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July 29, 2015
Peace process with Kurds cannot continue amid attacks: Erdogan
Ankara (AFP) July 28, 2015
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Ankara could not continue the peace process with the Kurds amid continuing attacks against Turkish targets. "It is not possible to carry on the (peace) process with those who target our national unity and brotherhood," he said, referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Turkey, which considers the PKK a terrorist organisation, launched peace negotiations with the group's jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan in late 2012, but the ... read more

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US 'friendly fire' kills up to 10 Afghan soldiers
A US airstrike killed up to 10 Afghan soldiers Monday at an army checkpoint in a Taliban-infested province south of Kabul, one of the deadliest episodes of "friendly fire" from foreign forces in recent years. ... more
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Chinese police kill 3 'Xinjiang terrorists' in northeast city: local govt
Police in northeastern China on Monday killed three knife-wielding "terrorists" from Xinjiang, the mainly Muslim region in the far west, who attacked officers, local authorities said. ... more
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Afghan Taliban leader hails 'legitimate' peace talks
Taliban leader Mullah Omar Wednesday hailed as "legitimate" peace talks aimed at ending Afghanistan's 13-year war, in his first comments on the nascent dialogue, easing concerns that it lacked the leadership's backing. ... more
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Behind the veil: China policies hurt minority businesses
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China says repatriated Uighurs 'were on way to jihad'
China's security ministry said Saturday that 109 Uighurs repatriated by Thailand had been on their way to Turkey, Syria or Iraq "to join jihad", state media reported. ... more
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Indonesia jails Uighurs over attempt to join militants
An Indonesian court Monday jailed three members of China's Uighur minority for six years each after they were caught attempting to join an Islamic extremist group led by the country's most wanted militant. ... more
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Doubts and divisions among commanders as Taliban talk peace
Talks last week between Afghan and Taliban negotiators were hailed by officials as a major breakthrough, but insurgent commanders on the ground have responded far more sceptically, highlighting the huge challenges facing the embryonic peace process. ... more
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India's Modi accepts invite for first Pakistan visit
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted an invitation Friday from his counterpart Nawaz Sharif to pay his first visit to Pakistan, signalling a new thaw in ties between the nuclear-armed rivals. ... more
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Thai consulate in Istanbul attacked after Uighurs deported
Turkish anti-Chinese demonstrators stormed the Thai consulate in Istanbul in protest at the deportation by Bangkok of dozens of Uighur Muslims to China, as diplomatic tensions flared Thursday in an increasingly combustible controversy. ... more
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Kabul plans detailed Taliban talks on ending bloodshed
Afghan negotiators said Thursday their next round of talks with the Taliban would focus in detail on ways to end bloodshed in the country, wracked by nearly 40 years of war. ... more
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Twin blasts in Kabul as officials head to Pakistan for Taliban talks
Two Taliban suicide attacks just an hour apart killed one person and wounded five in Kabul on Tuesday, as an Afghan delegation travelled to Pakistan for talks with the militants. ... more
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Pakistan military says 23 militants killed in air strikes
Pakistani air strikes on Sunday killed 23 militants including foreigners in the country's restive tribal regions near the Afghan border, the military said, part of a major ongoing operation against the Taliban. ... more
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Pakistan's anti-terror fight enters new phase despite rights fears
Pakistan's army is preparing for a final push in the coming weeks in its fight against militants, but there are concerns that rights are being rolled back in the name of defeating terror. ... more
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'Fear they will find me': death threats stalk Afghan acid victim
Four years after a militiaman doused Mumtaz with a flesh-searing acid for rejecting his marriage proposal, leaving her disfigured, scarred and traumatised, death threats have forced the 20-year-old Afghan into hiding. ... more
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Pakistan military says 20 militants killed in air strikes
Pakistani airstrikes on Friday killed 20 militants in the country's lawless tribal area bordering Afghanistan, the military said, part of a massive ongoing operation against the Taliban. ... more
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China police shoot man dead at train station
Chinese police on Wednesday shot dead a Uighur man who allegedly attacked several people at a train station with a concrete brick, officials said, in the country's latest deadly station incident. ... more
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US drone strike kills seven militants in NW Pakistan
A US drone attack on a militant compound in a restive Pakistani tribal area Saturday killed at least seven militants, security officials said. ... more
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Comic book 'Guardians' to steer young Pakistanis away from extremism
When Taliban militants stormed a school in Pakistan's northwest last December, killing 150 people, mainly children, in the country's deadliest terror attack, comic book creators Mustafa Hasnain and Gauhar Aftab decided it was time to act. ... more
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China busts 181 'terror' gangs in year-long crackdown
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