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Aid agencies struggle to assist wave of returning Afghan refugees


TORKHAM, Afghanistan Perched on top of lumbering trucks overflowing with all their possessions, Afghan families are streaming back to their home country at unprecedented rates, leaving international organisations scrambling to provide aid as winter approaches.

Opium crops spread in Afghanistan as Taliban gains ground, U.N. says

VIENNA The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan, the world's main source of heroin, has risen to its third-highest level in more than 20 years, the United Nations confirmed on Sunday, as the Taliban insurgency gains ground.

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Afghan Taliban envoys in Pakistan to discuss possible peace talks - official

ISLAMABAD A delegation from the Taliban's political office visited Pakistan over the weekend, senior officials said on Saturday, for discussions that could include the latest informal effort to restart talks to end Afghanistan's long war.

Top News, World, 22 Oct 2016

Taliban release drone footage of suicide attack

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Afghanistan's Taliban have released drone footage showing a suicide bomber driving a Humvee into a police base in Helmand province and blowing it up this month. | Video

World, 22 Oct 2016

Bangladesh says dead militant headed group behind cafe attack

DHAKA A militant who died in a raid in Bangladesh this month was identified as the head of a militant group blamed for a deadly attack on a cafe that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, security officials said on Friday.

Top News, World 21 Oct 2016

NATO trains Afghan troops to make air strikes more accurate

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan NATO forces have begun a new programme to train Afghan soldiers to pinpoint ground targets for aircraft flying overhead, hoping that it will help stem militant advances in recent months and reverse a sharp rise in civilian casualties.

Schizophrenia not a mental illness, Pakistan's top court says

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's top court has ruled that schizophrenia does not fall within its legal definition of mental disorders, clearing the way for the execution, as soon as next week, of a mentally ill man convicted of murder.

Top News, World 21 Oct 2016

Pakistan to block Indian content on TV, radio as tension simmers

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan will ban all Indian content on television and radio channels from Friday, its media regulator said, stepping up media tit-for-tat bans that followed a spike in tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Top News, World, 21 Oct 2016

U.N. official urges Sri Lanka to take stronger measures to protect minorities

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's government must "clearly demonstrate" its political will and commitment to better protect the Indian Ocean island's minorities by taking urgent steps to resolve post-war issues, a United Nations rights expert said on Thursday.

World, Top News, 20 Oct 2016

INSIGHT - As Sweden tightens borders, an Afghan faces return to home he doesn't know

KARLSHAMN, Sweden, Mohsen Naghawi says he is 18. At some point in the future, he fears, a plane will fly him to a violent country where he has never lived and has no family. If that happens, he will immediately look to escape. | Video

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'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' set to open as Indian movie body vows not to work with Pakistani actors

A big-ticket Bollywood film embroiled in controversy for featuring a Pakistani actor will open in Indian cinemas as scheduled next week after India's biggest movie industry body reached an agreement on Saturday with right-wing Hindu groups opposing the film’s release.

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