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Thirsty to thriving? Parched Pakistani port aims to become a new Dubai

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GWADAR, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For over a decade, Pakistani officials have dreamed of transforming the small but strategically located fishing port of Gwadar into a duty-free port and free economic zone – Pakistan’s answer to Dubai.

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China reassures Pakistan on ties ahead of Xi's meeting with India's Modi

BEIJING China on Monday reassured Pakistan that relations between the two countries were as firm as ever and would "never rust", ahead of a meeting this week between President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that could unnerve Islamabad.

Apr 23 2018

Islamic State beheads three brothers in Afghanistan: official

JALALABAD, Afghanistan Militants from Islamic State have beheaded three brothers, all working in the medical profession, in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, an official said on Monday.

Apr 23 2018

Afghanistan approves first full-fledged Islamic bank

Afghanistan's central bank has granted a license to the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan (IBA), the first lender in the country to apply the interest-free principles of Islamic finance in all its operations, a senior bank official told Reuters.

Apr 22 2018
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Pakistani rights group attracts 8,000 to rally despite state pressure

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD A Pakistani ethnic rights group drew over 8,000 people to a rally in Lahore on Sunday, despite pressure from security officials to call off the event focusing on human rights violations in areas bordering Afghanistan.

Apr 22 2018
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India's Modi to visit China this week as rapprochement gathers pace

BEIJING Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China this week for an informal meeting with President Xi Jinping, as efforts at rapprochement gather pace following a testing year in ties between the two giant neighbors.

Apr 22 2018

Two killed in sectarian attack in southwestern Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan Two people from the ethnic Hazara community were shot dead in a sectarian attack in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, where targeted killings of minorities have continued despite improvements in overall security.

Apr 22 2018

Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: Pentagon

WASHINGTON A man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, who was said to have praised "violent jihad," was captured in Syria by U.S.-backed forces more than a month ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Apr 19 2018
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Trouble in the family: UK's migrant embarrassment undermines Commonwealth reunion

LONDON As it prepares to leave the European Union, Britain's attempts to revitalize links with former colonies at a lavish summit in London have been overshadowed by outrage over Prime Minister Theresa May's treatment of Commonwealth migrants. | Video

Apr 19 2018
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Afghanistan's 30-year pipe dream could bring power, industry

KABUL Afghanistan is pressing ahead with plans to turn natural gas from an $8-billion pipeline into economic development, with projects ranging from fertilizer plants to power generation, but first it needs to start construction.

Apr 19 2018