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  • Hafeez's bowling action to be officially tested on April 9 3 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Suspended Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez will undergo official testing of his offspin bowling in India next week. More »

  • New Zealand's Kyle Mills retires from all forms of cricket
    New Zealand's Kyle Mills retires from all forms of cricket 4 hours ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending a 14-year international career on Wednesday. More »

  • Amnesty warns against Egypt, Nigeria death sentences
    Amnesty warns against Egypt, Nigeria death sentences 5 hours ago

    Egypt and Nigeria accounted for an "alarming rise" in the number of death sentences handed out around the world in 2014, often on the back of security concerns, Amnesty International said Wednesday. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT 7 hours ago

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy. Several thousand people at the Taiwanese-owned Pou Yuen factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City began the stoppage last Thursday. Pou Yuen Vietnam, which employs more than 80,000 workers, is a subsidiary of Pou Chen Group and makes footwear for companies such as Nike and Adidas. More »

  • Amnesty: Alarming surge in death sentences globally
    Amnesty: Alarming surge in death sentences globally 7 hours ago

    Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says Egypt and Nigeria account for steep rise in death sentences in 2014. More »

  • Pakistan struggles with Yemen coalition dilemma
    Pakistan struggles with Yemen coalition dilemma 8 hours ago

    Pakistan faces an unenviable dilemma -- whether to join a Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen or stay out and risk angering its old ally which provides it with huge financial support. More »

  • Heavy clashes on Saudi-Yemeni border
    Heavy clashes on Saudi-Yemeni border 9 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Arab states since last Thursday in an air campaign against the Shi'ite Houthis, who emerged as the most powerful force in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country when they seized Yemen's capital last year. The Saudis say their aim is to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who left the country last week. The Houthis are allied with Saudi Arabia's regional foe Iran, and backed by army units loyal to longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was pushed out three years ago after "Arab Spring" demonstrations. Residents and tribal sources in north Yemen reported artillery and rocket exchanges along several stretches of the Saudi border. More »

  • Corrected - India's cotton exports to slump 41 pct as China buys less 10 hours ago

    Cotton exports from India, the world's biggest producer and second biggest seller, are expected to fall 41 percent to a five-year low of 7 million bales this crop year ending September as top buyer China curbs purchases, a government official said. Bulging world stockpiles and waning demand from China - intent on supporting its own growers - are hurting state-run Cotton Corporation of India (CCI), which is set to suffer its steepest loss in at least six years from sales in the current season. Lower exports from India could support benchmark New York price that fell to a one-week low on Monday. India's Textile Commissioner Kiran Soni Gupta on Tuesday revised downward the export forecast of 9 million bales made in October and said the country will have to raise sales to Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam that together account for about 40 percent of the total exports currently. More »

  • State Department found 4 emails about drones sent by Clinton
    State Department found 4 emails about drones sent by Clinton 11 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject. More »

  • Report: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014
    Report: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014 13 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty. More »

  • Briton among 19,000 on death row
    Briton among 19,000 on death row 14 hours ago

    A mentally-ill British grandfather is among more than 19,000 people on death row around the world, according to a new report from Amnesty International. More »

  • Syria, Iraq a 'finishing school' for foreign fighters - U.N. report 17 hours ago

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More than 25,000 foreign fighters from some 100 countries are linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, with Syria and Iraq comprising a "veritable international finishing school for extremists," United Nations experts reported to the U.N. Security Council. The experts, who monitor al Qaeda sanctions violations, said in a report seen by Reuters that along with some 22,000 foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq, there were also 6,500 in Afghanistan and hundreds more in Yemen, Libya, Pakistan and Somalia. More »

  • China banking checkmate?
    China banking checkmate? 17 hours ago

    More than 40 countries have applied to become founding members of the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. More »

  • Heavy clashes on Saudi-Yemeni border; Hadi government pleads for troops
    Heavy clashes on Saudi-Yemeni border; Hadi government pleads for troops 19 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Arab states since last Thursday in an air campaign against the Shi'ite Houthis, who emerged as the most powerful force in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country when they seized Yemen's capital last year. The Saudis say their aim is to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who left the country last week. The Houthis are allied with Saudi Arabia's regional foe Iran, and backed by army units loyal to longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was pushed out three years ago after "Arab Spring" demonstrations. Residents and tribal sources in north Yemen reported artillery and rocket exchanges along several stretches of the Saudi border. More »

  • State Department: Clinton sent only 4 emails about drones
    State Department: Clinton sent only 4 emails about drones 20 hours ago

    The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes ... More »

  • India's cotton exports to slump 41 pct as China buys less
    India's cotton exports to slump 41 pct as China buys less 23 hours ago

    By Meenakshi Sharma MUMBAI (Reuters) - Cotton exports from India, the world's biggest producer and seller, are expected to fall 41 percent to a five-year low of 7 million bales this crop year ending September as top buyer China curbs purchases, a government official said. Bulging world stockpiles and waning demand from China - intent on supporting its own growers - are hurting state-run Cotton Corporation of India (CCI), which is set to suffer its steepest loss in at least six years from sales in the current season. Lower exports from India could support benchmark New York price that fell to a one-week low on Monday. India's Textile Commissioner Kiran Soni Gupta on Tuesday revised downward the export forecast of 9 million bales made in October and said the country will have to raise sales to Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam that together account for about 40 percent of the total exports currently. More »

  • Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats
    Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats 23 hours ago

    Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that ... More »

  • When SWU met LEU: The Iran nuclear talks jargon A-to-Z
    When SWU met LEU: The Iran nuclear talks jargon A-to-Z 23 hours ago

    Drowning in a radioactive sea of nuclear jargon, mixing up Bushehr and breakout, plutonium and Parchin, centrifuges and code 3.1? More »

  • India: New EU rules ban unsafe dismantling of ships on beaches in south Asia …
    India: New EU rules ban unsafe dismantling of ships on beaches in south Asia … Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    In recent years, the answer would probably be: a beach in south Asia. Of 1,026 ocean-going ships recycled in 2014, 641 were taken apart on beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, according to figures from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. Tankers, cruise liners and other old vessels are rammed onto beaches and stripped down by hundreds of unskilled workers using simple tools such as blowtorches, with little or no protective gear. There is also a human cost: the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai estimates that some 470 workers have died in the past 20 years in accidents in Alang-Sosiya, the world's largest stretch of ship-breaking beaches, in Gujarat. More »

  • 16 dead in Kashmir floods; storm kills 20 in eastern India
    16 dead in Kashmir floods; storm kills 20 in eastern India Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Rescuers recovered 16 bodies Tuesday from two houses hit by rain-triggered landslides in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, following its second major floods in six months. Elsewhere in India, fierce rain and lightning toppled houses and trees in Bihar state, killing 20 others. More »

  • Factbox - How low can they go? Central bank policy easing in 2015 Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    (Reuters) - A total of 26 central banks and monetary authorities around the world have eased policy this year, in an unprecedented wave of measures aimed at boosting growth and bolstering inflation. 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. 4/March 31 ROMANIA Romania's central bank shaved another quarter point off its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2.00 percent with weak inflation expanding its room to ease. Jan. ... More »

  • Pakistan officials arrive in Saudi to assess Yemen mission Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Senior Pakistani officials arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to assess whether to take part in Riyadh's coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen, as the Pakistani prime minister vowed that any violation of Saudi sovereignty would bring a "strong reaction" from his country. More »

  • 'Heaviest' Arab raids rock Yemen capital
    'Heaviest' Arab raids rock Yemen capital Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Explosions lit up the skies over Yemen's capital overnight in the heaviest bombing raids yet in a six-day operation led by Saudi Arabia, which hit out at Iran for supporting Shiite rebels. More »

  • Baby among 15 killed by landslide in Indian Kashmir
    Baby among 15 killed by landslide in Indian Kashmir Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Emergency workers in Indian Kashmir have recovered 15 bodies including that of a three-week-old baby after a landslide triggered by heavy rains buried several houses. More »

  • Council fears U.S. troop decision will hurt faltering Afghan peace process
    Council fears U.S. troop decision will hurt faltering Afghan peace process Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticized President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency. Talks between the government and Taliban have yet to begin, although militant leaders have signaled that they are ready to negotiate through Pakistani mediation. Progress towards highly sensitive talks appears to have stalled, in part over divisions within the Taliban. The U.S. announcement during Ghani's recent visit to Washington to slow the pace at which it would wind down a force of 9,800 soldiers, and allow them to stay through the end of 2015, could further complicate the process. More »

  • Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China said Tuesday that it had evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that 449 Chinese nationals left Yemen Monday evening aboard Chinese naval ships. They were headed for Djibouti on the heels of an additional 122 who arrived in the Horn of Africa nation Sunday. More »

  • Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed named in Australian test squad
    Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed named in Australian test squad Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Pakistan-born refugee Fawad Ahmed was named to Australia's test squad Tuesday for tours of the West Indies and England later this year after an impressive domestic first-class season. More »

  • Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen camp for displaced
    Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen camp for displaced Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Mohammad Mukhashaf and Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen on Monday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack which apparently targeted nearby Houthi fighters who are battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Yemen's state news agency Saba, which is under the control of the Houthis, said the camp at Haradh was hit by Saudi planes. "It could have been that the fighter jets replied to fire, and we cannot confirm that it was a refugee camp," Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said. Hadi's Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin earlier blamed Houthi artillery for the explosion. More »

  • Pakistan to join Saudi coalition against Yemen rebels - senior official
    Pakistan to join Saudi coalition against Yemen rebels - senior official Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to give military support to a coalition of mainly Gulf states fighting Yemeni Houthi rebels, a senior government official said on Monday. Largely Sunni Muslim Pakistan - a regional ally of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf's main Sunni Muslim power - would join a Saudi-led military coalition conducting air strikes against Shi'ite Houthi forces, the official said. Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaj Asif denied that the country had made a decision to send troops to Saudi Arabia, saying a delegation led by him and foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz, would go to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and then decide. Saudi Arabia has not decided yet whether to send ground troops into Yemen but is keeping its options open, its ambassador to the United States said on Sunday, but was committed to completing its air campaign. More »

  • Pakistani, Saudi armies hold joint military exercise
    Pakistani, Saudi armies hold joint military exercise Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani military says it is holding a joint military exercise with Saudi Arabia. More »

  • Ali named new Pakistan ODI captain
    Ali named new Pakistan ODI captain Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan named Azhar Ali as captain for limited-overs cricket on Monday after ignoring the middle-order batsman for the Cricket World Cup, where it was eliminated in the quarterfinal. More »

  • Air raid kills scores at Yemen displaced camp
    Air raid kills scores at Yemen displaced camp Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    An air strike killed dozens of people at a camp for displaced people in northwest Yemen on Monday, aid workers said, as Arab warplanes bombard rebels around the country. More »

  • Shaken by Yemen, Lebanon works to keep its balance Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    “They are killing Shiites in Yemen,” says Hassan Masri, a Shiite supporter of Hezbollah in southern Beirut. The latest crisis in Yemen illustrates the interconnected nature of the conflicts tearing apart the Middle East, as Saudi Arabia and Iran seek influence at each other’s expense. Saudi Arabia heads a coalition of 10 Sunni-majority Arab nations ranged against Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The Houthis, members of a Shiite sect reportedly supported by Iran, hold Yemen's capital, Sanaa, and are advancing on the southern port city of Aden. More »

  • A look at those involved in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen
    A look at those involved in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition is targeting Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen in a campaign of airstrikes that began last week. Here's a look at the Sunni Arab countries involved in the fighting so far, as well as others offering material support or backing the operation: More »

  • Council fears US troop decision to hurt faltering Afghan peace process
    Council fears US troop decision to hurt faltering Afghan peace process Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticised President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency. Talks between the government and Taliban have yet to begin, although militant leaders have signalled that they are ready to negotiate through Pakistani mediation. Progress towards highly sensitive talks appears to have stalled, in part over divisions within the Taliban. Under the previous plan, U.S. forces were to have been cut to about half their current levels by year-end, and the change has angered the Taliban, which has stated that foreign troops against which it has fought must not be allowed to stay. More »