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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul's bail hearing on Thursday

Dissension with Tarique: Top BNP leaders want new programme

Gas reserves decreasing, only 32% remaining

A-League writes to returning officer seeking permission for rally

EC show causes 60 candidates for violating code of conduct

Relief operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine receive boost

New York, Apr 27 The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has made available $5 million in additional funding to provide life-saving assistance to some 69,000 people displaced by the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Pak blast: ANP observes mourning day

Karachi, Apr 27: The Awami National Party (ANP) is observing a day of mourning on Saturday against the bomb blast near its party office at Orangi Town in Pakistan\'s Karachi on Friday that killed at least 11 people, reports said.

Pakistan: 13 injured in bomb blast

Quetta, Apr 24: At least 13 people were injured in a bomb blast in Pakistan\'s Quetta city on Wednesday, officials said.

Musharraf directed to help in Bhuto case

Rawalpindi, Apr 23: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday appeared before a Pakistani anti-terrorism court which directed him to cooperate with investigators probing former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto\'s assassination.

Musharraf surrenders to police

Islamabad, Apr 19: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has surrendered to the police at his farmhouse in Islamabad, that had been declared as his sub-jail since Thursday, said reports.

MQM leader shot dead in Pakistan

Karachi, Apr 11: A Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, who was supposed to contest the upcoming Pakistan polls, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in southern Sindh province on Thursday, police said.

Pak judicial complex attacked

Peshawar, Mar 18: At least three people were killed when two suicide bombers attacked a judicial complex at Peshawar city in Pakistan on Monday, official said.

UN condemns drone attack in Pak

New York, Mar 16: The United States\' ongoing drone campaign in Pakistan is a violation of the South Asian nation\'s sovereignty, as it is being conducted without the consent of its elected representatives or that of the legitimate Government, a United Nations independent expert has warned.

Myanmar: UN provides aid to conflict-affected Kachin area

New York, Mar 2: United Nations and international agencies for the first time in more than a year delivered badly-needed aid to hundreds of people in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state following a cease-fire and a de-escalation of violence, while warning of poor living conditions in communal shelters.

Musharraf to return Pakistan, contest polls

Dubai, Mar 1: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Friday announced an end to his self-imposed exile of five years and said he will return to his country and contest the upcoming elections.

Demand for medicinal plants to boost Nepal\'s economy: UN

New York, Mar 1: The growing global demand for medicinal and aromatic plants could help drive Nepal’s green economy, particularly in poor communities where many types of such plants are harvested, says a new study released Thursday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Government of Nepal.

Afghanisan: The Growth of Neo-radicalism

By Abbas Daiyar/Afghanistan Analysts Network There are indications about the involvement of neo-radical – both neo-Salafist and Iranian-inspired Shia - groups in the Ashura clashes that occurred last November at Kabul University. AAN guest blogger Abbas Daiyar argues that an increase of the activities comes in the wake of the rise of Salafi groups during the Arab Spring and as a result of insufficiently monitored activities of regional countries. He fears for the harmony between Muslims of different sects who so far have mostly lived together peacefully in Afghanistan.

UN condemns conviction of editor in Thailand

New York, Jan 24: The United Nations human rights chief Wednesday condemned the harsh conviction of an editor and activist in Thailand for publishing two articles considered to be critical of the monarchy, and stressed that this puts at risk freedom of expression in the Southeast Asian country.

Ban welcomes ceasefire in Kachin

New York, Jan 21: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the government of Myanmar\'s recent announcement of a cease-fire in its northern state of Kachin and has been following the various reports from the ground on its implementation, the spokesperson for the world body\'s chief said Sunday.

UN deplores removal of Sri Lankan Chief Justice

New York, Jan 19: The United Nations human rights chief Friday spoke out against the impeachment and removal of Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice, saying it is a “calamitous setback” for rule of law in the South Asian nation, as well as for accountability and reconciliation.