South Asia

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Pleads Guilty in Afghanistan Corruption and Bribery Case

March 17, 2013

“Long, 30, had pleaded guilty to stealing at least $1 million and shipping the cash in hundred-dollar bills to the U.S. in the guts of hollowed-out VCR players.”

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Suicide Bomber Kills 7 People at a Sporting Event in Afghanistan

March 13, 2013

“Among the seven killed in the bombing in the remote village of Basos were several family members of the Afghan speaker of parliament, said regional police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai. Another eight people were wounded.”

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Christians Protest Across Pakistan; Authorities Arrest 160 Suspects For Burning Christian Homes

March 10, 2013

“But it remains to be seen whether anyone will be held to account. Mob violence is not uncommon following blasphemy allegations, and police often round up large numbers of suspects. However, these arrests rarely result in actual convictions.”

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Security Threat Cancels Defense Secretary Hagel’s Press Conference With Afghan President Karzai

March 10, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little said the cancellation was not due to Karzai’s earlier comments about the U.S. and the Taliban.”

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai Accuses the U.S. and Taliban of Working Together to Convince Afghans That Foreign Soldiers Shouldn’t Leave

March 10, 2013

“Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave – an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as “categorically false.”"

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Thousands of Pakistani Muslim Protesters Burn 100 Christian Homes in Lahore in Response to Blasphemy

March 9, 2013

“Around 3,000 Muslim protesters took part in multiple simultaneous arsons of Christian homes, that belonged to low to middle-class families from the minority community.”

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Suicide Bomb Kills 8 Civilians Outside the Afghan Defense Ministry During U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Kabul Visit

March 9, 2013

“Pentagon spokesman George Little says the secretary was in a briefing at a U.S.-led military coalition facility in another part of the city when the explosion occurred.”

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Witnesses Support Claims of Human Rights Abuses by Sri Lankan Military Against Tamil Tiger Rebels

February 25, 2013

“Their accounts cast fresh doubt on the Sri Lankan government’s claim that the rebels were killed by their own supporters and add to a growing body of evidence of war crimes allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan military during the conflict.”

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Afghan President Karzai Orders U.S. Special Forces to Leave Strategic Province Over Allegations of Torture by Afghan Soldiers

February 24, 2013

“Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said the decision to order the American special forces to leave Wardak province was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are considered linked to the U.S. special forces.”

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Taliban Insurgents Launch 4 Attacks on Sunday in Afghanistan

February 24, 2013

“Taliban insurgents were behind the three explosions in the provinces, said Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the group. But he disavowed knowledge of the attempt in Kabul.”

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Report: Over 100 Million Labor Workers Strike in India Against Government’s “Anti-Labor” Policies

February 21, 2013

“Workers are demanding the government set a legal minimum wage, provide better protections against poor working conditions for those in low paying or unskilled positions, and halt the outsourcing of jobs to foreign investment and private sector markets.”

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President Obama to Announce a Troop Reduction in Afghanistan During his State of the Union Address

February 12, 2013

“The highly anticipated announcement on the next phase of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal will cut the size of the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by more than half by a year from now.”

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Ferry Carrying Around 100 People Capsizes in Bangladesh River

February 8, 2013

“A number of people were said to be unaccounted for after the boat went down in the Meghna River.”

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Human Rights Watch: India Government Response to Sexual Abuse of Children Has “Fallen Short”

February 8, 2013

“The group urged the government to better shield children from sexual abuse as part of a broad push for change after the death of a young woman who was gang-raped here in December.”

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United Kingdom Exit Strategy Plans: Over 40% of Britain’s Military Equipment Will Remain in Afghanistan

February 8, 2013

“The plans – which are still to be finalized – have raised fears high-tech material could end up in the hands of the Taliban.”

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