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IOC Withdraws Olympic Places from India Event Over Visa Row

IOC Withdraws Olympic Places from India Event Over Visa Row

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday canceled places for the 2020 Tokyo Games shooting competition to be awarded at an event in India after the host country refused to give visas to
Indian Minister Reiterates Plan to Stop Sharing Excess Water With Pakistan

Indian Minister Reiterates Plan to Stop Sharing Excess Water With Pakistan

An Indian government minister reiterated on Thursday the country's plan to restrict the flow of water to Pakistan from its share of rivers, the latest effort by New Delhi to pressure its neighbor
Pakistani PM Authorizes Army to Respond to 'Any Aggression' by India

Pakistani PM Authorizes Army to Respond to 'Any Aggression' by India

Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has authorized his military forces to immediately respond to “any aggression” against the country by India, officials said Thursday.The move underscored a
Blaze Kills 69 in Bangladesh Capital, Fire Official Says

Blaze Kills 69 in Bangladesh Capital, Fire Official Says

At least 69 people have died in a huge blaze that tore through apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, fire officials said Thursday.Dozens
US Sanctions Indian National, Declaring Him a Drug Trafficker

US Sanctions Indian National, Declaring Him a Drug Trafficker

The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Indian national Jasmeet Hakimzada, declaring him a major foreign drug trafficker. Six other people and entities were also sanctioned,
Powerful Afghan Political Leader Warns Against Squandering Peace

Powerful Afghan Political Leader Warns Against Squandering Peace

A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against squandering the best
India Suspends Key Bus Service to Pakistani Part of Kashmir

India Suspends Key Bus Service to Pakistani Part of Kashmir

India halted a key bus service with the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, cutting the only land route linking the divided Himalayan region, Pakistani and Indian officials said Wednesday.According
Saudi Arabia to Cooperate with India on Terrorism

Saudi Arabia to Cooperate with India on Terrorism

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in New Delhi that terrorism is a common concern and his country would cooperate with India in combating terrorism and extremism. On a visit to New
App-Based Delivery Men Highlight India's Growing Gig Economy

App-Based Delivery Men Highlight India's Growing Gig Economy

Suraj Nachre works long hours and regularly misses meals but he treasures his job as a driver for a food delivery startup -- working in a booming industry that highlights India's expanding apps-based
VOA Interview With UN Pakistani Envoy Lohdi

VOA Interview With UN Pakistani Envoy Lohdi

VOA's Margaret Besheer spoke with Pakistani U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi.Q: Amb. Lodhi, thanks for joining us. You just met with the U.N. secretary-general, can you tell us a bit about what you
Hundreds of Thousands of Rohingya Refugees at Risk From Looming Cyclones

Hundreds of Thousands of Rohingya Refugees at Risk From Looming Cyclones

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies warns that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, have little to protect themselves from the
Saudi Crown Prince Arrives in India Amid Row with Pakistan

Saudi Crown Prince Arrives in India Amid Row with Pakistan

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has arrived in India after visiting Pakistan, which New Delhi blames for a suicide bombing attack last week that killed at least 40 Indian soldiers in disputed
Exec: India's Thermal Coal Imports Could Rise 10 Percent This Year

Exec: India's Thermal Coal Imports Could Rise 10 Percent This Year

India's thermal coal imports could rise by about 10 percent in 2019 due to rail transport problems and other logistical bottlenecks, an executive at the country's largest coal trader Adani Enterprises
Pakistan Launches Diplomatic Push to Counter India After Attack

Pakistan Launches Diplomatic Push to Counter India After Attack

Pakistan launched an intense diplomatic push to repel India’s efforts to isolate it after India blamed a Pakistan based group for an attack Friday in Kashmir killing more than 40 security personnel.
Pakistan Warns of Swift Retaliation if Attacked by India

Pakistan Warns of Swift Retaliation if Attacked by India

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan warned Tuesday his country will swiftly retaliate if India launches a military action against it. Khan issued the warning in a nationally televised address amid
Former Maldives President Arrested Over Money Laundering

Former Maldives President Arrested Over Money Laundering

A Maldives court ordered the arrest and detention of former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday on charges of money laundering.The criminal court in Male, the capital, ordered Yameen held in
In Fresh Violence, 4 Soldiers, 2 Militants Killed in Indian Kashmir

In Fresh Violence, 4 Soldiers, 2 Militants Killed in Indian Kashmir

Four Indian soldiers and three suspected militants were among nine people killed Monday in a fierce gun battle as Indian security forces hunted for the organizers of a deadly suicide bombing that
Saudi Crown Prince Concludes Landmark Pakistan visit

Saudi Crown Prince Concludes Landmark Pakistan visit

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has concluded a landmark two-day visit to Pakistan where he oversaw the signing of unprecedented investment deals worth $20 billion and ordered the release of
Saudi Minister: Iran Harboring al-Qaida's 'Board of Directors'

Saudi Minister: Iran Harboring al-Qaida's 'Board of Directors'

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of harboring what it said was "the board of directors of al-Qaida" and rejected charges Riyadh was behind last week's suicide car bombing that killed against 27 personnel
Pakistan's Opposition Leader Indicted On Corruption Charges

Pakistan's Opposition Leader Indicted On Corruption Charges

A Pakistani corruption tribunal has indicted the country's opposition leader. Shahbaz Sharif was indicted Monday in connection with a housing scheme in Lahore. He has been accused of awarding