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  • Accused al Qaeda operative wrote in code about UK bomb plot - U.S. 4 hours ago

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistani man used a code in which women's names substituted for bomb materials when he would email with al Qaeda about a plot to kill hundreds of people in England in 2009, a U.S. prosecutor said on Monday. Abid Naseer sent an al Qaeda operative emails with stilted language about women and a wedding, but the emails were actually about a planned car bombing, prosecutor Zainab Ahmad told jurors at the close of a federal trial in Brooklyn, New York. The emails contained women's names like Huma and Nadia in place of bomb making materials starting with the same letter, such as hydrogen peroxide and nitrate, she said.     "They're so coded that they're half gibberish," yet they reflected Nasser's intent to carry out an attack on al Qaeda's behalf, Ahmad said in her closing argument. More »

  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in Uruguay
    AP EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in Uruguay 4 hours ago

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Every day during the 12½ years he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as a suspected al-Qaida operative, Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi dreamed of freedom. More »

  • 'Bomber Plotted To Target Easter Shoppers'
    'Bomber Plotted To Target Easter Shoppers' 4 hours ago

    Lawyers prosecuting a man accused of plotting to blow up Manchester's Arndale shopping centre have told a court he "was giving life to al Qaeda's words with blood". Abid Naseer is on trial in New York accused of playing a major part in a global terror plot to launch coordinated attacks in Manhattan, Manchester and Copenhagen in 2009. In her closing arguments, lead prosecutor Zainab Ahmad said that the 28-year-old was going to use a car bomb or bombs in Manchester "and watch people die". During the trial US government lawyers have accused Naseer of using coded language to communicate with senior al Qaeda handlers about his plan, the same handlers who were supervising the New York and Copenhagen plots. More »

  • MP Accuses Barnardo's Of Abuse 'Whitewash'
    MP Accuses Barnardo's Of Abuse 'Whitewash' 5 hours ago

    An MP has accused children's charity Barnardo's of a whitewash over the historical sexual abuse of one of his constituents and is demanding an independent investigation. Greg Mulholland MP claims the charity has failed to properly investigate its treatment of a 16-year-old girl who was groomed and sexually abused while living in a Barnardo's flat in Leeds in 1993. The charity says it conducted an investigation into the case which an independent review found was properly carried out and effectively addressed the concerns raised by Mr Mulholland. The victim, now 37, revealed her abuse on Sky News last October after obtaining a letter written in 1993 by the Barnardo's staff member in charge of the accommodation. More »

  • Turkey's Erdogan in Riyadh as Saudi seeks 'Sunni unity'
    Turkey's Erdogan in Riyadh as Saudi seeks 'Sunni unity' 7 hours ago

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived Monday in Riyadh for a visit at the king's invitation in what is seen as a Saudi bid to unify Sunnis against Iran and jihadists. More »

  • Pakistan police arrest parents refusing kids' polio vaccine
    Pakistan police arrest parents refusing kids' polio vaccine 7 hours ago

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of parents in northwest Pakistan were arrested and jailed on charges of endangering public security after refusing to give their children polio vaccinations, officials said Monday. More »

  • Sri Lankan doubts on loans, submarines seen as rebuff to Beijing
    Sri Lankan doubts on loans, submarines seen as rebuff to Beijing 9 hours ago

    By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - If last week's visit to Beijing by Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was meant to allay fears that the island nation's new government was distancing itself from China, it failed. If anything, Samaraweera's comments on the prospect of Chinese submarines using Sri Lanka as a stopover on long-distance westward missions and of bankrolling it through big loans underlined Colombo's hardening position, experts said. More »

  • British police charge 10 people in child sex exploitation 9 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — Prosecutors have charged 10 men with sexual offenses against girls as young as 13 in a case that has stirred racial tensions in northwestern England. More »

  • Pakistan wastes $3.7 million worth of donated vaccine, official says 11 hours ago

    By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has wasted $3.7 million (2.4 million pounds) worth of vaccines donated to protect children from deadly diseases because officials failed to store them properly, a senior health official told Reuters on Monday. The scandal is the latest problem to be exposed in Pakistan's poorly run public health services. "We have suspended the officials concerned and are conducting an inquiry," Saira Afzal Tarar, minister of state for national health services, told Reuters. ... More »

  • Sale will secure future for shelter for asylum-seekers
    Sale will secure future for shelter for asylum-seekers Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The list goes up on the lobby bulletin board of Vive La Casa and the refugees who've come from their rooms tentatively approach and scan for their names. The lucky ones will take a taxi to Canada the next day for a crucial step toward a dreamed-of new life there. More »

  • A win can't conceal Pakistan's batting problems at World Cup
    A win can't conceal Pakistan's batting problems at World Cup Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The top-order batting failures are becoming a serious burden on Misbah-ul-Haq and his Pakistan team, which relied on an aggressive assault from fast bowlers Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz on Sunday to narrowly avoid a third consecutive loss at the World Cup. More »

  • Pakistan beats Zimbabwe by 20 runs for 1st win at World Cup
    Pakistan beats Zimbabwe by 20 runs for 1st win at World Cup Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Mohammad Irfan used his height to full effect to take four wickets as Pakistan defended a low total against Zimbabwe to get its World Cup campaign back on track with a 20-run victory on Sunday. More »

  • Cricket World Cup: England loses again badly; Pakistan wins
    Cricket World Cup: England loses again badly; Pakistan wins Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    England lost another Cricket World Cup match by a big margin Sunday, and its odds of making the quarterfinals are fading. Pakistan did the opposite, winning for the first time in three matches to improve its chances of reaching the final eight. More »

  • Air in Delhi is world's worst, 13 other Indian cities aren't far be … Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    The cost of India’s economic growth is partly recorded in the fact that 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India, according to the World Health Organization. New Dehli, India’s capital, is now number one on the list of the most polluted. Debates on air pollution were largely dismissed as Western propaganda aimed at curtailing India's growth. Few Indian cities have purchased or deployed the kind of monitoring equipment necessary to measure the levels of air quality, says Delhi-based environmentalist Sunita Narain. More »

  • India's ruling party forms coalition government in Kashmir
    India's ruling party forms coalition government in Kashmir Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's ruling Hindu nationalist party formed a coalition government in Kashmir on Sunday, marking the first time it will hold a leadership position in the disputed Muslim-majority region. More »

  • Pakistan wins toss, bats 1st vs Zimbabwe at World Cup Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat first Sunday in the World Cup Pool B match against Zimbabwe. More »

  • A date with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan
    A date with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    For my generation of British Asians, the one part of our ancestral heritage that drew us in was Indian cinema. More »

  • Many girls in Africa and the Middle East are under pressure to leave school Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    In numerous developing countries, more girls are in school and staying longer than ever before, as families and governments grasp the economic and social benefits of girls getting an education. Afghanistan is one example of a country spurring global gains in girls’ education, with the proportion of girls in school rising over the past 15 years from 3 percent to just shy of 40 percent. More »

  • Afghan government executes top crime figure Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan says it has executed one of the country's most dangerous criminals, a man who was charged with a string of armed robberies, kidnappings and killings of Afghans and foreigners across the country. More »

  • India thrashes UAE by 9 wickets in World Cup Pool B match
    India thrashes UAE by 9 wickets in World Cup Pool B match Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned a career-best 4-25 to set up defending champion India's nine-wicket win over second-tier United Arab Emirates in a World Cup Pool B match on Saturday. More »

  • India unbeaten at World Cup after UAE rout
    India unbeaten at World Cup after UAE rout Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    India's World Cup confidence continued to climb as they thrashed the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets in their Pool B match at Perth's WACA Ground on Saturday. More »

  • Afghan democracy and western hypocrisy
    Afghan democracy and western hypocrisy Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    What remains unrecognised is the West's complicity in denying Afghan democratic aspirations. More »

  • Misbah to Pakistan: not time to panic at World Cup
    Misbah to Pakistan: not time to panic at World Cup Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Misbah-ul-Haq can't see any reason for his Pakistan squad to panic, despite two losses from two starts at the Cricket World Cup. More »

  • UAE wins toss, elects to bat 1st vs defending champion India Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — United Arab Emirates won the toss and elected to bat first against defending champion India on Saturday in the Cricket World Cup Pool B match at the WACA. More »

  • GOP contenders push for military action against ISIS
    GOP contenders push for military action against ISIS Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Republican Party's leading presidential contenders on Friday promised conservative activists they would pursue aggressive military action to prevent the spread of global terrorism, including a renewed use of ground forces in the Middle East. More »

  • Rand Paul: National security trumps all other spending
    Rand Paul: National security trumps all other spending Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Friday he understands some conservatives' skepticism toward his foreign policy views but emphasized that the first priority of the president must be national security. More »

  • Afghan troops push Taliban from key southern district Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces on Friday routed the Taliban from a large swath of a key southern province that has long been an important insurgent stronghold, in their first major solo operation since international combat forces pulled out of the country, an American general and a senior Afghan police officer said. More »

  • Bangladesh activists protest against US blogger's murder
    Bangladesh activists protest against US blogger's murder Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Hundreds of protesters rallied in Dhaka on Friday to denounce the murder of a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin hacked to death with machetes after he allegedly received threats from Islamists. More »

  • West Indies sink to record World Cup loss v South Africa
    West Indies sink to record World Cup loss v South Africa Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — The erratic nature of West Indies cricket was on full view at the World Cup in a record-equaling 257-run defeat to South Africa on Friday. More »

  • 2 inmates accused in killing of 10 tourists flee from jail Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    MANSEHRA, Pakistan (AP) — Two prisoners believed to be involved in the 2013 slaying of 10 foreign climbers at the base of one of the world's tallest mountains escaped from jail in northern Pakistan before dawn Friday, police said. More »

  • Pakistanis on trial in massacre of 10 foreign climbers escape jail Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two Pakistani militant suspects facing trial for the massacre of 10 foreign climbers two years ago escaped from jail on Friday, an official said. The 2013 killing of the climbers and their local guide in a pre-dawn attack on their base camp on Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world, dealt a severe blow to Pakistan's mountaineering tourism industry. Two other prisoners were shot and killed in the jailbreak in northern Gilgit agency early on Friday morning, said Sultan Faisal, the prison's deputy inspector general. The two who escaped were among about a dozen suspected Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants jailed while on trial for the Nanga Parbat massacre, Faisal said, adding that two jail officials had been suspended pending an investigation. More »

  • The Taliban and the government: talking about talking
    The Taliban and the government: talking about talking Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    A lot of work needs to be done before peace talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban can occur. More »

  • Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 200
    Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 200 Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    More than 200 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, warning the death toll could rise still further. More »

  • Champion India aiming to continue World Cup momentum
    Champion India aiming to continue World Cup momentum Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — After high-profile wins over archrival Pakistan and one of the tournament favorites, South Africa, India's biggest concern ahead of Saturday's World Cup match against second-tier side United Arab Emirates could be complacency. More »

  • Two worlds collide as India face UAE in Cricket World Cup
    Two worlds collide as India face UAE in Cricket World Cup Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Two worlds collide on Saturday when mighty India tackle the United Arab Emirates' team of shipping clerks and airline staff, with at least two of the Gulf amateurs relishing the World Cup showdown at the WACA. More »