South Asia

Report: United States Provides Afghanistan With Surveillance Drones

January 16, 2013

“Western forces will train Afghans to fly, use and maintain them before giving complete control to the Karzai government.”

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British General: “Insider” Attacks in Afghanistan Not Having “Any Major Detrimental Effects”

January 16, 2013

“More than 60 Nato troops, including 14 Britons, were killed by rogue members of the Afghan security forces in 2012.”

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Russian President Putin: Russia Loans Bangladesh $1 Billion to Purchase Weapons

January 15, 2013

“Russia will provide a separate $500 million loan to Bangladesh to help build its first nuclear power plant, Ruppur, under an agreement signed after the meeting, Putin said.”

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Aide to Pakistani Prime Minister: Pakistan’s Military and Supreme Court Conspiring to Overthrow the Government

January 15, 2013

“An aide to Pakistan’s embattled prime minister said on Tuesday there was “no doubt” the country’s powerful military and Supreme Court were working together to topple the government.”

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Qatar Prime Minister: Hoping for Peace Process in Afghanistan When NATO Withdraws in 2014

January 15, 2013

“Qatar aims to see a peace process in Afghanistan by the time NATO combat operations end in 2014, Qatar’s prime minister said on Tuesday as the Afghan Taliban movement prepared to open an office in the Qatari capital.”

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India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: No “Business As Usual” With Pakistan

January 15, 2013

“Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday there could be no “business as usual” with Pakistan after a clash last week along the line dividing the arch-rivals in Kashmir in which two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated.”

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Pakistan Army: Violating Ceasefire, Indian Troops Kill Pakistani Soldier in Kashmir

January 15, 2013

“Indian troops killed a Pakistani soldier in the disputed territory of Kashmir late on Tuesday, the Pakistani army said, the fifth fatality in hostilities between the nuclear armed neighbors since the new year.”

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Pakistan Supreme Court’s Call to Arrest the Prime Minister Causes the Karachi Stock Exchange to Crash

January 15, 2013

“The Karachi Stock Exchange crashed Tuesday on the news of the Supreme Court action. The KSE shed 500 points in just 10 minutes.”

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Sri Lanka Swears-In New Chief Justice Mohan Peiris

January 15, 2013

“Former attorney general and senior government legal adviser Mohan Peiris was appointed on Tuesday to replace Shirani Bandaranayake. Her removal was pronounced unlawful by the courts and condemned by the opposition and many lawyers.”

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Top Afghan Officials Call For Withdrawal of NATO Special Forces Trainers from Villages

January 15, 2013

“About 4,500 Special Operations personnel are charged with training the Afghan Local Police, or ALP, a force of 18,500 villagers who are armed, paid and taught to defend their communities against encroaching insurgents.”

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Thousands of Anti-Government Protesters in Pakistan Clash with Police

January 15, 2013

“Supporters of a Muslim cleric who wants Pakistan’s leaders thrown out in favor of a caretaker government waited for him to address them in Islamabad on Tuesday after a deadline he set for the current administration to step down expired.”

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Orders the Arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Corruption Charges

January 15, 2013

“Mr Ashraf denies accepting bribes when he approved power generation projects as minister for water and power in 2010. The court ordered the arrest of 15 other people over the allegations.”

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Thousands of Pakistanis Protest Against Government Corruption

January 15, 2013

“The government is due to disband in March, and elections must then be held within six weeks.”

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): 10,000 U.S. Troops Should Remain in Afghanistan After 2014

January 14, 2013

“The Obama administration has been considering a residual force of between 3,000 and 9,000 troops – far fewer than some U.S. commanders propose.”

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India Army Chief Directs Commanders to “Respond Aggressively” to Any Firing by Pakistani Forces in Kashmir

January 14, 2013

“Gen Bikram Singh said India had the right to retaliate at the “time and place of its choice” for an 8 January clash in which two Indian troops died.”

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