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Voices from Kandahar conflict

BBC News

Nato and Afghan forces have launched an operation to drive out Taleban insurgents from Arghandab district on the outskirts of the southern city of Kandahar.

Residents of Kandahar and people who fled when the Taleban occupied their villages spoke to the BBC about their concerns. (more…)

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Explosion in Gaza destroys home of a Hamas commander, killing 5
By Isabel Kershner and Taghreed El-Khodary
Thursday, June 12, 2008

JERUSALEM: A large explosion in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya destroyed a residential building Thursday, killing a baby girl and four Palestinian men known locally to be Hamas militants.

Hamas, the Islamic group that controls Gaza, initially blamed an Israeli airstrike for the blast. It then unleashed a hail of rockets and mortar rounds at Israeli towns and villages around the periphery of Gaza. (more…)

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Pakistan Angry as Strike by U.S. Kills 11 Soldiers
By CARLOTTA GALL and ERIC SCHMITT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — American air and artillery strikes killed 11 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers during a clash with insurgents on the Afghan border on Tuesday night, a development that raised concerns about the already strained American relationship with Pakistan.

The strikes underscored the often faulty communications involving American, Pakistani and Afghan forces along the border, and the ability of Taliban fighters and other insurgents to use havens in Pakistan to carry out attacks into neighboring Afghanistan. (more…)

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With reservations, countries pledge $17 billion in aid for Afghanistan
By Helene Cooper
Thursday, June 12, 2008

PARIS: The United States, Europe and more than 60 other countries and international institutions offered more than $17 billion in aid for Afghanistan at a donors conference here Thursday. But amid the public pledges of support, officials were fretting over whether the Afghan government is doing all it can to make sure the money goes to rebuilding and not into the pockets of warlords and corrupt government officials.

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Spanish judge charges 11 with plotting suicide attack in Barcelona

AP, International Herald Tribune

MADRID, Spain: A Spanish judge charged 11 suspected Islamic extremists Thursday with plotting suicide attacks against the public transport network in Barcelona.

The indictment says the cell had planned to carry out several bombings in Spain’s second-largest city in January of this year. (more…)

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All of Darfur ‘a crime scene,’ UN Security Council is told

By Neil MacFarquhar
International Herald Tribune

UNITED NATIONS, New York: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court presented a grim portrait of conditions in the Darfur region of Sudan to the UN Security Council, as a majority of council members pushed for what would be the first statement in three years condemning the Sudanese government. (more…)

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UN advises ending of refugee status for Sierra Leoneans who fled country

UN News Centre

6 June 2008 – The United Nations refugee agency says it is recommending that refugee status for Sierra Leoneans who fled their country should be ended because the root causes of the West African nation’s refugee problem have ceased to exist. (more…)

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