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Afghan Taliban rule out talks with US in Pakistan

The Afghan Taliban on Saturday rejected Pakistani media reports of possible talks with the US in Islamabad and reiterated their refusal to deal directly with the Afghan government.

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Raisina Dialogue opens with call to free oceans

Indirectly criticising China for not playing by global rules on the law of the seas, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said “might is right” could not be the governing principal for the oceans.

Modi, Trump agree to further strengthen India-US ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump agreed to further boost bilateral ties between New Delhi and Washington and adopted a positive approach to cooperation across various sectors, the External Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday.

Former Maldives president accused of money laundering

Former Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has been accused of laundering stolen money and lying to the anti-corruption watchdog, police said, after the opposition leader was questioned at the police headquarters in Malé for more than four hours, the Independent newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Alcohol abuse leading cause of death in Bhutan: Report

Controlling the harmful use of alcohol, which is the country’s leading killer, is a major challenge in Bhutan, the National Council’s (NC) good governance committee (GGC) has stated in an interim report presented in parliament on Tuesday.

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.