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US launches first air strikes against Taliban since accord

The strikes, carried out over the last two days, mark a rare military intervention by the United States since it signed an agreement on troop withdrawal with the Taliban in February.

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Student Hostels in Rawalpindi

Qatar quitting OPEC 'bad for oil cartel's and Saudi credibility'

China Takes Action Against Corrupt Generals

Moon Jae-In: South Korea's New Hope

China Courting Myanmar

Dissent in Xinjiang.

India's Digital Overture

India covertly develops Uranium encrichment site

Saudi Kingdom is under pressure

Aging King is the cause of Saudi Trouble

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US-Iran relations: A brief history. From the CIA-orchestrated overthrow of Iran's prime minister in 1953, to tension and confrontation under President Trump, a look back over more than 65 years of tricky relations between Iran and the US.

Indonesia picks Borneo island as site of new capital

The current capital, Jakarta, home to more than 10 million people, sits on swampy land

Iran announces successful test of ‘new missile’ amid rising Gulf tensions Tehran successfully test-fired a new missile, according to the leader of the elite Revolutionary Guards. The launch comes as Tehran seeks to deter military escalation with the United States in the Persian Gulf.

Eighth round of U.S., Taliban peace talks to start in Doha. A fresh round of U.S.-Taliban peace talks will start in Qatar's capital Doha. A peace agreement could be expected at the end of the eighth round of talks and would enable foreign forces to be withdrawn from the war-torn country.

Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics after Easter attacks Sri Lanka has expelled over 600 foreign nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since the Easter suicide bombings blamed on a local jihadi group, a minister told AFP Sunday.

Explainer: Indonesia's election - the people, issues and preparations Most opinion polls give Widodo a double-digit lead but the opposition has disputed survey findings. Some recent surveys have shown Prabowo catching up.

Ankara is breaking its silence on China's Uygurs. Analysts expect Beijing to impose further economic sanctions on Ankara, meaning the price Turkey will pay for standing up for the Uighurs in China could be considerable,

Afghan talks: how big are the challenges? Taliban, in the interim period, want to continue their pressure on the Americans and the Afghan security forces.

Revolutionary Guard Corps: US labels Iran force as terrorists US President Donald Trump has designated Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation.

Iran's Rouhani urges Pakistan not to jeopardize relations with neighbours. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called for "decisive" action by Pakistan against a militant group behind a deadly suicide attack in a border area, and said inaction by Islamabad could jeopardize relations between the neighbors.

LOC calm, fresh crackdown on Kashmiris starts The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also come down hard on separatist groups operating in Kashmir, including by banning the Jamaat-e-Islami party, two of whose clerics were detained in raids on Saturday night.

India blamed for attack in Karachi. Counter-terrorism officer Umar Khitab said that authorities are investigating whether Baluch separatist commander Aslam Achhu, who they believe masterminded the attack, is in India.

Trump asks Pakistan PM for help with Afghan peace talks. Trump asked for Pakistan’s “support and facilitation” in negotiating an end to the war and offered to renew the strained relationship, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

Protests in Sri Lanka by supporters of deposed PM.  Tens of thousands of activists blocked the centre of Colombo to protest the sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

Top Afghan police chief killed in Kandahar shooting The most important power broker in southern Afghanistan has been shot dead just days before parliamentary elections, along with at least one other top official, leaving a power vacuum in the Taliban’s birthplace

Sri Lanka and China over Hambantota

Tajikistan passes law 'to stop Muslim women wearing hijabs' Legislation requiring people to "stick to traditional national clothes and culture" has been introduced in Tajikistan - a move widely interpreted as an attempt to stop women from wearing Islamic clothing.

Communal unrest in China's Xinjiang province - a brief background & history.

Afghanistan: Elections and After (October 5, 2014)

BJP Leader found guilty of Muslim Massacre (August 30, 2012)

60 years on, Indian Politics still hung on cast system (May 19, 2012)

Pakistan's Dubious distinction

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Pakistani Parliament Demands End to Drone Strikes

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