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Pakistan imposes curfew in city after clashes

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government imposed a rare curfew on Saturday in a northern city where sectarian clashes during a Shiite religious commemoration broke out the day before, while Taleban insurgents threatened to avenge the eight Sunni Muslims who authorities say were killed.Outbursts of sectarian violence occur regularly in Pakistan. Hard-liners

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Tajik president inaugurated for 4th term

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan: Tajikistan’s long-running President Emomali Rakhmon promised to alleviate the grinding poverty in the former Soviet country as he was inaugurated for a fourth term on Saturday.Rakhmon, who has led Tajikistan since 1992, won November 6 polls with a landslide victory of 84 percent against a field of virtually

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Aid pushes through to Philippine typhoon survivors

GIPORLOS, Philippines: Substantial food and medical aid on Saturday finally began reaching desperate survivors of a super typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, but humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing devastated, remote communities.The unprecedented ferocity of Super Typhoon Haiyan on November 8 and the scale of destruction

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Showdown over Sri Lankan war inquiry brews

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka remained defiant Saturday against calls for an independent inquiry into alleged atrocities committed during its 27-year civil war — setting the stage for an international showdown as Britain’s leader pledged Saturday to press the issue with the United Nations if no progress is made in

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