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Pakistan mourns school massacre

Pakistan mourns school massacre

The Pakistani city of Peshawar has begun burying its dead after a Taliban attack at a school killed at least 132 children and nine staff. Mourners crowded around coffins bedecked with flowers, while other families waited at hospitals for news. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared three days of mourning and Pakistan's army struck at militants...

Afghanistan decries CIA 'violations'

Afghanistan decries CIA 'violations'

Afghan President Asraf Ghani has said the CIA's brutal interrogation programme "violated all accepted norms of human rights in the world". He is among many world leaders condemning how the agency imprisoned and questioned al-Qaeda suspects. A US Senate report on the programme has said the harsh methods did not lead to unique intelligence that...

Pakistan 8th most dangerous country in world

Pakistan 8th most dangerous country in world

Pakistan is placed eighth in the list of the most dangerous countries in the world which is led by Iraq, according to a US-based intelligence think tank. Afghanistan is placed fourth in the Country Threat Index (CTI) compiled yesterday by IntelCenter, a washington-based company working for intelligence agencies, the Times of India reports quoting...

Afghanistan's crisis of governance

THE critical feature of the London conference of leaders of the Western powers with Afghanistan's new President, Ashraf Ghani, is the assurance of continued international support, couched in the caveat that the new regime in Kabul will be required to take action to end corruption and demonstrate to the world that home-grown institutions are accountable. That caveat mirrors the crisis of governance in a fractious land. As they pack their bags for the pullout later this month, the domestic...

US drones kill 13 'militants'

US drones kill 13 'militants'

A suspected US drone strike on a Pakistani Taliban compound in North Waziristan tribal region killed at least four alleged militants on Sunday, reports The Guardian quoting officials. Another suspected US drone strike in Afghanistan, meanwhile, killed nine alleged Pakistani Taliban fighters in a rural village near the mountainous border between the two countries,...

London Meet on Afghanistan

West renews it's commitments

Secretary of State John Kerry promised US and allied support for Afghanistan as the country's new leaders outlined reform plans yesterday, even as they struggled to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw. "We have a government in Kabul that merits our confidence," Kerry told an international conference in London with President Ashraf Ghani and chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah. "They can be confident of the support of the international community," he said. The conference is not focused on new cash pledges...

Kabul police boss quits amid attacks

Kabul police boss quits amid attacks

Kabul's police chief has resigned, following a surge in attacks by Afghan militants on foreigners in the city over the past two weeks. General Zahir Zahir gave no reason for his resignation, his spokesman said. Three South Africans were killed in a Taliban attack on a compound used by a US-based charity on Saturday, the...

US 'to expand' 2015 Afghanistan combat role

US 'to expand' 2015 Afghanistan combat role

US troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to target Taliban fighters from 2015, US officials say, expanding their role after the end of major combat operations. Guidelines approved by President Barack Obama will also provide air support for Afghan missions, US media report. The US force in the country is be cut to 9,800 by...

Bashundhara Cement Test Series & ODI Series

Eyes on Zim, sight on World Cup

Eyes on Zim, sight on World Cup

By the time Chandika Hathurusingha took over as head coach in May this year, Bangladesh had lost seven T20Is, as many ODIs and two Tests in 2014. Those included unexpected defeats against Afghanistan and Hong Kong in major competitions at home. Apart from those losses against non-full member nations, the Tigers failed to go...

Afghan woman MP survives car attack

Afghan woman MP survives car attack

A suicide bomber has targeted a prominent female Afghan politician, killing three civilians and wounding others in an attack on a Kabul convoy. Shukria Barakzai, a women's rights advocate and ally of new President Ashraf Ghani, was slightly injured in the attack. "[Barakzai] is fine and suffers small injuries," Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted. "Unfortunately...

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