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Obama signs order expanding U.S. Afghanistan role - NY Times


WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a broader military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

China commits $45.6 billion for economic corridor with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - The Chinese government and banks will finance Chinese companies to build $45.6 billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan over the next six years, according to new details of the deal seen by Reuters on Friday.

Business, 21 Nov 2014

U.S. drone strike kills six suspected militants in northwest Pakistan - officials

PESHAWAR Pakistan - A U.S. drone strike killed six suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan, security officials said on Friday, as al Qaeda said two members of the group had been killed in a previous strike.

World, 21 Nov 2014

Sri Lanka sets presidential poll for Jan. 8

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's Election Commission on Friday scheduled the presidential election for Jan. 8, a day after President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared his intention to seek an unprecedented third term.

World 21 Nov 2014

Sri Lankan minister quits, to challenge Rajapaksa for presidency

COLOMBO - Sri Lankan Health Minister Mithripala Sirisena resigned on Friday and said he would run as an opposition candidate against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a snap election in January.

World 21 Nov 2014

Sri Lanka president seeks third term, critics want powers curbed

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday he would seek an unprecedented third term as president, prompting one of his lawmakers to join the opposition with a call to curb the presidency's "draconian powers".

World, Top News 20 Nov 2014

Taliban suicide bombers die in attack on int'l zone in Kabul

KABUL - Four Afghan Taliban suicide bombers died when a group of the militants tried to storm an international zone in Kabul on Wednesday in the latest high-profile assault aimed at foreign targets in Afghanistan.

Top News, World 20 Nov 2014

Sri Lanka president pardons 5 Indian fishermen on death row

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's president on Wednesday pardoned five Indian fishermen who had been sentenced to death for drug trafficking, a move likely to reduce tensions with India.

Top News, World 19 Nov 2014

Pakistani family sentenced to death over "honour killing" outside court

LAHORE Pakistan - Four relatives of a pregnant woman who bludgeoned her to death outside one of Pakistan's top courts were sentenced to death on Wednesday for the crime, their defence lawyer said.

Top News, World 19 Nov 2014

Land-grabbing by powerful rife in Afghanistan - watchdog

KABUL - Corruption and weak regulation have allowed nearly a quarter of a million hectares of land to be seized in Afghanistan over the last decade, often by powerful officials, a watchdog said Wednesday.

19 Nov 2014

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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