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Afghan talks: how big are the challenges? Taliban, in the interim period, want to continue their pressure on the Americans and the Afghan security forces.

Killing of Pakistanis by Saudi Arab on the rise, report. "Saudi Arabia has executed more than 100 Pakistanis in the past five years,"

Israel election: Netanyahu wins fifth term as rival concedes Benjamin Netanyahu has already begun to broker deals with religious and far-right parties.

Pete Buttigieg: How a young, gay mayor became a Democratic star Pete Buttigieg, a little-known mayor of a modest-sized Midwest city, has become an unlikely rising star in the 2020 Democratic presidential field. How?

Israelis prepare to go to the polls: here's what we know. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party would win 31 seats if elections were held today, the online survey of 583 respondents found. Blue and White, led by ex-army chief Benny Gantz, would win 30 seats, according to the poll.

AI Bias. Google bans ethics board. Google confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its membership.

Over 540 million Facebook user records leaked by third parties In what has become a depressingly common refrain for the social network behemoth, Facebook user data has once again been left exposed to the public.

Erdogan is weak, yet invincible. Turkey’s president has rarely been so unpopular. He’s likely to dominate local elections anyway.

Pakistan to start fencing border with Iran next week Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa Commander of the Southern Command recently made the remarks during an international seminar in south western Pakistani city of Quetta.

Many dead in New Zealand after gunmen attack mosques. New Zealand media reported49 people were killed.

Turkish-Chinese Tensions Escalate Over Uighurs Analysts expect Beijing to impose further economic sanctions on Ankara, meaning the price Turkey will pay for standing up for the Uighurs in China could be considerable.

Iran's Rouhani urges Pakistan not to jeopardize relations with neighbours. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called for "decisive" action by Pakistan against a militant group behind a deadly suicide attack in a border area, and said inaction by Islamabad could jeopardize relations between the neighbors.

LOC calm, fresh crackdown on Kashmiris starts The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also come down hard on separatist groups operating in Kashmir, including by banning the Jamaat-e-Islami party, two of whose clerics were detained in raids on Saturday night.

Saudi crown prince suggests China has 'right' to detain Uighur Muslims Saudi Arabia supports China’s right to carry out so-called anti-extremism drives that have seen hundreds of thousands of Uighur Muslims detained in re-education camps, its crown prince has suggested.

A Pakistani stoned to death in India. Indian prisoners stoned to death a Pakistani inmate in a jail Wednesday amid mounting tensions over a suicide bombing that Delhi has blamed on its arch-rival neighbour, an official said.

Saudi Crown Prince Salman's Indian visit agenda. The Saudi Cabinet has authorized Salman to sign an agreement to establish the Saudi-Indian Supreme Coordination Council during his trip – a body that will give fillip to the strategic partnership.

Saudi Arabia reduces visit visa fees for Pakistanis. Indian nationals favoured by Saudia as Pakistanis still have to pay SR 355 as compared to SR 305 for neighbouring Indians.

Pope calls for Yemen relief Francis called for the urgent observation of a limited ceasefire reached in December and for food and medicine to get to Yemen's people, who are suffering the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Hasina sworn in as PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as Bangladesh’s prime minister for a record fourth term on Monday after a crushing election victory marred by deadly violence and claims of widespread rigging.

Sajjan Kumar: Milestone conviction over 1984 Sikh killings Sajjan Kumar, who was an MP at the time, was found guilty of inciting crowds to kill Sikhs.

Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister resigns to end impasse Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned, saying he wants to end a political impasse over his appointment

Modi suffers biggest state election loss The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was set to lose power in three key of states Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, dealing Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014

Democrat Lawmakers: Trump Could be Impeached Top Democratic lawmakers have raised the prospect that Donald Trump may be guilty of criminal offences that could result in his impeachment.

China summons US ambassador over Huawei arrest The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, who faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran, has infuriated Beijing, threatening to disrupt a trade war truce between China and the United States.

Nigerian President Buhari denies death and body double rumours. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has denied rumours that he has died and been replaced by a lookalike.

G20: US and China agree to suspend new trade tariffs US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks, the US says.

Brexit Deal Finalized  European Council President Donald Tusk has recommended that the EU approve the Brexit deal at a summit on Sunday.

CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination. The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

Moscow Talks on Afghanistan Failed. The Moscow meetings ended without the sides agreeing on a path to direct dialogue, the delegations from the Taliban and Kabul's High Peace Council said.

Russia to host talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation Russia said on Saturday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had agreed to send a group of senior politicians to peace talks in Moscow, at which a delegation representing the Taliban would be present

Protests in Sri Lanka by supporters of deposed PM.  Tens of thousands of activists blocked the centre of Colombo to protest the sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

Turkish President demands Saudis disclose the location of Khashoggi remains Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Saudi Arabia to disclose the location of the remains of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as it's been claimed his body was cut up and thrown down a well at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Russia nuclear treaty: US warned over threat to scrap deal Russia has condemned US plans to withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty and threatened to retaliate for a "very dangerous step".

US Navy Commander jailed for taking bribe. Amundson, a decorated combat pilot, told the judge that he did not realise what he was doing was illegal.

Khashoggi Disappearance. THE Saudi journalist who disappeared in mysterious circumstances was drugged and butchered to pieces while still alive in a grisly seven-minute killing, sources have claimed

Clashes at Myanmar garment factory leave dozens injured Workers say they set up a union two years ago to fight for their rights after enduring abuse from managers, limited toilet breaks and unbearably hot working conditions.

Warning shot? China sells US Treasury bonds amid trade war China has sold $3 billion of sovereign dollar bonds. This is only the third such move by Beijing in the last 14 years, and the first involving bonds with a 30-year maturity.

'Belt and road' disputes between China and its partners Five years after Beijing rolled out its ambitious plan to improve regional and transcontinental connectivity, the time is ripe for disputes to arise as contracts mature

China condemns U.S. for South China Sea freedom of navigation operation. The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.

Why India is furious about a set of stamps. The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were supposed to meet this week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

US 'ready to restart negotiations' with North Korea. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearising North Korea "by 2021".

Unions reject US 95 $ as minimum wage in Bangladesh Bangladesh unions staged street protests to reject what they called an "inhuman" $95 a month minimum wage fixed by the government for the country's four million garment workers.

Bangladeshi Workers in Saudi Arabia. Hundreds of Bangladeshi women working as domestic helps in Saudi households have accused their employers of committing severe physical, mental and sexual abuses.

India says to help Nepal build rail link to Kathmandu. India will help Nepal construct a rail link between capital Kathmandu and an Indian border town for smoother movement of passengers and cargo to the landlocked Himalayan nation, which neighbouring China is also trying to woo with a similar plan.

US Bases in Qatar Qatar will expand two air bases including Udeid, which hosts the largest US military facility in the Middle East

Indonesian Police Kill Dozens ahead of Asian Games.  Police in Jakarta have killed dozens of people as part of an escalating crackdown against petty criminals ahead of the Asian Games, in a campaign Amnesty International has described as “unnecessary and excessive”.

Uighurs in Chinese 'internment camps. Members of the Uighur community and others Muslims in China have been treated as "enemies of the state" and held in secret camps, a UN anti-discrimination body has said.

China mosque demolition sparks standoff in Ningxia Hundreds of Muslims in north-western China are engaged in a standoff with authorities to prevent their mosque from being demolished.

Saudi-led air strike on school bus kill at least 40. The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan, in the northern province of Saada.

Sri Lanka waives debt for Women Sri Lanka has announced it would waive debt for the most vulnerable women in the drought hit areas.

A new start or rerun in Korean Peninsula The highly choreographed meeting was performed by the two lead actors almost exactly as scripted. But many impromptu moments of congeniality, which drew laughs from the audience as well as from the actors themselves, highlighted the two sides’ eagerness to make the summit a success.

China May Get World's Largest Gas Field Because of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran Iran has threatened to give petroleum giant Total's stake in the South Pars gas fields to China if the French company could not secure protection from U.S. nuclear-related sanctions.

Facebook Violated Laws Protecting User Privacy, South Korea. The Korea Communication Commission (KCC) slapped Facebook with a 396 million won ($370,000) fine for violating a law against damaging the interests of users.

China's Xi Jinping Could be President for Life. China’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office.

Muslim Woman to Stand Against Putin in Russian Elections. Aina Gamzatova, a successful journalist and the head of Russia's largest Muslim media holding, was nominated as a presidential candidate by a local initiative group in the Russian Republic of Dagestan in late December and is running as an independent.

Iran Slips into Chaos. It is unusual for demonstrations to escalate across the country or to mix political slogans with other complaints.

India leads in global milk production India has outpaced the global milk production with an annual growth rate of 5.53% compared with the 2.09% achieved globally.

Aung San Suu Kyi may face genocide charges. Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the head of the armed forces Gen Aung Min Hlaing, could find themselves in the dock on genocide charges some time in the future.

German pilots refuse to deport rejected asylum seekers Pilots in Germany are refusing to deport rejected asylum seekers, leading to the cancellation of more than 200 flights.

Hundreds of Muslim Uighurs Flee China for Fears of Persecution Those who escaped on Monday had no documents and their nationality could not be determined, a Thai immigration official told Khaosod newspaper.

China, UK and Army fail to remove Robert Mugabe Many political observers and fellow Zimbabweans had been expecting Mr. Mugabe to step down as president after nearly 40 years in power. But the embattled president gave a 20-minute televised speech that acknowledged problems in the nation — and he vowed to soldier on.

Hitler Wax Work Removed from Museum. The Nazi Germany leader was placed against a wall-sized banner depicting the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp with the notorious “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free) sign.

Pro-independence Government of Catalonia Seeks Vote The pro-independence government of Catalonia plans to hold a vote on October 1, despite Spain’s Constitutional Court saying it would be illegal. Catalonia, a wealthy region of 7.5 million people in north-eastern Spain which has Barcelona as its capital, has its own language and culture but is not recognized as a separate nation by the Spanish state.

Sierra Leone Flood Nearly 400 had died in mudslide and flooding in the West African country of Sierra Leone.

Rio slips into a Lawless Land - Army Deployed Violence has been on the rise in Rio since the end of the Olympics nearly a year ago. More than 90 police officers have been killed in Rio state so far this year.

Maduro Claims Election Win  Maduro had insisted that a new constituent assembly would help restore peace in the oil-rich nation. But analysts warned that the vote was likely to further heighten tensions within the country – and further isolate it on the diplomatic stage.

Why Donald Trump Endorsed Wahabi Islam?

He aligned America more firmly with the Sunni kingdoms of the Gulf and  also pleased his royal interlocutors by harshly denouncing the behaviour of Iran, epicentre of the Shia Muslim world.

For Emmanuel Macron the battle has just begun.

The new French leader is frontline fighter for us. Globalization or Nationalism - the road ahead is bumpy and challenging as well

Central African Republic is rich in resources...  Despite bountiful gold, diamonds, uranium, the Central African Republic has been mired in civil war and the legacy of colonization. African Politics

 Afghan Army Chief Forced to Resign Afghanistan's defense minister and army chief of staff were asked resign by President Ghani after the deadliest Taliban attack on a military base. Ghani's office announced in a post on its Twitter account that Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim "stepped down with immediate effect."

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CPEC - threats and potential - an assessment. Long-term political stability in Pakistan is key to success for Pakistan's regional economic pursuits. Pakistan's security situation suggest a troubled future unless sustainable democracy takes root.

India's shame. India is world’s biggest user of groundwater, drawing more than U.S, and China combined. Poor water management in India is depriving Pakistan of vital life line. The country will need to become far more efficient in the way it uses water.

India places curbs on media The Kashmir Reader has been banned for a month but no one has really made a strong statement against it as has been done with NDTV And ironically, the BJ decried the treatment of the media during the 1975 emergency-only to do the same on 2016. It’s only when something happens in Delhi that everyone is up in arms. But beyond Delhi censorship has been had for journalists for a while.. 

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  Iran and Saudi Arabia. No doubt, Saudi Arabia has objectives and a plan, but in the short term they appear to create more problems for the kingdom than for its arch-rival. The growing anxiety over slump in the oil market and the ageing Kingdom becoming a threat for regional peace?


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