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India, Afghanistan gave help to Pakistani Taliban, says group's ex-spokesman

KARACHI, Pakistan Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies gave funds and other assistance to Pakistani Taliban militants to fight Islamabad, the group's former spokesman, who surrendered last week, said in a video released by Pakistan's military on Wednesday.

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Israel seeks U.S. backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in Syria 26 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON Israel is seeking an "understanding" with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel's intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

India, Afghanistan gave help to Pakistani Taliban, says group's ex-spokesman 26 Apr 2017

KARACHI, Pakistan Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies gave funds and other assistance to Pakistani Taliban militants to fight Islamabad, the group's former spokesman, who surrendered last week, said in a video released by Pakistan's military on Wednesday.

Exclusive - China seeks to cement globalisation credentials at Silk Road summit 26 Apr 2017

SHANGHAI/BEIJING China says its Silk Road initiative is helping create "a new era of globalisation" open to all, according to a draft communique for a summit next month on the project, as Beijing burnishes its free trade credentials amid protectionist forces elsewhere.

Pakistan Taliban target Shi'ite minority with roadside blast, kill 10 25 Apr 2017

PARACHINAR, Pakistan Pakistani Taliban militants on Tuesday said they detonated a roadside bomb targeting members of the Shi'ite minority that killed at least 10 people travelling in a minibus, and wounded several more, in a remote northwestern region.

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Afghan defence chief quits over attack; U.S. warns of 'another tough year' 25 Apr 2017

KABUL Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff resigned on Monday after the deadliest Taliban attack on a military base, and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was "under no illusions" about the problems facing the country. | Video

Drone strike kills three civilians, four militants in Yemen - residents 24 Apr 2017

ADEN Three Yemeni civilians were killed when a drone attacked four suspected al Qaeda militants travelling in a vehicle in the southern part of the country, residents and a local official said on Monday.

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Local, global security firms in race along China's 'Silk Road' 24 Apr 2017

SHANGHAI/BEIJING Global security companies and their smaller Chinese rivals are jostling for business along Beijing's modern-day "Silk Road", the grandiose plan for land and sea routes connecting the world's second largest economy with the rest of Asia and beyond.

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World Bank Group, China-led AIIB agree to deepen cooperation 23 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON The World Bank Group and the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank said on Sunday they agreed to deepen their cooperation with a framework for knowledge sharing, staff exchanges, analytical work, development financing and country-level coordination.

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Afghan Taliban's brazen attack eclipses Trump's 'mother of all bombs' 23 Apr 2017

KABUL Eight days after the U.S. military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militants breached an army base in the north of the country and killed scores of local soldiers.

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