South & Central Asia

Map of the Line of control, Kashmir
The president of Pakistani-administered Kashmir has welcomed efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump to lower tensions between Pakistan and India over the disputed Himalayan region and warned of a humanitarian crisis and food shortages in the Indian-held portion
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August 20, 2019
Kashmiri men shout slogans during a protest after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Srinagar, August 11, 2019.
Pakistani emergency authorities were preparing for minor flooding in several areas in Punjab state on Monday
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By Reuters
August 19, 2019
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with the media on the opening day of the parliament session in New Delhi, India, June 17, 2019.
Washington confirmed the leaders had spoken on Monday
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By Reuters
August 19, 2019
A security personnel patrols on a deserted road of the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar, Aug. 19, 2019.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Pakistani chief of army staff, was due to retire in November after completing his stipulated three-year term
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August 19, 2019
School buses are parked inside the premises of a deserted school compound in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Restrictions continue in much of Indian-administered Kashmir, despite India's government saying it was gradually…
Kashmir still remains largely shuttered two weeks after being placed in lockdown
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August 19, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he boards Air Force One for travel to New Hampshire from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, Aug. 15, 2019.
Both adversaries in Afghanistan's 18-year-old war said they still have 'some details' to discuss before announcing a much-anticipated peace deal
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August 19, 2019
SRI LANKA shaded relief  map, with COLOMBO, NEGOMBO and BATTICALOA locators, partial graphic
A general accused of war crimes by the UN was Monday appointed Sri Lanka army chief by the nation's president despite international concerns about his human rights record
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By AFP
August 19, 2019