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Abdullah Abdullah emerges front runner in Afghan election

 
The Afghan voters have delivered a clear message. They want to usher in a new chapter. Otherwise, Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, who was the first to invite Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan would not have been relegated to the also ran category. . ...
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Pak 'Court urges India to release Pakistani fishermen on "humanitarian grounds"

 
Fishermen's problem is a very complex one indeed. While there is substance in the contention that fishermen, most of them illiterates, cannot be expected to be familiar with the boundary on waters which the maritime boundary is for all purposes, geo-political and strategic realities cannot be glossed over. And there can be no hard and fast rule. Evey case must be considered on its own merits but with sympathy, understanding and above all on humanitarian grounds....
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Top Pak Taliban leader ‘killed’ in drone strike, set back to Sharif's talks plan

 
The killing of Rehman is not the first set back to the Pak Taliban in recent months. Towards end February, a senior commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad was captured by Afghan intelligence agencies when he and four aides were trying to cross into Pakistan from Nangrahar province. Waliur Rehman's killing will however be setback to Nawaz Sharif's plans to open talks with the Pakistani Taliban...
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US likely to cut 20 % aid to Sri Lanka

 
The State Department plans show the growing unease in the ties between Washington and Colombo. It also means Colombo can expect no respite from the US on the human rights issues....
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General Raheel Sharif’s Message

 
Right from the days of Gen Kayani, the Army has branded TTP as bad Taliban. The reason is that TTP has always displayed a mind of its own; it does not follow the diktats of its handlers in Rawalpindi, always. More over it is keen to expand its footprint beyond the hills and valleys into the plains....
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LeT planning 'campaign' in Kashmir to coincide with US withdrawal from Kabul

 
Kashmir may no longer be the most dangerous fault line in the world, but it will remain a flash-point for the foreseeable future since the Lashkar-e-Toiba is planning a fresh campaign in Jammu and Kashmir to coincide with the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, says an American expert....
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Taliban, Jirgas stand in the way of polio vaccination in Pak tribal belt

 
The reasoning given against vaccination is ingenious, to say the least. “Polio infects one child in a million, but hundreds of Waziri women, children and elders have been killed in drone strikes', say the local Taliban groups. Tribal elders are also opposed to polio drops as the government has not met their primary demand- electricity for the past thirty years...
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Pakistan transfers strategic Gwadar port to China

 
What a military dictator did not do, a civilian government did in Pakistan and it's transferring the strategic Gwadar port in the politically volatile Baluchistan Province to China. This decision is cause for concern to India and a dilemma for the US Administration's Pivot to Asia policy...
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MYANMAR/CHINA

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Xi Jinping era begins signalling an assertive foreign policy

 
Xi, who was installed as CCP general secretary last November, has close relations with the Chinese military. He reportedly told a group of sailors last December that he had “a dream of a strong nation” and “a dream of a strong military” to be fulfilled in coming decades....
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s swing through the US

 
Myanmar’s democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, was heard with attention all through her 17-day tour of America, which ended last week. It was an ...
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Disgraced Bo gets the final boot

 
Axing Bo Xilai is a calibrated campaign to limit damage to the party and leadership in the run up to the once in a decade party Congress, which will be held on Nov 8. ...
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Fresh Presidential vote in Maldives

 
What happened on Nov 6 at London’s Excel Convention Centre where more than fifty Maldivian companies were in attendance to promote their nation of multiple islands as an idyllic holiday destination offered the taste of things in store if the Islamist zealots in Male only enacted the script given to them by their overseas friends. ...
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No conditions on India aid: Mathai

 
India offers aid in the true spirit of South-South cooperation. It is demand driven, without conditionalities, and with no challenge to naional sovereignty of the aid recipients....
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Sri Lankan president rejects fresh war crimes evidence

 
The latest video, produced by Channel 4, with fresh evidence, was screened in the Geneva headquarters of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) to the delegations attending the current UNHCR annual meeting....
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Nepal in poll mode; CJ takes reins of Govt

 
“The main objective of my government shall be to conduct free and fair Constituent Assembly elections at the earliest," Regmi said after assuming office. The election should be held by June 21 as per the 4-party accord though the date is not sacrosanct. If the situation warrants, the poll could be put off till mid-December but not beyond that date....
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Why B'desh garment factories are turning into infernos...?

 
Bangladesh has about 4,500 garment factories, employing around 3.6 million workers—80 percent of whom are female. Most of them earn about $43 a month, Since Tazreen fire, MNCs have increased purchases from Bangladesh due to its cheap manufacturing costs....
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Khaleda Zia visit to Delhi

 
Khaleda Zia is the second top Bangladesh leader to come to India in the past two -three months. Former President H M Ershad, who leads Bangladesh’s third biggest political party, Jatiya Party (JP) was here in August. Prime Ministers of the two countries met on the sidelines of NAM summit in Tehran. These contacts have helped to give a positive momentum to India-Bangladesh ties....
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Cross-Border Trade Depressed in Afghan North

 
Hairatan on the river Amu Darya is connected by bridge with the border town of Termez in Uzbekistan. A new railway from Mazar-e Sharif up to the border connects Afghanistan to freight networks via the Central Asia states to Russia and Europe. That should give Hairatan a unique advantage over road-only crossing points into Iran to the west and Pakistan to the south. Instead, trade through Hairatan has fallen away dramatically. Instead, trade through Hairatan has fallen away dramatically...
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Hagel visits Kabul, reads the Afghan pulse

 
Within hours of Hagel’s landing in Kabul, two suicide bombings killed nearly 20 Afghans. One was just outside the Ministry of Defense, where 10 people died. Karzai used a televised speech to suggest that the bombings were part of a broader conspiracy to cast his government as powerless in the face of a Taliban offensive without the continued presence of US-led troops....
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Enclave Issues Challenge Uzbek, Kyrgyz Leaders

 
Sokh sits in the middle of southern Kyrgyzstan’s Batken region, a sliver of land sandwiched between Uzbekistan to the north and Tajikistan to the south. The main way of travelling between Batken’s eastern and western parts is via Sokh – in other words, foreign territory....
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Arab Revolts Risk Fuelling Sectarian Tensions

 
Protests in the Arab world seem to be moving from the ideal of establishing democracy towards increasing polarisation and sectarianism in the region.. As Sunni Islamists gain political power, minority faiths are likely to be vulnerable. ...
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Will Iran lunch a nuclear attack on Israel ...?

 
One way to make Iran suspend its N-programme is diplomatic effort through negotiations. the other is economic sanctions to make Iran to compromise. While diplomatic efforts have not yielded results, there is no agreement regarding the severity of the sanctions that should be imposed. Building a wide international consensus on Iran centric sanctions is difficult due to important economic and political interests of various governments with regard to Iran. ...
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The Arab 'Morsi' Spring Revisited

 
The developments in the wake of the Arab Spring deserve to be properly understood–despite Yemen, Syria, even Libya or the autocracies elsewhere in the Middle East. Also, it would be worth remembering that the two fastest growing world economies are Turkey and Indonesia, both democracies, both Islamic, says veteran journalist, Anser Kidwai...
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Islam doesn’t forbid Friday work, cleric says

 
Contrary to the claims of radical groups, there is nothing in the Qur'an or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that forbids working on Fridays, according ...
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Khusrau, a great pillar of 14th century Persian literature.

 
One of the most prolific genres composed by Khusrau are the pahelis, riddles that children of the subcontinent grow up enjoying. Deeply influenced by the spiritual philosophy of Like his master, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Khusrau believed in tolerance and affection between people of separate faiths. Khusrau loved Hindustan, India, with all its fragrant flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and animals and likened it to Paradise writing, ‘The heavens said that of all the countries which have come out of the earth, it is Hindustan that has achieved the height of excellence’....
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Roshan Chiragh Dilli: Bright Lamp of Delhi

 
Delhi has been traditionally known as ‘Baees khwaja ki chaukhat’, the threshold of 22 Sufi Masters. The Chishti Sufis draw their spiritual lineage from Hasan of Basra, who was initiated by the Prophet’s son-in-law, Imam Ali. ...There is a belief that Prophet Muhammad gifted some of his personal possessions, including a cloak and prayer carpet, to the elders of the Chishti Order. These sacred relics came to the sub-continent with Khwaja Gharib Nawaz of Ajmer,...
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