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AP|Riaz Kahn|September 13 2011

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Taliban gunmen attacked a school van in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing four children and the driver in an assault they said was carried out to punish local tribesman for resisting the insurgent movement.

At least 14 other children and two female teachers were wounded in the attack in Matani on the outskirts of the main northwestern city of Peshawar, said police officer Ejaz Khan.

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The Telegraph|September 8 2011

Baha Mousa, an innocent civilian, welcomed the British forces who occupied his hometown of Basra in April 2003, because their arrival signalled the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

But less than half a year later the 26 year-old father-of-two had suffered a brutal, humiliating death at the hands of a small number of British soldiers he saw as liberators.

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Latin America & Caribbean | BBC News| May 25, 2011

President Juan Manuel Santos hailed the law as “historic” in a Twitter message.

One of the aims is to return land to up to four million people forced from their homes by rebels, paramilitaries and traffickers.

However, implementing the law will be a huge challenge and officials estimate it may take a decade to restore land. (more…)

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25 June 2011 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns in the strongest terms the attack at a public hospital in the Azra district in Logar province that took place today resulting in a large number of civilian casualties, including many killed. Print EnglishDari Pashto

UNAMA stresses that attacks on hospitals are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law. All medical workers, clinics and hospitals must be respected and protected in all circumstances. (more…)

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Five civilians and one policeman were killed Friday by a bicycle bomb which exploded in a busy bazaar in northern Afghanistan, the provincial governor’s spokesman told AFP.

Women and children were among 22 others injured in the blast, which took place around 6:00 pm (1330 GMT) in Khan Abad district, Kunduz province, on Afghanistan’s main weekly day of rest. (more…)

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Thirty people were killed in a suicide car bombing Saturday targeting a hospital in Afghanistan’s Logar province, just south of the capital Kabul, a provincial official said.

“A suicide car bomb attacker targeted a hospital in Azra district of Logar province,” Din Mohammad Darwaish, the Logar provincial spokesman, said.

“The suicide blast killed 30 people and wounded another 45. The casualties are all patients, their visitors and relatives and hospital personnel.” (more…)

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AFP | June 18, 2011

 

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Soldiers deployed in force in Lebanon’s main northern city Tripoli Saturday after seven people were killed in clashes between Alawites and Sunnis over a rally against the Syrian government.

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