South Asia

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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United Nations Report: Cost of Corruption Rises Sharply in Afghanistan

February 7, 2013

“It said the amount rose in 2012 to $3.9bn, twice the country’s domestic revenue and that 50% of Afghans were paying bribes compared to 58% in 2009.”

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Napal’s Maoist Party Sets Conditions For Prime Minister’s Resignation

February 7, 2013

“Baburam Bhattarai has agreed to step aside provided that opposition parties accept the chief justice of the Supreme Court as the head of a unity government to oversee national elections, delegates to a party conference said on Thursday.”

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NATO Helicopter Crashes in Eastern Afghanistan; No Fatalities

February 7, 2013

“Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed the helicopter was shot down by the group’s fighters in the Tagab district of Kapisa province.”

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Pakistan Taliban Increasingly Engaging in Bribery and Racketeering

February 5, 2013

“The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-i-Taliban, or TTP, is an umbrella group of Islamic militants originating from Pakistan’s northern tribal region. The Pakistani Taliban is not related to the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

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Undeterred: 15 Year-Old Pakistani Activist Makes First Video Statement Since Being Shot in October

February 4, 2013

“Malala drew the world’s attention when she was shot in the head by Taliban militants on Oct. 9 while on her way home from school in northwestern Pakistan. The Islamist group said it targeted her because she promoted girls’ education and “Western thinking”"

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15 Year-Old Palestinian Activist Malala Yousufzai Undergoes Successful Skull Surgery in the U.K.

February 4, 2013

“Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teenager who defied Taliban attackers to promote education for girls, says she’s “feeling all right” after two weekend surgeries.”

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United Kingdom Deploys Miniature Surveillance Drones in Afghanistan

February 4, 2013

“British troops in Afghanistan are now using 10-centimeter-long 16-gram spy helicopters to survey Taliban firing spots.”

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Afghanistan-Pakistan Peace and Cooperation Talks Begin in the United Kingdom

February 4, 2013

“Nato troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.”

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Analysis: Terrorist Group al-Qaeda Shifting to Syria, Iraq, Algeria, and Mali

February 4, 2013

“U.S. officials said the terrorist network’s core in Pakistan and its ability to carry out large-scale attacks in the United States have been all but demolished, leading to a shift in focus to emerging threats elsewhere.”

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Senior Cleric Among 13 People Killed By Gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan

January 31, 2013

“CCTV footage shows that Mr Deenpuri, another cleric Mohammad Saleh, and the car’s driver were killed by a gunman who was waiting near the eastern Nursery neighbourhood.”

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Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Polio Workers in Northwestern Pakistan

January 31, 2013

“The explosion struck as the two workers, with a United Nations-backed campaign, were traveling by motorcycle near Parachinar in the Kurram District, near the border with Afghanistan.”

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Report: American Officials in Afghanistan Failed to Verify That Fuel For Afghan Security Forces Didn’t Come From Iran

January 31, 2013

“Between 2007 and 2012, the report said, the U.S. government did not have a reliable way of verifying that its Afghan providers were not buying from Iran as they supplied fuel worth nearly $1.1 billion to the Afghan army.”

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