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Philippines Call For Restoration Of Democracy In Thailand

MANILA, The Philippine government joined Sunday other countries in calling for the immediate restoration of democracy in now military-run Thailand. In a statement, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Charles Jose said that as a friend and fellow member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines hopes the Thai people will be able to resolve the latest political challe ...

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Pakistan Releases Scores of Indian Fishermen

Pakistan has ordered the release of Indian fishermen in their custody, a day before India swears in right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party's Narendra Modi as its new prime minister, according to reports. Authorities released 59 Indian fishermen from the Malir jail in Karachi and another 92 from Nara jail in Hyderabad in Sindh province, India's PTI news agency reported on Sunday.   Syed Nazir Hussain, the su ...

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Obama’s Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

As the presidential elections in Afghanistan have overshadowed the US-Afghanistan relations, US president Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday. According to the reports he visited US troops stationed in Afghanistan as the country is declining its military presence and ending the long-lasting Afghan war. On Sunday, there were mixed reports whether Obama would meet Afghanistan’s outgoin ...

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US Links Future Presence to BSA Signing

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama would evaluate his options on Afghanistan only after the bilateral security agreement (BSA) was signed, the White House said on Tuesday. "We will evaluate our options when it comes to a post-2014 troop presence dependent upon actions taken by the government in Kabul to sign the BSA," the White House press secretary said. Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news confe ...

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Pakistani PM Orders Early Release of Chinese Tourist

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday afternoon took notice of the kidnapping of a Chinese tourist from the country's northwestern district of Dera Ismail Khan, local media reported. Sharif issued directives to the Interior Ministry and other concerned authorities to make a quick coordination between the security departments for early the release of the abducted tourist. Earlier on Tuesday, local ...

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Karzai Off To Shanghai for CICA Summit

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Sunday left for China to participate in a Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building in Asia (CICA), to be held in Shanghai, his office said. The international forum seeks to strengthen cooperation in building peace, security and stability in Asia. China has been chosen as CICA president for the period from 2014 to 2016. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev float ...

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Chinese camp hit near Boko Haram stronghold

Ten people unaccounted for after suspected Boko Haram fighters attack Chinese facility in northern Cameroon. A Chinese camp in northern Cameroon has been attacked by gunmen, a local governor has said, close to a border stronghold of the Nigerian armed group, Boko Haram. The attack took place on Friday near the town of Waza, 20km from the Nigerian border and the Sambisa forest, which is close to the area whe ...

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Indian Election Commission gives outgoing gov’t go-ahead to appoint next Army chief

India's independent Election Commission Monday gave its nod to the outgoing Congress-led government to begin the process of appointing the next Indian Army chief, sources said. The current Indian Army chief, General Bikram Singh, retires on July 31, and as per the prevailing tradition, his successor has to be appointed two to three months prior to that. "The Election Commission has informed the Defense Mini ...

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Iran’s leader urges boost of ties with Pakistan

  Iran and Pakistan should seize opportunities for enhancing bilateral relations, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here on Monday as the Pakistani prime minister visits the Islamic republic. The current level of economic cooperation between Iran and Pakistan is not satisfactory, Khamenei told visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. "We should not miss great chances for enhancem ...

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Resumption of Taliban’s Spring Offensive

Ahead of the planned election runoff, the Taliban announced start of their annual fighting season nicknames as Khaibar operation. The operation is as part of the Taliban’s spring offensive which escalates each year with the warmth of the weather. With the military offensive, the militant group has vowed to target foreign and Afghan forces, government officials as well as those who work with foreign forces a ...

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2 Suicide Bombers Attack ISAF Convoy

Two suicide bombers attacked an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops in southern Kandahar province on Saturday. The attacks happened close to the Maiwand district centre at 3.30pm, causing no casualties, the governor’s acting spokesman, Dawa Khan Minapal, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The bombers detonated -- almost simultaneously -- their explosives-laden car and motorbike near an ISAF convoy, ...

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Abbas meets Hamas leader in Doha

  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal meet for the first time since April's unity deal.     Meshaal has been based in Doha since the last two years [Reuters] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal have met for the first time since their rival factions signed a surprise unity deal. "The meeting has started," a source in Abbas's Ramall ...

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Gunmen kill 2 NATO truck drivers in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD, May 5 - Suspected militants in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region on Monday attacked a NATO container truck and killed its two drivers, officials and locals said. The officials said dozens of suspected militants attacked the NATO truck in Jamrud area on a main highway connecting Pakistan and Afghanistan Monday morning. The officials and witnesses said two drivers and their cleaner were ...

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Omar’s brother named as Taliban commander

  KABUL: A brother of the Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been appointed as the insurgent movement’s military commander, an official said on Saturday. A decision on Mullah Abdul Manan Hotak’s appointment was taken at a meeting in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, where top Afghan rebel leaders are believed to be hiding. The overnight meeting in Ganj ...

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Pakistani Madrasas Encourage Afghan Children for Suicide Attacks

  The Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) accused religious schools (Madrasas) in Pakistan for encouraging Afghan children to carry out suicide attack. NDS spokeman, Lotfullah Mashal said around 80 percent of the suicide attacks are carried out by children in Afgahnistan. Mashal further added that majority of the children are encouraged in Pakistani Madrasas to for suicide atta ...

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Motasem’s Disappearance in Dubai

Agha Jan Motasem, a high ranking Taliban official and former aide of the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been disappeared in Dubai. According to the Afghan officials, the government of Afghanistan is in contact with the UAE officials to find out about the fate of the Taliban official. Agha Jan Motasem was reportedly active in peace dialogue with the government of Afghanistan and, based on some repor ...

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Criticisms on the Government’s Taliban Policy

With the height of terrorist attacks of the Taliban militants, public anger has been growing recently over Afghan government’s policies towards the Taliban. As the next month presidential election is approaching, the level of violence has seen a sharp rise with the militants organizing brazen attacks in Kabul and elsewhere. The killing of the AFP journalist last week along with his children has sparked wide ...

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Deadly Revenge for Dubai Talks

In a deadly attack on Afghan security forces in Kunar Province, the Taliban militant killed at least 21 soldiers and abducted eight other, the reports say. This is one of the biggest blows to the Afghan National Security Forces, which has taken the lead in fighting against the insurgency in one last year. According to the reports, hundreds of Taliban fighters had taken part in the assault against a small gr ...

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The Killing of Former Taliban Official

Mullah Abdul Raqib Takhari’s assassination in Peshawar was not the first incident of its kind which has turned into a new puzzle in the complicated war and peace efforts in Afghanistan – and Pakistan. In one recent year, more Taliban senior officials in Quetta and Peshawar have been killed by unknown attackers. Last year, Nasiruddin Haqqani, the son of the leader of the Haqqani network was assassinated in t ...

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President Karzai’s Turkey Trip

President Hamid Karzai has paid a surprise visit to Turkey, where he is set to meet Turkish and Pakistani officials. According to the reports, a high-profile delegation is accompanying President Karzai in Turkey. The meeting that would be held among Afghan, Pakistani and Turkish officials in Ankara is seemingly aimed at exploring how to promote cooperation between Kabul and Islamabad over the shared securit ...

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