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Scion of Pakistan's Bhutto dynasty throws down gauntlet to PM

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NAUDERO Pakistan - The scion of Pakistan's leading political dynasty, emerging from the shadow of his mother and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto seven years after she was assassinated, has vowed to resurrect her party's flagging fortunes.

Afghan president's first trip abroad will be to China

BEIJING - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will travel to China this month, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, marking what will be the leader's first foreign trip since being sworn in September after a protracted election stalemate.

Top News, World 22 Oct 2014

Noble prize winner Malala Yousafzai renews call for education for all

PHILADELPHIA - Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, renewed her call for world peace and universal education on Tuesday at a ceremony in which she was awarded the Liberty Medal.

Top News, World, 22 Oct 2014

Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade

PHANG NGA Thailand - When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening.

22 Oct 2014

Death toll in Nepal's worst trekking disaster reaches 43

KATHMANDU - Rescuers on Tuesday pulled out three bodies of Nepali citizens killed in last week's freak blizzards and avalanches, taking the toll in the Himalayan nation's worst trekking disaster to 43.

World, Top News 21 Oct 2014

Sri Lanka enacts ban on foreigners buying land

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka passed legislation banning land purchases by foreigners, a move the government said would curb tax evasion but critics said could hinder its offshore investment ambitions.

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In Afghan north, Taliban gains ground and courts local support

KUNDUZ CITY Afghanistan - Sardar, a 23-year-old working in his brother's barber shop in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, said local officials had asked for bribes to resolve a long-running family dispute over land.

22 Oct 2014

India warns Pakistan of more pain in Kashmir fighting

NEW DELHI - India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of more "pain" if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks.

Top News, 21 Oct 2014

Pakistani Taliban sack influential spokesman as divisions grow

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani Taliban have sacked the movement's influential spokesman, according to a statement received by Reuters on Tuesday, in a sign of growing divisions within the deeply fractured group.

Top News, World 21 Oct 2014

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

JAFFNA Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy.

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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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