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May 27, 2015
IS is recruiting, but not operational in Afghanistan: NATO General
Kabul (AFP) May 24, 2015
The Islamic State group is recruiting fighters in Afghanistan, the commander of foreign forces in country has said, but they are not yet operational. There have been fears of IS group making inroads in Afghanistan since US-led NATO forces ended their combat mission late last year, after 13 years of fighting insurgents. "There's recruiting going on in Afghanistan, there is recruiting going on in Pakistan. There is money being passed back and forth," General John F Campbell the commander of NAT ... read more

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China busts 181 'terror' gangs in year-long crackdown
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Afghanistan announces nominee for defence minister post
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Taliban justify killing foreigners after Kabul guesthouse siege
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NATO, Afghanistan agree on future military-civilian mission
NATO and Afghan leaders on Wednesday agreed on a framework for a future joint military-civilian presence in Afghanistan when the alliance's current mission ends, NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. ... more
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White House rebuts claim Pakistan role in Laden raid
The White House on Monday flatly rejected claims that Pakistan was told in advance about a 2011 special operations raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ... more
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China seeks new wave of migrants for restive Xinjiang
Newly employed as a hotel receptionist in Xinjiang, Fang Lihua is a foot-soldier on the front line of a demographic contest for the mainly Muslim region's identity as China opens it up for migration. ... more
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Report outlines FY 2001-FY 2014 Pakistan FMS deals
The U.S. Congressional Research Service reports that Pakistan has signed $5.4 billion in Foreign Military Sales contracts from fiscal 2001 to fiscal 2014. ... more
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Opinion: Kazakhstan's unique Assembly of People maintains ethnic harmony
On April 22 Kazakhstan celebrated the 20th anniversary of a unique sociopolitical advisory body, the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan (APK). ... more
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Pakistani air strikes kill 44 militants: military
Pakistani air strikes on Saturday killed at least 44 militants in the country's lawless tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, the military said, part of a massive operation against the Taliban. ... more
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Hear this now: propaganda drive in Xinjiang village
In the months since the carnage in Elishku, the village has acquired an Orwellian atmosphere, with loudspeakers perched atop 10-metre poles throughout the village blaring Chinese government propagan ... more
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China forces shot protesters: Xinjiang residents
Something hideously violent happened in Elishku. Whether it was a separatist attack or a civilian massacre is shrouded in the mists of conflict, control, claim and counter-claim that plague China's ... more
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Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev 'wins fifth term by a landslide'
Energy-rich Kazakhstan's incumbent strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev scored a crushing victory in Sunday's one-sided presidential ballot, taking 97.5 percent of the vote to win a fifth consecutive term, an exit poll showed. ... more
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Pakistan military claims killing 47 Taliban insurgents
Pakistan's military Thursday claimed to have killed at least 47 Taliban fighters in two days of airstrikes in the restive northwest as part of anti-insurgent offensives that began last year. ... more
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China's Xi in Pakistan to unveil $46 bn investment plan
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad Monday to unveil a $46 billion investment plan that Pakistan hopes will end a chronic energy crisis and transform it into a regional economic hub. ... more
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Two 'suspected terrorist elements' shot dead in China
Police in southern China on Friday shot dead at least two people described as suspected terrorists near the border with Vietnam, state media reported. ... more
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Chinese president to visit Pakistan next week: Islamabad
Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pakistan next week, Islamabad said Thursday, with investment in the energy sector and Taliban talks in neighbouring Afghanistan likely to feature on the agenda. ... more
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US soldier killed in Afghan 'insider attack'
An American soldier was killed Wednesday in a firefight between US and Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan, the first apparent insider attack since Washington announced a delay in troop withdrawals from the country. ... more
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Kurds accuse Turkey's Erdogan of 'constitutional dictatorship'
The co-chair of Turkey's main Kurdish party has accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of wanting to set up "a constitutional dictatorship", vowing his movement will strongly oppose moves to impose one-man rule. ... more
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Pakistan army battles Taliban for strategic valley
High in the mountains along the Afghan border, Pakistan's fight against Taliban militants is focusing on their last, fearsome redoubt - the notorious Tirah Valley, home to renegades and rebels for centuries. ... more
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China's jailing of man who grew beard 'absurd': group
A six-year prison sentence reportedly given to a man in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region for growing a beard was "absurd", an overseas group said Monday as accounts of the penalty disappeared online. ... more
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Chinese court jails Uighur for 6 years for growing beardw/
A court in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has sentenced a man to six years in prison for "provoking trouble" and growing a beard, a practise discouraged by local authorities, a newspaper reported Sunday. ... more
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Uzbek strongman re-elected in landslide, OSCE dubious
Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov cruised to a new five-year term Monday after facing a minimal challenge, prompting withering criticism from Western observers. ... more
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NATO welcomes US slowing of Afghanistan troop withdrawal
NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday praised US President Barack Obama's decision to keep the current level of 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2015. ... more
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US drone strike kills 13 Pakistani militants in Afghanistan
A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed 13 militants linked to the Pakistani Taliban in an area close to the countries' rugged border, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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Stethoscopes and AK-47s: Pakistan medics face kidnap epidemic
When Pakistani doctor Mehmood Jafri gets ready for work in the morning, the first thing he does is put his AK-47 in the car. ... more
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Turkey-China wrangle over suspected Uighurs detained in Thailand
A family of suspected Uighur Muslims, among hundreds detained in Thailand since last year, will Friday learn their fate in a court case that has sparked a diplomatic wrangle between Turkey and China. ... more
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Pakistan holds first national day parade in seven years
Pakistan Monday held its first national day military parade for seven years, a display of pageantry aimed at showing the country has the upper hand in the fight against the Taliban. ... more
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