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CIA-funded Afghan militia accused of killing civilians

The Khost Protection Force - paid and equipped by the CIA - has allegedly murdered civilians and tortured detainees<p>An Afghan militia paid and equipped by the CIA has been accused of killing civilians and torturing detainees in a secret war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.<p>The Khost Protection Force …

North Koreans prepare for harsh winter

North Koreans are hunkering down for a harsh winter that some fear could be made worse by a poor harvest following summer floods.<p>In rural areas like Hyangsan County, in North Pyongan Province, about 130 kilometres from Pyongyang, people are out each day on snow-covered roads pulling cartloads of …

4 Palestinians killed after attacking Israeli soldiers

Middle East

Low turnout in Egypt parliament poll dominated by pro-government candidates

About 28 per cent of Egyptian voters cast ballots in a staggered parliamentary election dominated by pro-government candidates<p>About 28 per cent of Egyptian voters cast ballots in a staggered parliamentary election dominated by pro-government candidates, the country’s election committee announced on …


Supreme Court To Hear Puerto Rico's Cry For Help Over Debt Relief

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two related cases that could help Puerto Rico restructure some of its debt under the Recovery Act, a local law that a coalition of creditors has said is preempted by federal bankruptcy law.<p>An appeals court in July agreed with the creditors and ruled that …

Iraq summons Turkish ambassador over troops near Mosul

<b>The Iraqi foreign ministry has summoned the Turkish ambassador to demand that Turkey withdraw troops it sent to an area near the northern city of Mosul.</b><p>It said the troops had entered Iraq without Baghdad's consent and that Iraq considered it "a hostile act".<p>Turkey says it deployed 150 soldiers in …

Middle East

Mexico arrests 'gang members' over Australian surfers murders

<b>Police in Mexico say they have arrested three men for the murder of two Australian surfers.</b><p>The three belong to a criminal gang in the north-western state of Sinaloa, police said.<p>They confessed to killing the two tourists when the pair fought back during an attempted robbery.<p>Forensic experts are …