Longtime career diplomats at the U.S. Department of State and the National Security Council, and South Asia observers have heaved a sigh of relief that President Donald Trump, during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France, had expunged the word ‘mediate’ from his lexicon.

A suspected militant and a policeman were killed in the first gun battle since New Delhi stripped Indian Kashmir of its autonomy, police said Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump offered to mediate the "explosive" situation.

Pakistan extended its military chief's tenure Monday, ensuring stability in what is arguably the country's most powerful position as tensions soar with rival India and Washington is expected to announce a withdrawal deal in Afghanistan.