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Pakistan’s Ground Offensive in North Waziristan

Pakistan’s army has begun a major ground offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan. The operation is the biggest military campaign of the country’s military against Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan since the 2007 operation in Swat valley. According to Pakistani officials, hundreds of militants have been killed during past weeks in army aerial attacks in Miranshah of North Waziristan. Pakistan’s military of ...

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Market Blast Kills Two In Somali Capital

At least two people have been killed and seven wounded when a bomb ripped through a busy market in the Somali capital, a government official said. It is not clear who carried out Monday's attack but in the past similar explosions in Mogadishu have been claimed by al-Shabab fighters. The group had previously vowed to wage a series of attacks during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month which started on Sunday. O ...

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Mass Hong Kong Democracy Protest Looms

Hong Kong is bracing for its largest protest in more than a decade after nearly 800,000 voted for full democracy in an unofficial referendum, a move likely to stoke anti-China sentiment in the former British colony. The annual July 1 rally, marking the day the territory returned to China in 1997, will focus on pressuring Beijing's Communist Party leaders for full electoral freedom, organisers said, and coul ...

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Iraqis Fear Sectarian Violence In Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq - Iraqis are growing increasingly fearful that the battle pitting government forces against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will soon reach the edges of the capital, and may lead to attacks on civilians. "Government forces will not have mercy on our areas if they become a battle zone," said Samer, a Sunni Muslim living in the western suburb of Yarmouk who preferred not to give ...

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Two Police Officers Killed In Egypt Bomb

Two Egyptian police officers have been killed and several others wounded in a small explosion near the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district, the Interior Ministry has said. Security forces were defusing one makeshift bomb found at a street intersection near the presidential palace on Monday when a second device exploded, the ministry said in a statement. The blast came days after the armed gro ...

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Sunni Rebels Declare New ‘Islamic Caliphate’

A Sunni armed group which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria has announced the establishment of a "caliphate" straddling the two countries, urging other groups to pledge allegiance. In an audio recording released on Sunday, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant declared its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, "the caliph" and "leader for Muslims everywhere". "The legality of all ...

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More Pakistan Flights Halted Following Peshawar Attack

Qatar Airways has joined Emirates and Etihad in suspending flights to the Pakistani city of Peshawar following a deadly attack on an aircraft at the city’s airport last week. The Pakistan International Airlines flight was fired on as it landed last Tuesday, killing a passenger on board. Although police arrested dozens of people following the incident, they are said not to have full control of areas around t ...

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India Attracts $38 Billion Overseas Investment In Quarter To March

India has attracted $37.8 billion foreign investment the last leg of United Progressive Alliance government between January and March as investors pumped in dollars in anticipation of a stable government. The strong dollar inflows through the portfolio route has also helped the local currency to appreciate and contribute to the rise. Data released by Reserve Bank of India showed that $16.1 billion came in a ...

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Work On Time-Consuming Projects Halted

KABUL: The Ministry of Finance on Monday said budget deficit has forced them to stop construction work on some time-consuming development projects. In 2014, the ministry faced with 21 billion afghanis budget shortfall, Finance Ministry Spokesman Abdul Qadir Jilani told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said the operating budget for the current year, as originally projected by the ministry was about 280 billion afghan ...

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Noor Asks Candidates To Respect IEC Decision

KABUL: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said all questions raised by presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah were answered in line with established law, asking President Hamid Karzai to encourage Abdullah to rejoin the election process. Addressing a news conference here, IEC Spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor reiterated reservations expressed by Abdullah were responded positively as per el ...

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10 ANA Officials Killed: Mod

KABUL: Ten Afghan National Army (ANA) officials were killed following roadside bombings over the past two days in various parts of the country, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement on Monday. During the past two days, the army conducted cleanup offensives in Badakhshan, Kandahar, Logar, Helmand, Herat and Khost provinces, the statement said. At least 60 armed rebels, including six mine planters ...

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Parliament Approves Access To Information Law

KABUL: The lower house of the Afghan parliament (Wolesi Jirga) has approved Access to Information Law with some amendments by a majority of votes today. Ministry of Justice had sent the six-chapter Access to Information Law containing 32 articles to the Wolesi Jirga for approval in the middle of March this year. The draft law was today presented at a general session of the Jirga by its commission for religi ...

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India’s New liberalised Visa policy for Afghans

NEW DELHI, JUNE 30: Afghan nationals will soon be allowed to stay in India on visa/resident permit up to 2 years at a time. “The Government is introducing a new liberal visa policy for Afghan nationals to stay in India on humanitarian grounds for two years with effect from July 01, 2014. The new policy further streamlines procedures being implemented in the current visa policy for citizens of Afghanistan,” ...

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The Deepening Election Crisis

The deadlock over the presidential elections is further deepening with Abdullah’s camp questioning legitimacy of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC). According to Abdullah’s team, the IEC has rejected the major demands the team had proposed for resolving the election stalemate, while the IEC officials maintain they have accepted all of Dr. Abdullah’s deman ...

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Iraq’s Military Battles to Wrest Back Control of Tikrit

BAGHDAD - Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions in Tikrit on Sunday as part of a government offensive to retake the northern city from Sunni militants led by the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, residents and officials said. The Iraqi military opened its campaign to wrest back Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, on Saturday with a multi-pr ...

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Pakistan Woman and Husband Killed By Family over Unapproved Marriage

A 17-year-old woman and her husband were killed by her family for marrying without its consent, and another young woman was burned alive by a man for refusing his marriage proposal in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, police have reported. Muafia Bibi and her husband Sajjad Ahmed, 30, were killed in Satrah village on Friday night, allegedly by her parents, two uncles and her grandfather, said Asghar Ali, ...

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Bulgaria Makes More Arrests Over Bank Runs

SOFIA, June 29 (Reuters) - Bulgarian authorities said on Sunday they had detained three more people on suspicion of plotting to destabilise the country's banking system by spreading false information about the health of its commercial banks. The arrests, which follow the detention of two men on Saturday on the same grounds, are part of a criminal investigation launched after depositors on Friday rushed to w ...

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Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza after Rocket Attacks

Palestinian medics said two people were wounded in air strikes on eight sites. Israeli officials said only six sites were bombed. Three people were injured in the attack on the Israeli factory, a paint manufacturing plant in the southern town of Sderot that caught fire, police said. "Over the weekend, the Israel Defence Forces attacked multiple targets in response to firing at Israel from the Gaza Strip," P ...

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North Korea Launches Two Missiles, Defies U.N. Ban

- North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into seas east off its coast on Sunday, South Korea's military said, defying a U.N. ban on the isolated country testing such weapons. The launch came days before Chinese President Xi Jinping's scheduled state visit to South Korea. China is the main benefactor of the North, which is also under sanctions for conducting nuclear tests. North Korea is also d ...

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Internal clash among Taliban militants leaves 4 dead in Ghor

At least four Taliban militants were killed following an internal clash among the Taliban militants in western Ghor province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place late Saturday in Paswand district. Provincial governor spokesman, Abdul Hai Khatibi, said an internal clash broke out between Taliban militants around 5:00 pm local time on Saturday. Khatibi further added ...

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