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Another setback to Pakistan, UN dismisses Pak's claim of Indians troops targeting UN military observers Another setback to Pakistan, UN dismisses Pak's claim of Indians troops targeting UN military observers

 The United Nations (UN) has dismissed Pakistan's claim that the Indian Army targeted UN military observers in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

China asks Pakistan to ensure safety of its nationals

Condemning the kidnapping of a Chinese couple from Jinnah Town area of Quetta, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the authorities from the two countries are working together to rescue them.

Bangladesh jails high-profile Islamist leader

A special court handed down a seven-year sentence against Maolana Saidur Rahman, described by police as the ringleader of Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), amid heavy security in the capital Dhaka.

Iran says it has built third underground missile factory

The announcement as US President Donald Trump makes a maiden foreign tour in which Saudi and Israeli concerns about Iran have loomed large is likely to stoke new tensions with Washington.

Philippines deploys top commandoes, attack helicopters to retake city from Islamist rebels

Helicopters circled the city, peppering Maute positions with machine gun fire to try to force them from a bridge vital to retaking Marawi.

Four militants of banned group arrested in Bangladesh

At least four militants belonging to the banned Neo-JMB outfit were arrested by Bangladesh's anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Thursday.

Afghan plane forced to fly back after angry MPs miss flight

Supporters of two Afghan MPs who missed a domestic flight from Kabul blocked an airport runway with rocks, forcing the plane to return for the lawmakers.

Iraqi forces push further in anti-IS operation in west Mosul

Hashd Shaabi forces have surrounded three more militant-seized villages in the area between al-Qairwan and Baaj.

China says US warship entered its waters `without permission`

"USS Dewey destroyer sailed less than 12 nautical miles from a reef", claimed by Beijing.

China says it warned U.S warship to leave South China Sea

Chinese warships warned a U.S. Navy warship to leave after it sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island. 

Indonesian president Joko Widodo urges calm after suspected suicide attacks in Jakarta

Authorities in the world`s biggest Muslim-majority nation are increasingly worried about a surge in radicalism.

Is it a drone? Is it a balloon? No, it`s a bird, says North Korea

Seoul has repeatedly accused the North of flying suspected spy drones across the border.

President Joko Jokowi orders thorough probe of Indonesia suicide attacks President Joko Jokowi orders thorough probe of Indonesia suicide attacks

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo offered deep condolences for the victims and their families on Thursday. 

Philippine troops battle Islamist militants in city Philippine troops battle Islamist militants in city

The United States regards Hapilon as one of the world`s most dangerous terrorists, offering a bounty of $5 million for his capture.

South Korea freezes rates in first meet under President Moon South Korea freezes rates in first meet under President Moon

BOK Governor and six other policy board members decided to keep the seven-day repurchase rate on hold at an all-time low of 1.25 percent. 

Jury out on North Korea link to ransomware attack

Was North Korea behind the ransomware epidemic that hit global computer networks earlier this month?

North Korea reports on `b***h` South Korean President`s trial

Pyongyang`s state media on Thursday published their first report on the trial of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye two days earlier, calling her an "arch-traitor" and "bitch".

Indonesia probes suicide attack that killed three policemen

Two suicide attackers detonated bombs in a street outside the Kampung Melayu terminal late Wednesday, sending huge clouds of black smoke into the sky.

US Navy ship sails near South China Sea reef claimed by Beijing: US official US Navy ship sails near South China Sea reef claimed by Beijing: US official

A US Navy ship has sailed in disputed South China Sea waters near a reef claimed by Beijing, a US official said.

Pakistan Army accuses Indian troops of targetting UN vehicle along LoC Pakistan Army accuses Indian troops of targetting UN vehicle along LoC

A vehicle carrying two officers of a UN military observer group came under attack by the Indian troops during a visit to the Line of Control (LoC), the Pakistan Army today claimed.

Pakistani parliamentary panel unhappy with govt's response over Kulbhushan Jadhav's case Pakistani parliamentary panel unhappy with govt's response over Kulbhushan Jadhav's case

A Pakistani parliamentary panel on national security has expressed dissatisfaction over the government's response on Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav's case at the ICJ and sought more information about its strategy to defend the case at the next hearing.

Pakistan to turn to China to offset its isolation: US intel chief

Pakistan might turn to its "all- weather" ally China to offset its growing international isolation, India's rising status and deepening Indo-US ties.

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor may ignite more Indo-Pak tensions: UN report China-Pakistan Economic Corridor may ignite more Indo-Pak tensions: UN report

The USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) traversing through PoK might create "geo-political tension" in the region by igniting further tensions between India and Pakistan, a UN report has warned.

Nepal's Maoist prime Pushpa Kamal Dahal minister resigns

Nepal's Maoist prime minister resigned Wednesday as part of a planned handover to a former political foe who will be the impoverished nation`s tenth leader since the end of the civil war in 2006.

Islamic State kills five in first suicide attack in Somalia

The Islamic State group has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia that left five dead as it steps up activities in a region dominated by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab.