South Asia

Earthquake Rocks West Nepal, Felt as Far as New Delhi

An earthquake in the mountains of west Nepal rocked the Himalayan nation in early Wednesday, killing at least six people while they were asleep in their houses, a government administrator said. The earthquake was felt as far away as the Indian capital New Delhi, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) west …

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Russia to Host Multilateral Talks on Afghanistan November 16

Russia said Wednesday it will host a multilateral meeting scheduled for November 16 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Special Afghan envoys from China, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are expected to attend the gathering of what is known as the Moscow format of consultations on …

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India to Bolster Economic Ties with Russia

India will expand economic ties with Russia and continue to buy oil from Moscow, India’s foreign minister said, pointing out that imports of discounted crude from Moscow have worked to its advantage. Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said during a visit to Moscow that as the world’s third-largest consumer of oil, …

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Six Dead After Powerful Earthquake Hits Nepal, Rattles New Delhi

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck Nepal early Wednesday, killing at least six people, destroying multiple houses in the western district of Doti and shaking the Indian capital New Delhi, officials said. Five other people were seriously injured as eight houses collapsed, said Bhola Bhatta, deputy superintendent of police in …

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Tensions Escalate Between Pakistan’s Ousted PM Khan and Military

Pakistan’s populist opposition leader Imran Khan has written a rare letter to President Arif Alvi demanding an investigation into what he alleges are “serious wrongdoings” and political interference by top military officials, including the country’s spy chief. The 70-year-old former prime minister survived an apparent assassination attempt last Thursday while …

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Pakistan’s Ex-PM Khan Asks President to Probe Military Officials for Political Interference, Assassination Bid

Pakistan’s populist opposition leader Imran Khan has written a rare letter to President Arif Alvi demanding an investigation into what he alleges are “serious wrongdoings” and political interference by top military officials, including the country’s spy chief.   The 70-year-old former prime minister survived an apparent assassination attempt last Thursday …

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Former US-Trained Afghan Commandos Recruited by Russia, Iran

Some former members of Afghanistan’s special forces who fled to Iran after the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan are now being recruited to fight for Russia in Ukraine and for Iran in Yemen, two former senior Afghan security officials told VOA. The former Afghan army chief, General Haibatullah Alizai, said Tehran …

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