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Pakistan to join Saudi coalition against Yemen rebels - senior official


ISLAMABAD - Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to give military support to a coalition of mainly Gulf states fighting Yemeni Houthi rebels, a senior government official said on Monday.

Council fears US troop decision to hurt faltering Afghan peace process

KABUL - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticised President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency.

Top News 30 Mar 2015

Second blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

DHAKA - A blogger was hacked to death by assailants using machetes in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Monday, the second attack in five weeks on a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation.

Top News, World, 30 Mar 2015

Pakistan charges 70 schools for failing barbed wire test

PESHAWAR - A northwestern Pakistani province is taking criminal action against 70 schools that have failed to tighten security with measures such as installing barbed wire following a December high school attack that killed 132 children.

World, 30 Mar 2015

Pakistan defence team heads for Saudi to discuss support

ISLAMABAD - A high-level Pakistani defence delegation was about to leave for Saudi Arabia on Monday as the government in Islamabad considers whether to join a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

Top News, World, Yemen 30 Mar 2015

Afghan court sentences AP photojournalist's killer to 20 years in jail

KABUL - An Afghan police officer who shot and killed a veteran Associated Press photographer during the country's 2014 presidential election has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, a Supreme Court official told Reuters on Sunday.

World, 29 Mar 2015

Suicide attack on Afghan MP kills three in Kabul

KABUL - An Afghan member of parliament survived a targeted suicide attack in Kabul on Sunday but three people including a child were killed and eight others injured, police and government sources said.

World, 30 Mar 2015

Pakistan evacuates hundreds during pause in Yemen strikes - Saudi official

PESHAWAR - Pakistan evacuated about 500 of its nationals by plane from Yemen on Sunday during a brief pause in air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition against Shi'ite Muslim Houthi forces, a Saudi military spokesman said.

Top News, World, Yemen 29 Mar 2015

Pakistan says not promised to join Saudi coalition in Yemen

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has made no decision on whether to give military support to a Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday, while pledging to defend Saudi Arabia against any threat to its solidarity.

World, Yemen 27 Mar 2015

Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan freed after 2 years

PRAGUE - Two female Czech tourists kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been released and have returned to the Czech Republic, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Saturday.

World, 28 Mar 2015

India-Pakistan border flare-up a zero-sum game

At places along the Line of Control (LoC), barely a wire separates the Indian soldier and his Pakistani counterpart. The genesis of the recent flare-up was the killing of five Indian soldiers on the Indian side of the LoC. The media blitz in Delhi found more fodder with a spike in infiltration attempts and exchange of fire beyond the LoC at posts across the international border.

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