Saturday, March 07, 2015


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Turkmen Afghans Threaten Hunger Strike Over Island Incursion

A group of ethnic Turkmen in Afghanistan have threatened to begin a hunger strike if armed forces from Turkmenistan continue to take land that the villagers claim as theirs.
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More Appeal Delays For Jailed Pakistani Doctor Who Helped Find Bin Laden

A Pakistani doctor who was jailed after helping the CIA hunt down Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden faces fresh legal hurdles to his appeal because the tribunal that was hearing his appeal has been dissolved.
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Pakistan's Ruling Party To Strengthen Representation In Senate

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ruling party appeared on track to strengthen its representation in parliament after elections to the upper house.
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Pakistan Uses 'Iron Fist' In Polio Fight

Defying threats by the Taliban and protests by anti-vaccine parents, Pakistani authorities are taking the gloves off in the fight to eradicate polio.
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Central Asians Reported Among Militants Killed In Afghanistan

Afghan officials say Russian-speaking Central Asians were among dozens of militants killed in southern Afghanistan on March 4.
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U.S. State Department To Honor International Women Of Courage

The United States will present 10 women from around the world with the 2015 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.
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Pakistan Lawmakers Hold Elections For New Senators

Pakistani lawmakers are voting for new senators in an election that could increase Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ability to pass laws.
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Raid Seeks To Free Afghan Hostages

Afghan security officials said an operation aimed at freeing a group of kidnapped civilians in southern Afghanistan was continuing after a battle on March 4 killed dozens of militants but failed to secure the hostages' release.
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U.S. Jury Convicts Pakistani Man Of Conspiring With Al-Qaeda

A Pakistani man has been convicted by a federal court in the United States of working with Al-Qaeda to carry out bomb attacks in Europe and the United States.
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Flocking Home Amid Claims Of Intimidation, Harassment

Tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have returned home from Pakistan in recent months, but it is far from a storybook ending. Many say they were harassed and intimidated into leaving and say conditions are not right for their return to Afghanistan.
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