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Pakistan searches for new finance minister after Dar relieved of duties

KARACHI, Pakistan - Pakistan on Thursday began searching for a new finance minister a day after Ishaq Dar was relieved of his portfolio amid mounting headwinds for the economy.

Islamic State beheads 15 of its own fighters: Afghan official

JALALABAD, Afghanistan - Islamic State beheaded 15 of its own fighters due to infighting in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said, while a separate suicide attack on Thursday tore into a crowd in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, killing at least eight.

Facing graft probe, Pakistan Finance Minister relieved of duties

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has been relieved of his duties, local media said on Wednesday, following speculation about his future after he failed to appear in court to answer corruption charges.

Afghanistan's economy slowly on rise, to grow 2.6 percent this year - World Bank

KABUL - Afghanistan's economy is expected to grow 2.6 percent this year, up slightly from the previous year despite deteriorating security, the World Bank said in a report on Tuesday.

Pakistan PM says first LNG cargo for new import terminal due on Nov. 24

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD - Pakistan expects the first cargo of liquefied natural gas for its new terminal to be delivered on Friday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday, outlining huge growth plans for Pakistan's use of LNG.

Bangladesh says it's in talks with Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation deal

DHAKA - Bangladesh is in negotiations with Myanmar aimed at a deal to repatriate displaced Rohingya and Dhaka's foreign minister will address the matter at talks in Myanmar this week, the Bangladeshi foreign ministry said on Sunday.

More than 30 rescued in Afghan raid on Taliban prison

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Afghan and foreign special forces raided a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province on Sunday and rescued at least 30 people, according to army and provincial officials.

Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injured

COLOMBO - Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Suicide bomber kills nine near Afghan political meeting

KABUL - A suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital near a meeting of supporters of an influential regional leader on Thursday killed at least nine people and wounded many, the interior ministry said.

Sri Lanka prime minister to appear before panel investigating bond auction

COLOMBO - Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will appear before a panel investigating alleged irregularities in government bond sales, the panel's chairman said on Thursday.

Islamic State claims Afghanistan blast, without giving evidence - Amaq

CAIRO - Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least seven people in the Afghan capital on Thursday, the group's official news agency Amaq said, without providing any evidence.

Gunmen shoot dead police officer and family in southwest Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a senior Pakistani police officer, as well as his wife, son and grandson on Wednesday as the family was driving in Baluchistan province, officials said.

Afghanistan's opium production hits record high in 2017, U.N. says

VIENNA - Opium production in Afghanistan reached a record high this year, rising 87 percent compared with last year, after a rapid expansion of the areas used to cultivate poppies, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Fifteen bullet-ridden kidnap victims found in southwest Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan - Pakistani police on Wednesday found 15 bullet-ridden bodies of kidnap victims near the border with Iran, a favoured route for human traffickers taking workers illegally to Europe.

British woman wins $5,200 for Sri Lankan deportation over Buddha tattoo

COLOMBO - A British woman won 800,000 rupees in compensation from a Sri Lankan court on Wednesday after being wrongly deported for having a Buddha tattoo on her arm.

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for finance minister

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after the veteran politician failed to turn up for several court hearings.

Pakistan police arrest dozens from Islamist party blocking entrance to capital

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistani police have arrested dozens of members of a hard-line Islamist party that has blocked a main entrance to the capital since last week, a provincial spokesman said, in the latest confrontation between religious activists and authorities.

Nepal scraps $2.5 billion hydropower plant deal with Chinese company

KATHMANDU - Nepal has scrapped a $2.5 billion deal with China Gezhouba Group Corporation to build the country's biggest hydropower plant, citing lapses in the award process, the energy minister said.

Militants cross from Afghanistan, kill two Pakistani soldiers - army

ISLAMABAD - Militants have crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and killed a Pakistani army officer and a soldier, the Pakistani military said on Monday.

Pakistan expects no more big firms to exit LNG projects - junior petroleum minister

ABU DHABI - Pakistan does not anticipate any more major companies will pull out of the liquefied natural gas projects after the exit of Exxon Mobil, a state minister said on the sidelines of an Abu Dhabi energy conference.

Southeast Asia summit draft statement skips over Rohingya crisis

MANILA - A draft of the statement to be issued after a Southeast Asian summit makes no mention of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state following a military crackdown that has been described by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing.

'You are the light' - Philippines' Duterte croons at Trump's request

Manila, - President Rodrigo Duterte crooned a hit Filipino love song at a dinner in Manila for leaders from across Asia, explaining later that it was "on the orders of U.S. President Donald Trump".