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Two soldiers injured in Pakistan firing on LoC
Jammu | Thursday, 2017 8:45:04 AM IST
Two Indian soldiers were injured on Thursday in a ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) by the Pakistan Army. ... read..


Death toll in Pakistani oil tanker fire reaches 162
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
The death toll in the oil tanker fire in Pakistan's Punjab province has risen to 162, officials said on Wednesday. ... read..


Nepal votes in second phase of local polls
Kathmandu | Wednesday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
Nepal on Wednesday voted in the second round of local elections with 70.5 per cent turnout to choose municipal and village councils, the Election Commission said. ... read..


Pakistan criticizes India-US statement targeting Islamabad
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Wednesday said an India-US joint statement asking Islamabad not to allow cross-border terror attacks from its soil won't help achieve durable peace in South Asia. ... read..


Indian held for smuggling 120 kg hashish
Kathmandu | Wednesday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
An Indian truck driver in possession of 120 kg of hashish was arrested from Nepal's Hetauda city on Wednesday, police said. ... read..


300 stranded as Centre blocks Pakistani train
Chandigarh | Wednesday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Nearly 300 pilgrims, mostly SIkhs, from different parts of India were stranded at the Attari railway station near Amritsar on Wednesday after the Centre didn't allow a special train from Pakistan that was to ferry them to that country to enter India. ... read..


China defends Pakistan, says it's fighting terror (Lead)
Beijing | Wednesday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
China on Wednesday strongly defended Pakistan, after India and the US asked Islamabad to ensure that its territory was not used for cross-border terrorism. ... read..


Three separatist leaders arrested, NIA to question them (Lead)
Srinagar | Wednesday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
Three separatist leaders were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday and remained in preventive custody before being flown to Delhi for interrogation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). ... read..


Border standoff: China suspects India's 'hidden agenda' for Bhutan
Beijing | Wednesday, 2017 5:45:05 PM IST
China on Wednesday said the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops on the border smacked of New Delhi's "hidden agenda" of meddling in Bhutan's internal affairs. ... read..


Japan MOF proposes raising short-term JGB offer in liquidity auction
TOKYO | Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 IST
Japan's Ministry of Finance floated a plan on Wednesday to increase the size of short-term Japanese government bond issue through so-called liquidity-enhancing auctions to ease their shortage, a senior ministry official said. The plan was proposed to a ga ... read..


US speaking India's language: Pakistani minister
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 4:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has accused the US of speaking India's language after Washington and New Delhi urged Islamabad not to let its territory be used for cross-border terror attacks. ... read..


China defends Pakistan, says it's fighting terror
Beijing | Wednesday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
China on Wednesday strongly defended Pakistan, after India and the US asked Islamabad to ensure that its territory was not used for cross-border terrorism. ... read..


Bangladesh downgraded in US 'trafficking in persons' report
Washington | Wednesday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
The US government has downgraded Bangladesh in the 'trafficking in persons' report for not taking firm steps to deal with the threat, a media report said. ... read..


Euro hits 1-year high in the wake of Draghi's upbeat comments
SINGAPORE | Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 IST
The euro hit a one-year high on Wednesday, staying firm after comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi the previous day were seen as opening the door to tweaks in the central bank's aggressive monetary stimulus. The euro rose to as high as ... read..


China iron ore rallies again as investors' appetite for steel returns
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 IST
China's iron ore rallied more than 3 percent on Wednesday, hitting its highest in a month and extending recent gains as investors piled into the market ahead of the quarter end and on a revival in appetite for bulk commodities. Steel rebar rose as much as ... read..


HK's second board hits fresh low amid market jitters
HONG KONG | Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 IST
Hong Kong's second board hit a fresh record low on Wednesday, with shares of penny stocks plunging as investors raced to reduce their exposure to the highly volatile market. Greaterchina Professional Services Ltd was among the biggest losers, with its sha ... read..


US says hopes China will approve more GMO corn for import
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 IST
The United States hopes that more varieties of its genetically modified corn will be approved for import by Beijing, the US ambassador to China said on Wednesday. The comments came after the world's top grains buyer this month approved two new strains of ... read..


Death toll in Pakistani oil tanker fire rises to 158
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
The death toll in the oil tanker fire in Pakistan's Punjab province has risen to 158, officials said on Tuesday. ... read..


ICC T20 Rankings: Kohli stands firm at top, Bumrah climbs to 2nd
Dubai | Tuesday, Jun 27 2017 IST
Indian skipper Virat Kohli stands firm at no one spot in batting, while pacer Jasprit Bumrah has climbed to second position according to the latest ICC T20 International Rankings released. Kohli continues to enjoy no 1 spot with 799 points. Australia's A ... read..


Sri Lanka seeks assistance for elephant conservation
Colombo | Tuesday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
Sri Lanka has sought assistance from the World Bank to conserve its wild elephant population, an official said on Tuesday. ... read..


Pakistan defends Salahuddin, to keep backing Kashmir struggle
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Tuesday described as "completely unjustified" the US' designation of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist and said it will continue its "political, diplomatic and moral support for ... the Kashmiri people". ... read..


US, India tell Pakistan: Don't let terrorists use your territory (Lead)
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
In a strong message to Islamabad, the US and India have told Pakistan to ensure its territory is not used for terror attacks on other countries and asked it to bring to justice terrorists blamed for attacks in Mumbai and other places in India. ... read..


US, India ask Pakistan not to let terrorists use its territory
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
The US and India have urged Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries. ... read..


Japan regulator to brief on probe into LNG trading
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jun 27 2017 IST
Japan's Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) said it will brief on its probe into liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading practices at 3 p.m. (0600 GMT) on Wednesday. The commission late last year ordered the country's LNG buyers to provide details on contract requ ... read..


Japanese chess prodigy, 14, breaks 30-year winning streak record
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jun 27 2017 IST
A 14-year-old Japanese player of the traditional chess-like board game of shogi has captured the nation's heart by winning a record straight 29 matches, breaking a record held for 30 years. Sota Fujii, who trains himself with computer software and was the ... read..


Panamagate probe team summons Sharif's daughter
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, has been summoned to appear before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in connection with the Panama Papers probe into the family's assets, the media reported on Tuesday. ... read..


JGBs mostly firm after strong demand at 2-year sale
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jun 27 2017 IST
Japanese government bonds mostly firmed on Tuesday, bolstered by strong demand at an auction of two-year notes. The 10-year cash JGB yield fell half a basis point to 0.045 percent, while the September 10-year JGB futures contract finished up 0.13 point a ... read..


Western Digital says resubmitted bid with KKR for Toshiba's chip unit
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jun 27 2017 IST
Western Digital Corp said it and private equity firm KKR & Co LP had resubmitted a bid for Toshiba Corp's prized flash memory chip unit. As part of the bid, Western Digital will provide debt financing to facilitate a sale, the US firm said in a brief st ... read..


FIFA says St Petersburg pitch damaged but being prepped for Confed Cup final
ST PETERSBURG | Monday, Jun 26 2017 IST
FIFA today said the re-laid pitch at the St Petersburg stadium had sustained damage but was being treated before it hosts the final of the Confederations yesterday. The 68,000-seat stadium, the home of Russian football powerhouse Zenit, will be a flagship ... read..


Indian, Pakistani army clash on LoC
Jammu | Monday, 2017 10:45:04 PM IST
The Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on Monday evening on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district. ... read..


Indian, Pakistani troops exchange sweets
Jammu | Monday, 2017 10:45:04 PM IST
Indian and Pakistani troops on Monday greeted each other and exchanged sweets on the occasion of Eid on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir. ... read..


Nepal to shift to smart driving licences
Kathmandu | Monday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
Nepal is moving forward to replace around two million paper-based driving licences with smart driving licences within a year, an official said. ... read..


Taliban gaining battlefield strength despite infighting
Kabul | Monday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
News of Mullah Omar's death, the man who founded the Taliban, led to the beginning of internal rifts in the group, raising several questions in Afghanistan. ... read..


China mum over stopping Indian pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar
Beijing | Monday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
China on Monday refused to tell why it had stopped a group of Indian pilgrims from travelling to Kailash Mansarovar, saying the foreign ministries of both countries are in touch over the issue. ... read..


Pakistan marks sombre Eid after tanker blaze, terror attacks
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Monday began Eid celebrations on a grim note amid tight security a day after the deadly oil tanker fire and last week's terrorist attacks. ... read..


Bangladesh celebrates Eid
Dhaka | Monday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
Bangladesh on Monday celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr with religious fervour amid tight security, marking the end of Ramadan. ... read..


China will strengthen supervision of overseas investment- Xinhua
BEIJING | Monday, Jun 26 2017 IST
China will strengthen supervision of overseas investment, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Monday, citing a top-level meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping. The meeting of senior officials also stressed that the country will improve the quality o ... read..


BOJ must communicate policy clearly to avoid stimulus-exit talk-June mtg summary
TOKYO | Monday, Jun 26 2017 IST
The Bank of Japan must communicate its policy intentions clearly to avoid improvements in the economy to trigger expectations of a near-term withdrawal of monetary stimulus, one board member was quoted as saying at the bank's June 15-16 rate review. "As t ... read..


Airbag maker Takata files for bankruptcy protection in Japan
TOKYO | Monday, Jun 26 2017 IST
Embattled airbag maker Takata Corp on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and said it would seek $1.588 billion in financial aid from U.S.-based auto parts supplier Key Safety Systems (KSS). The KSS deal would help it deal with the fallout fro ... read..


Some banks risk $240 mln research loss as MiFID gives low-cost players a leg-up
HONG KONG | Monday, Jun 26 2017 IST
Some global investment banks risk losing up to $240 million in business by 2020 as a regulatory overhaul, which will change the way securities research is priced and used, makes independent firms more attractive for clients, a financial consultancy said. ... read..


JGB curve steepens as 30-year yield pulls back from 2-mth lows
TOKYO | Monday, Jun 26 2017 IST
The Japanese government bond yield curve steepened on Monday as the 30-year yield pulled back from two-month lows. The 30-year yield was 1.5 basis points higher at 0.810 percent. The yield had declined to 0.780 percent on Wednesday, its lowest since late ... read..


Japan's trade min: Takata bankruptcy filing was unavoidable
TOKYO | Monday, Jun 26 2017 IST
Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko said on Monday that Takata Corp's filing for bankruptcy was unavoidable given the severity of its product recalls. Seko, speaking to reporters, said he asked ministry officials to devise a scheme to provide 100 perce ... read..


Pakistan tanker blast toll reaches 154
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
The death toll from the horrific oil tanker explosion in Pakistan's Punjab province has increased to 154, the media reported on Monday. ... read..


UN chief condoles loss of lives in Pakistan tanker blast
United Nations | Monday, 2017 10:15:51 AM IST
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is saddened by the large number of deaths and injuries following the explosion of an oil tanker in Pakistan, said his spokesperson. ... read..


China, Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to maintain peace
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 10:15:18 AM IST
China, Pakistan and Afghanistan are committed to maintaining regional peace and stability, enhancing regional connectivity and economic cooperation and promoting shared security and development, a joint statement said. ... read..


Sharif cuts short London trip after oil tanker blast
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 10:15:04 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has cut short his London trip over the oil tanker fire incident that killed at least 140 people and injured over 100 others in Punjab province, the Prime Minister's Office said. ... read..


Tanker blast kills 140 in Pakistan (Second Lead)
Lahore | Sunday, 2017 2:15:51 PM IST
At least 140 people have been burnt alive and dozens of others injured after an overturned oil tanker caught fire and exploded near Bahawalpur city in Pakistan's Punjab province, the media reported. ... read..


123 killed in Pakistan tanker blast (Lead)
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 2:15:28 PM IST
At least 123 people were killed when an oil tanker exploded after it overturned in Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday morning, police said. ... read..


100 killed in Pakistan oil tanker fire
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 2:15:28 PM IST
At least 100 people were killed when an oil tanker caught fire after it overturned in Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday morning, police said. ... read..


China urges Pakistan, Afghanistan to improve ties
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 2:15:18 PM IST
Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged Pakistan and Afghanistan to improve ties as tensions between the two nations were not conducive to their stability and development as well as regional cooperation ... read..


Toll in Pakistan twin bombings reach 67
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 2:15:18 PM IST
The toll in the twin blasts that hit a market in Pakistan's Parachinar city has increased to 67, the media reported. ... read..


China, Afghanistan to strengthen anti-terror cooperation
Kabul | Sunday, 2017 2:15:18 PM IST
China and Afghanistan have pledged to enhance cooperation in the fight against terrorism. ... read..


UN chief condemns terrorist attacks in Pakistan
United Nations | Saturday, 2017 12:45:10 PM IST
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the terrorist attacks in Pakistan and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice. ... read..


China's top banking regulator tells banks to push forward with reform
BEIJING | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
China's top banking regulator has told banks to reform by tackling China's "zombie firms", control regional housing market bubbles and push forward with debt to equity swaps, according to a statement posted on the regulator's website. Guo Shuqing, who was ... read..


4 policemen killed in Karachi
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 10:45:06 PM IST
At least four policemen were killed by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Friday night, local media reported. ... read..


ED registers money-laundering case against LeT chief, Hurriyat, others
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 10:15:05 PM IST
The Enforcement Directorate on Friday registered a case of money laundering against Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, Dukhartan-e-Millat, Hizbul Mujhaideen and members of Hurriyat Conference in connection with the alleged terror funding from across the b ... read..


25 killed in northwest Pakistan blasts (Lead)
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 9:45:06 PM IST
At least 25 persons were killed and over 100 others injured as twin blasts ripped through a market on Friday in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency, Geo News reported. ... read..


Funeral of two Maharashtra soldiers on Saturday
Mumbai | Friday, 2017 9:45:06 PM IST
The funeral of two Indian Army soldiers from Maharashtra, who were killed by a Pakistani BAT team on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, will be held at their respective native villages on Saturday, a defence spokesperson said on Friday. ... read..


Twin blasts rock market in Pakistan's north-west, 15 killed
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 7:15:06 PM IST
Fifteen persons were killed and 70 others injured as twin blasts rocked a market on Friday in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency, Geo News reported. ... read..


Toshiba willing to talk with spurned Western Digital about chip unit sale
TOKYO | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Toshiba Corp said it was open to talks with Western Digital Corp in their dispute over the sale of the Japanese conglomerate's prized chip unit - an apparent olive branch after it chose another suitor as preferred bidder. The two have been feuding bitter ... read..


'Peace in Afghanistan linked with exit of foreign troops'
Kabul | Friday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
The Taliban on Friday reiterated that peace in the country is inextricably linked to the exit of foreign troops. ... read..


Heavy rains expected in Sri Lanka
Colombo | Friday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
Heavy rains are expected in the southern part of Sri Lanka, leading to concerns that the country might be hit again by floods and landslides, an official said on Friday. ... read..


Noble shares jump after Abu Dhabi fund discloses 5 pct stake
SINGAPORE | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Shares in embattled commodity trader Noble Group surged on Friday after an Abu Dhabi Financial Group equity fund disclosed that it had purchased a 5 percent stake. The investment follows news this week that Noble had gained an extension on a key debt dea ... read..


China's ICBC says checks of loans to big acquirers are routine
BEIJING | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) said on Friday its checks of loans to companies that made overseas acquisitions is routine, following reports that the regulator had ordered lenders to assess credit extended to a handful of highly acquisitiv ... read..


Sri Lanka arrests student leader over clashes
Colombo | Friday, 2017 4:15:05 PM IST
Sri Lankan police on Friday arrested Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) leader Lahiru Weerasekara following violent clashes between students and security forces. ... read..


Toshiba says open to talks with Western Digital over chip unit sale
TOKYO | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Toshiba Corp said it was open to talks with Western Digital Corp in their dispute over the sale of the Japanese conglomerate's prized chip unit - an apparent olive branch after it chose another suitor as preferred bidder. Toshiba would be willing to hold ... read..


China's May imports from North Korea 3rd lowest on record
BEIJING | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
China's imports of North Korean goods in May fell by more than 30 percent from a year ago, data showed on Friday, the latest sign that China's ban on coal purchases from the isolated country continues to curb trade between the two neighbours. The world's ... read..


11 killed in Pakistan blast (Third Lead)
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
At least 11 people were killed and over 20 injured in a blast in Pakistan's Quetta city, police said. ... read..


Eight killed in Pakistan blast (Second Lead)
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 12:15:06 PM IST
At least eight people were killed and 16 injured in a blast in Pakistan's Quetta city on Friday, police said. ... read..


Toshiba to seek extension on financial filing Friday - Yomiuri
TOKYO | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Toshiba Corp plans to ask regulators for an extension for filing its annual financial statement on Friday, the Yomiuri daily reported. The industrial conglomerate had been aiming to file the financial report by end-June but has not been able to obtain app ... read..


Five killed in Pakistan blast (Lead)
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
At least five people were killed 12 others injured in a blast in Pakistan's Quetta city on Friday, police said. ... read..


Four killed in Pakistan blast
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 10:45:05 AM IST
At least four people were killed and 10 others injured in an explosion near the office of Balochistan Police Chief in Quetta city on Friday, the media reported. ... read..


ICC Women's ODI Rankings: Mithali slips to no 2, Kaur stands at 9th
Dubai | Thursday, Jun 22 2017 IST
Former no one batter of India and skipper Mithali Raj has slipped to no 2 in the latest ICC Women's ODI Rankings, while Meg Lanning of Australia is at top of the batters list, another Indian Harmanpreet Kaur stands at no ninth. The Indian skipper Mithali ... read..


Four Indian prisoners return from Pakistan
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 10:45:06 PM IST
Four Indian prisoners released by Pakistan crossed over to India on Thursday afternoon, the External Affairs Ministry said. ... read..


Two Maharashtra soldiers killed by Pakistan's BAT; two militants killed on LoC (Second Lead)
Jammu/Mumbai | Thursday, 2017 10:45:06 PM IST
Two Indian Army soldiers hailing from Maharashtra were killed by a Pakistani BAT team on Thursday on the LoC in Chakan da Bagh sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, while two militants were killed in the sector during a foiled infiltration bid. ... read..


Two soldiers killed by Pakistan's BAT, two militants killed on LoC (Lead)
Jammu | Thursday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
Two Indian Army soldiers were killed by a Pakistani BAT team on Thursday on the LoC in Chakan da Bagh sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, while two militants were killed by the army in the sector during a foiled infiltration bid. ... read..


Jadhav submitted mercy petition to Pakistan Army chief: Military
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
Kulbhushan Jadhav, who Islamabad insists is an Indian spy, has submitted a mercy petition to the Pakistan Army chief, the military announced on Thursday. ... read..


Talibans safe havens inside, not outside Afghanistan: Pakistan
United Nations | Thursday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
Taliban "safe havens" are inside Afghanistan not outside, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said. ... read..


Army foils infiltration bid on LoC, kills intruder
Srinagar | Thursday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
The Indian Army on Thursday foiled an infiltration bid from across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and killed a militant in the process. ... read..


34 killed in suicide bombing outside Afghan bank (Third Lead)
Kabul | Thursday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
At least 34 persons, mostly civilians, were killed and 58 others injured on Thursday in a suicide car bomb attack at the gates of a bank in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province capital city. ... read..


BSF, Rangers bonhomie at display at Baba Chamliyal fair
Jammu | Thursday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Against the backdrop of exchange of heavy firing by Indian and Pakistan armies on the Line of Control on Thursday, bonhomie between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers was on display at the shrine of Baba Chamliyal on the international border. ... read..


29 killed as suicide bomber hits Afghan bank (Second Lead)
Kabul | Thursday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
At least 29 persons were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a bank branch in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, officials said. ... read..


China tight-lipped on funding Pakistan's dam in disputed Kashmir
Beijing | Thursday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
China on Thursday evaded responding to reports of Beijing's offer to help Islamabad build a mega dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan, part of disputed Kashmir, and bring it under the umbrella of the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). ... read..


Indian, Pakistani troops clash on LoC
Jammu | Thursday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
Indian and Pakistani troops on Thursday traded heavy gunfire after the Pakistan Army resorted to heavy shelling and firing on Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district. ... read..


One killed in Tripura bus-car collision in Bangladesh
Agartala | Thursday, 2017 4:15:06 PM IST
One person was killed and two others were injured when a Kolkata-bound Tripura passenger bus going via Dhaka collided with a car in Bangladesh, a transport official said here. ... read..


20 killed as car bomb targets Afghan bank (Lead)
Kabul | Thursday, 2017 3:45:06 PM IST
At least 20 people were killed and 55 injured in a suicide car bomb attack on a bank branch in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, officials said. ... read..


15 killed as explosion rocks Afghan bank
Kabul | Thursday, 2017 2:45:07 PM IST
At least 15 Afghans were killed and 50 others injured in an explosion and gunfire at a bank in Helmand province on Thursday, authorities said. ... read..


Japan to shorten period between JGB auction, issuance in mid-2018
TOKYO | Thursday, Jun 22 2017 IST
Japan's Ministry of Finance is to shorten the period between the auction and issuance of some Japanese government bonds, to reduce the risk for brokers who hold the bonds, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. Reuters reported in March th ... read..


Shenhua back coach Poyet despite poor start to season
HONG KONG | Thursday, Jun 22 2017 IST
Gus Poyet has received the backing of the Shanghai Shenhua president following growing calls for the Uruguayan coach's dismissal after a disappointing start to the Chinese Super League season. Club president Wu Xiaohui stressed that the Shenhua hierarchy ... read..


Four Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lanka
Colombo | Thursday, 2017 1:45:07 PM IST
The Sri Lankan Navy on Thursday announced it had arrested four Indian fishermen for illegally entering the country's territorial waters. ... read..


India: Security Council ignoring terrorists, terror-backers in Afghanistan
United Nations | Thursday, 2017 1:45:07 PM IST
India has accused the Security Council and the international community of tending to ignore the terrorists ravaging Afghanistan and their backers while these forces "have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world". ... read..


Oil prices climb off 10-month lows as U.S. stockpiles drop
TOKYO | Thursday, Jun 22 2017 IST
- Oil prices rose on Thursday for the first time in three days after U.S. crude and gasoline stockpiles fell, but investors are looking for more signs that output cuts by OPEC and some other producers are ending a three-year glut. The market largely shrug ... read..


Nepal, China hail 'smooth, healthy development' of bilateral ties
Kathmandu | Thursday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
Nepal and China have hailed the smooth and healthy development of bilateral relations between the two countries. ... read..


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