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Category: Asia Pacific

U.S. remains concerned about India-Pakistan tensions: official

WASHINGTON – The United States remains concerned about India-Pakistan tensions as the nuclear-armed countries’ militaries remain on alert nearly three weeks after their most dangerous confrontation in decades, a senior U.S. administration official said on Wednesday. The official also indicated that the Trump administration does not think Pakistan […]

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U.S. wants to know if Pakistan used U.S.-built F-16 jets to down Indian warplane

ISLAMABAD  – The United States is “seeking information” on whether Pakistan used U.S.-built F-16 jets to down an Indian warplane, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said on Sunday, which may violate the F-16 sale agreements between Washington and Pakistan. Pakistan says it did not use F-16s in shooting […]

India-Pakistan border quiet but Kashmir tense amid militancy crackdown

SRINAGAR, India/MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan  – As India and Pakistan seemingly dial down hostilities that brought the arch enemies to the brink of another war, a massive crackdown on militancy in the Indian-controlled Kashmir region is killing both militants and security personnel in big numbers. At the Line of Control […]

China bars millions from travel for ‘social credit’ offenses

BEIJING — Forgot to pay a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year under a controversial “social credit” system the ruling Communist Party says will improve public behavior. Some 5.5 million people […]

Pakistan reimposes ban on Islamist charities linked to Hafiz Saeed

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has re-instated a ban on two charities linked to Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group that has carried out attacks in India, the interior ministry said on Friday. The ban comes as Pakistan faces international pressure to act against militant groups, […]

‘Don’t mess with Pakistan,’ India is told amid Kashmir tension

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan – Pakistan will respond to any attack by India with “full force”, the army said on Friday amid heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, as Islamabad said it took over the base of a militant group that claimed a deadly bombing in Kashmir. Army spokesman Major […]

Terror financing watchdog FATF condemns Pulwama terror attack

New Delhi, Feb 22: Expressing grave concern, international terror financing watchdog FATF Friday condemned the Pulwama terror attack and said Pakistan has failed to demonstrate a proper understanding on funding of terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba In a statement, the Paris-headquartered Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said […]

Singapore Airlines denies snooping with seatback cameras

Singapore Airlines insisted Thursday that cameras on its planes’ entertainment systems had been disabled after an outcry online from worried passengers who spotted the tiny lenses peering at them. Travellers took to Twitter and other social media to raise the alarm over the cameras at the bottom of […]

Wary of Xinjiang backlash, China invites waves of diplomats to visit

BEIJING – China is stepping up its diplomatic outreach over controversial camps in its heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang, inviting more foreign diplomats to visit as it seeks to head off criticism from Muslim-majority countries and at the United Nations. Since December, China has taken at least three […]

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