DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshis formed long lines at polling stations even before voting began Monday to choose a new prime minister and restore democracy after two years of emergency rule in the country's first election in seven years.


Militant groups in Pakistan are "the greatest danger to peace and security in the entire world", India's foreign minister has said.


MACAU (AFP) - More than 20 Hong Kong democracy campaigners, including nine legislators, were barred from entering Macau ahead of a march against a proposed national security law, according to one of the lawmakers.


TOKYO: The Japanese government has acknowledged for the first time that Allied prisoners during World War II were made to work at a coal mine owned by the family of Prime Minister Taro Aso, contradicting longstanding denials by the Japanese leader.

Turnaround: Pakistani envoy says Jaish chief is not under house arrest

NEW DELHI: In another example of what Indian officials repeatedly describe as Pakistan duplicity, the country's High Commissioner in New Delhi Shahid Malik said on Wednesday that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar is not under house arres...

NEW DELHI: West Asia may not take the wind out of the sails of India's diplomatic campaign against Pakistan, but it is certainly not being of any help either. In fact, if media reports are any indication, several countries in the region are gettin...

Chinese flag up anti-pirate fleet

Kathrin Hille, Harvey Morris Financial Times 18.12.2008

China is considering sending ships to fight pirates off the Horn of Africa in what would be the country’s first significant long-range naval combat mission since the 15th century.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa is definitely linked to terror: Rice

America on Wednesday rubbished Pakistan's claims that the Lashkar-e-Toiba's front group, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa is a charitable organisation. Speaking at the UN Headquartes in New York, the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the Jamaat-ud-Daw...

Pakistani media sceptical about terror crackdown

Mohammed Wajihuddin The Economic Times 13.12.2008
Pakistani media sceptical about terror crackdown

The UN Security Council’s sanctions on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD), the political front of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), predictably received wide coverage in the Pakistani press. However, many newspapers expressed doubts if the Pakistani government would r...


India's top law enforcement official has announced a massive overhaul of the country's security and intelligence agencies in the wake of last month's Mumbai attacks.


Some 130 women were held prisoner, some in dog cages, at a Ho Chi Minh City brothel, forced to work as prostitutes 18 hours per day, local media reports say.


Suspected Islamist militants torched more than 160 vehicles destined for US-led troops in Afghanistan yesterday in their biggest attack yet on the main military supply route through Pakistan.

Rice tells Islamabad US expects 'robust' response to Mumbai attacks

Pakistan's government is "very committed" to fighting terrorism, the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, said today as she attempted to ease inflamed tensions over the Mumbai attacks.

Newly appointed Kandahar governor fired

The governor of Kandahar province said Thursday he has been removed from his post just three and a half months after he took the position.


Former President Bill Clinton kicked off his first charitable conference abroad in Hong Kong on Tuesday after he agreed to greater oversight of his foundation to pave the way for his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton's appointment by President-elect Bar...

Pak to send representative instead of ISI chief to India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday did an about turn on sending the Inter-Services Intelligence chief to India in connection with the probe into the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, saying a representative of the spy agency would be sent instead of him.


An Indian doctor who was inside one of Mumbai hotels attacked by Islamist militants described today how a member of staff shielded his family and other guests from gunfire in an attempt to protect them.

Sri Lanka rebel HQ 'to fall soon'

The Sri Lankan army has said that the capture of the Tamil Tiger rebels' stronghold of Kilinochchi is imminent. Kilinochchi is the rebels' de facto capital in the north and troops have been attacking it from three directions since Sunday morning.

Sri Lanka says it captured key rebel defense line

Ravi Nessman The Boston Globe 25.11.2008
Sri Lanka says it captured key rebel defense line

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Sri Lankan troops broke through a strategic front in the country's civil war on Thursday, overrunning an important rebel defense line north of the Tamil Tiger's de facto state, the military said.

Anti-piracy group welcomes more Indian warships

LONDON: The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), the only organisation monitoring piracy on the high seas, has welcomed reports that the Indian Navy is planning to deploy more warships to patrol the dangerous Gulf of Aden.

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