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Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage


KANDAHAR Afghanistan - Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home.

Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats into paying up

ISLAMABAD - Desperate Pakistani tax authorities are publicly shaming defaulters by publishing taxpayers' details in a directory for the first time, officials said on Wednesday.

Business, Economy, 16 Apr 2014

Pakistani Taliban end ceasefire with government but say talks still on

DERA ISMAIL KHAN Pakistan - The Pakistani Taliban have formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but are still open to talks with the government, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

16 Apr 2014

Afghan woman MP shot, deputy minister kidnapped in Kabul

KABUL - A woman Afghan member of parliament was shot and wounded shortly after several gunmen kidnapped a deputy minister in separate incidents in the capital Kabul, officials said on Wednesday.

World, 16 Apr 2014

Pakistan's long awaited 3G, 4G auction draws dismal response

ISLAMABAD - A dismal response in this week's auction for next-generation cellphone spectrum licences means cash-strapped Pakistan will struggle to fund its budget this year, finance and IT ministry officials and telecom industry executives told Reuters.

16 Apr 2014

British lawmakers blame complacency for Taliban attack on base

LONDON - British army commanders were partly to blame for the inadequate defences and complacency that allowed the Taliban to attack a base in Afghanistan, killing two U.S. marines, a parliamentary committee said on Wednesday.

16 Apr 2014

U.N. warns Nepal against amnesty for civil war crimes

KATHMANDU - Nepal would weaken the foundations of "genuine and lasting" peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, the top United Nations human rights official said.

World 15 Apr 2014

Solar lanterns replace kerosene lamps in Indian urban slums

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian social enterprise start-up is helping people living in urban slums to use clean energy by changing their kerosene lamps for solar lanterns and wood fires for more efficient cooking stoves through a simple payment scheme.

15 Apr 2014

Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan

KABUL/BEIJING - China is quietly preparing for a more robust role in the future of Afghanistan, concerned that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep.

Top News, World, 14 Apr 2014

Boy's head found in home of convicted Pakistani cannibals

MULTAN Pakistan - Pakistani police re-arrested a convicted cannibal on Monday after finding a young boy's head in his home.

World, 14 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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