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ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistan Football Federation undertook elections on Tuesday despite a court ordering a stay in proceedin…

  • Will Obama's New Hostage Policy Actually Work?
    Will Obama's New Hostage Policy Actually Work? Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Last week, four grieving American families won a bittersweet victory in Washington. Setting aside their sorrow and deep sense of betrayal, the parents of four American hostages killed in Syria met face-to-face with the president they said had failed them. Accompanied by two dozen relatives of current and former hostages, the parents of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller had a private 45-minute meeting with Barack Obama. More »

  • Robert Redford sees 'last chance' to fix climate
    Robert Redford sees 'last chance' to fix climate Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Robert Redford told the United Nations on Monday that negotiations on a global deal to tackle climate change could be the world's "last chance" to save the planet. More »

  • Pakistan police kill four suspected Taliban militants in Punjab - officials Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police and intelligence officials shot and killed three suspected Islamist militants in a raid on their hideout in eastern Pakistan early on Monday and a fourth blew himself up, police and intelligence officials said. Many Pakistani Taliban fighters and other Islamist militants from the western region near Afghanistan have fled to other parts of the country, officials say, as security forces press on with ground and air offensives in North Waziristan. More »

  • IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year
    IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The Islamic State group's "caliphate" enters its second year Monday with the jihadists expanding their territory in Syria and Iraq and their global reach by claiming attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait. More »

  • Drones kill any chance of peace in Afghanistan
    Drones kill any chance of peace in Afghanistan Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Use of unmanned US drones increases recruitment opportunities for the armed opposition in Afghanistan. More »

  • Exclusive - In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic State loyalists gain g …
    Exclusive - In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic State loyalists gain g … Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Hamid Shalizi SURKH DEWAL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability. Witnesses who fled fighting in Nangarhar province told Reuters that hundreds of insurgents pledging allegiance to Islamic State pushed out the Taliban, scorching opium poppy fields that help to fund the Taliban's campaign to overthrow the Afghan government. "They (IS loyalists) came in on many white pickup trucks mounted with big machine guns and fought the Taliban. More »

  • Pakistan cops bust armed militants planning attack, 4 killed Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police officer says authorities have killed four militants, arrested two and seized a large cache of weapons that were meant to be used in an upcoming attack. More »

  • Sri Lanka beats Pakistan by 7 wickets to level 3-test series
    Sri Lanka beats Pakistan by 7 wickets to level 3-test series Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Opener Dimuth Karunaratne smashed a half-century to help Sri Lanka complete a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the second cricket test Monday to level the three-match series 1-1. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East
    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    In the Middle East this week, the holy month of Ramadan — when devout Muslims abstain from all food and drink from dawn to dusk — brought scenes of hardship and charity, and also images of carnage. More »

  • Sri Lanka beats Pakistan levels test series 1-1 Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka won the second test by seven wickets Monday to level the 3-match series againt Pakistan at 1-1 with one match to be played at P.Sara Oval. More »

  • Pakistani police kill four Taliban militants: officials
    Pakistani police kill four Taliban militants: officials Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Pakistani police and counter-terrorism forces raided a house near the eastern city of Lahore early Monday and killed four Taliban militants, officials said. More »

  • Pakistan's anti-terror fight enters new phase despite rights fears
    Pakistan's anti-terror fight enters new phase despite rights fears Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Pakistan's army is preparing for a final push in the coming weeks in its fight against militants, but there are concerns that rights are being rolled back in the name of defeating terror. More »

  • Cameron calls for dealing with Islamic State threat at 'source' - the …
    Cameron calls for dealing with Islamic State threat at 'source' - the … Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said that Friday's attack at a Tunisian hotel demonstrated the "level of evil" Britain is dealing with and drew parallels with previous attacks at magazine offices in Paris and in schools in Pakistan. Writing in the Telegraph on Sunday, Cameron said "we will not be cowed. Unshakeable resolve." (http://bit.ly/1Hp1j22) A gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire at a Tunisian hotel on Friday with a rifle he had hidden in an umbrella, killing 39 people including Britons, Germans and Belgians as they lounged at the beach in an attack claimed by Islamic State. More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals Sunday after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a Taiwan water park, authorities said. The fire late Saturday was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about 1,000 people, the local fire agency and media said. The powder for the one-time event called "Color Play Asia" ignited along the ground, mainly burning people's lower bodies, said Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison with the New Taipei City fire department command center. More »

  • Unsolved mystery: Possible military aspects of Iran's atomic past Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    By Shadia Nasralla VIENNA (Reuters) - As nuclear talks with Iran approach a Tuesday deadline, some Western diplomats say questions about the country's atomic past ought to be resolved before sanctions can be lifted. Although Iran has not broken any terms of a 2013 interim deal, the U.N.'s nuclear agency has repeatedly asked Iran to cooperate faster with its investigation into possible military dimensions of the country's atomic programme. Below are the key unanswered questions raised by the IAEA, which mostly refer to activities that took place before 2003.     BACKGROUND     Iran acquired some enrichment knowledge from Pakistani nuclear engineer Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic weapons programme, who confessed to providing assistance to Libya, Iran and North Korea.     Some intelligence also came from a laptop smuggled out of Iran.     Iran says all of the alleged evidence is forged and dismisses any charges that it was attempting to develop nuclear weapons. More »

  • U.S. air strikes target militants near border in east Afghanistan Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    U.S. military air strikes have targeted militants who were threatening international coalition forces near the border in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. forces spokesman said on Sunday. Most foreign forces withdrew from Afghanistan when NATO combat operations ended last year. Around 13,200 international troops are part of a new training mission, while a small contingent of U.S. troops is separately fighting the Taliban and other militants. More »

  • Kuwait Shiite mosque bomber was Saudi national
    Kuwait Shiite mosque bomber was Saudi national Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Kuwait on Sunday identified the suicide bomber behind an attack on a Shiite mosque as a Saudi national, after a series of arrests in connection with the blast that left 26 dead. More »

  • Air strikes in northwest Pakistan kill 20 militants - officials Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    By Haji Mujtaba BANNU, Pakistan (Reuters) - Air strikes killed at least 20 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Shawal Valley on Sunday, intelligence officials said, more than a month after security forces moved in on Pakistani Taliban strongholds in the region. The deeply forested ravines are a smuggling route between Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, and are dotted with militant bases used as launch pads for attacks on Pakistani forces. Two intelligence officials, who declined to be identified as they are not authorised to speak on the record, said the latest air strikes occurred in the Zoinari area of North Waziristan. More »

  • Sri Lanka set 153 to win 2nd test vs. Pakistan Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Seam bowler Dhammika Prasad's four wickets stole the limelight from a ninth test century by Azhar Ali as Pakistan was dismissed for 329 in its second innings, setting Sri Lanka 153 runs to win the second test on Sunday. More »

  • How Pakistan and India can prevent future heat wave fatalities Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Heat waves in the past two months have killed a combined 3,000 citizens in India and Pakistan. “You don’t necessarily need a complicated solution,” Anjali Jaiswal, director of the India program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, told Mashable. Recommended: Climate change: Is your opinion informed by science? More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 people, an official said. Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said about 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated by doctors at all of Karachi's hospitals since June 20 when the heat wave struck Sindh province, where Karachi is the provincial capital. More »

  • Pakistan heatwave death toll climbs past 1,200
    Pakistan heatwave death toll climbs past 1,200 Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    About 65,000 heatstroke patients treated in Karachi hospitals during heatwave, with nearly 2,000 still being treated. More »

  • Weeklong heat wave in southern Pakistan kills 1,233 people Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 people, an official said. More »

  • Sangakkara to retire during India series
    Sangakkara to retire during India series Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's star batsman Kumar Sangakkara said Saturday he will retire from international cricket during the home series against India in August. More »

  • Shehzad, Ali lead Pakistan to 171-2 vs Sri Lanka
    Shehzad, Ali lead Pakistan to 171-2 vs Sri Lanka Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali scored half-centuries against Sri Lanka and shared 120 runs for the second wicket to put Pakistan back into the second test on Saturday, with the tourists closing the third day at 171-2 in their second innings. More »

  • Pakistan cuts deficit to 48 at tea vs Sri Lanka Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Ahmed Shehzad scored an unbeaten half-century and shared an unbroken 120 runs for the second wicket with Azhar Ali to rescue Pakistan from early slump by reaching 129-1 at tea on day three of the second test Saturday. More »

  • Iran burns 100 tonnes for anti-drugs meeting
    Iran burns 100 tonnes for anti-drugs meeting Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Iran burned 100 tonnes of drugs recovered from traffickers in a ceremony on Saturday to coincide with an international anti-drug day meeting in Tehran, local news agencies reported. More »

  • Pakistan 62-1 at lunch in 2nd innings vs. Sri Lanka Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews picked up an early wicket as Pakistan went to lunch at 62-1 in its second innings on the third day of the second test Saturday, after having given up a 177-run deficit on first innings. More »

  • United Nations charter, signed in San Francisco, turns 70
    United Nations charter, signed in San Francisco, turns 70 Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of people packed the rotunda of San Francisco City Hall to mark the 70th birthday of the signing of the United Nations charter. More »

  • Hungary sounds the alarm about new front in EU's migrant crisis Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Krisztina Than BICSKE, Hungary (Reuters) - It's a long way from the beaches of Greece and Italy where shipwrecked migrants drag themselves ashore, but in the fields of Hungary a migration crisis is playing out that in its scale is no less dramatic than the scenes in the Mediterranean. In the first six months of this year, the number of migrants crossing into the European Union via Hungary's border with Serbia reached at least 61,000, overtaking even the number arriving in Italy. In recognition of the new front in Europe's migrant crisis, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban - a man regularly greeted as "dictator" by the European Commission chief - was allowed this week to opt out of an EU deal on taking in migrants. More »

  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (AP) — China is pressing ahead with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs that are also claimed by the Philippines in an increasingly tense territorial dispute, Filipino officials said Friday, despite Beijing's pronouncement that some work would end soon. Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon of Kalayaan islands, which are under Philippine control, said he saw Chinese construction in full swing with many dredgers and huge cranes visible when he flew last week near Subi Reef. More »

  • Afghan troops recapture remote district from Taliban Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan troops on Friday recaptured a district in a remote province along the country's mountainous border with Pakistan, just a day after it fell to the Taliban following a deadly assault by the insurgents. More »

  • Sri Lanka 304-9, in control of 2nd test vs Pakistan
    Sri Lanka 304-9, in control of 2nd test vs Pakistan Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Kaushal Silva and captain Angelo Mathews scored half-centuries to push Sri Lanka to 304-9 at stumps on the second day of the second test against Pakistan on Friday, with a first-innings lead of 166 runs. More »

  • Italy arrests suspected al Qaeda bomber at Rome airport Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Italian police said on Friday they had arrested a suspected al Qaeda militant accused of participating in a 2009 bombing in Pakistan that killed more than 100 people and providing shelter for another man suspected of planning a suicide attack in Italy. The Pakistani man was arrested late on Thursday at Rome's Fiumicino airport, police on the island of Sardinia said in a statement. More »

  • How good is Facebook at recognising your face? It’s the week in numbers
    How good is Facebook at recognising your face? It’s the week in numbers Fri, Jun 26, 2015

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