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Pakistan invites Saudi Arabia to join China's Belt and Road corridor

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ISLAMABAD Islamabad has invited Saudi Arabia to become the third partner in the Beijing-funded Belt and Road corridor of major infrastructure projects inside Pakistan, Pakistan's information minister said on Thursday.

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Shi'ite Muslims mark Ashura amid tight security

KABUL Millions of Shi'ite Muslims performed mourning rituals on Thursday to mark Ashura, the holiest festival in their calendar, amid heightened measures in many places to protect against sectarian attacks.

Sep 20 2018
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India, Pakistan ministers to meet in U.S., but prospects are low

NEW DELHI The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this month, the Indian foreign ministry said on Thursday, the first such high-level meeting in years between the nuclear rivals and arch foes.

Sep 20 2018
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Millions of Shi'ites express suffering in Ashura ritual in Iraq

KERBALA, Iraq Millions of Shi’ites Muslims gathered at shrines and mosques in Kerbala and other parts of Iraq on Thursday to mark the climax of the annual ritual of Ashura with expressions of suffering.

Sep 20 2018
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China's Xi says places 'high premium' on Pakistan ties, as army chief visits

BEIJING China places a "high premium" on its relations with Pakistan and believes a key economic project will be successful, President Xi Jinping told Pakistan's army chief, days after a Pakistani minister stirred unease about Chinese Silk Road schemes.

Sep 19 2018
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Ousted Pakistan PM Sharif freed from jail on court orders

ISLAMABAD Pakistani authorities released former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter from jail on Wednesday after a court suspended prison sentences they got in July over the purchase of upscale apartments in London.

Sep 19 2018
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'Pakistan always stands by Saudi Arabia,' Khan tells Arabiya TV

DUBAI Pakistan ''always stands by Saudi Arabia,'' Prime Minister Imran Khan told Arabiya TV on Wednesday, during a visit to the kingdom.

Sep 19 2018

Afghan minister to visit Moscow to discuss peace talks: Ifax

MOSCOW Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister will visit Moscow on Thursday to discuss the dates of a new round of Moscow peace talks on Afghanistan, Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday citing Afghanistan's embassy.

Sep 19 2018

Russia says Taliban ready to attend Afghan peace talks in Moscow: RIA

MOSCOW Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday the Taliban was prepared to attend multilateral peace talks on Afghanistan in Moscow, RIA news agency reported.

Sep 19 2018

China says military ties 'backbone' to relations with Pakistan

BEIJING Military ties between China and Pakistan are the "backbone" of relations between the two countries, a senior Chinese general told Pakistan's visiting army chief, days after a Pakistani minister stirred unease about Chinese Silk Road projects.

Sep 18 2018