Saturday, May 07, 2016


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Afghan Special Forces Free 60 Prisoners

Afghan Special Forces backed by helicopter gunships have freed more than 60 prisoners from a Taliban prison in southern Helmand Province.
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Afghan Leader Nominates Defense, Intelligence Chiefs

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has proposed a reshuffling of his defense and intelligence ministers in the aftermath of a massive deadly terrorist attack in Kabul.
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Al-Qaeda Boosts Afghan Taliban Fight

Al-Qaeda is working more closely with the Taliban in Afghanistan and could bolster the militant group's fight against government forces, a NATO spokesman said on May 5.
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U.S. Embassy In Kabul Warns Of Kidnapping Threat

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has issued a security warning to U.S. citizens after an attempted kidnapping of an American and a number of foreigners in the Afghan capital earlier in the week.
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Five Killed In Roadside Bombing In Afghanistan

An Afghan official says a roadside bombing has killed five civilians and wounded five others in a remote northwestern province.
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Pakistani Council Arrested For Burning Teen Alive

Pakistani police have arrested 15 members of a tribal council accused of ordering the burning alive of a young girl for helping a couple to elope.
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Pakistani Men Face Blasphemy Rap After Bus Brawl

Five Muslim employees of a Pakistani transport company were arraigned on blasphemy charges after a Sikh man complained they desecrated his turban during an argument about a delayed bus.
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UN Council Demands Those Who Attack Hospitals Face Justice

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding that all parties to conflicts protect medical facilities and staff who are treating the wounded and sick.
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Video Donald Trump Near Clinching U.S. GOP Presidential Nomination

Billionaire Donald Trump appears close to winning the Republican presidential nomination after knocking out his chief rival with a critical victory in the U.S. state of Indiana on May 3.
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Religious Freedom Seen Deteriorating

The latest report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says religious freedom across the world deteriorated in 2015.
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