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Imran Khan to be sworn in as Pak PM before Aug 14: PTI

Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister before the country’s independence day on August 14, his party has anno­unced as it is trying to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government.

Tho­ugh the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the July 25 elections, the party is still short of numbers to form its government on its own.

Burned once by Trump, China’s Xi wary about fresh trade talks

The last time the US and China engaged in serious trade negotiations, President Xi Jinping’s top economic aide got burned. Following intense talks in Washington this May, Vice Premier Liu He declared that a trade war had been avoided after China agreed to “significantly increase purchases” of US goods. In interviews with Chinese media, Liu said Donald Trump showed him respect as Xi’s special representative, and he had “a very strong feeling” the US president wanted good relations with Beijing.

How a Frenzied Race to Harness the Mekong Turned Deadly

Stretching from its headwaters in the high-altitude Tibetan Plateau to its endpoint in the delta marshes of Vietnam, the mighty Mekong River is one of the world’s great ecosystems. For Laos, it represents so much more: the energy source behind an ambitious hydro-power buildout and decades of potential economic growth.

Imran takes lead in Pak cliffhanger

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was leading in 103 parliamentary seats at the time of going to press while its main rival, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) or PML(N) was ahead in 59 seats in the initial round of the counting in an election marred by a deadly suicide attack and allegations of manipulations by the powerful military.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of former president Asif Ali Zardari was leading in 34 seats, indicating that he could play ‘kingmaker’ in case of a hung parliament, according to media reports.

Imran Khan seeks election win over jailed ex-PM’s party

Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan is hoping to become Pakistan’s prime minister after 20 years of being dismissed at the polls, as the country prepares to vote in a tense election pitting him against the party of jailed ex-premier Nawaz Sharif.

Just over a decade after the end of Pakistan’s most recent era of military rule, Wednesday’s vote features competing narratives of democracy amid Sharif’s accusations elements of the powerful army are working to throw the race to Khan, which he denies.

US-Iran tensions simmer as Trump and Rouhani trade threats

US President Donald Trump launched a new broadside against Iran, warning of unspecified “consequences” if Hassan Rouhani continues threatening America.

In a Twitter post late Sunday, Trump said, “To Iranian President Rouhani: Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before. We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence & death. Be cautious!”

Iran second largest oil supplier after Iraq in Q1

Iran overtook Saudi Arabia to be the second largest supplier of crude oil to Indian public sector firms in the first 3 mont­hs of current financial year, oil mi­nister Dharmendra Pr­a­dhan said on Monday. In­dian PSUs, which last fin­an­cial year cut oil imports from Iran by a quarter, bou­g­ht 5.67 million tonnes of cr­­ude oil from the Persian Gulf nation during April-Ju­ne, higher than imports fr­om Saudi Arabia. Imports fr­om Iran were only second to Iraq.

Migrants in US custody describe life in ‘ice boxes’ and ‘dog pounds’

During their detention last month in a US Customs and Border Protection facility in Laredo, Texas, Karen and her two young sons were constantly cold. The family, which fled violence in Honduras, slept on a hard floor in a holding cell without mattresses, she said, their clothes still wet from crossing the Rio Grande.

“I can only hold one at a time to keep them warm. Whoever I am not holding is cold,” she said in one of more than 200 sworn statements filed this week in a long-running lawsuit challenging conditions for children in immigration custody.

Thailand to televise first public appearance of rescued cave boys

The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are set to make their first public appearance on Wednesday, at a nationally-broadcast news conference in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach have been in hospital following a successful international effort to rescue them last week after they became trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave complex.

Russian establishment chalks up Trump summit as a win for Putin

Russia’s political and media establishment heralded talks between the Russian and US leaders in Helsinki as a victory for Vladimir Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russia as a pariah.

“The West’s attempts to isolate Russia failed,” read the headline on a report on Monday’s summit meeting in state-run newspaper Rossiisskaya Gazeta.

The praise from Russia’s elite for Putin’s performance at the summit contrasted sharply with the reaction in Washington where US President Donald Trump’s own Republican party accused him of failing to stand up to Putin.