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  • US soldier describes torture, attempts to escape Taliban
    US soldier describes torture, attempts to escape Taliban 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained spread-eagle to a bed, and threatened with execution after trying to escape. More »

  • Oil up after Saudi air strikes in Yemen; dollar limits gains
    Oil up after Saudi air strikes in Yemen; dollar limits gains 1 hour 51 minutes ago

    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rallied for a second straight day on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began air strikes in Yemen, sparking fears of a bigger Middle East battle that could disrupt world crude supplies. The military operation against Houthi rebels, who have driven the president from Yemen's capital Sanaa, has not affected oil facilities of major Gulf producers. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, called for an "immediate ceasefire." Pakistan, a Riyadh ally far away from the conflict, promised a "strong response" to any threat to Saudi integrity. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry touched on the conflict with Iran's foreign minister before talks on Thursday on Tehran's nuclear issue. More »

  • Pakistan says it will respond to any threat to Saudi Arabia 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's office said on Thursday any threat to Saudi Arabia would "evoke a strong response" from Islamabad. Sharif chaired a "high-level meeting" in which he said Pakistan enjoyed close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday, Saudi officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden, where the U.S.-supported Yemeni president had taken refuge. "The meeting concluded that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan," Sharif's office said. More »

  • Yemen: Devastation after air strike near Sana'a airport
    Yemen: Devastation after air strike near Sana'a airport 3 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on 26 March, officials said. Unidentified warplanes launched air strikes on the main airport in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, and its al Dulaimi military airbase, residents said. Gulf broadcaster al-Arabiya TV reported that Saudi Arabia was contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the US-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge. Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Pakistan were ready to take part in a ground offensive in Yemen, it said. More »

  • Lioness kept as pet in Pakistan gives birth to 5 cubs
    Lioness kept as pet in Pakistan gives birth to 5 cubs 3 hours ago

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — It's a baby boom for the owner of a pet lioness in central Pakistan. The African lioness named Queen has given birth to five healthy cubs — double the usual two-to-three-cub litters among lions. More »

  • Smith continues his summer of runs vs India at World Cup
    Smith continues his summer of runs vs India at World Cup 3 hours ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Steve Smith strode the crease with Australia in a spot of bother in the World Cup semifinal, and went to work again against an Indian bowling attack that hasn't been able to contain him at all in the southern summer. More »

  • Saudi Arabia draws the line in Yemen
    Saudi Arabia draws the line in Yemen 5 hours ago

    For more than 30 years, the Saudis have been engaged in a strategic rivalry with Iran for influence in the Middle East. More »

  • Bergdahl charges revive questions over prisoner swap
    Bergdahl charges revive questions over prisoner swap 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The tough military charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed. More »

  • UK 'backs Saudi action in Yemen'
    UK 'backs Saudi action in Yemen' 6 hours ago

    Britain supports action taken by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states against rebels in Yemen who have forced the country's president to flee, Downing Street has said. More »

  • Factbox - Saudi Arabia's coalition against Yemen's Houthis 7 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia and allies launched air strikes in Yemen on Thursday to stop the advance of the Iran-allied Houthi militia towards President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's southern refuge of Aden. Saudi Ambassador to Washington Adel al-Jubeir said a coalition of more than 10 countries had joined the military campaign to try to protect Hadi's government, without naming the countries involved. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar signed a joint statement with Saudi Arabia announcing the military action, leaving Oman as the only member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) not to join the coalition. Pakistan said it was considering a request from Saudi Arabia to send ground forces. More »

  • Saudi air strikes in Yemen: Rescuers search rubble for survivors in Sanaa
    Saudi air strikes in Yemen: Rescuers search rubble for survivors in Sanaa 8 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies have launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen. Planes launched air strikes on the main airport in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and its al-Dulaimi military air base on 26 March. Rescue workers put the death toll from the air strikes at 13, including a doctor who had been pulled from the rubble of a damaged clinic. Gulf broadcaster al-Arabiya TV reported that Saudi Arabia was contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the operations. More »

  • Saudi air strikes in Yemen: Rescuers search rubble for survivors in Sana'a …
    Saudi air strikes in Yemen: Rescuers search rubble for survivors in Sana'a … 8 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies have launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen. Planes launched air strikes on the main airport in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, and its al-Dulaimi military air base on 26 March. Rescue workers put the death toll from the air strikes at 13, including a doctor who had been pulled from the rubble of a damaged clinic. Gulf broadcaster al-Arabiya TV reported that Saudi Arabia was contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the operations. More »

  • Pakistan 'examining' Saudi request over Yemen intervention
    Pakistan 'examining' Saudi request over Yemen intervention 10 hours ago

    Pakistan is examining a request from Saudi Arabia to join a coalition to defend Yemen's president against advancing rebels threatening his stronghold in Aden, Islamabad said Thursday. More »

  • US Army charges ex-POW Bergdahl with desertion
    US Army charges ex-POW Bergdahl with desertion 10 hours ago

    The US soldier who was held by insurgents for five years after disappearing from his post in Afghanistan has been charged with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy," officers said. More »

  • Pakistan militant spokesman phones to deny death 11 hours ago

    By Jibran Ahmad DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - A spokesman for Pakistani militant group called journalists on Thursday to assure them he was alive after Pakistani intelligence officials claimed he was among 30 fighters killed in air strikes in the northwestern Khyber region. The intelligence officials said air force jets had targeted militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Islam, which announced an alliance with the Pakistani Taliban earlier this month, and they named the group's spokesman, Salahuddin Ayubi, as one of the fighters killed. More »

  • Pakistan says considering Saudi request for troops for Yemen 11 hours ago

    Pakistan is considering a request from Saudi Arabia for troops to send to Yemen, the foreign office said on Thursday. "We have been contacted by Saudi Arabia," said spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam in response to a question about whether Pakistan would send troops. "The matter is being examined." Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday, Saudi officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden, where the U.S.-supported Yemeni president had taken refuge. More »

  • Saudi Arabia has 150,000 troops for Yemen operation - Arabiya TV 14 hours ago

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is contributing 100 warplanes and 150,000 soldiers to the military operation in Yemen, al-Arabiya television reported on Thursday. Planes from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain are also taking part in the operation, it said. Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan and Sudan are ready to participate in a ground offensive, the broadcaster said. (Reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Paul Tait) More »

  • US military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted
    US military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted 15 hours ago

    FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (AP) — The U.S. Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban could face up to life in prison if convicted of both the charges he is facing, military officials said Wednesday. More »

  • Military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted
    Military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted 15 hours ago

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted. More »

  • World Cup: Australia wins toss, bats vs India in semifinal
    World Cup: Australia wins toss, bats vs India in semifinal 15 hours ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat in the Cricket World Cup semifinal against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. More »

  • Afghan president says need to find way to say 'sorry' to Taliban 19 hours ago

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that some members of the Taliban had legitimate grievances given the torture and ill treatment they had suffered and it was necessary to find a way to apologise and heal national wounds. Officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan said last month that the Afghan Taliban had signalled they were willing to open peace talks with Kabul. "How do you tell these people that you are sorry?" Speaking at the U.S. Institute of Peace think tank, Ghani praised a report by a U.S. Senate committee chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein that said the CIA acted more brutally and pervasively than it acknowledged in its torture of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks, including in Afghanistan. More »

  • Guide to Bergdahl case that began with disappearance 19 hours ago

    The charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy that now face Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl stem from his disappearance from his infantry unit in Afghanistan in 2009. More »

  • The strange story of Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier captured by the Taliban 20 hours ago

    Bowe Bergdahl, the US Army soldier who left his post in Afghanistan in 2009, then was captured and held by the Taliban for five years, is to be charged as a deserter, military officials announced Wednesday. Sergeant Bergdahl was released last year in a prisoner swap for five Taliban held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a controversial move involving the US military ethic of leaving no one behind. Wednesday’s announcement at Ft. Bragg, N.C., is an important point in what has evolved as a strange story involving a young soldier apparently disillusioned by his relatively brief experience in a deadly combat zone before being captured, fellow soldiers who claim that the diversion of military assets to look for Bergdahl cost other soldiers their lives, and Bergdahl’s parents in Idaho – his father grew a full beard and began learning the Pashto language in solidarity, he said, with the Afghan people. More »

  • Insight - Worries grow as new courts hand Pakistan army more power
    Insight - Worries grow as new courts hand Pakistan army more power 20 hours ago

    By Katharine Houreld RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Weeks after Taliban gunmen massacred 134 pupils at an army-run school, Pakistani lawmakers significantly expanded the power of military courts by allowing them to try civilians accused of terrorism. A Reuters investigation of legal documents provided by lawyers and families of those tried under existing military courts also highlights concerns over how fair and accountable the new courts will be. Some convictions would have been thrown out by civilian courts, according to lawyers involved. The military can, and sometimes does, dissolve and reprimand courts that reach verdicts they disagree with, then order repeated retrials, according to court documents and former military officials. More »

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    10 sportspeople who are definitely going to replace Zayn Malik in One Direc … Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Alan Curbishley, this is your moment… More »

  • Afghan leader vows new chapter in US ties
    Afghan leader vows new chapter in US ties Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani professed deep gratitude to the American people Wednesday for their service and sacrifice in a protracted war in Afghanistan, but warned of extremism's persistent threat in a speech to US lawmakers. More »

  • Canadian judge to decide if ex-Gitmo detainee gets bail Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian judge said Wednesday she needs time to decide whether a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier should get bail. More »

  • Suicide bomber hits Kabul as Taliban warn on US troop pullout
    Suicide bomber hits Kabul as Taliban warn on US troop pullout Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    A suicide car bomber killed seven people in Kabul Wednesday as the Taliban warned that Washington's decision to slow the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan will hamper peace efforts. More »

  • Ghani - Islamic State 'terrible threat' to western, central Asia Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that Islamic State and its allies pose a "terrible threat" to the countries of western and central Asia. In a speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Ghani said Islamic State militants are already sending advance guards to southern and western Afghanistan "to test for vulnerabilities." He also said Pakistan's counter-insurgency operations are pushing the Taliban from south Waziristan towards Afghanistan's border regions. More »

  • As US draws down, can Ghani brake Afghanistan's economic slide? Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    For almost two years now, Javed Jami has watched business evaporate. From 1948 to 1952, the US invested $13.3 billion to aid in the reconstruction of 16 European countries. More »

  • Moody's upgrades Pakistan bond rating
    Moody's upgrades Pakistan bond rating Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Moody's upgraded Pakistan's dollar bonds rating one notch from stable to positive on Wednesday on the back of the country's improving macroeconomic indicators More »

  • US slowing Afghan troop withdrawal damages peace prospects: Taliban
    US slowing Afghan troop withdrawal damages peace prospects: Taliban Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    US President Barack Obama's decision to slow the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan will hamper peace efforts, the Taliban said Wednesday, vowing to continue fighting. More »

  • Pakistani army: Tribal region airstrikes kill 30 militants Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani military jets killed 30 militants near the Afghan border on Wednesday, an army statement said. More »

  • Air strikes kill 30 militants allied with Pakistani Taliban - sources Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani jet fighters killed 30 militants allied to the Pakistani Taliban in a missile attack in the mountainous northwestern Khyber region on Wednesday, including the group's spokesman, intelligence officials said. The 30 killed in Wednesday's attack in the Sipah district were from the Lashkar-e-Islam, which announced an alliance with the Taliban earlier this month, the intelligence officials said. The casualties included group spokesman Salahuddin Ayubi, the officials said. Members of the group said they could neither confirm nor deny the intelligence officials' version of events and said they were checking. More »

  • Victoria wins 29th Sheffield Shield domestic 1st-class title Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    HOBART, Australia (AP) — Victoria won its 29th Sheffield Shield first-class cricket title on Wednesday with a draw against Western Australia state on the fifth day at Bellerive Oval. More »