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  • BANNU, Pakistan, June 28- Air strikes killed at least 20 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Shawal Valley on Sunday, intelligence officials said, more than a month after security forces moved in on Pakistani Taliban strongholds in the region. The deeply forested ravines are a smuggling route between Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, and are...

  • SINGAPORE, June 26- Surprisingly strong rains in an El Nino year, typically marked by droughts in parts of Asia, have eased concerns of a lower crop output in the region. While the forecast is for an equally severe dryness this year, recent rains have buoyed farming in India, China and Australia. "Indian monsoon is on track, in fact it has been better than expected, and we...

  • ISLAMABAD, April 30- Pakistan plans to install new gas import terminals and pipelines to underpin an economic revival linked to $46 billion in Chinese deals, but its ambitions are being undermined by poor planning, price uncertainty and security concerns, industry experts said. Pakistan has shale gas reserves of 105 trillion cubic feet, the U.S. Energy...

  • *China's Avic forecast to become world's biggest drone maker. While its technology lags the United States and Israel, the biggest vendors of unmanned aerial vehicles, China is attracting a growing list of foreign buyers including Nigeria, Pakistan and Egypt. Market researcher Forecast International pegged the value of production for military drones...

  • The cities at greatest risk for a mega-quake Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:50 AM ET
    Nepal is still struggling to recover from the previous earthquake, which hit the country late last month

    In earthquake-prone cities, growing populations live amidst infrastructures that are unable to withstand the effects of large quakes.

  • *Nepal's health system creaking under pressure. The sick and wounded lay out in the open in the capital, Kathmandu, unable to find beds in the devastated city's hospitals. Across Kathmandu and beyond, exhausted families whose homes were either flattened or at risk of collapse laid mattresses out on streets and erected tents to shelter from rain.

  • *Raids on MQM party in Karachi welcomed by some. ISLAMABAD, April 27- The chief of Pakistan's main spy agency is spearheading a campaign to wrest control of the teeming port city of Karachi from a powerful political party, the military's latest, and some say boldest, foray into civilian life in recent years. "There is a quiet, creeping takeover of Karachi by the...

  • Nepal's health system creaking under pressure. By Gopal Sharma and Sanjeev Miglani. Across the capital, Kathmandu, and beyond, exhausted families lay mattresses out on streets and erected tents to shelter from rain.

  • *Fatalities in India, China and Bangladesh. KATHMANDU, April 26- Overwhelmed doctors moved hundreds of patients onto the streets of Nepal's capital on Sunday when aftershocks rattled hospitals and buildings already damaged by an earthquake that killed more than 2,400 people and devastated Kathmandu valley. Outside the National Trauma Centre in Kathmandu,...

  • *Members willing to carry out attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan. ROME, April 24- Italian police were arresting 18 people on Friday suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who were plotting attacks on the Vatican as well as in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the tapped conversations, the suspects discuss "a big jihad in Italy," added Mario Carta, head of...

  • NEW DELHI, April 24- When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official visit to India next week, it will be a chance for New Delhi to regain ground lost to regional rivals Pakistan and China and push interests including trade routes and arms sales. China's emerging role in Afghanistan, and its announcement this week of $46 billion of investment in...

  • Tracking China-Pakistan 'iron brothers' ties Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 6:51 PM ET
    Tracking China-Pakistan 'iron brothers' ties

    While China and Pakistan share strong political ties, the relationship has become complicated in recent years, says Kerry Brown, director, China Studies Centre & Professor of Chinese Politics from University of Sydney.

  • BEIJING, April 17- China does not plan to use either its new Asian Infrastructure Development Bank or Silk Road fund to finance the $46 billion Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, with money to come from both countries instead, a senior diplomat said on Friday. President Xi Jinping's trip to Pakistan next week is expected to focus on the corridor, a planned network...

  • US government tracked billions of phone calls Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:07 PM ET
    U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington

    The U.S. government has tracked phone calls to about 116 countries linked with drug trafficking during the past 20 years, USA Today reports.

  • ADEN, April 6- Southern Yemeni militias backed by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition attacked Houthi fighters across several provinces in south Yemen on Monday, driving the Shi'ite rebel forces from some of their positions, witnesses and militia sources said. The fighting has killed hundreds of people, cut off water and electricity supplies and led the...

  • Karzai: Pakistan must 'change their approach to life'

    Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, says Pakistan should not use terrorism as a tool against other countries because it will eventually return to hurt them like a boomerang.

  • India's ailing air force at risk in tough neighborhood Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 7:59 PM ET

    India's air force risks falling behind China and Pakistan if it doesn't get new warplanes or if local defense contractors can't close the gap quickly.

  • Anti-Charlie rally in Pakistan draws 5,000 Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 9:40 AM ET

    LAHORE, Pakistan Jan 18- Around 5,000 people rallied against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Sunday, and the founder of a group banned for militant links urged protesters to boycott French products. Hafiz Saeed, who founded Lashkar-e-Taiba, an organisation banned for launching attacks in neighbouring India, told...

  • Chinese pollution, American profits Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:43 PM ET
    A man wearing a 3M mask in Beijing

    China's severe pollution problems have been a boon to at least one big American company.

  • Extremism rising and more vicious: Expert Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:45 AM ET
    Extremism rising and more vicious: Expert

    David Gordon, International Capital Strategies, discusses the increase in violent terrorist acts around the globe.