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India, Pakistan set to sign pilgrim corridor pact amid Kashmir tension


NEW DELHI India and Pakistan are set to sign an agreement on Indian pilgrims visiting a Sikh shrine in Pakistan, rare cooperation between the nuclear-armed neighbours at a time of tension that has brought exchanges of fire on their disputed border.


Pentagon chief visits Saudi Arabia as tensions simmer with Iran 21 Oct 2019

RIYADH U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, with tensions simmering between Washington and Tehran, and Russia seeking to boost its influence in the Middle East.


Apology accepted, Hong Kong's Muslims lament water cannon staining mosque 21 Oct 2019

HONG KONG Municipal workers scrubbed away noxious blue dye from the steps of Hong Kong's biggest mosque on Monday, while Muslim worshippers expressed frustration over police firing a water cannon outside the mosque during a large anti-government march. | Video


Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks 20 Oct 2019

KABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States' longest war. | Video

India, Pakistan trade barbs over deadly Kashmir clash 20 Oct 2019

SRINAGAR, India/ISLAMABAD India and Pakistan blamed one another for cross-border shelling in the disputed Kashmir region which killed and injured soldiers and civilians on both sides and made it one of the deadliest days since New Delhi revoked Kashmir's special status in August.


Pompeo says U.S. committed to Afghan peace after deadly explosions 19 Oct 2019

KABUL U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday Washington remained committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan as police searched for bodies in the rubble of a mosque in eastern Nangarhar province where bomb blasts killed at least 69 people.


Blasts collapse roof at Afghan mosque, killing at least 62 at Friday prayers 18 Oct 2019

KABUL Multiple explosions at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan collapsed the roof on worshippers during Friday prayers, killing at least 62 and wounding more than 100, officials said. | Video


Global watchdog keeps Pakistan on terrorism financing 'grey list' 18 Oct 2019

PARIS A global finance watchdog kept Pakistan off its terrorism financing blacklist on Friday but warned Islamabad it only had until February to improve or face international action.


Prince William and wife Kate leave Pakistan, day after aborted flight 18 Oct 2019

ISLAMABAD Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate left Pakistan on Friday after visiting an army dog training school, a day after a severe thunderstorm forced them to change their schedule and stay the night in Lahore.


Graphic - The IMF in figures: Debtors vs creditors 18 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON The International Monetary Fund's current debtor-creditor balance gives the United States an outsized weight in the voting, which translates into Washington holding roughly 25 times the voting power of Argentina, the bank's biggest debtor.