New Constitution won't change unitary nature of Sri Lanka: Wickremesinghe

Addressing a gathering at Galle town, he said, "The United National Party (UNP) would not agree to abandoning the unitary state (of Sri Lanka)." 

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4 terrorists killed in encounter in Pakistan

The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab Police said that it was an 'intelligence-based operation' conducted against IS in the Sahiwal district, some 200kms from Lahore.

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Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar enters presidential race

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whose fighters killed thousands in Kabul during the bloody civil war of the 1990s, has remained a divisive figure since his return from exile in 2016.

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Afghan interior minister resigns to run for vice-presidency: Report

Under Afghanistan's electoral system, all members of government except the president and vice president must step down in order to run for office.

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Won't hold any meeting with American envoy in Islamabad: Afghan Taliban reject peace talks with US

Senior Taliban leaders said that regional powers including Pakistan had approached them and wanted them to meet the US delegation in Islamabad and also include the Afghan government in the peace…

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Pelosi cancels Afghanistan trip, cites security risk

US President Donald Trump had Friday denied Pelosi's 'excursion' to Brussels and war-torn Afghanistan, a tit-for-tat retaliation for her suggesting him to reschedule his annual State of the Union…

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Our debt crisis is problem of financial management, seeking help from RBI: Sri Lankan envoy to WION

Fernando spoke to WION political correspondent Siddhant Sibbal on a host of issues such as debt crisis and India's help to the island nation. 

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Nawaz Sharif not completely well, says special medical board

The medical board had thoroughly examined Sharif and had his necessary tests done on Wednesday at the jail, where he is serving a seven years jail sentence in a corruption case.

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Activists decry Sri Lankan president's praise for Duterte's drugs war

Despite international condemnation of a crackdown that has killed thousands of Filipinos, visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena told Duterte that he wanted to 'follow your footsteps…

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Bangladesh scraps 15-year Liquefied Natural Gas supply deal with Swiss trader

Bangladesh and AOT agreed on a deal in February 2018 for the supply of 1.25 million tonnes per year (mtpa ) for 15 years but it was not signed.

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Women's bicycle rally in Pakistan postponed after protest threat by religious parties

Zama Jawandoon, an organisation working for women's rights, had organised the 'peace rally' that was scheduled to begin from Peshawar's Hayatabad neighbourhood on Saturday, the Dawn reported.

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Former Afghan security adviser enters race for president

Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the country's top security official for four years before he quit in August over policy differences with Ghani, is seen by analysts as a leading contender in the election now…

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Pakistan to host next round of peace talks between US and Afghan Taliban in Islamabad: Report

Quoting diplomatic sources, GEO News reported that Pakistan decided to extend an invitation to the Afghan Taliban representatives to come to Islamabad and hold talks.

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Myanmar army 'kills 13' in counterattacks on Rakhine rebels

Rakhine state has seen new levels of violence in recent weeks between the Arakan Army (AA) -- insurgents fighting for greater autonomy for ethnic Rakhine Buddhists -- and security forces.

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Cambodia, Myanmar hit out at tough EU rice tariffs

The EC reimposed duties of up to 175 euros ($200) per tonne of Indica rice from the two countries for three years following intensive lobbying by Italy, who said cheap imports were damaging its…

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