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South Asia summit uncertain as India, others pull out in snub to Pakistan


KATHMANDU A summit of South Asian leaders set for Islamabad in November may be called off as several countries have decided not to attend amid rising tension between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, officials said on Wednesday.


'Monty Python' actor-director Terry Jones diagnosed with dementia 23 Sep 2016

Actor and director Terry Jones, a founding member of Britain's zany Monty Python comedy team, has been diagnosed with a form of dementia that restricts his capacity to speak, his representative said. | Video

Presidential debate could score Super Bowl-sized audience 22 Sep 2016

NEW YORK Live, unscripted and unpredictable, the first 2016 U.S. presidential debate on Monday is expected to set new television audience records, with some commentators forecasting Super Bowl-sized viewership of around 100 million Americans.


U.S. presidential debates - from Kennedy-Nixon to Clinton-Trump 22 Sep 2016

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump face off on Monday in the first of a series of televised debates that could prove crucial to who wins the White House on Nov. 8.


Pakistan's Sharif says world ignores South Asia tensions at its peril 22 Sep 2016

UNITED NATIONS Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accused nuclear-armed rival India on Wednesday of putting unacceptable conditions on dialogue with Islamabad and said the world would ignore the dangers of rising tensions in South Asia at its own peril.

Solar scale-up in Pakistan hits roadblock after payments slashed 19 Sep 2016

BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An effort to boost large-scale solar energy production in Pakistan has hit a roadblock after the government cut the rate it pays for solar electricity, frustrating investors.


Two men rush Lochte during 'Dancing with the Stars': media 13 Sep 2016

Two men rushed the "Dancing with the Stars" stage in protest against embattled U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte as he fielded comments from judges after his performance on the ABC dance competition show on Monday, according to media reports.

Skirmishes in Indian Kashmir leave police officer, seven militants dead 11 Sep 2016

SRINAGAR, India Indian security forces killed seven militants in two gunbattles that also left a police officer dead in Kashmir on Sunday, as tensions in the region ratcheted higher and street protests against Indian rule grew.


Ryan Lochte to dance with stars, says Rio scandal overblown 30 Aug 2016

NEW YORK Disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is joining the "Dancing With the Stars" cast, ABC television announced on Tuesday, as the gold medalist said he thought reaction to his tale about being held up at a Rio de Janeiro gas station had been blown out of proportion.

Some hotels in Chinese city block people from five Muslim countries 26 Aug 2016

BEIJING Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay, though China's foreign ministry said it had never heard of the policy.