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  • IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21
    IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21 8 hours ago

    An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions. More »

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  • Pakistan beats Zimbabwe in 1st Twenty20
    Pakistan beats Zimbabwe in 1st Twenty20 15 hours ago

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan marked the return of international cricket with a five-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 on Friday. More »

  • Unmanned
    Unmanned 17 hours ago

    Modern war—as fought primarily by drones, with 41 percent of U.S. aircraft in 2010 being unmanned aerial vehicles—and modern renderings of it, is specific in that it is surgical, efficient, detached, and entirely inequitable. Grounded debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013 where it drew immediate critical acclaim, and has been staged at more than 30 theaters worldwide since then, but the current production, thanks to the star power and creative talent of Hathaway and Taymor, gives the work a new level of notability. More »

  • Aspiring Asia leader China takes no role in Rohingya crisis
    Aspiring Asia leader China takes no role in Rohingya crisis 20 hours ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Malaysia has begun searching for thousands of boat people believed stranded in the Andaman Sea. From a hemisphere away in Washington, the U.S. said it will send navy planes. Even the small African nation of Gambia has offered help, saying it could take in the migrants. More »

  • Zimbabwe wins toss, elects to bat in T20 against Pakistan 20 hours ago

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 on Friday. More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT Fri, May 22, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as Malaysian naval vessels searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement. Thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar are believed to be trapped on crowded boats with little food or water — some after being pushed back by the navies of at least three countries — and the international community has warned that time to save them is running out. More »

  • Rift grows between nuclear haves, have-nots. What can be done? Fri, May 22, 2015

    The nuclear nonproliferation order that for decades has kept the world remarkably free of the spread of nuclear weapons is at risk of breaking down. Challenges to the global regime enshrined in the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, include widening access to the technologies that produce nuclear-weapons fuels, the chilling example of a rogue North Korea expanding and honing its nuclear arsenal in an increasingly tense Northeast Asia, and uncertainty over the impact of an Iran nuclear deal in the volatile Middle East. Recommended: How much do you know about nuclear weapons? More »

  • US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds: report
    US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds: report Thu, May 21, 2015

    The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, a report said Thursday, citing documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden. More »

  • Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish case, walks free
    Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish case, walks free Thu, May 21, 2015

    DUBLIN (AP) — An Algerian-born terror suspect wanted in the United States walked free from a Dublin court Thursday after five years behind bars and a two-year legal battle against extradition. More »

  • Air strikes kill 15 suspected militants in northwest Pakistan Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Javed Hussain PARACHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Air strikes killed at least 15 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Shawal Valley on Thursday, intelligence officials said, a week after security forces moved toward Taliban strongholds there. The deeply forested ravines are a major smuggling route from Pakistan into Afghanistan and are dotted with Taliban bases used to launch attacks on Pakistani forces. A local security commander and two intelligence officials said that between 15 and 16 suspected militants were killed in Thursday's strikes in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan. More »

  • US recognises Tunisia as non-NATO ally
    US recognises Tunisia as non-NATO ally Thu, May 21, 2015

    US elevates Tunisia to new allied status on its democratic progress, promising financial and security assistance. More »

  • Obama says Tunisia to be non-NATO ally of US
    Obama says Tunisia to be non-NATO ally of US Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday elevated Tunisia to new allied status, promising financial and security assistance to ensure the North African country's transition to democracy remains a success in a fragile region. More »

  • Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and then in Islamic State
    Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and then in Islamic State Thu, May 21, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before he left New Zealand, Mark Taylor spoke with a local television network. "I've been lonely all my life," he said. "Been rejected by people. Used by people. Abused by people." More »

  • Which cities are most at risk of a terror attack? Thu, May 21, 2015

    What is the likeliest place on earth for a terrorist attack? Baghdad, according to a new report that has ranked world cities according to their attack risk. Over the last six years, Iraq's capital suffered a stunning 380 terrorist attacks which claimed 1,141 lives, making it the deadliest city in the world, by terror attacks, according to global risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft. Verisk Maplecroft analyzed 1,300 of the world’s urban centers and ranked them based on the intensity and frequency of attacks in the past six years. More »

  • Pakistan gets ready for return of international cricket
    Pakistan gets ready for return of international cricket Thu, May 21, 2015

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — With security measures so far holding up, international cricket returns to Pakistan on Friday for the first time in six years when it hosts Zimbabwe in a Twenty20 match. More »

  • Air strikes kill 15 militants in northwest Pakistan - officials Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Javed Hussain PARACHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Air strikes killed at least 15 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Shawal Valley on Thursday, intelligence officials said, a week after security forces moved in on Taliban strongholds there. The deeply forested ravines of the valley are a key smuggling route between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and are dotted with Taliban bases used as launch pads for attacks on Pakistani forces. In the latest air strikes, a local security commander and two intelligence officials said that 15 or 16 suspected militants were killed in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan. More »

  • Afghan government is sleeping with the enemy
    Afghan government is sleeping with the enemy Thu, May 21, 2015

    Kabul's naive overture towards Islamabad works against Afghanistan's national interests. More »

  • The frustrations of allied warfare _ al-Qaida-style
    The frustrations of allied warfare _ al-Qaida-style Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Barack Obama or his predecessor thought fighting a war with coalition partners was hard, they might consider Osama bin Laden's frustrations. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT Thu, May 21, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday he has ordered the navy and the coast guard to comb the sea to look for stranded migrants, the first country to announce it will search for the refugees in desperate need of help instead of waiting for them to wash up on Southeast Asia's shores. As the region's migrant crisis enters its fourth week, it remains unclear how many vulnerable people are adrift at sea but aid groups and the U.N. say there could be thousands and time is running out to save them. More »

  • Indian forces try to stop separatists' march in Kashmir Thu, May 21, 2015

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Hundreds of government forces with automatic weapons patrolled the streets of Indian Kashmir's main city to stop a rally by separatists to mark the anniversaries of the assassinations of two Kashmiri leaders. More »

  • Bid to reunite Bin Laden and son before deadly raid - documents Thu, May 21, 2015

    (This version of the story was filed to correct attribution in 9th paragraph to "Mahmud", not Hamza) By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just one month before Osama bin Laden was killed at his Pakistani hideout by U.S. commandos in 2011, his aides tried to reunite him with a beloved son, Hamza, who had been held under house arrest in Iran, documents released on Wednesday show. In a message dated April 2011 an al Qaeda operative named "Mahmud" wrote to bin Laden describing efforts he was making to smuggle his son, one of many children of the al Qaeda leader, to meet with him. The letter was one of hundreds of documents seized by the commandos when they staged a daring raid on bin Laden's secret home in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May, 2011. More »

  • Racist search term points to White House in Google Maps
    Racist search term points to White House in Google Maps Thu, May 21, 2015

    Google Maps apologized after it emerged that searches using racist language pinpointed the White House, home of President Barack Obama. More »

  • Osama bin Laden: To the end, obsessed with America Wed, May 20, 2015

    When the Navy’s SEAL Team Six killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011, it was never going to be the end of the story. Mr. bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, contained computers, books, letters, technical manuals, maps, and other documents. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has just released what it calls “a sizeable tranche” of documents recovered during the raid. More »

  • 'Any Hobbies?' Al Qaeda Application Form Asked
    'Any Hobbies?' Al Qaeda Application Form Asked Wed, May 20, 2015

    An al Qaeda recruitment form is among a trove of documents released by US intelligence officials from the 2011 Pakistan raid that killed Osama bin Laden. More »

  • US releases 100+ bin Laden documents
    US releases 100+ bin Laden documents Wed, May 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Documents swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures, beset by their complaints and regretting years of separation from much of his extensive family. More »

  • US releases trove of Osama bin Laden letters
    US releases trove of Osama bin Laden letters Wed, May 20, 2015

    More than 100 documents taken from late al-Qaeda chief shed new light on his mindset before he was killed by US troops. More »

  • Bin Laden's Surprising Taste in Literature
    Bin Laden's Surprising Taste in Literature Wed, May 20, 2015

    Among the materials made public were previously classified documents, non-classified documents, and a trove of English-language materials found at Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound following his death in a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2011. As NBC News noted, the library offers titles “that indulged [bin Laden’s] interest in conspiracy theories about the United States” as well as books that were critical of American foreign policy. “In terms of the materials that are there, some of the things that we’ve found to be of note were that Bin Laden was probably an avid conspiracy theorist,” a senior intelligence official told BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray. More »

  • Pakistan arrests suspects in attack that killed 47 Shiites Wed, May 20, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's interior minister on Wednesday announced a breakthrough in the case of last week's Karachi bus attack that killed 47 minority Shiite Muslims, saying police have arrested the suspected mastermind and several gunmen involved in the assault. More »

  • Bin Laden fixated on attacking U.S. interests - documents
    Bin Laden fixated on attacking U.S. interests - documents Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden was fixated on attacking U.S. targets and pressured al Qaeda groups to heal local rivalries and focus on that cause, according to documents the United States says were seized in bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan and released on Wednesday. A July 2010 letter, which was among the materials released by U.S. intelligence, showed that bin Laden pressed al Qaeda in Yemen, one of the group's more active affiliates, to make peace with the government and focus on America. More »

  • Bin Laden's bookshelf: French economics and conspiracy theory
    Bin Laden's bookshelf: French economics and conspiracy theory Wed, May 20, 2015

    Osama bin Laden's English language reading list included numerous books by conspiracy theorists and an inordinate number on France, suggesting he may have planned to strike the country's economy, US officials said Wednesday. More »

  • Bin Laden bent on spectacular US attack until the end: files
    Bin Laden bent on spectacular US attack until the end: files Wed, May 20, 2015

    Hunkered down in his Pakistani compound, Osama bin Laden pleaded with his followers to stay focused on attacking the United States instead of being dragged into Muslim infighting. More »

  • Pakistan umpire wants to forget 2009 attack
    Pakistan umpire wants to forget 2009 attack Wed, May 20, 2015

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Ahsan Raza is looking forward to umpiring Pakistan's match against Zimbabwe, putting behind him the morning when he was shot twice in an attack that slammed the door closed on international cricket in Pakistan. More »

  • Fear of surveillance haunted Bin Laden
    Fear of surveillance haunted Bin Laden Wed, May 20, 2015

    Low-hanging clouds over the Pakistani mountains might protect you from a prying US drone, but what if a spy has injected a microscopic bug in your wife's clothes? More »

  • Bin Laden planned 9/11 anniversary media push
    Bin Laden planned 9/11 anniversary media push Wed, May 20, 2015

    When he was killed by US Navy commandos, Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was plotting a coordinated media push to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. More »