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Trump, Modi discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar, Maldives, North Korea: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone on Thursday, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said. The Trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India as a way to balance Chinas assertive posture...

More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement

Another 58 asylum-seekers held in an Australian-run detention center on Papua New Guinea (PNG) will leave on Tuesday for resettlement in the United States under a controversial refugee swap deal, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters. The asylum-seekers are the third and largest group to be given U.S. resettlement, ending a three-month hiatus in a transfer program that had been described...

Myanmar police shoot dead seven protesters in troubled Rakhine

Myanmar police shot dead seven demonstrators, while 12 were injured in troubled Rakhine State, after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent. The violent demonstration underscores the challenges facing Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a country where dozens of ethnic groups have been clamoring for autonomy since independence from Britain in 1947. Som...

Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message
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Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message

Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Francis spoke of the Middle East conflict and other world flashpoints in his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) address, four days after more t...

Myanmar blocks U.N. rights investigator just before visit

Myanmar has told the U.N. independent investigator into human rights in the country that it will not cooperate with her or grant her access to the country for the rest of her tenure, she said in a statement on Wednesday. Yanghee Lee, U.N. special rapporteur, said she had been due to visit in January to assess human rights across Myanmar, including abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine Stat...

More than 100 new species found in Mekong region

A Vietnamese crocodile lizard and a Thai turtle found on sale in a local market are among more than 100 new species discovered in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region last year, researchers said Tuesday. The Southeast Asian countries flanking the Mekong river, which snakes down from the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea, are among the most biodiverse in the world. Each ...

Nepal defeats Myanmar by 337 runs

Nepal has defeated to Myanmar by 337 runs in final game of UCC,U-16 Eastern Region Cricket Competition in Thailand, today. Nepal scored 350 runs in 35.6 overs, while Mayanmar limited on 13 runs by 11.3 overs. With this victory Nepal enter into semifinal. To defeating the Myanmar Narayan Joshi and Mekh Bahdur contribute 4-4 wickets. Bishal Bikram contribute 1 wicket. Hiyan Ayung contribute...

PM: Nepal’s foreign policy dictated by geopolitical realities
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PM: Nepal’s foreign policy dictated by geopolitical realities

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that Nepals foreign policy is dictated by its geopolitical realities. Replying to the queries of students at the Columbia University in New York on Thursday after delivering a speech, Deuba said it is in Nepals national interest to have good relations with both its neighbours India and China. On Nepals position on the two giants recent standoff over...

Rohingya Crisis: UN Chief warns Aung San Suu Kyi of 'last chance' before irreversible crisis

Nobel Peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is facing tremendous pressure as the Rohingya crisis continues and worsens. She is not attending the UN General Assembly and is staying in Burma to try and control the security situation. The UN has warned Suu Kyi that if no action is taken to stop the crisis there will be no coming back from this.In an address to the nation on Tuesday, Ms Suu Kyi is exp...

Brothers on world bicycle tour to protect environment, fight HIV/AIDS

Inspired to do something for protecting environment and fighting against HIV/AIDS, Dr. Amrit and Ajit Baral, two brothers from Baidam-6 of Pokhara, united to embark on a cycling journey across the world back in September of 2015. Amrit, 29, is a medical doctor by profession, while Ajit, 27, is an environmental activist. They are using the trip to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention and envir...

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