Gunmen kill 15 civilians travelling in central Afghanistan

Herat (Afghanistan) – Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road, officials said Friday, in the latest attack to highlight the growing civilian toll from violence. Only [...]

India summons Pakistan envoy over Mumbai trial delays

New Delhi  - India summoned a top Pakistani diplomat on Friday, two days after announcing resumption of foreign-secretary-level talks, to voice unhappiness over repeated delays in the trial of seven men accused in the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks. “We [...]

Taliban-era radio announcer rides crest of the airwaves

Kabul  - Once a deadpan radio announcer under the Taliban, Masood Sanjer has gained renown for being a thorn in the side of accountability-dodging Afghan officials, exemplifying hard-won media freedoms that are at stake in a pivotal year. His [...]

Ex-investment banker turns to Bollywood script writing

Mumbai  - An Indian investment banker turned wildly successful novelist is taking a career turn in Bollywood, with a screenplay he says will tackle social issues in the same vein as the books that made him a youth icon. Chetan Bhagat shot [...]

US Senator Casts Doubt on Arms Sales to Iraq

CAPITOL HILL — A powerful U.S. lawmaker says he will block American arms sales to Iraq unless he is satisfied weaponry dispatched will not fall into the hands of radical Islamic insurgents that have overrun large swaths of Iraqi territory.  [...]

Honduran President Links Border Crisis to US Policy Divide

WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers’ inability to reach an agreement on immigration policy is at least partly to blame for a crisis that has seen thousands of children flee Honduras for the U.S. border, Honduran President Juan Hernandez said [...]

Computer Crash Halts US Visa, Passport Operation

People around the world waiting for U.S. passports or visas can expect delays due to a computer problem.  The State Department said its global database for issuing travel documents has crashed. The unspecified problems in the Consular Consolidated [...]

US Jobless Benefit Claims Hit 8-Year Low

New applications for jobless benefits plunged in the United States last week to their lowest point in more than eight years. The government’s Labor Department said Thursday that 284,000 workers filed initial unemployment insurance claims, [...]

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Kathy Babcock’s involvement with immigration issues began with a knock on her door. Three days after she moved to Green Valley, Arizona, two Mexican migrants who had crossed the border knocked, asking for food and water. “We had no idea [...]

Myanmar Legislature Considers Proportional Representation

YANGON — The lower house of parliament in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has agreed to discuss a controversial proposal to switch to proportional representation for future elections. The proportional representation system was first proposed [...]




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