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Bomb kills four, injures seven in Pakistan

At least four people were killed and seven injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded on a railway line in southwest Pakistan as a passenger train was passing by, police said.
Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is led into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch district court on Saturday. POOL-Reuters

Brenton Tarrant the ordinary white man turned terrorist

Brenton Tarrant, the gunman behind the massacre of 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Thursday, in a short self-profile, described himself as an “ordinary white man”.
Masood Azhar

India ‘disappointed’ as China foils bid to blacklist JeM chief

India said it was "disappointed" by China's move to once again stall its bid to blacklist Masood Azhar, the leader of a Pakistan-based armed group that claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in Kashmir last month.
[FILE] Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi look on during the exchange of agreements and joint press statements ceremony during the Indo-Russia Annual Summit at Taj Exotica hotel in Goa on October 15, 2016. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed lucative defence and energy pacts following talks aimed at reinvigorating ties between the former Cold-War allies. PRAKASH SINGH / AFP

India signs $3 billion submarine deal with Russia

India has signed a $3 billion deal to lease a third Russian nuclear-powered submarine for 10 years, giving Delhi a boost in the Indian Ocean against arch-rivals Pakistan and China, media reports said.
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WHO employs mobile surveillance system for polio eradication

In an effort to totally eradicate polio from Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a real-time innovative mobile surveillance system aimed at strengthening polio surveillance across the continent.

India refuses to share proof of strikes in Pakistan

A top Indian minister said on Saturday the government would not share proof that “a very large number” of militants were killed in air strikes inside Pakistan this week after doubts were raised there were any casualties in the attack that stoked tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.
Ali Shamkhani,

Iran warns US allies of ‘humiliated citizens’ uprising

US allies in the Middle East risk an uprising by their “humiliated citizens” if they continue to rely on Washington, a top Iranian security official warned Sunday in comments carried by state media.
Pakistan has continued a limited opening of its airspace for commercial flights, after closing it earlier this week at the height of tensions with neighbouring India that saw both countries carry out air raids inside each other's territories for the first time since the 1971 war.

Pakistan continues partial opening of airspace amid India crisis

Pakistan has continued a limited opening of its airspace for commercial flights, after closing it earlier this week at the height of tensions with neighbouring India that saw both countries carry out air raids inside each other's territories for the first time since the 1971 war.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. REUTERS-Aly Song-Pool

Pakistanis sign petition seeking Nobel Peace Prize for Imran Khan

More than 300,000 people have signed online petitions calling for Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to receive a Nobel Peace Prize after he freed an Indian pilot in a bid to defuse tensions with his country’s arch-rival neighbour.
A handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations on February 27, 2019, shows captured Indian pilot Wg Cdr Abhinandan in the custody of Pakistani forces in an undisclosed location. (AFP)

Pakistan set to free Indian pilot to de-escalate tensions

Pakistan is set to release a captured Indian pilot in a "peace gesture" aimed at easing tensions with its nuclear archrival, after aerial clashes ignited fears of a dangerous conflict in South Asia.
One Indian fighter jet pilot was allegedly captured after his plane was shot down [Aijaz Rahi-AP]

Ministry: Pakistan shoots down two Indian fighter jets

Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday that it had carried out air raids in Indian-administered Kashmir and shot down two Indian jets in its own airspace, capturing one of the pilots as tensions escalate a day after India bombed targets in Pakistan.
The number of deaths in violence in Indian-administered Kashmir had dropped to 99 in 2012 but has since been climbing [Danish Ismail-Reuters]

India bombs Kashmir militants in retaliatory strike

India said Tuesday its warplanes launched a strike on a militant camp that killed a “very large” number of fighters preparing an attack, in a move that worsens tensions with arch-rival Pakistan over disputed Kashmir.
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IOC urges India isolation after Pakistani athletes denied visas

The International Olympic Committee has suspended all Indian applications to host future events and urged international sports federations not to stage competitions in the country after two Pakistanis were denied visas to compete in New Delhi.
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31. - AFP PHOTO - FAYEZ NURELDINE

Saudi crown prince arrives in China

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing Thursday as the monarch aims to seal partnerships on a high-profile Asia tour following a diplomatic crisis over a journalist’s brutal murder.
In this handout photograph taken and released by Pakistan’s Prime Minister House (PMH) on February 18, 2019, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (2L) and Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa (R) walk along with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (2R) on his departure the Nur Khan Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base in Islamabad. – Pakistan was set to confer its highest civilian honour on the Saudi Crown Prince on February 18, a day after he signed investment deals worth $20 billion in the cash-strapped country — his first stop on a high-profile Asian tour. (Photo by HANDOUT / Pakistan’s Prime Minister House / AFP) /

Imran Khan: Pakistan ‘ready to talk’ on Kashmir, warns India against attack

Pakistan is ready to help India investigate the deadliest blast in Kashmir in decades, but will retaliate if Delhi attacks, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals soared.
Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan taking the oath as a Member of Parliament. AFP

Imran Khan: India’s allegations against Pakistan ‘without any evidence’

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday India "leveled allegations against Pakistan without any evidence" after New Delhi accused Pakistani spy agency of involvement in last week's deadly attack on security forces in the disputed region of Kashmir.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be conferred with Pakistan's highest civilian honour a day after signing $20bn in investment deals with the South Asian country.

Saudi crown prince orders 2,100 Pakistani prisoners released

More than 2,000 Pakistani workers languishing in Saudi jails will be released, Pakistan information minister announced on Monday during Saudi Arabian Crown Prince's high-profile visit to Islamabad.
In this handout photograph taken on February 17, 2019 and released by Pakistan’s Press Information Department (PID), Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) smile as they look at their delegation members during a signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad. – Pakistan was set to confer its highest civilian honour on the Saudi Crown Prince on February 18, a day after he signed investment deals worth $20 billion in the cash-strapped country — his first stop on a high-profile Asian tour. (Photo by HANDOUT / PID / AFP) /

Saudi vows to ‘de-escalate’ India-Pakistan tensions after Kashmir attack

Saudi Arabia vowed to “de-escalate” rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad Monday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel from Islamabad to New Delhi.

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