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Four militants hanged in Pakistan as execution campaign widens

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in the second set of executions since the government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132 children and nine others at a school last week.

Afghan Taliban decry "biased" U.N. report on civilian casualties

KABUL - Afghanistan's Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were victims of the insurgents.

World, 21 Dec 2014

Pakistan's most hated man - volleyball player, child killer

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed "Slim".

Top News, World, 19 Dec 2014

U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Four Afghans held for over a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a gradual push by the Obama administration to close the jail.

World 20 Dec 2014

Pakistan to challenge bail for Mumbai attack "mastermind"

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani prosecutors are to appeal against a court decision to grant bail to a man accused of plotting a 2008 militant assault in India's financial capital that killed 166 people and seriously strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Top News, World 19 Dec 2014

Pakistani military says it kills 32 militants in ambush

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Pakistani army said it has killed 59 militants in clashes in the northwest, including 32 in an ambush in a remote valley near the Afghan border, in intensified fighting since this week's Taliban massacre of children at a school.

Top News, World, 19 Dec 2014

Pakistan hangs two militants after Taliban school massacre

LAHORE - Pakistan executed two prominent militants on Friday, sources said, in a clear response to this week's massacre of more than 130 children at a school.

19 Dec 2014

U.N. urges Pakistan to refrain from resuming executions

GENEVA - The U.N. human rights office appealed to Pakistan on Friday to refrain from resuming executions after the massacre of 141 people in a Peshawar school, saying this would not stop terrorism and might even feed a "cycle of revenge".

19 Dec 2014

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan war reach new high in 2014 - UN

KABUL - At least 3,188 Afghan civilians have been killed in the intensifying war with the Taliban in 2014, making it the deadliest year on record for non-combatants, the United Nations said on Friday.

19 Dec 2014

Despite billions in aid, U.S. unable to get Pakistan to confront militants

WASHINGTON - Since 2001 the United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan's army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are widely viewed as having failed.

Top News, World 19 Dec 2014
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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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