Monday, December 22, 2014


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pakistan To Execute About 500 Convicts

Pakistan says it will begin executing nearly 500 prisoners convicted on terrorism-related charges in the coming weeks.
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Pakistan Says Arrests Made Over Massacre

Authorities in Pakistan say they made several arrests on December 21 in the case of a school massacre by the Taliban in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
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Pakistan Executes 4 More Militants

Pakistan on December 21 hanged four Islamic militants -- including a Russian citizen -- in the second set of executions since Islamabad lifted a death-penalty moratorium in the aftermath of a school massacre by the Pakistani Taliban.
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Romania: 450 Troops To Afghanistan

Outgoing President Traian Basescu says Romania has committed an extra 450 troops to Afghanistan starting next year in addition to the previously announced 200 military instructors and trainers.
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At Least 17 Killed In Afghan Attacks

Officials say at least 17 people, including women and children, have been killed in separate attacks across Afghanistan.
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Afghan Guantanamo Detainees Returned

The Pentagon says four detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military detention facility have been repatriated to Afghanistan.
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UN: Record Afghan Civilians Killed

The United Nations says civilian casualties in Afghanistan reached a record high this year, up 19 percent compared to last year.
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Drone Kills Five Militants In Pakistan

A U.S. drone strike has killed at least five militants in Pakistan's restive tribal region near the Afghan border.
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UN Urges Taliban To Reduce Civilian Casualties

The United Nations has urged the Taliban to reduce civilians casualties in Afghanistan, but has seen no change on the ground.
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Pakistan Executes 2 Terror Convicts

Pakistan has executed two militants after it reinstated the death penalty in the wake of an attack on a school that killed more than 140 people, most of them children.
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