South Asia

U.S. Army Hands Over Control of Bagram Prison to Afghanistan

March 25, 2013

“The US has handed over to Afghanistan the only prison still under American control, resolving an issue that has strained ties between the countries.”

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Former Pakistan President Musharraf Returns to Pakistan After 4 Years to Contest Elections

March 24, 2013

“Musharraf hopes to regain influence so that his party can win seats in the general election scheduled for May 11, when he will face fierce competition, including from the man he ousted in a military takeover.”

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Last Month, China and Pakistan Reached a Secret Agreement to Construct Pakistan’s Third Nuclear Reactor

March 21, 2013

“According to U.S. intelligence and diplomatic officials, the secret agreement for the Chashma 3 reactor was signed in Beijing during the visit by a delegation from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission from Feb. 15 to 18.”

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Pakistan Authorities Arrest Man Wanted For Beheading of Wall Street Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl

March 19, 2013

“Pearl was kidnapped while researching a story in Karachi about Pakistani militants and the so-called “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. He was later decapitated, and a video of his killing was sent to U.S. officials.”

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Pakistan Prime Minister Ashraf Praises Elected Government For First Full Term

March 17, 2013

“Since Pakistan was founded in 1947, government were often overthrown in coups, toppled by political infighting or end in assassinations or murders.”

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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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