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Japan PM: Wants Trump to recognise Japan firms' contribution to U.S. economy
TOKYO | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that he wants to explain to U.S. President Donald Trump Japanese companies' contribution to the U.S. economy and gain his understanding. Abe, speaking to parliament, said there was no change to his view th ... read..


JGBs gain as Tokyo equities slip after Trump inauguration
TOKYO | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Japanese government bond prices rose on Monday as Tokyo stocks slipped and Treasuries gained after the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president and lifted investor demand for safe-haven debt. The benchmark 10-year JGB yield fell 1.5 basis points to ... read..


Dollar falls more than 1 percent against yen
TOKYO | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
The dollar slipped more than 1 percent against the yen on Monday, as investors locked in gains on the greenback's recent rise as they waited for newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump to offer details of his promised stimulus. The dollar fell as low ... read..


Two Indians held in Nepal for ATM fraud
Kathmandu | Sunday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Two Indian nationals were arrested by Nepal Police here on the charge of ATM fraud. ... read..


Afghan spy agency busts three terror cells
Kabul | Sunday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
The Afghan security service on Sunday claimed to have busted three terrorist cells in the southern restive province of Kandahar with the arrest of 16 Taliban militants. ... read..


China's property, financial sectors' growth slower in Q4 despite uptick in services
BEIJING | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Growth in China's real estate and financial sector slowed in the fourth quarter of 2016, despite an uptick in the overall service sector that contributed to better-than-expected GDP growth in the quarter, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data showed on ... read..


Taliban asks Trump to review Afghanistan policy
Kabul | Sunday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
The Taliban has asked US President Donald Trump to review America's policy in Afghanistan and withdraw all foreign forces from the insurgency-plagued country, a media report said on Sunday. ... read..


Pakistan frees Indian soldier, family overjoyed (Roundup)
Islamabad/Amritsar | Saturday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Saturday released Indian Army soldier Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, who had "inadvertently" crossed the LoC in September last year. Chavan was handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah-Attari joint check post, a Border Security Force (BSF) ... read..


Indian soldier who crossed over had griped about superiors
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
Indian Army soldier, Chandu Babulal Chavan, who was released by Pakistan on Saturday, had crossed the LoC "inadvertently" due to "severe grievances with his superiors and leadership", according to a Pakistan Foreign Office statement. ... read..


Family, friends of soldier celebrate his release by Pakistan
Dhule (Maharashtra) | Saturday, 2017 7:45:05 PM IST
Indian Army sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan's kin and residents of his native village Bohivir in northern Maharashtra were overjoyed on his release on Saturday by Pakistan. His family thanked authorities for securing his safe return. ... read..


Three LeT men sentenced to death by Bengal court (Lead)
Kolkata | Saturday, 2017 7:45:05 PM IST
Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including two Pakistani citizens, were sentenced to death by a West Bengal sub-divisional court on Saturday for plotting subversive strikes in Jammu and Kashmir. ... read..


Blast claimed by Taliban kills 21 in Pakistan (Second Lead)
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 7:45:05 PM IST
A blast in a busy market killed at least 21 people, including two minors, on Saturday in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, in an attack jointly claimed by the Pakistani Taliban and a branch of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, officials ... read..


Three LeT operatives given death sentence by Bengal court
Kolkata | Saturday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, including two Pakistani nationals, were sentenced to death by a West Bengal fast-track court on Saturday for plotting subversive strikes in Kashmir. ... read..


Pakistan releases Indian soldier, handed over to India (Second Lead)
Amritsar | Saturday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Saturday released Indian Army soldier, Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, who had inadvertently crossed the LoC and was in the captivity of the neighbouring country since September last year. ... read..


Pakistan to return Indian soldier in 'goodwill gesture' (Lead)
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 3:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan on Saturday said it was returning in a "goodwill gesture" Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chavan, who inadvertently crossed the LoC in September last year. ... read..


20 die in Pakistan market blast (Lead)
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 3:15:05 PM IST
At least 20 persons were killed and more than 50 injured in a blast at the vegetable market in Kurram Agency of Pakistan on Saturday, an official said. ... read..


Pakistan to return Indian soldier
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 3:15:05 PM IST
The Pakistan Army on Saturday said it will hand over Chandu Babulal Chauhan, an Indian soldier who had inadvertently crossed over the Line of Control in Kashmir in September 2016. ... read..


Trump hopes to see better US-Pakistan relations in future: Envoy
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
US President-elect Donald Trump has expressed hope for improved relations between Washington and Islamabad, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jillani said on Friday. ... read..


Two killed in bomb attack on Afghan sports fans
Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan) | Friday, 2017 8:45:05 PM IST
At least two persons were killed on Friday when a bomb struck a ground where Buzkashi, a national game, was being played in Afghanistan's northern province of Balkh, provincial police spokesman said. ... read..


Second phase of Bangladesh's largest Muslim congregation starts
Dhaka | Friday, 2017 7:45:05 PM IST
The second phase of the largest annual Muslim congregation in Bangladesh started on Friday with sermons for millions of devotees from home and abroad, seeking world peace. ... read..


Interpol's new project targets African-Asian wildlife crime link
Kathmandu | Friday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
A new project to identify and dismantle the organised crime networks making billions of dollars in illicit profits behind wildlife trafficking between Africa and Asia has been launched by Interpol. ... read..


16 policemen killed in Afghanistan attack (Lead)
Kabul | Friday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
At least 16 policemen were killed as militants stormed police checkpoints in Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Friday, an official said. ... read..


16 policemen killed in Afghanistan attack
Kabul | Friday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
At least 16 policemen were killed in a militant attack in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar on Friday, an official said. ... read..


China c.bank says to provide temporary liquidity support for major commercial banks
BEIJING | Friday, Jan 20 2017 IST
China's central bank said on Friday it will provide temporary liquidity support for several major commercial banks for 28 days, according to a notice posted on its official microblog. The funding cost under temporary liquidity support will be about the sa ... read..


Sharif meets UN chief, stresses resolution of Kashmir issue
Davos | Thursday, 2017 11:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum here and apprised him about the long-standing Kashmir issue with India. ... read..


Nagaland CM urges Centre to stop fence construction
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang on Thursday urged the central government to intervene and get halted the ongoing construction by Myanmar of a fence along the India-Myanmar border in Nagaland. ... read..


No room for third party on Kashmir: India
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 9:45:05 PM IST
Following reports that British parliamentarians were slated to debate a motion on the Kashmir issue, India on Thursday reasserted that there is no room for a third party on the issue. ... read..


26/11 mastermind Lakhvi's nephew killed in Kashmir gunfight (Second Lead)
Srinagar | Thursday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan-based Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's nephew Abu Musaib, one of the most wanted Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, was killed in a gunfight with security forces in a north Kashmir village on Thursday, police said. ... read..


British lawmakers to debate Kashmir issue
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 8:15:06 PM IST
British parliamentarians were slated on Thursday to debate a motion on the Kashmir issue, which will call upon 10 Downing Street to raise the long-standing issue with the United Nations, an official said. ... read..


'Will have to run Sharifs out': Bilawal starts 'anti-government' rally
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari kick-started an anti-government rally from Lahore to Faisalabad on Thursday, calling for an end to the Nawaz Sharif-led government. ... read..


Pakistan accuses India of terror funding
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Thursday said there was "ample and undeniable" evidence that India was involved in "subversive activities and financing terrorism" in Pakistan. ... read..


Peace will return only after resolution of Kashmir issue: Raheel Sharif
Davos | Thursday, 2017 6:15:05 PM IST
Describing Kashmir as the unfinished agenda of Partition, Pakistan's ex-army chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday said normalcy will return to the region only after the long-standing dispute is resolved. ... read..


India to work closely with Asean for regional cooperation: V.K. Singh
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
Observing that Asean has evolved into a role model for regional cooperation, India on Thursday said it was working closely with it for building regional cooperation. ... read..


Pakistan top target for foreign espionage, Senate told
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
In light of revelations that Pakistan is a popular target for foreign espionage, members of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday advised the government to take immediate steps to ensure cyber security for the Ministry of Foreign Af ... read..


Lakhvi's nephew killed in Kashmir gunfight (Lead)
Srinagar | Thursday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Security forces in Kashmir on Thursday gunned down Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Musaib, a nephew of Mumbai 2008 attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, police said. ... read..


Pakistan opposition moves privilege against PM for untruthful speech
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan's opposition parties on Thursday moved a privilege motion in the National Assembly against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly making an "untruthful" speech in the House last year. ... read..


China's role in Nepal shouldn't make India nervous: Daily
Beijing | Thursday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
India should not be nervous of China's expanding role in Nepal, and realise that New Delhi and Beijing could help Kathmandu in bettering its infrastructure, a Chinese daily said on Wednesday. ... read..


China's Xi pledges clean, green Winter Games in 2022
BEIJING | Thursday, Jan 19 2017 IST
China will hold a clean and green Winter Olympics when it hosts the games in 2022, an event that will also help regional peace and stability, President Xi Jinping told the head of the International Olympic Committee. Beijing and the nearby city of Zhangji ... read..


China fx regulator says pressure on cross-border capital outflows eased somewhat in 2016
BEIJING | Thursday, Jan 19 2017 IST
Pressure on cross-border capital outflows eased somewhat in 2016, China's foreign exchange regulator said at a press conference on Friday. The State Administration of Foreign Exchange said on Friday China's commercial banks sold a net $46.3 billion of for ... read..


U.S. Oil rises from 1-week low, U.S. inventory data in focus
SINGAPORE | Thursday, Jan 19 2017 IST
U.S. oil on Thursday moved away from one-week lows touched the session before, with investors turning their attention to upcoming government data on U.S. inventories. Sentiment in oil markets has been torn between expectations of a rebound in U.S. shale p ... read..


Need for common interpretation of maritime law: Top Navy officer
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 11:45:04 PM IST
There is a need to promote and strengthen common understanding and practice of International Maritime Law and regional norms, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, said here on Wednesday. ... read..


India should be concerned at China's growing influence: US Pacific Command chief
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
India should be concerned about China's growing influence in South Asia and its closeness with Pakistan, US Pacific Command chief Harry Harris said on Wednesday. ... read..


Pakistan says won't release doctor who helped CIA find Osama
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 9:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan's government has said it would not hand over to the US or release the doctor who helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, a newspaper here reported. ... read..


Iran, China to sign $3 billion contract to upgrade Iranian refining capacity -Mehr news agency
BEIRUT | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
Iran and China will sign a $3 billion contract next month to upgrade Iran's oil refining capacity, according to Iran's Mehr News agency. Iran's deputy oil minister Abbas Kazemi said in Tehran on Tuesday that the deal will focus on upgrading the Abadan oil ... read..


Three held for UP train derailment sent to police custody
Patna | Wednesday, 2017 8:15:05 PM IST
A Bihar court on Wednesday sent three persons arrested in connection with the Indore-Patna Express train derailment to six-day police custody, the state police said. ... read..


India asks China to respect its territorial sovereignty
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
India on Wednesday said that China, which is "very sensitive" about its territorial sovereignty, had failed to show similar respect for New Delhi's concerns. ... read..


Afghanistan's snowy hilltops now draw skiing youngsters
Bamyan (Afghanistan) | Wednesday, 2017 3:15:06 PM IST
When the Gunbadak hilltops are snow-capped, covering their usual mud and dust, dozens of children flock to the peak which lies 30 minutes away from Bamyan city, the capital of central Bamyan province, to enjoy skiing, a fun-filled pursuit not often asso ... read..


Intelligence sharing needed to combat terrorism: Raheel Sharif
Davos | Wednesday, 2017 2:15:06 PM IST
Pakistan's former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif said 2016 witnessed a significant decrease in terrorism and that "intelligence sharing is a very important component of strategy to combat terrorism". ... read..


China new home prices rise 12.4 pct y/y in December - statistics bureau
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities rose 12.4 percent in December from a year earlier, slowing slightly from a 12.6 percent increase in November, an official survey showed on Wednesday. Compared with a month earlier, home prices rose 0.3 pe ... read..


Japan will work to minimise Brexit impact on Japan firms -Suga
TOKYO | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
Japan will work with Britain and the European Union to minimise the impact on Japanese firms and the global economy when Britain leaves the EU, the country's top government spokesman said today. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conferenc ... read..


Pakistan must walk away from terror for dialogue: Modi (Lead)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 9:45:04 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked Pakistan to distance itself from terrorism if it wants a dialogue with India. ... read..


Nepal invites new Indian Army chief to visit in February
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
Nepal has extended an invitation to new Indian Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat to visit the country in February, a Nepal Army spokesperson here said. ... read..


Pakistan must walk away from terror for dialogue: Modi
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 7:45:06 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked Pakistan to distance itself from terrorism if it wants a dialogue with India. ... read..


China unveils new measures to further open economy to foreign investment
BEIJING | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
China's State Council on Tuesday issued new measures to further open the world's second-largest economy to foreign investment. China will lower restrictions on foreign investment in banking, securities, investment management, futures, insurance, credit ra ... read..


Nikkei touches lowest level since early December
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Japan's Nikkei share average skidded to its lowest levels since early December on Tuesday, undermined by a resurgent yen as well as profit-taking. Investors were bracing for a speech by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May later in the global session as well a ... read..


Copper eases for second day, demand outlook limits losses
SINGAPORE | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
LME copper slid for a second session on Tuesday as a firmer U.S. dollar pressured the market, but expectations of strong demand in top consumer China put a floor under prices. FUNDAMENTALS * Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had fallen 0.2 p ... read..


Singapore Dec exports jump 9.4 pct y/y, top expectations
SINGAPORE | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Singapore's non-oil exports rose more than expected in December from a year earlier as shipments to China jumped, official data showed on Tuesday, Non-oil domestic exports (NODX) last month rose 9.4 percent from a year earlier, the trade agency Internatio ... read..


Japan's Nikkei falls to lowest level since early Dec
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Japan's Nikkei share average hit its lowest level in over five weeks on Tuesday as investors locked in recent gains ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump later in the week. The benchmark Nikkei fell 0.6 percent to 18,990.48, falli ... read..


Pakistan, US top commanders support Afghan reconciliation
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
US Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General Joseph Votel and Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday pledged to support "inclusive reconciliation" in Afghanistan through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process. ... read..


'Pakistan to give befitting reply in case of Indian surgical strike'
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 9:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday said the country's armed forces would respond with full force if India tried to carry out any surgical strikes inside Pakistan. This comes days after Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said that "surgical st ... read..


Pakistan Senate deplores Modi for terrorism slur
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
The Pakistan Senate on Monday unanimously passed a resolution that condemns Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for attributing terrorism to Pakistan at various international forums, including the BRICS Summit held in Goa last year. ... read..


Emirates to open up Dubai luxury lounges to lower-tier frequent flyers
DUBAI | Monday, Jan 16 2017 IST
Emirates is opening up its lounges at its Dubai hub to lower-tier frequent flyer members in what is the latest move by the world's largest long-haul airline to look for new ways to boost revenues. Emirates, which reported a 75 percent drop in half-year pr ... read..


Afghan attackers 'live, recruit and operate' in Pakistan: Ghani
Kabul | Monday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa that those who recently launched attacks in Afghanistan "lived, were recruited and operated freely in Pakistan and no action was taken against them", a Presidential Palace st ... read..


Former King attends marriage of Nepali President's daughter
Kathmandu | Monday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
Nepal's former King Gyanendra Shah here on Monday attended the marriage ceremony of President Bidya Devi Bhandari's daughter here. ... read..


Bangladesh court sentences 26 to death in murder case
Dhaka | Monday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
A Bangladeshi court on Monday sentenced 26 persons to death in a sensational seven-murder case in Narayanganj area of the country in 2014. ... read..


Mother gets death penalty for burning daughter in Pakistan
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore on Monday sentenced a mother to death for burning her daughter alive in June 2016 after she contracted a 'free-will marriage'. ... read..


Delhi Pet trade fair to introduce wide range of new products
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
The 9th India International Pet Trade Fair (IIPTF), a three-day event from February 17-19, for the first time will have products related to small mammals and aqua apart from canine products. ... read..


China sovereign wealth fund CIC plans more US investments - chairman
HONG KONG | Monday, Jan 16 2017 IST
China Investment Corporation (CIC), the country's sovereign wealth fund, is looking to raise alternative investments in the United States due to low returns in public markets, its chairman said today. CIC will boost its investments in private equity and h ... read..


China sovereign wealth fund CIC plans more U.S. investments - chairman
HONG KONG | Monday, Jan 16 2017 IST
China Investment Corporation (CIC), the country's sovereign wealth fund, is looking to raise alternative investments in the United States due to low returns in public markets, its chairman said on Monday. CIC will boost its investments in private equity a ... read..


Free healthcare services to Nepal quake survivors
Kathmandu | Monday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
Nepal's Health Ministry and the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) will conduct free healthcare programmes for the 2015 earthquake survivors. ... read..


Afghan senators call to dissolve High Peace Council
Kabul | Monday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
Afghan senators asked President Ashraf Ghani to dissolve the High Peace Council (HPC) following the insensitive remarks uttered by former advisor Abdul Hakim Mujahid. ... read..


Gunmen kill Afghan official
Kabul | Monday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
Unknown gunmen shot dead a government official in Baghlan province of Afghanistan on Monday, police said. ... read..


China, eager for telecoms reform, calls for private investment
BEIJING | Monday, Jan 16 2017 IST
The Chinese government has renewed calls for private investment in the country's telecommunication firms as it encourages them to cut fees and other costs and become more competitive in offering internet-related services. The country's big telecoms firms, ... read..


BOJ raises economic view for 3 of 9 regions
TOKYO | Monday, Jan 16 2017 IST
The Bank of Japan raised its economic assessment for three of the country's nine regions in a quarterly report issued on Monday, saying that most areas were seeing a moderate economic recovery. It maintained its assessment for the remaining six regions. T ... read..


Morgan Stanley gets regulatory nod to raise China securities JV stake - source
HONG KONG | Monday, Jan 16 2017 IST
Morgan Stanley has received China securities regulator's approval to boost its stake in its Chinese securities venture to the maximum permissible 49 percent, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, making it the first bank to get such a nod. Th ... read..


Kuroda repeats BOJ's readiness to adjust policy as needed
TOKYO | Monday, Jan 16 2017 IST
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Monday reiterated the central bank's readiness to adjust monetary policy as needed to achieve its 2 percent inflation target. "Japan's economy continues to recover moderately as a trend and is likely to expand mod ... read..


Tokyo Steel raises product prices for 3rd straight month; cites China pickup, Olympics
TOKYO | Monday, Jan 16 2017 IST
Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co Ltd , Japan's top electric-arc furnace steelmaker, will raise product prices for a third straight month, citing firmer international prices and domestic building projects getting under way for the 2020 Olympics. Tokyo Steel, w ... read..


Zardari leaves for Dubai ahead of US trip
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 9:45:04 AM IST
Former President and Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has left for Dubai from where he will fly to Washington to attend the inauguration ceremony of US president-elect Donald Trump. ... read..


Nepal Foreign Minister to arrive in India
Kathmandu | Monday, 2017 9:45:04 AM IST
Nepal's Foreign Affairs Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat is scheduled to arrive India on Monday on a two-day visit. ... read..


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