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US soldier killed in anti-Taliban battle in Afghanistan KABUL: An American soldier was killed Tuesday during an anti-Taliban operation near the capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand, US-led NATO forces said.The news comes after NATO on Monday announced the deployment of around 100 US troops to Lashkar Gah to help head off a potential Taliban takeover as fighting intensifies.It marked the first major American deployment to the southern city since foreign forces withdrew from the opium-growing province in 2014."One US service member died as a result of wounds sustained during operations near Lashkar Gah in Helmand today," the coalition said, adding that another American and six Afghan soldiers were wounded."The service member was killed conducting train, advise, assist activities with Afghan counterparts under NATO authorities when their patrol triggered an Improvised Explosive Device," NATO added, without naming the soldier.Fighting has recently escalated in the opium-growing province of Helmand, with insurgents coming within a few kilometres of ...

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Iran says Russian raids from its airbase 'over for now' TEHRAN: Iran said Monday that Russian raids on Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, shortly after accusing Moscow of "showing off" when it revealed the bombing missions."It was a specific, authorised mission and it's over for now. They conducted it and they are gone now," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters in Tehran.He left open the possibility of future Russian combat flights from Iran, saying it would depend on "the ...

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Myanmar says UN's Ban will attend peace talks YANGON: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon will attend a landmark peace conference in Myanmar this month, an official and a rebel group said Monday, bolstering Aung San Suu Kyi's drive to end decades of fighting.Several complex ethnic conflicts are rumbling across Myanmar's borderlands, hampering efforts to expand the economy after the end of junta rule.Suu Kyi has made peace a flagship policy of her newly installed civilian-led government.It is a tall order in a country ...

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Taliban make further gains in Afghan north KABUL: The Afghan Taliban captured a strategic district in the northern province of Kunduz on Saturday, forcing troops to retreat to the provincial capital which fell briefly to the insurgents last year, officials said.Fighting has sharply escalated in Afghanistan since the insurgency started spreading from its traditional strongholds in the south and east of the country to the once peaceful north.The militants seized the district of Khanabad, which connects Kunduz to Takhar and other northern ...

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi assures China of solution to stalled dam BEIJING: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi told China's premier on Thursday that her new government is willing to look for a resolution that suits both countries to a suspended Chinese-funded hydropower project in northern Myanmar, a senior Chinese diplomat said.Finding a solution to the $3.6 billion Myitsone dam project is important for Suu Kyi who needs China's cooperation in talks with Myanmar's ethnic minority armed groups operating along northern borders with China.Former Myanmar President ...

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi heads to China with dam project clouding ties YANGON: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is heading to China on Wednesday for what is likely to be her government's biggest diplomatic test, with the fate of a suspended dam project, backed by China but opposed by many people in Myanmar, in the balance.Myanmar's former military rulers were shunned by the West and close to China, which has been on a diplomatic offensive since Suu Kyi's government came to power in April, aiming to ...

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China premier says cabinet approves launch of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect SHANGHAI: China's premier Li Keqiang said the State Council had approved the launch of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme linking the two exchanges, without giving further details on the launch date.Li, in comments posted on a government website, said that preparatory work for the long-awaited programme had been basically completed."The move marks a solid step toward better legal structure and international market orientation of China's capital markets," Li was quoted as saying.The China Securities ...