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No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead


HALDUMMULLA Sri Lanka - Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more than 100 from 300 the previous night.

Pakistan province rewrites text books to satisfy Islamic conservatives

PESHAWAR Pakistan - A Pakistani province is rewriting school books to make them more Islamic, inserting verses on jihad, removing pictures of unveiled women and changing material on recent history, officials said on Thursday.

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Pakistan civilians flee as military steps up Khyber offensive on Taliban

PESHAWAR Pakistan - Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee Pakistan's northwestern region of Khyber, the military said on Thursday, as it stepped up a two-week-old offensive against Taliban militants in the area.

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United States praises China's growing role in Afghanistan

BEIJING - The United States welcomed China's growing role in trying to ensure Afghanistan's stability on Thursday, saying a Beijing conference of foreign ministers on Afghan reconstruction this week shows its commitment to the region as Western troops pull out.

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U.S. drone strike kills five militants in Pakistan

WANA Pakistan - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least five militants in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, with local villagers saying the dead included of a senior Arab commander.

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Bangladesh war crimes panel sentences Islamist leader to death, prompts protests

DHAKA - Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced the chief of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party to death on Wednesday for crimes against humanity, including genocide, torture and rape, during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

World, Top News, 29 Oct 2014

China says Afghan president vows to help China fight militants

BEIJING - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has pledged to help China fight Islamist militants, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday, after Ghani met President Xi Jinping in Beijing on his first visit abroad since his September inauguration.

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Exclusive: India uncovers suspected plot to assassinate Bangladeshi PM - security officials

NEW DELHI - The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has uncovered a suspected plot by a banned militant group to assassinate the prime minister of Bangladesh and carry out a coup, three senior Indian security officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Afghan forces prepare to fight alone as foreign troops leave

HELMAND/KANDAHAR AIR FIELD Afghanistan - On watch for a possible Taliban attack, Afghan forces on Tuesday patrolled the perimeter and manned guard towers of a vast military base deserted by U.S. and British forces in a volatile southern province.

World, 28 Oct 2014

"Disastrous" health campaign feeds Pakistan's worrying polio spike

KARACHI Pakistan - Taliban militants have long been the scourge of Pakistan's polio vaccination campaign, attacking aid workers and the police who protect them as they distribute doses to children.

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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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