East
    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    In the Middle East this week, the holy month of Ramadan — when devout Muslims abstain from all food and drink from dawn to dusk — brought scenes of hardship and charity, and also images of carnage. More »

  • Sri Lanka beats Pakistan levels test series 1-1 Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka won the second test by seven wickets Monday to level the 3-match series againt Pakistan at 1-1 with one match to be played at P.Sara Oval. More »

  • Pakistani police kill four Taliban militants: officials
    Pakistani police kill four Taliban militants: officials Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Pakistani police and counter-terrorism forces raided a house near the eastern city of Lahore early Monday and killed four Taliban militants, officials said. More »

  • Pakistan's anti-terror fight enters new phase despite rights fears
    Pakistan's anti-terror fight enters new phase despite rights fears Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Pakistan's army is preparing for a final push in the coming weeks in its fight against militants, but there are concerns that rights are being rolled back in the name of defeating terror. More »