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Nepal moves to ease tension among Sherpas after Everest disaster


KATHMANDU - Nepal's government decided on Wednesday to send a delegation of officials to the base camp of Mount Everest to cool anger among Sherpas over its response to last week's deadly ice avalanche in which at least 13 guides were killed.

Exclusive - U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troops

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces - as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say.

Top News, 22 Apr 2014

Nine killed in attacks in Pakistan's volatile northwest

PESHAWAR Pakistan - Nine people, including policemen, were killed and dozens wounded in two separate bomb and gun attacks in Pakistan's volatile northwest on Tuesday, police said, a week after the Taliban refused to extend a ceasefire with the government.

Top News, 22 Apr 2014

As Nepali sherpa families cremate Everest victims, anger grows

KATHMANDU - Nepali families cremated eight Mount Everest sherpas on Monday as anger grew over how much compensation should be paid to victims of the single deadliest avalanche on the world's highest mountain.

World, Top News 21 Apr 2014

Taliban negotiator released in UAE, returns to Kabul-peace body

KABUL - A top Afghan peace negotiator held under house arrest in the United Arab Emirates has been released and returned to Kabul, an Afghan peace council official said on Monday, seemingly closing the door on a peace track favoured by President Hamid Karzai.

World, 21 Apr 2014

Kidnapped UNICEF workers freed in Pakistan - U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - Two U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) workers kidnapped in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi have been freed, the United Nations said on Monday.

21 Apr 2014

Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential vote - latest count

KABUL - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.

World, Top News, 20 Apr 2014

Death toll climbs in worst tragedy on Everest

KATHMANDU - Rescuers recovered the body of one mountain guide on Saturday after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, bringing the death toll to at least 13 in the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain.

World, Top News, 19 Apr 2014

Gunmen kidnap two Pakistani U.N. staff members from Karachi

ISLAMABAD - Gunmen have kidnapped two men working for the U.N. Children's Fund from Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, police said Saturday.

Top News, World, 19 Apr 2014

Teen in 'Jihad Jane' case sentenced to five years in prison

PHILADELPHIA - A Pakistani immigrant who is the youngest person ever convicted of U.S. terror charges was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday by a federal judge after pleading guilty to taking part in a plot to kill a Swedish artist.

17 Apr 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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