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  • U.S. Border Patrol agents ask a group of Central American asylum seekers to remove hair bands and weddding rings before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.

    Filippo Grandi, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said the United States has the largest backlog of asylum cases in the world.

  • U.S. President Donald Trump at the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

    State-run Chinese newspapers crowed about a weekend meeting of a regional security bloc hosted by China, painting it as a harmonious, anti-protectionist counterpoint to the G-7 summit in Canada that was marred by acrimony.

  • ISLAMABAD/ NEW DELHI, May 29- Philip Morris International Inc and British American Tobacco Plc lobbied Pakistan's government to not implement bigger health warnings on cigarette packs, in what officials say was part of an industry-wide campaign that successfully persuaded Islamabad to water down a proposal designed to save lives. In Pakistan, where the...

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a meeting at Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran on January 23, 2016.

    China will host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani next month at a regional summit in a Chinese coastal city.

  • *Pakistan scrambling to shore up plummeting FX reserves. ISLAMABAD, May 25- Pakistan expects to obtain fresh Chinese loans worth $1- 2 billion to help it avert a balance of payments crisis, Pakistani government sources said, in another sign of Islamabad's growing reliance on Beijing for financial support. Lending to Pakistan by China and its banks is on track to...

  • A Sikorsky helicopter lands near Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, and Afghan National Security Forces provide security during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad, Afghanistan, June 6, 2013.

    The Chabahar Port project, whose development is being led by India, has been touted as having the potential to significantly boost Afghanistan's trade.

  • VATICAN CITY, May 20- Pope Francis said on Sunday he would elevate 14 churchmen from five continents to the rank of cardinal, picking candidates who work with the poor or where Catholics are in a minority and putting his stamp on the group that will elect his successor. Making the surprise announcement during his weekly Sunday address, the pope said the new...

  • *Pope Francis announces his 5th consistory for June 29. VATICAN CITY, May 20- Pope Francis said on Sunday he would elevate 14 churchmen from five continents to the rank of cardinal, picking candidates that work with the poor or where Catholics are in a minority and putting his stamp on the group that will elect his successor. Making the surprise announcement during...

  • President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a project to help build Afghanistan's economy, endangering a key goal of the U.S. strategy to end America's longest war. The Indian-backed Chabahar port complex in Iran is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for...

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts with scientists and technicians of the DPRK Academy of Defence Science after the test-launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July, 5, 2017.

    Now that the White House is reaching out to Kim Jong Un, New Delhi likely wants to follow suit.

  • *Most old commercial ships broken on beaches of South Asia. Norway's $1 trillion Oil Fund, a leader in ethical investing, in February sold its stake in four firms because they scrap on the beach. Three of the firms excluded by Norway's fund- Taiwan's Evergreen Marine, Precious Shipping and Thoresen Thai Agencies of Thailand- say they have been unfairly singled out.

  • ISLAMABAD, May 1- Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday inaugurated the long-delayed new airport in the capital, Islamabad, replacing the cramped Benazir Bhutto often criticised by travellers. A Pakistan International Airlines pilot waved a green and white Pakistani flag out of his cockpit window after landing the carrier's first...

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at a G20 summit on September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China.

    The Sino-Indian summit could be a new departure for neighbors who realize there is no alternative to a constructive political, economic and security engagement, Michael Ivanovitch writes.

  • *India, China look to manage differences after summit. WUHAN, China, April 28- The leaders of China and India agreed to open a new chapter in their relationship on Saturday after an informal summit, just months after a dispute over a stretch of their high-altitude Himalayan border rekindled fears of war. India signalled as recently as Tuesday its opposition to the...

  • *India, China agree to maintain border peace- Indian foreign secretary. WUHAN, China, April 28- India and China have agreed to improve communication between their militaries to maintain peace at the border, India's foreign secretary said on Saturday at the end of an ice-breaking trip to China by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "On the issue of the India- China boundary...

  • WUHAN, China, April 28- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take an hour-long boat ride with his host Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, the final day of an ice-breaking trip both are hoping will lead to better ties after a year of strains. Modi is spending only about 24 hours in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, just months after a dispute over a stretch...

  • BEIJING, April 24- China failed to get India's support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers' meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India's prime minister. India has not signed up to the initiative as parts of one key project, the $57 billion China-Pakistan...

  • BEIJING, April 24- China failed to get India's support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers' meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India's prime minister. India has not signed up to the initiative as parts of one key project, the $57 billion China-Pakistan...

  • *Modi to meet Xi on Friday, Saturday in China's Wuhan. BEIJING, April 22- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China this week for an informal meeting with President Xi Jinping, as efforts at rapprochement gather pace following a testing year in ties between the two giant neighbours. "We will make sure that the informal summit will be a complete success and...

  • *Modi to meet Xi on Friday, Saturday in China's Wuhan. BEIJING, April 22- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China this week for an informal meeting with President Xi Jinping, as efforts at rapprochement gather pace following a testing year in ties between the two giant neighbors. "We will make sure that the informal summit will be a complete success and a...