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  • Women and children sit by a road, while fleeing from a military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban, on the outskirts of Bannu located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province recently. Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, fearing a major military operation by armed forces after they said dozens of people had been killed in air strikes targeting Islamist militants. — Reuters photo

  • Thai farmers hold protest palcards next to a tractor as they protest the governments delayed payments for rice submitted to the pledging scheme, at the commerce ministry in Nonthaburi province on Thursday. — AFP photo

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Pakistan govt, Taliban hold peace talks

Women and children sit by a road, while fleeing from a military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban, on the outskirts of Bannu located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province recently. Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, fearing a major military operation by armed forces after they said dozens of people had been killed in air strikes targeting Islamist militants. — Reuters photo
Negotiators for Pakistan’s government and the Taliban met for more than three hours Thursday in the first round of talks aimed at ending the militants’ bloody seven-year insurgency. The two sides gathered in Islamabad for a preliminary meeting likely... Full story

Iraq illegally detains thousands of women: HRW

Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including the threat of sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Thursday. Full story

Malaysia urged to stop ‘secretive execution’

Rights groups urged Malaysia on Thursday to halt the planned hanging of a condemned man, with Amnesty International calling it ‘yet another secretive execution’. The London-based human rights group said in a statement... Full story

US Northeast battles through yet another winter storm

The latest in a rapid succession of brutal winter storms hit the United States on Wednesday, cutting power to over a million homes and businesses and playing havoc with road and air transport links. Full story

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Thai farmers protest in new challenge to PM

Thai farmers hold protest palcards next to a tractor as they protest the governments delayed payments for rice submitted to the pledging scheme, at the commerce ministry in Nonthaburi province on Thursday. — AFP photo
Dozens of Thai rice farmers mounted a protest in Bangkok on Thursday in the latest show of public anger against prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s embattled government. A controversial scheme to guarantee farmers above-market rates for rice... Full story

246 dead in 5 days of barrel bombing of Aleppo

At least 246 people, including 73 children, have been killed in five days of Syrian army barrel bombing of rebel-held areas of second city Aleppo, an NGO said Thursday. Hundreds more have been wounded in the raids using... Full story

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Egypt Sisi will run for president

Fattah al-Sisi
Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who deposed the country’s first freely elected leader, has said he will run for president, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Thursday. The widely expected move is almost certain to increase political... Full story

‘Lankan forces may have destroyed evidence of mass killings’

Government forces were behind most of the alleged war crimes in the final bloody months of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war and may have systematically destroyed evidence of mass killings, according to a new Australian report. Full story

Iran says it can reassure West over N-reactor

Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the unfinished Arak reactor could be modified to produce less plutonium in a bid to reassure the West, local media reported Thursday. The Arak site is of concern to the West because Tehran... Full story

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The Italian navy has rescued more than 1,100 migrants from nine large rafts in the waters south of Sicily, the latest arrivals from North Africa. Patrol helicopters identified the overcrowded rafts on Wednesday and four navy... Full story


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