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October 01, 2014
Afghanistan to sign US troop deal Tuesday
Kabul (AFP) Sept 29, 2014
Ashraf Ghani's government will sign a long-delayed deal on Tuesday to allow some US troops to stay in Afghanistan into next year, US and Afghan officials said. The BSA (bilateral security agreement) became a symbol of frayed US-Afghan ties when President Hamid Karzai refused to sign the deal last year, infuriating Washington and other international allies. "The BSA will be signed tomorrow, not by the president but by a senior minister," Daoud Sultanzoy, a senior aide to Ghani, told AFP. "The ... read more

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IS advance spells trouble for Turkey's Kurdish peace process
The advance of Islamic State (IS) jihadists through Syria's Kurdish areas has thrown a serious obstacle in the way of efforts to make peace between Turkey and Kurdish militants, just when an end was in sight to a 30-year insurgency. ... more
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US drones kill eight militants in NW Pakistan: officials
US drones Wednesday fired missiles at a compound and vehicle and killed at least eight militants in a restive Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said. ... more
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Uighur scholar sentenced to life urges 'peace' from prison: lawyer
A prominent Uighur academic sentenced to life in prison called Wednesday for "peace", his lawyer said, as China hit back at western powers which accused it of silencing a moderate voice. ... more
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China jails Uighur scholar for life for 'separatism'
A prominent academic from China's mostly-Muslim Uighur minority was jailed for life Tuesday for "separatism", with the European Union expressing outrage at the "completely unjustified" response to criticism of Beijing's policies in the restive Xinjiang region. ... more
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China jails Uighur scholar for life for 'separatism': lawyer
A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced a prominent scholar from China's mostly-Muslim Uighur minority to life in prison for "separatism," his lawyer said, in a case which critics say could add to tensions in the restive Xinjiang region. ... more
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NATO eyeing 'very fast' security deal with Afghanistan
NATO's top military commander said Saturday the alliance was eyeing the rapid conclusion of security agreements with Afghanistan for its post-2014 mission in the country once a unity government is formed there. ... more
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Blasts in China's Xinjiang kill two, injure 'many': govt
Two people were killed and "many" injured as explosions erupted in multiple locations in China's Xinjiang Sunday, according to authorities in the ethnically divided region that is on edge after a series of violent incidents this year. ... more
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Missing Afghan soldiers tried to enter Canada: Pentagon
Three Afghan army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a US base have been found trying to cross the border into Canada, a Pentagon official said Monday. ... more
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Pakistani Kashmiris want India border opened for flood relief
Pakistan-controlled Kashmir's parliament on Monday called upon India to open the de facto border separating the two sides of the disputed territory to allow rescue officials to reach residents hit by devastating floods. ... more
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Syria Kurds flee from IS jihadists into Turkey
Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey on Saturday, fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention. ... more
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China tries Uighur professor for separatism
Chinese authorities put a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority on trial for separatism Wednesday as critics warned the prosecution will worsen tensions in violence-wracked Xinjiang. ... more
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China puts Uighur professor on trial for separatism
A prominent scholar from China's mostly-Muslim Uighur minority will deny separatism at his trial Wednesday, as critics warn the prosecution - in which he faces a life sentence - will worsen tensions in violence-wracked Xinjiang. ... more
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Hindu hardliners storm Indian university after Kashmir flood appeal
Hardline Hindu nationalists went on the rampage at a university in central India over an aid appeal for victims of devastating floods in Muslim-majority Kashmir, the vice chancellor said Tuesday. ... more
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Two Americans killed in Kabul suicide bombing: US official
Two Americans were among those killed in a Taliban suicide bombing Tuesday that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul near the US embassy, a defense official told AFP. ... more
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Uighur academic to appear in Chinese court next week
A prominent Uighur academic, charged with separatism by Chinese prosecutors, will appear in court on Wednesday, his lawyer said. ... more
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Three condemned to die for 'China's 9/11' mass stabbing
Three men were condemned to death Friday and a pregnant woman given life in prison for a mass stabbing that killed 31 people in China, a court said, an attack authorities blamed on separatists from largely Muslim Xinjiang. ... more
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Chinese president's Pakistan visit postponed due to protests
Pakistan's foreign ministry Saturday said Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit scheduled for this month had been postponed due to anti-government protests in Islamabad. ... more
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Time pressing on Afghan troop accords: NATO head
Time is pressing for Afghanistan, without a new president since June elections, to sign accords allowing NATO to carry out its post-2014 military training mission, alliance head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday. ... more
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Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV
Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government briefly seized the state broadcaster on Monday, intensifying the fortnight-long political crisis that has gripped the nuclear-armed nation. ... more
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Turkish army warns over 'red lines' in Kurdish peace talks
Turkey's army chief has warned that the army will do whatever is necessary if its "red lines" are not respected in peace talks with Kurdish rebels. ... more
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Pakistan border ceasefire violations 'provocative': India
India on Saturday branded a string of ceasefire violations along its frontier with rival Pakistan as "serious" and "provocative" and said they were hindering better ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours. ... more
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No option but army role to end Pakistan crisis: minister
Pakistan's interior minister said Friday the intransigence of anti-government protest movements had left no alternative but mediation by the army to end a two-week political crisis that has shaken the nuclear-armed nation. ... more
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Pakistan army chief mediates political crisis: opposition
Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif is mediating in a fortnight-long political crisis that has paralysed the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, opposition leaders said Thursday. ... more
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Uighur entrepreneur confronts prejudice in China
Ambitious and apolitical, self-described "good Uighur" entrepreneur Abdulhabir Muhammad initially conceals his proud ethnic identity from his Chinese clients. ... more
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