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Pakistan secures 6 billion aid package from Saudi Arabia

By: Ayaz Gul Source: VOA News ISLAMABAD – Saudi Arabia has agreed to lend Pakistan $3 billion in cash and allow Islamabad to defer payments for oil imports worth $3 billion for a one-year period to help the country address its looming balance of payments crisis. The Pakistani government announced the details Tuesday at the end of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s official visit to Riyadh, where he met with the Saudi leadership and attended an investment conference boycotted by several other world leaders over the death of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul. “It was agreed Saudi Arabia will place a deposit of USD 3 billion for a...

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Afghanistan: Police and intelligence heads killed in attack

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL The police chief and intelligence head of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar have been killed in a shooting attack, officials say, in a major blow to the Western-backed government in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the October 18 assault in the provincial capital, also named Kandahar, which came just two days before parliamentary elections. Afghan officials told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan that a bodyguard opened fire after a high-level security meeting in the governor’s compound. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, was present at the gathering but was unhurt, said NATO Resolute Support spokesman Grant...

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Bangladesh ignores Myanmar, delivers aid to trapped Rohingya Muslims

By: Radio Free Asia Source: Radio Free Asia The Bangladesh government is distributing aid to Rohingya refugees trapped in a no-man’s land along the country’s border with Myanmar, ignoring calls from Naypyidaw to cut off humanitarian supplies as a precondition for those people to repatriate, officials told BenarNews. Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H.M. Ali led a 16-member delegation on a visit to Myanmar earlier this month, during which Myanmar proposed calling on humanitarian organizations to carry out the task of distributing aid. “In fact, Bangladesh didn’t respond to Myanmar’s undue demand for the sake of humanity,” an official at the Bangladeshi Disaster Management and Relief Ministry...

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