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India says ready for stronger U.S. ties after Tillerson endorsement

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NEW DELHI India stood ready to further strengthen ties with the United States, the government said on Friday, after U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson vowed to dramatically expand cooperation as a way to counter China's influence in Asia.

Pakistan militant group finds likely replacement after U.S. drone kills leader

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Senior militant commander Asad Afridi has emerged as the favorite to become the new leader of a deadly Pakistani Taliban faction, militant sources said on Friday, days after a U.S. drone strike killed the group's chief.

Oct 20 2017

Attack on workers at key Pakistan port for Chinese project; 26 hurt

QUETTA, Pakistan Unidentified men threw a grenade into a laborers' hostel in the Pakistani port of Gwadar wounding 26 of them, police said on Friday, in an attack likely to raise concern about security for the Pakistani section of China's "Belt and Road" initiative.

Oct 20 2017
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Study links pollution to millions of deaths worldwide

LONDON Pollution is killing millions of people worldwide, mostly through the diseases it causes including heart conditions, strokes and lung cancer, according to a large international study.

Oct 19 2017
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CIA chief says U.S.-Canadian couple held for five years in Pakistan

WASHINGTON The head of the CIA said on Thursday a U.S.-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan were held inside neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed.

Oct 19 2017

U.S. drone strike kills militant whose group killed 250 in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan The leader of a Pakistani militant group whose suicide bombings killed more than 250 people died on Thursday of injuries from a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the militants said.

Oct 19 2017
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Pakistani anti-corruption court indicts ousted PM Sharif

ISLAMABAD A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Thursday indicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter over allegations linked to ownership of London properties, opening a trial that could see the former leader jailed.

Oct 19 2017
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Tillerson to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India, Switzerland

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India and Switzerland in a week-long trip starting on Friday, the State Department said in a statement released on Thursday.

Oct 19 2017
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U.S. wants stronger India economic, defense ties given China's rise: Tillerson

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said before a visit to India next week that the Trump administration wanted to "dramatically deepen" cooperation with New Delhi, seeing it as a key partner in the face of negative Chinese influence in Asia.

Oct 19 2017
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Pakistan, Afghanistan in angry tangle over border fence to keep out militants

(This October 18 story has been refiled to fix dateline, amend headline and first paragraph)

Oct 19 2017