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Abuse allegations leave Afghanistan women's soccer team in tatters


Sat, 03/30/2019 - 14:16 - [CET]
Allegations of sexual abuse of members of Afghanistan's national women's soccer team by sport officials have resulted in missed paychecks after sponsors pulled out, taunts and entreaties from parents to their daughters to quit playing.
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Afghanistan floods kill 32, worsen already desperate situation


Sat, 03/30/2019 - 13:43 - [CET]
Flash floods have killed at least 32 people in western Afghanistan, destroyed homes and swept through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official said on Saturday.
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Abuse allegations leave Afghanistan women's soccer team in tatters


Sat, 03/30/2019 - 09:41 - [CET]
Allegations of sexual abuse of members of Afghanistan's national women's soccer team by sport officials have resulted in missed paychecks after sponsors pulled out, taunts and entreaties from parents to their daughters to quit playing.
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Afghanistan floods kill 17, worsen already desperate situation


Sat, 03/30/2019 - 08:07 - [CET]
Heavy rains caused flash floods in western Afghanistan that killed at least 17 people, destroying homes and sweeping through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official said on Saturday.
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State Bank of Pakistan raises key interest rate to 10.75 percent


Fri, 03/29/2019 - 15:09 - [CET]
Pakistan's central bank raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 10.75 percent on Friday, citing continuing inflationary pressures and a high fiscal and current account deficit.
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Fire in Turkish capital kills five Afghan workers


Fri, 03/29/2019 - 11:05 - [CET]
Five Afghan workers were killed and eleven others were injured as a result of a fire in an abandoned three-story building in the Turkish capital Ankara early on Friday morning.
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Bangladesh high-rise hit by deadly blaze lacked proper fire exits, official says


Fri, 03/29/2019 - 10:39 - [CET]
A high-rise commercial building in the Bangladeshi capital where a blaze this week killed at least 25 people lacked proper fire exits, government officials said, prompting a senior minister to describe the incident as "murder".
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Exclusive: Deal for new Sri Lanka oil refinery will take at least a year to finalise - investor


Fri, 03/29/2019 - 03:49 - [CET]
An agreement to build a proposed $3.85 billion oil refinery in Sri Lanka will take at least a year to be finalized as its main investor, India's Accord Group, says it is yet to recruit partners and conduct an assessment of the plan's viability.
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Death toll in Dhaka high-rise blaze reaches 19 as search continues


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 18:35 - [CET]
A fire broke out in a 22-storey commercial building in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Thursday, killing at least 19 people, injuring 70 and trapping many more, officials said.
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Exclusive: Deal for new Sri Lanka oil refinery will take at least a year to finalize - investor


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 15:56 - [CET]
An agreement to build a proposed $3.85 billion oil refinery in Sri Lanka will take at least a year to be finalized as its main investor, India's Accord Group, says it is yet to recruit partners and conduct an assessment of the plan's viability.
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Afghan ambassador to return to Pakistan after PM Khan's remarks clarified


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 15:36 - [CET]
Afghanistan will return its ambassador to Islamabad after Pakistan clarified Prime Minister Imran Khan's remarks that Kabul had deemed to be political interference, the Afghan foreign ministry said on Thursday.
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Afghan peace would bring its own risks to reconstruction: watchdog


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 15:14 - [CET]
The prospect of peace in Afghanistan raises its own risks to rebuilding efforts, a U.S. watchdog said on Thursday, citing reintegrating Taliban fighters, spurring the economy and protecting women's rights as major issues to be dealt with.
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Blaze at high-rise in Bangladesh kills at least five, 60 injured, many trapped


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 13:49 - [CET]
A fire broke out in a 22-storey commercial building in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, on Thursday, killing at least five people, including a Sri Lankan, injuring at least 60 and trapping many, officials said.
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Fire at high-rise in Bangladesh kills at least five, 60 injured, many trapped


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 13:06 - [CET]
A fire broke out at a 22-storey building in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Thursday, killing at least five people, injuring 60 and trapping many, officials said.
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Maldives high court orders police to release former president Yameen


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 12:46 - [CET]
A court in the Maldives on Thursday ordered the release of former president Abdulla Yameen, saying there was not enough reason to hold him beyond a month under the law.
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Fire at high-rise in Bangladesh kills a least five, 60 injured, many trapped


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 12:44 - [CET]
A fire broke out at a 22-storey building in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Thursday, killing at least five people, injuring 60 and trapping many, officials said.
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Fire breaks out at high-rise in Bangladesh, many trapped


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 10:33 - [CET]
A fire broke out on Thursday at a high-rise building in a commercial area of the Bangladeshi capital, trapping many people and prompting some to jump to safety, police and fire officials said.
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Pakistan dismisses Indian terror dossier as mostly "social media content"


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 09:55 - [CET]
Pakistan on Thursday dismissed a dossier handed over by India in the wake of a suicide attack that nearly sparked a full-blown conflict earlier this month, saying the allegation that Pakistani groups were involved was unsubstantiated.
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U.S. steps up push for U.N. to blacklist JeM leader Masood Azhar


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 07:56 - [CET]
The United States, Britain and France stepped up a push for the United Nations Security Council to blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) on Wednesday after China prevented an earlier move two weeks ago.
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After drought and floods, Afghanistan confronts critical harvest


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 06:51 - [CET]
Afghanistan's summer harvest will be one of the most critical in years, especially of wheat, its biggest cereal crop, as the country recovers from floods and the worst drought in decades, government and aid organization officials say.
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Satire offers new ground for silenced Pakistani journalists


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 02:10 - [CET]
An army boot and a sandal discuss what to do with fallen former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a satirical social media video that highlights the way journalists shut out from the country's mainstream media are turning to the Internet.
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Modi hails India as military space power after anti-satellite missile test


Thu, 03/28/2019 - 01:28 - [CET]
India shot down one of its own satellites in low-Earth orbit with a ground-to-space missile on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, hailing his country's first test of such weaponry as a breakthrough establishing it as a military space power.
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U.S. studying India anti-satellite weapons test, warns of space debris


Wed, 03/27/2019 - 23:19 - [CET]
Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan warned any nations contemplating anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests like the one India carried out on Wednesday that they risk making a "mess" in space because of debris fields they can leave behind.
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U.S. steps up push for U.N. to blacklist Kashmir attack leader


Wed, 03/27/2019 - 20:53 - [CET]
The United States, Britain and France stepped up a push for the United Nations Security Council to blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) on Wednesday after China prevented an earlier move two weeks ago.
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U.S. says studying India anti-satellite weapons test, warns on debris


Wed, 03/27/2019 - 19:53 - [CET]
Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan warned any nations that might be considering anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests like the one India carried out on Wednesday to "not make a mess" in space, noting the debris that can be left behind.
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Pakistan tries to cool row over PM's comments on Afghanistan


Wed, 03/27/2019 - 13:24 - [CET]
Pakistan moved on Wednesday to cool a row with Afghanistan over reported comments by Prime Minister Imran Khan that were taken to suggest that Kabul should set up an interim government to help smooth peace talks with the Taliban.
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Factbox: Anti-satellite weapons - rare, high-tech, and risky to test


Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:34 - [CET]
India tested an anti-satellite weapon on Wednesday, saying the indigenously produced interceptor was used to destroy an object in orbit.
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Pakistan urges no militarisation of space after India tests anti-satellite missile


Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:33 - [CET]
Pakistan issued a call against military threats in outer space on Wednesday, hours after India said it had shot down one of its own satellites in a demonstration of its growing power in space.
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Pakistan to announce monetary policy decision Friday


Wed, 03/27/2019 - 11:35 - [CET]
The State Bank of Pakistan will announce its latest monetary policy decision on March 29, the central bank said in a statement on Wednesday. The announcement will be made in a news release.
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Pakistan seeks to cool row over PM's comments on Afghanistan


Wed, 03/27/2019 - 09:43 - [CET]
Pakistan's foreign ministry moved on Wednesday to cool a row with Afghanistan over reported comments by Prime Minister Imran Khan that were taken to suggest that Kabul should set up an interim government to help smooth peace talks with the Taliban.
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In U.S. pursuit of peace talks, perilous rift opens with Afghan leader


Wed, 03/27/2019 - 06:02 - [CET]
Washington's relationship with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears increasingly at risk of permanent damage, the consequence of a U.S. policy shift that has so far excluded his government from talks with the Taliban and of his own determination to retain power and manage peace efforts himself.
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Afghanistan recalls ambassador in row over Pakistan PM remarks


Tue, 03/26/2019 - 17:18 - [CET]
Afghanistan has recalled its ambassador to Pakistan over reported remarks by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan that suggested Kabul should set up an interim government.
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Pakistan's PM Imran Khan fears conflict risk while India in election mode: FT


Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:41 - [CET]
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said he feared another security incident with India, after the two nuclear-armed countries engaged in a dangerous escalation that fuelled "war hysteria" in New Delhi ahead of elections next month.
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Pakistan's former PM Nawaz Sharif gets bail on medical grounds


Tue, 03/26/2019 - 11:35 - [CET]
Pakistan's Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to release jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on bail for six weeks to receive medical treatment but said he would not be allowed to leave the country.
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Pakistan Supreme Court grants bail to former PM Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds


Tue, 03/26/2019 - 10:49 - [CET]
Pakistan's Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to release former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on bail for six weeks to receive medical treatment but said he would not be allowed to leave the country.
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Pakistan orders custody for Hindu girls at centre of quarrel with India


Tue, 03/26/2019 - 09:32 - [CET]
A court in Pakistan on Tuesday ordered the government to take custody of two Hindu sisters allegedly kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam, police said, a case that triggered a quarrel with Hindu-majority neighbour India.
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Sri Lanka arrests ex-cbank deputy governor; four other over alleged bond scam


Mon, 03/25/2019 - 20:15 - [CET]
Sri Lankan police on Monday arrested a former central bank deputy governor and four board members of primary dealer Perpetual Treasuries Ltd for their suspected involvement in an alleged government bond scam in 2015.
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Sri Lanka's drought, failure to raise power capacity force nationwide power cuts


Mon, 03/25/2019 - 17:26 - [CET]
Sri Lanka's state-run power firm has imposed daily power cuts for the first time in more than two years as a drought has slashed hydro-power output, highlighting the government's failure to build new power plants, officials said on Monday.
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Corrected: Bill Gates urges Afghanistan and Pakistan to 'get to zero' in polio fight


Mon, 03/25/2019 - 16:19 - [CET]
(Corrects para 13 to show India certified polio-free 5 years ago)
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Pakistan central bank sees 2019 GDP growth slowing to 3.5-4.0 percent


Mon, 03/25/2019 - 14:50 - [CET]
Pakistan's economic growth is set to slow to between 3.5-4.0 percent in the 2019 fiscal year from 5.2 percent in 2018, with a fiscal deficit of 6.0-7.0 percent, the State Bank of Pakistan said in its latest quarterly economic report on Monday.
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Bangladesh says no hurry to relocate Rohingya, in talks with U.N. bodies


Mon, 03/25/2019 - 14:37 - [CET]
Bangladesh is not in a hurry to relocate Rohingya refugees to a Bay of Bengal island, a minister told Reuters on Monday, after the United Nations sought more details on the government's plan, criticised by some human rights groups.
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Bill Gates urges Afghanistan and Pakistan to 'get to zero' in polio fight


Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:50 - [CET]
Local Afghan Taliban leaders are hindering global efforts to end polio, but Afghanistan and Pakistan must continue their fight to "get to zero" cases, the philanthropist Bill Gates said on Monday.
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Ten children killed by U.S. air strike in Afghanistan: U.N.


Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:25 - [CET]
Ten children, part of the same extended family, were killed by a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan, along with three adult civilians, the United Nations said on Monday.
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