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20 December 2014 22:58

Reports say 21 fighters have been killed in aerial strikes in the Tirah Valley in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Agency. The country's leaders pledged decisive action in the wake of Tuesday's school massacre in Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which left 149 people dead, most of them children. The rampage brought international condemnation and fuelled calls in Pakistan for action against...

20 December 2014 22:52

At least seven pro-Taliban militants have been killed in two separate attacks by Pakistani security forces on their hideouts in the volatile northwest. In the first incident on Saturday, police and paramilitary soldiers attacked militant hideouts in the town Shabqadar, located around 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of the city of Peshawar. Local police official, Wilayat Khan, said two militants belonging to...

20 December 2014 22:42

India's finance minister has called on opposition parties to assist in the passage of an economic reform bill. "For the next decade we can have a full reform agenda on our table" if opposition sides cooperate in the approval of the bill, Arun Jaitley said in speech to top-level corporate audience in New Delhi on Saturday. "The clear choice before us is...

20 December 2014 22:41

The operator of Japan’s disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says one of the four heavily damaged reactor buildings at the site has been cleared of radioactive fuel rods. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced on Saturday that a total of 1,535 fuel rod assemblies, including 1,331 riskier spent fuel rods and 204 unused ones, have now been removed from the...

20 December 2014 22:30

North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the United States into the recent hacking of American Sony Pictures to prove that Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. An unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement on Saturday that Pyongyang can prove it is not responsible for the hacking, which the US has already blamed on...

20 December 2014 13:45

The United Nations says civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by 19 percent this year, reaching a record high. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Saturday that at least 3,188 civilians lost their lives and another 6,429 sustained injuries in the war-torn country by December. "The number of civilians killed and injured this year in Afghanistan is the highest ever...

20 December 2014 13:29

At least five people have been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s northwestern restive tribal region near the Afghan border. Two missiles were fired on Saturday at a compound in Mada Khail neighborhood of Datta Khail area in North Waziristan. Local security officials confirmed the drone strike in Pakistan’s volatile northwest, warning that the death toll is expected to rise. It...

19 December 2014 16:43

Stocks in Asia mostly shook off turmoil in emerging markets, with Shanghai and Japan rising on Wednesday ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy outlook. The Shanghai Composite Index finished up 1.3% at 3061.02, a more than four-year high, led higher by bank stocks. On Tuesday, data showed a contraction in Chinese factory activity, which appeared to stoke hope for further...

19 December 2014 16:03

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that relations between Moscow and Washington “would be undermined” following new US legislation authorizing more anti-Russia bans over the Ukraine crisis. According to a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday, Lavrov voiced concern over the new anti-Moscow measure adopted by the White House in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of...

19 December 2014 9:29

Pakistani military forces have killed 59 militants in airstrikes and ground operations in the restive northwest of the country. Airstrikes killed militants in Khyber tribal district and ground operations in Bajaur tribal area killed ten militants, the military said in a statement on Thursday. The military operations came hours after a roadside bomb killed three paramilitary soldiers in Bajaur, around 200 kilometers...

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