By Ju-min Park and Kaori Kaneko  SEOUL/TOKYO: North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast early on Monday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after the reclusive state promised retaliation over US-South Korea military drills it sees as a preparation for war. South Korea’s military said the missiles were unlikely to have been […]

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Sanctioning Pakistan can backfire, US lawmakers warned Washington

By News Desk Washington: American lawmakers were warned at a congressional hearing that imposing sanctions on Pakistan or calling it a state sponsor of terrorism could backfire with adverse implications. A lively and extensive discussion was held on Sunday on the delicate issue of US-Pakistan relations at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In his […]

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Tehran chides Afghanistan, Pakistan for border insecurity, drug smuggling

“Across eastern borders we are facing instabilities. Afghanistan and Pakistan have insecure borders although our forces have taken measures to soothe the concerns,” Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on a live TV program aired on Tuesday night.  Previously, Qassem Rezaei, the commander of Iran’s border police, had said drugs seizures had decreased along […]

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Iran thwarts attacks in Tehran ,other cities;intelligence ministry

DUBAI – Iran has thwarted several planned bombings in Tehran and other cities, state news agency quoted the intelligence ministry as saying on Monday, in what it called a major plot by Sunni Muslim militants against the Shi’ite Islamic Republic. Iranian authorities say Islamic State militants have been hatching “plots and conspiracies” against it from […]

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Obama, despite dissent on Syria,not shifting towards strikes on Syria

WASHINGTON – The U.S. administration sought on Friday to contain fallout from a leaked internal memo critical of its Syria policy, but showed no sign it was willing to consider military strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces called for in the letter signed by dozens of American diplomats. Several U.S. officials said that while […]

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Number of Afghans uprooted by violance doubles, a million on the brink of survival:Amnesty

LONDON – The number of Afghans internally displaced by conflict has “dramatically” doubled to 1.2 million in just three years, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, warning that a lack of basic services was putting people on the brink of survival.The rights group said that situation of people uprooted from their homes in Afghanistan has deteriorated […]

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Russia arming PKK: Erdogan

News Desk ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia of providing anti-aircraft weaponry and rockets to militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), government officials said on Monday, confirming reports in local media. Speaking to reporters on board his airplane after a visit to the southeastern province of Diyarbakir over the weekend, Erdogan […]

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Rethinking jirgas in Pakistan

Ayaz Ahmed The recent incident of murder (by burning alive) of a 16-year-old girl, on the orders given by a jirga, reflect the slow drift of our society towards the Dark Ages. This chilling story and the growing rate of female infanticide across the country clearly demonstrate that our society is ominously degenerating into pre-Islamic […]

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Humanitarian crisis in Syria

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations’ humanitarian chief on Friday demanded that the Syrian government and militant groups stop interfering with the delivery of food and medicine for civilians trapped in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas in war-ravaged Syria.  “The continued use of siege and starvation as a weapon of war is reprehensible,” U.N. under Secretary-general Stephen […]

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