Friday, October 24, 2014


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Afghan 'Blasphemy' Case An Early Test For New Government

A blasphemy case involving a newspaper is posing an early test for Afghanistan’s new president, who will have to carefully balance international concerns with the wishes of powerful religious leaders in the country.
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Afghan Civilians Killed In Gun Attack

Afghan police say five people were killed and two were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a car in an attack in one of the country's eastern provinces.
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Afghan Detainee To Be Tried In United States

U.S. officials say a military detainee in Afghanistan will be transferred to the United States for trial.
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Fresh Fighting In Pakistan's Khyber

Three suspected militants and three members of Pakistan’s security forces have been killed in new clashes in the northwestern tribal region of Khyber.
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Video Deadly Attacks Mount In Quetta

A bomb blast struck a rally by Pakistan's leading religious political party, causing many casualties, after two other, separate incidents in Quetta, one in which gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Hazaras, killing eight and wounding another, and another in which a blast targeted a vehicle used by frontier forces.
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Interview: Indian Peace Prize Laureate Looks To Join Forces With Malala

No child should have to grow up amid fear and war, according to Kailash Satyarthi, and the Indian Nobel Peace Prize laureate is looking to join forces with co-winner Malala Yousafzai to ensure that none have to.
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Three Wounded In Attack On Polio Team In Pakistan

Three people have been injured when a remote-controlled bomb targeted a polio team in northwestern Pakistan.
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Malala Receives U.S. Liberty Medal

Malala Yousafzai, the child rights activist and youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, received the U.S. Liberty Medal October 22 and pledged her $100,000 award to education in her homeland Pakistan.
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Afghan President To Visit China

The office of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he will visit China next week for a three-day trip, his first official visit abroad since taking office in September.
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Pakistani Taliban Spokesman Fired

The Pakistani Taliban have announced the dismissal of the militant group's spokesman Shahidullah Shahid.
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