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  • Imran Khan ally elected speaker of Pak House

    A staunch ally of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan was elected speaker of Pakistan's lower house yesterday, a key position to support Khan's legislative agenda after he won a disputed election last month.

  • India's Cosmos Bank loses $13.5m in cyber attack

    Cyber criminals hacked the systems of India's Cosmos Bank and siphoned off nearly 944 million rupees ($13.5 million) through simultaneous withdrawals across 28 countries over the weekend, the bank tells police.

  • Taliban overrun army base

    Taliban fighters overran an army base in northern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday, killing at least 17 soldiers with dozens feared captured in a stinging blow to security forces already struggling to push insurgents from eastern Ghazni.

  • Hero dog saves family in flood-hit Kerala

    A family in the flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala narrowly escaped death after their pet dog woke them up moments before a landslide destroyed their home, local media reported yesterday.

  • Pak army to get training in Russia

    Pakistani military officers will receive training in Russian Federation military institutes under a recent agreement signed between the two

  • Restore democracy, independent judiciary in Maldives: Indian PM

    Indian leader Narendra Modi yesterday called for greater democracy and the restoration of an independent judiciary in the Maldives ahead of a presidential election in September.

  • PTI 14 short of majority

    The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been allotted 28 reserved seats for women and five for non-Muslims by the election commission, taking the party's tally to 158 in the National Assembly — just 14 short of the number required for simple majority.

  • Imran to take oath as Pak PM on Aug 18

    Pakistan's World Cup cricket hero Imran Khan will be sworn in as prime minister next week, his party said yesterday, announcing it has the numbers to form a coalition government in the nuclear-armed nation.

  • UNHCR for Asia-Pacific leaders’ ‘solidarity’ with Rohingyas

    Head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi urges the government representatives and the business leaders from the Asia-Pacific region to offer more support and protection for over 700,000 Rohingyas who have fled violence and discrimination in Myanmar's Rakhine State over the past year.

  • Taliban kill dozens of Afghan soldiers

    Dozens of bodies of Afghan soldiers have been found in a military base stormed last week by Taliban militants in the embattled southern province of Uruzgan, officials said yesterday.

  • Imran Khan bats for more 'trustworthy' ties with US

    Pakistani prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan called for more "trustworthy" ties with the United States which have frayed amid US accusations that Pakistan is aiding Islamist insurgents waging war in Afghanistan, something Islamabad denies.

  • Crisis looms in Pakistan

    The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has notified the final results of the general election but withheld results of nine national and 17 provincial assembly seats for various reasons, stirring a new controversy before the formation of the next government.

  • Begging not a crime in Delhi, rules Indian HC

    Begging in India’s capital is not a crime, the Delhi High Court rules saying the provisions of penalising the act of begging were unconstitutional.

  • Indian security forces kill 15 Maoist rebels

    At least 15 Maoists were killed yesterday in an encounter with Indian security forces in a forest in the central state of Chhattisgarh in one of the biggest operations against the Red ultras in the state's history, police said.

  • Opposition warns of murky govt plot

    The Maldivian opposition said yesterday that government warnings of a murky plot to destabilise the honeymoon islands were a "cowardly" attempt by the ruling party to delay next month's presidential elections.

  • Imran Khan officially named as PTI nominee for Pak PM

    Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's parliamentary committee yesterday officially named party chairman Imran Khan as their parliamentary leader and nominee for the next prime minister of Pakistan.

  • Imran likely to take oath as Pak PM on Aug 14

    Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan is likely to take the oath as the 21st elected prime minister of the country on Pakistan's independence day.

  • Protests as troops kill 5 militants in Kashmir

    Indian security forces yesterday killed five militants in the disputed region of Kashmir, the biggest single-day casualty since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government took direct control of the state, leading to protests.

  • IHC rejects allegations

    Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi has rejected allegations of interference by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in judicial proceedings, especially in the constitution of benches.

  • PTI has the numbers now in Punjab

    The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has entered the `final phase' of forming its government in Punjab with assertions that the party has already got the support of required number of MPAs-elect. However, there is no discussion on the selection of a candidate for Punjab chief minister for now.

  • Imran Khan not to invite foreign leaders: report

    Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman and prime minister-designate Imran Khan has decided against inviting foreign dignitaries and celebrities to his planned oath-taking ceremony, instead opting for a simple event, Dawn NewsTV reported yesterday.

  • Afghanistan sets date for presidential polls

    Afghanistan yesterday announced April 20 next year as the date for its presidential election, amid concerns that growing insurgent violence could threaten the poll. The vote will take place six months after parliamentary elections, which have been scheduled for October 20 after repeated delays.

  • Ex-PM Sharif moved back to jail

    Pakistan's jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was moved back to prison from hospital on Tuesday evening after doctors signalled an improvement in his health, a minister said.

  • PTI yet to nominate CMs of Punjab, KP

    While the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is claiming that it is in a position to form a coalition government not only in Islamabad but also in three provinces of the country, the party seems to be in a fix, so far, over the selection of its nominees for top slots in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • Taliban defeats IS fighters in north

    More than 150 Islamic State fighters surrendered to Afghan security forces in the northwestern province of Jawzjan after they were defeated and driven out by the Taliban, Taliban and government officials said yesterday.

  • War can breed tragedies

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Imran Khan to congratulate him on his party's victory in the Pakistan general election, with both men discussing regional peace.

  • Pak polls sees rise of anti-blasphemy party

    A relatively new anti-blasphemy party whose leader has reportedly vowed to nuke the Netherlands should he ever come to power did

  • Don’t take any coercive action over Assam’s draft NRC: Indian SC

    The Supreme Court of India says the publication of the complete draft NRC of Assam cannot be the basis of any coercive action against anyone since it is merely a draft.

  • Army, BSF deployed to stop Rohingyas from entering India

    Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh says the army and Border Security Force (BSF) have been deployed to stop Rohingyas from entering the country.

  • New Pak govt will work for terror-free SA

    India on Saturday said it hoped the new government of Pakistan would "work constructively" to end militancy in South Asia, in its first comments following this week's general election in Pakistan.

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