1028 GMT December 18, 2017
US may send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan
The US military and State Department recommended sending at least 3,000 more US troops to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.
Afghanistan Daesh leader killed: US, Afghan officials
The head of Daesh in Afghanistan – described as the mastermind behind high-profile attacks including an assault on a military hospital that claimed at least 50 lives – has been killed, US and Afghan officials said.
Pakistan: Army kills nearly 50 Afghan forces in border fight
The Pakistani Army said it has destroyed at least five Afghan checkpoints near the border between the two countries, killing about 50 security forces.
Iran, Afghanistan discuss terror threat as Zarif visits Kabul
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to Afghanistan which is facing a resurgent Taliban and an emerging Daesh threat despite the presence of foreign troops.
Some 200 Indonesian inmates at large two days after prison break
About 200 inmates are still at large after a mass prison break at an overcrowded prison on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, officials say.
China jails 20 for deadly 2015 landslide
Chinese courts sentenced 19 government officials and one business leader to prison for up to 20 years for their roles in a landslide which killed more than 70 people.
Daesh is a US product: Afghanistan's ex-president
Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai holds the US responsible for the rise of Daesh in his homeland, saying Washington is in cahoots with the notorious terrorist group it has created.
China's first large passenger jet is now airborne
China's first large jetliner has taken off on its maiden flight, a key moment in the country's push to challenge the US and Europe as a global manufacturer.
Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal with Afghan government
Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the capital Kabul eight months after signing a peace deal with the administration of President Ashraf Ghani.
Tehran-Islamabad discuss border security
Nawaz wants Pakistan-Iran trade to reach $5b
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday underlined the need for concerted efforts from Pakistan and Iran to achieve the target of $5 billion in bilateral trade at the earliest.
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