Reuters : South Asia (16)

Trump has made Afghanistan decision after 'rigorous' U.S. review: Mattis

AMMAN, Reuters - President Donald Trump has made a decision on the United States' strategy for Afghanistan after a "sufficiently rigorous" review process, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday.

U.S. CentCom chief visits Pakistan as Trump weighs relationship

The chief of the U.S. Central Command visited Pakistan on Saturday, as President Donald Trump's administration debated the future of its relations with Islamabad, part of a review of the war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Afghan governor accused of assault, adding woes for Ghani

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan - A powerful Afghan governor is facing accusations he detained and assaulted a political rival in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif this week, the second senior Afghan official to be accused of violence in a year.

Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai "excited" after winning place at Oxford University

BIRMINGHAM, England - Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize when she was 17, said on Thursday she was "excited" after winning a place to study at Oxford University.

Afghan Taliban warns Trump against sending in more troops

KABUL - The Taliban told U.S. President Donald Trump in an open letter on Tuesday that the military situation in Afghanistan was "far worse than you realise", and sending in more troops would be self-destructive.

Ousted Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif seeks review of court ruling

ISLAMABAD - Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday sought a review of a Supreme Court decision that disqualified him from office over undeclared assets, an official from his ruling party said on Tuesday.

Three aid workers killed in Afghanistan: officials

KABUL - Three Afghan aid workers employed by Catholic Relief Services were gunned down and killed in central Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

Flooding and landslides kill more than 30 in Nepal: officials

KATHMANDU - Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have left more than 30 people dead in Nepal in the past 24 hours, authorities said on Saturday.

Wife of ousted Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif to seek his parliament seat

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD - The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will contest a special election for the parliamentary seat he was forced to vacate after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office, party officials said.

Taliban, Islamic State cooperated on Afghan village attack: rights group

KABUL - The Afghan Taliban and Islamic State attacked a village in the northern province of Sar-e Pul this week, killing between 50-60 people, a leading Afghan human rights group said on Friday.

German-born nun devoted to ending leprosy in Pakistan dies aged 87

KARACHI, Pakistan - German-born nun Ruth Pfau, who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, died on Thursday in the southern city of Karachi, a hospital official said. She was 87.

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's foreign minister resigned on Thursday over corruption charges in an investigation of alleged irregularities in government bond sales, maintaining that he was not guilty of wrongdoing.

Thousands attend events for ousted Pakistani prime minister Sharif

ISLAMABAD - Thousands of people attended a rally and procession in support of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday as he embarks on a show of political power following a Supreme Court decision to disqualify him from office over undeclared assets.

Gunmen kill two Afghan women contractors at air base near Kabul

KABUL - Two Afghan women working for a security firm searching people entering Bagram air base near the Afghan capital Kabul were killed on Wednesday and two others wounded by unknown gunmen, officials said.

Pakistan's skydiving PM seen soothing military, energy fears

ISLAMABAD - Family links to Pakistan's powerful military and a cabinet stint championing the use of liquefied natural gas will probably help new prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi navigate thorny relations with the army and curb rolling blackouts.

Afghan Taliban release villagers held after attack

SAR-E PUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban released 235 villagers held after the insurgents captured a village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, but the government faced growing pressure over why it had taken so long for security forces to arrive in the area.