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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Source: BBC

Hundreds of thousands of troops are based in Kashmir
The Indian army says it has killed five militants who were trying to cross the Line of Control which divides Indian- and Pakistani-administered Kashmir. (more…)

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UN agency assists Sri Lanka to create jobs for war widows

11 June 2010

Source: UN News Centre

The United Nations Industrial development Organization (UNIDO) said today it was helping the Sri Lankan Government to provide jobs to an estimated 40,000 widows in the island country‚Äôs northern and eastern regions, which bore the brunt of nearly three decades of civil war. (more…)

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By The Washington Times

UPDATED:

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected U.S. missile strike on a car killed two alleged militants and a civilian in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, intelligence officials said, a day after the U.S.-allied country reiterated its opposition to such attacks to visiting American officials.

The suspected strike indicates the Obama administration is unlikely to give up a Bush-era tactic American officials say has killed a string of al-Qaida operatives, even if it strains the relationship with Islamabad.

The attack came as residents elsewhere in Pakistan’s northwest tried to push out a group of Taliban militants who ventured into their territory from their stronghold in the Swat Valley and killed five people. In the south, meanwhile, police announced the arrest of five men alleged to be planning suicide attacks on the city of Karachi.

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By BBC News

Eight people have been killed and dozens hurt in explosions in four towns and cities in India’s north-eastern state of Assam.

Seven people died when a bomb exploded outside a restaurant in Guwahati and another in a bomb attack on a market in the town of Dhekiajuli.

Grenade attacks in Mankachar and Udalguri caused a number of injuries.

Police told the BBC the separatist United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) was responsible for the explosions.

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By BBC News

Police in north-western Pakistan say they have found the bodies of three local female aid workers and their male driver, all with gunshot wounds.

They were kidnapped and killed after they left Mansehra town to inspect a school for possible funding by the American development agency, USAID.

Police said the women worked for a USAID partner organisation, the National Rural Support Programme.

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By BBC News

At least 20 people have been killed after a suicide bomber detonated a device at the entrance to a Shia mosque in north-east Pakistan, police say.

Dozens of others were injured in the blast south of the capital, Islamabad.

A religious congregation attended by upwards of 1,000 people was taking place at the mosque in the Chakwal area of Punjab province.

A day earlier eight paramilitary soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on an Islamabad security base.

Nadim Hasan Asif, a top regional security official, said the bomber “was stopped at the entrance (to the mosque) and pushed himself in and exploded,” AP news agency reported.

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By BBC News

A suspected US missile strike in north-west Pakistan, the second drone attack in four days, has killed 13 people.

Local officials in North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, said the dead included women and children as well as militants – some of them foreigners.

But a Taleban spokesman denied this, saying all those killed were civilians.

The US military does not routinely confirm drone attacks, but US forces in Afghanistan are believed to be the only ones in the region with the capability.

Pakistan is critical of drone use because, it says, civilians are often killed, fuelling support for militants.

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