South & Central Asia

U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters sitting in front of a portrait of former U.S. President George Washington in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Aug. 20, 2019.
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US talks with Taliban on Afghanistan resuming
Steve Herman
August 20, 2019
Conservator Sherazuddin Saifi works on pieces of a small statue damaged by the Taliban because they were judged to be against Islam, at the National Museum of Afghanistan, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2019.
Museum workers in Kabul have been trying to fit them together again as a nervous country waits for the Taliban and the US to reach a deal on ending America’s longest war
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August 20, 2019
FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington.  A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban is to begin in Qatar Saturday,…
The Taliban has been in talks with the US on a timetable for the withdrawal of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan
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August 20, 2019
Army soldiers and civilians attend the funeral of three soldiers who, according to Pakistan Army, were killed in a cross-border exchange of fire on the Line of Control, at army stadium in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administrated Kashmir, Aug. 16, 2019.
Revelation comes a day after US President Donald Trump spoke to leaders of both nuclear-armed rival nations and urged them to reduce tensions, although he described situation as 'tough'
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August 20, 2019
FILE - A Rohingya Muslim woman who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, holds her son and her daughter, after the government moved them to newly allocated refugee camp areas, near Kutupalong, Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner, Abul Kalam, said only 21 families out of 1,056 selected for repatriation starting Thursday were willing to be interviewed by officials about whether they wish to return
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August 20, 2019
FILE - Chief of staff of Sri Lankan army Shavendra Silva attends a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 16, 2019.
Sri Lanka Tuesday rejected as 'unwarranted and unacceptable' mounting international criticism of the appointment of a general accused of war crimes as the island nation's army chief
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By AFP
August 20, 2019
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan displays a model of Chanrayaan 2 orbiter and rover during a press conference at their headquarters in Bangalore, India, Aug. 20, 2019.
$141 million Chandrayaan-2 probe reaches moon after a month-long flight; probe to release lander that could place India alongside U.S., Russia and China as only nations to make soft landing on lunar surface
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August 20, 2019