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Abdul Basit, Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, retires early; Sohail Mahmood to take charge Abdul Basit, Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, retires early; Sohail Mahmood to take charge

Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has sought an early retirement and his request has been accepted by PM Nawaz Sharif, a leading media house claimed on Tuesday.

Imran Khan's party demands probe into funding of political parties in Pakistan

A leading Pakistani Opposition party has demanded scrutiny of the accounts and funds of all political parties.

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit to retire early

Abdul Basit joined the Foreign Service in 1982 and held several diplomatic assignments at Pakistani missions abroad.

Death toll in Taliban suicide attack in Lahore rises to 27 Death toll in Taliban suicide attack in Lahore rises to 27

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the blast and vowed to continue war on terrorism in Pakistan till elimination of the last terrorist.

China says its intercept of US surveillance plane was legal, necessary

China`s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that its pilots actions were legal, necessary and professional after two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend.

Pakistani political parties get foreign funds: PTI

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan`s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has accused some political parties in the country of receiving funds from foreign countries including Libya, Saudi Arabia and Iran, the media reported on Tuesday.

Air strikes, shelling strain Moscow-backed Damascus truce

Air strikes killed at least nine people in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus overnight and insurgent shelling from the rebel-held area landed near the Russian embassy on Tuesday, a war monitor reported.

Sri Lanka's Cabinet "clears port deal" with China firm after security concerns addressed Sri Lanka's Cabinet "clears port deal" with China firm after security concerns addressed

India has long considered Sri Lanka, just off its southern coast, as within its sphere of influence and sought to push back against China`s expanding maritime presence.

Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with smart surveillance Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with smart surveillance

Israel decided on Tuesday to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem`s Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a Cabinet statement said.

Japan aims to reduce suicides by 30 per cent in 10 years

It states that the government will push further for measures against work-related suicides, saying that cutting extreme work hours and preventing harassment by bosses are necessary.

Maldives says parliament shut for security

The political turbulence has seen the international community, including the United States, urging the Maldives to safeguard democracy.

China police warn against illegal gatherings after rare Beijing protest

Late last week police had detained executives from a company called Shanxinhui, accusing them of operating a pyramid scheme and duping people out of money in the name of raising funds to help the poor.

Gulf Arab states blacklist nine individuals, nine organisations: SPA

The new entrants on the ban lists include entities from Libya and Yemen and individuals from Qatar, Yemen and Kuwait who the Arab states say have direct and indirect links to Qatari authorities.

PLA plans war games instead of military parade on 90th anniversary PLA plans war games instead of military parade on 90th anniversary

Xi Jinping heads the Central Military Commission (CMC) which is the overall command for the PLA.

Israeli security cabinet: No decision on Jerusalem holy site

The incident is threatening to complicate the crisis over the holy site, which is administered by Muslim authorities under the auspices of Jordan.

Sri Lankan Navy rescues pair of young elephants from deep waters Sri Lankan Navy rescues pair of young elephants from deep waters

The pair of of wild elephants were saved after the efforts of navy divers.

Suicide bomber in Lahore kills 25, mostly cops; Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility Suicide bomber in Lahore kills 25, mostly cops; Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility

A powerful suicide blast took place on Monday near residence-cum-office of Pakistan's Punjab province Chief Minister in Lahore. 

35 killed in Taliban attack on central Afghan hospital

The insurgents captured Taywara district in Ghor province after days of fighting, the latest victory by the resurgent militants.

China hints at Doval-Yang bilateral at BRICS NSAs meet

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay, while replaying to a question about Doval's schedule in Beijing, had last week said that if there are any further developments in his programme then the media will be informed.

Philippines' Duterte warns miners: 'I will tax you to death' Philippines' Duterte warns miners: 'I will tax you to death'

Duterte`s first appointment as Environment Minister, Regina Lopez, was dismissed in May by the Philippine Congress but she led a 10-month crackdown on the industry, highlighted by the closure and suspension of 26 of the country`s 41 mines.

Israel strikes Gaza after missile across border: Army

Missiles and rockets are periodically fired at Israel, generally by hardline Islamist groups opposed to Hamas.

Myanmar floods kill two, displace tens of thousands Myanmar floods kill two, displace tens of thousands

A small dam collapsed in the Bago region on Saturday.

Hezbollah says seizes strategic valley from militants at Syria-Lebanon border

The Syrian army and Hezbollah recaptured the area around the town of Fleita on the Syrian side of the border on Sunday.

Taliban suicide car bomber kills at least 35 in Afghanistan's Kabul Taliban suicide car bomber kills at least 35 in Afghanistan's Kabul

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jordanian killed, Israeli wounded at Amman embassy 'incident'

On Friday, thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman after the weekly prayer to denounce the Israeli measures at the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as Temple Mount.