South Asia

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    Pakistan court orders release of ex-PM Nawaz on bail

    Agence France-Presse . Islamabad | Updated at 12:58am on September 20, 2018

    A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences for corruption pending an...

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    India outlaws Islamic instant divorce

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:41am on September 20, 2018

    The Indian government Wednesday issued an executive order making the Islamic practice of ‘instant divorce’ a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in...

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    Intra-South Asia trade to triple to $67b if tariff barriers lifted: WB

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on September 20, 2018

    Intra-South Asia annual trade could increase threefold to $67 billion from the existing $23 billion if trade barriers including tariffs, para tariffs and trust deficit...

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    Maldives president took gifts from island developers: report

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:40am on September 19, 2018

    The president of the Maldives appeared to accept lavish gifts from a billionaire developer who was later leased two islands in the paradise archipelago without...

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    Taliban kill 60 forces across Afghanistan

    Agence France-Presse . Mazar-i-Sharif | Updated at 12:38am on September 11, 2018

    Taliban fighters killed nearly 60 members of Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces in a spate of attacks across the country’s north, officials said Monday, as diplomatic...

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    Indian police arrest activists, draw ire from Amnesty

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:59am on August 29, 2018

    Indian police arrested prominent lawyers and left-wing activists Tuesday for alleged links to Maoist rebels, drawing a rebuke from rights watchdogs who labelled the raids...

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    Nepal crime reform sparks press freedom concerns

    Agence France-Presse . Kathmandu | Updated at 01:05am on August 18, 2018

    Nepal introduced a new criminal code Friday that makes sharing confidential information a jailable offence, sparking concerns among journalists that the laws could be used...

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    Promising tryst gone awry

    Jawed Naqvi | Updated at 12:00am on August 17, 2018

    ON the 71st anniversary of Britain’s hasty departure this week, most of South Asia remains a seriously troubled region....

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    Lanka gets US military funding as China vies for influence

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:45am on August 14, 2018

    The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka $39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian...

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    Imran Khan and the Silk Road

    Gordon Duff | Updated at 12:00am on August 10, 2018

    THE election of Imran Khan represents a turnabout in policy in South Asia in ways few expect....