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  • Mauritania sentences alleged al-Qaida leader to 20 years 8 hours ago

    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A criminal court in Mauritania sentenced a suspected senior al-Qaida leader to 20 years in prison for "terrorist" activities, the state prosecutor said Tuesday. More »

  • Chinese president applauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts
    Chinese president applauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts 12 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday applauded Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts and vowed his nation would continue to stand by its neighbor as he wrapped up a two-day visit meant to boost bilateral ties and assure Islamabad of Beijing's support. More »

  • How countries cope with migrants arriving by boat
    How countries cope with migrants arriving by boat 12 hours ago

    Two recent shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea believed to have taken the lives of as many as 1,300 asylum seekers and migrants highlight the growing number of people fleeing persecution, war and economic difficulties in their homelands. More »

  • Doctors charged over mother's death
    Doctors charged over mother's death 13 hours ago

    Two doctors have been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence over the death of a primary school teacher who died after giving birth by emergency caesarean section. More »

  • Pakistan hangs 15, highest number since executions resumed 13 hours ago

    Pakistan hanged 15 people on Tuesday, officials said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a de facto moratorium on capital punishment on Dec. 17, a day after Pakistani Taliban gunmen attacked a school and killed 153 people, most of them children. The inspector general of prisons in Punjab province, Farooq Nazir, told Reuters 14 people who had been convicted of "heinous crimes" had been hanged in the province. The executions brought the number of people hanged in Pakistan since December to 95, the Justice Project Pakistan legal aid group said, citing media reports. More »

  • Mauritania jails senior Al-Qaeda figure
    Mauritania jails senior Al-Qaeda figure 13 hours ago

    A senior Al-Qaeda leader accused of planning attacks on the United States, Europe and Australia has been jailed for 20 years in Mauritania for "terrorist activities", a judicial source said on Tuesday. More »

  • India seizes 200 kg heroin shipment on Pakistani boat 14 hours ago

    India seized 200 kg of heroin from Pakistani drug traffickers aboard a boat on the Arabian sea, a defence official said on Tuesday, in a $15 million (10.08 million pounds) haul that is one of the country's largest and comes as narcotic flows escalate from Afghanistan. A joint navy and coastguard operation intercepted the vessel in Indian waters on Monday, apparently headed for the western state of Gujarat, Indian navy spokesman D. K. Sharma said. "Using fishing boats to smuggle heroin is a new strategy by Pakistani smugglers," said Sharma, adding that the smugglers were using phones and GPS systems to allow trans-shipment to another boat. Eight crew members from Pakistan were detained and were in police custody in Gujarat, he said. More »

  • Xi hails Pakistan security help in west China; Pakistan vows more
    Xi hails Pakistan security help in west China; Pakistan vows more 17 hours ago

    By Robert Birsel ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping praised Pakistan on Tuesday for its contribution to security in China's restive far west where a Muslim minority chaffs against Beijing's rule, while Pakistan promised to step up cooperation in tackling terrorism. Xi, in an address to Pakistan's parliament, also called for closer economic cooperation between the traditional allies a day after they launched energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion (31 billion pounds). Xi has linked economic cooperation with security and said on Tuesday the two countries "share a common stake in security." "Over the years Pakistan has overcome all kinds of difficulties and contributed greatly to the security and stability of China's western border areas and this is something that we shall never forget," Xi told parliament. China is worried about Muslim separatists from Xinjiang, whom it blames for a string of deadly attacks across China over the past year or so, and believes that they have teamed up with Pakistan-based militants. More »

  • Bargains and bidding in a raucous Saudi open-air market 19 hours ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — At an open-air market in Saudi Arabia's capital, haggling for a good deal is not just part of the experience — it's also part of the fun. More »

  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT 23 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal about two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post. Lee Wan Koo has been at the center of a corruption scandal that flared after a businessman killed himself earlier this month with a memo listing the names of high-profile figures he claimed to have bribed. More »

  • China and Pakistan to open $46bn 'economic corridor'
    China and Pakistan to open $46bn 'economic corridor' Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    India wary as Chinese president arrives in Islamabad with the aim of increasing economic ties with Pakistan. More »

  • China and Pakistan launch economic corridor plan worth $46 billion
    China and Pakistan launch economic corridor plan worth $46 billion Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - China and Pakistan launched a plan on Monday for energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion (30.85 billion pounds), linking their economies and underscoring China's economic ambitions in Asia and beyond. China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan to oversee the signing of agreements aimed at establishing a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor between Pakistan's southern Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea and China's western Xinjiang region. More »

  • China's Xi launches $46 bn investment plan in Pakistan
    China's Xi launches $46 bn investment plan in Pakistan Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif address meet at the Prime Minister's House in Islamabad, on April 20, 2015 More »

  • Chinese leader in Pakistan to unveil $45B in investments
    Chinese leader in Pakistan to unveil $45B in investments Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a two-day visit in which he is expected to announce $45 billion worth of investment projects in energy and infrastructure development. Pakistani ... More »

  • Greek Golden Dawn trial opens with top defendants absent
    Greek Golden Dawn trial opens with top defendants absent Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The trial of 69 members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn on charges of running a criminal organisation began Monday in the absence of the party leader and other main defendants. More »

  • China: Bamboo bicycle workshop puts new spin on Beijing's traditional cycling …
    China: Bamboo bicycle workshop puts new spin on Beijing's traditional cycling … Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Not more than a decade ago, the streets of Beijing were clogged by traffic from millions of bicycles, and few cars could be seen on the roads. Today, the opposite is true and China's capital city has practically become a graveyard for rusty bicycles. Founded in 2013, Bamboo Bicycles Beijing is a workshop that attempts to renew interest in the traditional Beijing bicycle by putting a new, more sustainable spin on its frame. The workshop, which is located in a traditional Beijing alleyway known as a Hutong, offers participants the chance to build their own bamboo-framed bicycles out of raw bamboo. More »

  • China's Xi in Pakistan to unveil $46 bn investment plan
    China's Xi in Pakistan to unveil $46 bn investment plan Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Local workers decorate the roadside in front of a billboard with pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping, his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in Islamabad, on April ... More »

  • EastEnders' Shirley Carter tracks down secret grandchild
    EastEnders' Shirley Carter tracks down secret grandchild Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Linda Henry’s character sets out on a mission to find her granddaughter. More »

  • China's Xi Jinping in Pakistan to unveil trade plan
    China's Xi Jinping in Pakistan to unveil trade plan Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Proposed $46bn project will connect Pakistan and China through a 3,000km trade route built over the next 15 years. More »

  • Sufism won't solve Pakistan's problems
    Sufism won't solve Pakistan's problems Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Using Sufism to counter religious terrorism is not the solution to Pakistan's problems - and it's risky. More »

  • Factbox - How low can they go? Central bank policy easing in 2015 Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    (Reuters) - China lowered the amount of cash banks must hold as reserves on Sunday, the second cut in two months and the biggest since the depths of the global crisis in late 2008, in a bid to boost bank lending and combat slowing growth. A total of 27 central banks and monetary authorities around the world have eased policy this year in a wave of measures aimed at boosting growth and warding off the threat of deflation. Below is a chronological list of the moves. Jan. 1 UZBEKISTAN Uzbekistan's central bank cuts its refinancing rate to 9 percent from 10 percent. Jan. 7/Feb. ... More »

  • Afghan doctor: 3 dead in suicide attack on police station
    Afghan doctor: 3 dead in suicide attack on police station Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a police station in the provincial capital of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, killing three people, a doctor at a local hospital that received the bodies said Monday. More »

  • Chinese leader in Pakistan to unveil $46B in investments Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a two-day visit in which he is expected to announce $46 billion worth of investment projects in energy and infrastructure development. Prime ... More »

  • Chinese president to launch economic corridor link in Pakistan
    Chinese president to launch economic corridor link in Pakistan Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan on Monday to launch $46 billion in projects linking the old allies, a figure that far exceeds U.S. spending in Pakistan and underscores China's economic ambitions in Asia and beyond. The infrastructure and energy projects are aimed at establishing a Pakistan-China Economic Corridor between Pakistan's southern Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea and China's western Xinjiang region. The plan is part of China's aim to forge "Silk Road" land and sea ties to markets in the Middle East and Europe and reflected a shift of economic power in the region to China, said Mushahid Hussain Sayed, chairman of the Pakistani parliament's defence committee. "Pakistan, for China, is now of pivotal importance. More »

  • China's Xi heads to Islamabad to unveil $46 billion investment
    China's Xi heads to Islamabad to unveil $46 billion investment Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Local workers decorate the roadside in front of a billboard with pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping, his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in Islamabad, on April ... More »

  • Greece uneasy as trial opens for neo-Nazi Golden Dawn
    Greece uneasy as trial opens for neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Dozens of people linked to Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party go on trial Monday on charges ranging from murder to participation in a criminal organisation, as officials brace for trouble among rival protesters at the scene. More »

  • Michaloliakos: The 'Fuehrer' of Greece's Golden Dawn
    Michaloliakos: The 'Fuehrer' of Greece's Golden Dawn Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Nikos Michaloliakos, the founding chief of Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, is a lifelong disciple of the far-right and a Holocaust denier who rode a wave of popular anger over austerity to steer his once-fringe party to finishing third in January elections. More »

  • Bangladesh clinches ODI series vs Pakistan
    Bangladesh clinches ODI series vs Pakistan Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Opener Tamim Iqbal struck his second consecutive century as Bangladesh clinched the series with a seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second one-day international on Sunday. More »

  • Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya
    Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group's atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Bangladesh vs Pakistan Result Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Scores Sunday after Bangladesh beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second one-day international at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium: More »

  • A history of the Islamic State group after Ethiopians killed
    A history of the Islamic State group after Ethiopians killed Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — The extremist Islamic State group, which controls a third of both Iraq and Syria in its self-declared caliphate, released a video Sunday purportedly showing militants killing two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. More »

  • Greece set for trial of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party
    Greece set for trial of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Greece begins one of its most publicised trials in decades on Monday, with dozens of people linked to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party facing charges including murder and participation in a criminal organisation. More »

  • Bangladesh vs Pakistan 2nd ODI Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Scores Sunday after Pakistan's innings against Bangladesh in the second one-day international at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium: More »

  • 2 Indian policemen arrested in killing of Kashmiri youth
    2 Indian policemen arrested in killing of Kashmiri youth Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Two Indian policemen have been arrested in the killing of a teenage boy during weekend protests in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said. More »

  • Age-old justice tradition losing support in Pakistan
    Age-old justice tradition losing support in Pakistan Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Some tribal leaders now say the culture of giving daughters away as compensation for murder should be scrapped. More »