Friday, August 22, 2014


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Red Cross Says Five Afghan Staff Freed

The International Red Cross says five of its workers who were abducted for a week in western Afghanistan have been freed after negotiations with the local militia fighters who kidnapped them.
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Video Pakistani NATO Truck Drivers Killed

Gunmen in northwestern Pakistan have killed two Pakistani truck drivers who were trying to deliver fuel to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
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Pakistan's Sharif Cancels Speech

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif canceled a speech to parliament on August 21 after lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution saying it would be unconstitutional for street protests to force his resignation or the dissolution of the legislature.
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U.S. Offers New Rewards For Haqqani Members

The United States is offering fresh rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the capture of four top members of the Pakistan-based extremist Haqqani network.
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U.S. Urges Afghans To Rethink Reporter's Expulsion

Afghanistan's Attorney General's Office said on August 20 that Matthew Rosenberg had 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting for "The New York Times."
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Pakistan Government, Protesters Talk

Pakistani government ministers and opposition politicians have met with representatives of the protesters who are surrounding administration buildings in the capital, Islamabad.
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UN Condemns Clash Between Afghan Candidate's Team, Electoral Workers

The United Nations’ Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned a clash in Kabul between presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign team and workers from Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission.
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NATO Soldier Stabbed In Kabul

A foreigner who was stabbed to death in Kabul on August 20 was a member of the NATO force in the country, according to NATO and Kabul police.
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Pakistani Envoy Defends Meeting With Kashmiris

Pakistan's ambassador to India has defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists, saying the only way to find a lasting peace is to include them in the dialogue.
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Attempt To Blockade Pakistani Parliament

A leader of a mass protest outside of Pakistan's parliament has called upon his followers to blockade the building as lawmakers inside were meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss the country's political crisis.
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