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Pakistan PM Abbasi returns home

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has returned home this afternoon after wrapping up his two-day Nepal visit.

Finance Minister Dr Yubraj Khatiwada and Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi, bade farewell to the Pakistani Prime Minister at VVIP longue of Tribhuvan International Airport.

Before returning home today, Prime Minister Abbasi paid a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and addressed a programme organised at SAARC Secretariat.

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Similarly, the Pakistani Prime Minister also held meeting with Chairman of the CPN (Maoist Centre), Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ this morning.

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Abbasi met with his Nepali counterpart KP Sharma Oli and held discussion on various issues of mutual interest.

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32 Chinese nationals killed in North Korea bus accident

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BEIJING — 32 Chinese tourists and four North Koreans died in a major bus accident in North Korea, China’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said two Chinese nationals seriously injured and left in critical condition in the accident, which occurred in North Hwanghae province.

Chinese visitors make up about 80 percent of all foreign tourists to North Korea, says a South Korean think-tank, the Korea Maritime Institute, which estimates that tourism generates revenue of about $44 million each year for the isolated country.

China’s state-run broadcaster CCTV broadcast footage of an upside-down, mangled bus in the dark amid rainfall and a patient being treated at a hospital.

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North Hwanghae province, the North Korean border region just north of Seoul, includes Kaesong, the capital of Korea’s Koryo Dynasty (918-1392).

As the home for historic monuments and sites, the ancient capital has become North Korea’s second World Heritage site after the Complex of Koguryo Tombs in Pyongyang.

Chinese diplomats have rushed to the scene of Sunday’s accident in North Hwanghae province, the foreign ministry said.

In a Twitter message earlier on Monday, Chinese state television’s English-language channel said a tour bus had fallen off a bridge, killing more than 30 people, but later deleted the message.

State television’s main Chinese-language news channel showed images of a crashed blue bus with its wheels in the air, in footage taken in pouring rain in the dark.

It showed at least one person being treated in hospital, but gave no details of casualties.

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