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Senior representatives from the US, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan met in Muscat, Oman, on Monday to revive stalled peace talks with the Taliban, but the insurgent group failed to participate in the meeting being held after a year.

 

The latest Rohingya refugee crisis sparked by violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state is a major security concern and India should take more initiatives to find a solution to this, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali said.

 

The United Nations has raised the number of newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar to 537,000.

 

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that military dictatorship always halted progress in the country. The Prime Minister, who was in Karachi on a day-long visit, was speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the Pakistan International Bulk Terminal at Port Qasim.

 

India has called attention to the Pakistan-North Korea nuclear-missile nexus and said the international community should act against those involved in such deals.

 

Around 11,000 Rohingyas crossed over into neighbouring Bangladesh in a single day in a fresh surge of refugees fleeing an ongoing military offensive in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the United Nations refugee agency said.

 

Pakistan has said that Islamabad had offered Washington joint operation to destroy the Haqqani network terror group and has warned that if the Trump administration puts more pressure on it, "friendly countries" like "China, Russia, Iran, and Turkey, will stand by our side."

 

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the Islamic State has emerged in Afghanistan in the past three to four years under the watch of US military and intelligence agencies.

 

Some 2,000 Rohingya refugees a day continue to stream across the border to Bangladesh, bringing the total number people who have fled there from violence in Myanar since late August to an estimated 515,000, the United Nations refugee agency said.

 

India has always stood for a united and sovereign Sri Lanka, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said in Colombo on October 8, as her counterpart from the island nation's parliament assured her that the proposed new constitution would take care of all ethnic groups.

 


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