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Mine-clearers abducted in Afghanistan

Unknown gunmen have abducted more than 60 Afghan workers clearing Soviet-era anti-tank mines in western Herat province, the largest mass kidnapping of its kind in the province.<p>Herat, which borders Iran, has long been plagued by kidnappings, but a sharp downturn in security in the traditionally safe …

Delhi minister ends protest against police

Delhi's chief minister has called off an unprecedented 10-day protest against the state police, which he calls corrupt and ineffective, after eruption of violence.<p>Arvind Kejriwal told his supporters on Tuesday the force had promised to take action over his accusations of negligence by officers, …

Al-Qaeda group claims attack on Beirut suburb

An al-Qaeda-linked group has said it carried out a suicide car-bomb attack killing at least four people in a Beirut suburb known to be a Hezbollah stronghold.<p>Tuesday's attack at 11.10am local time in Shia-dominated Haret Hreik ignited a library close to other government and residential buildings.<p>A …

Pakistan pilgrims die in bomb attack on bus

At least 22 Shia pilgrims, many of them women and children, have been killed in a bomb attack on their bus in western Pakistan.<p>The bomb exploded on Tuesday near the bus packed with passengers returning from Iran to their home city of Quetta in Balochistan, officials said.<p>At least 20 people were …

Israeli airstrike on Gaza border kills Palestinian

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike killed a Gaza man Thursday, while a second Palestinian died of wounds sustained in last week's mass protest along the Gaza-Israel border, officials said.<p>The deaths brought to 21 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire over the past week, including 15 …

Lebanon Library Torched, 78,000 Books Burned By Islamists

Ancient books in a historic library in the Lebanese city of Tripoli have been torched by Islamist, after a pamphlet purportedly insulting religion …

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China urges immediate end to conflict in South Sudan

China has called for an immediate end to hostilities in South Sudan, where the government is in talks with neighbouring Sudan to deploy a joint military force to protect vital oilfields from rebels.<p>In a rare overt political intervention in Africa, the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, said he was …

Bangladesh prime minister: 'Elections were legitimate'

Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh, said the bloody election in her country was legitimate – despite a boycott by the opposition, 26 dead and torching of hundreds of polling stations<p><b>Bangladesh</b>'s prime minister said that the country’s main opposition party had "missed the train" by …

Pakistan

Don’t mention the four in wary Egypt

IN EGYPT, where security forces are waging war on terrorism and dissent, any association with the number four could land you in jail. The latest …

Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi Billionaire Prince: Fracking Competitively Threatens ‘Any Oil Producing Country in the World’

Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman, warns that shale oil production threatens the crude-oil production of Saudi Arabia and …

Israel says Palestinian ‘incitement’ could undermine peace talks

JERUSALEM — Israel asserted Monday that media messages from Palestinian leaders are creating “a culture of hate” that could undermine U.S.-led peace talks.<p>The Israeli government, which tracks social and news media sites in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, says incitement against Israel and its …

North Korea sets March date for poll that may offer clues to power shift

North Korea will elect members of its rubber-stamp parliament in March, it said on Wednesday, potentially offering a glimpse into any changes in the country's power elite after the execution of leader Kim Jong-un's uncle.<p>North Korea usually holds parliamentary elections every five years and the …

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

In conjunction, UNICEF USA's End Trafficking Project is launching its second annual campaign, <b>Learn the Signs</b>. A new video highlights its aims — …

India's political parties open arms for diplomat at center of U.S. spat | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, heading home from the United States after she was indicted for visa fraud in a case that has strained bilateral ties, could have a political career for the asking.<p>India's Deputy Consul General in New York, Devyani Khobragade, attends a …

Al Qaeda group fights back against Syria rebel assault | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-linked jihadists struck back against rival rebels in eastern and northern Syria on Friday after a week of internecine fighting among opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in which 500 people have been killed, a monitoring group said.<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter carries …

Afghan detainee release a concern: White House | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Friday that the release of Afghan detainees the United States considers dangerous is a concern and that U.S. officials have discussed the issue with counterparts in Kabul.<p>White House spokesman Jay Carney answers questions during the …

US withdraws diplomat from Delhi over Devyani Khobragade row

The US state department has agreed to India's request to withdraw a diplomat from Delhi in connection with a row that has threatened to badly damage relations between the countries. It appears that the dispute – sparked by the arrest of India's deputy consul general in New York on charges of visa …

Israel unveils plans for more settler homes

Israel has announced plans to build 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.<p>The country's Housing Ministry said on Friday that it planned to construct 801 housing units in the West Bank, another 600 in East Jerusalem, and re-issue tenders for 582 units in East Jerusalem, all on …

Taliban killings in Pakistani city may be part of pattern | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - At least two Afghan Taliban commanders have been killed in recent weeks in the Pakistani city of Quetta, militants and police told Reuters, the latest in what officials across the border in Afghanistan have described as a series of assassinations within the Islamic insurgent group.<p>…

Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dies after eight-year coma

Death of Sharon, aged 85, comes as less of a shock to Israel than stroke that felled him at height of his premiership in 2006<p>Ariel Sharon, the controversial self-styled "warrior" who dominated Israel's military and political landscape for decades, has died eight years after a massive stroke left …

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Breast ironing in Cameroon: empowering girls to speak out

Elizabeth Mbu kept her secret for 16 years. Aged 11, her mother kneaded her naked, developing breasts with a hot stone twice a week to stop them growing. "Each time I cried as it was really painful," she says. "I didn't understand what was going on, but it was very difficult to speak about." Her …

This guy discovered that dry cleaning could prevent terrorism in Somalia

Mohamed Ali is a young Somali American with a mission to help youth in Somalia steer clear of extremist groups.<p>Ali was born in Mogadishu, but when he was 10, as Somalia was grappling with a civil war, he and his family left for Canada. They finally settled in the US.<p>Ali attended Ohio State …