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Aid groups need $550 million to confront worsening Afghan crisis: U.N.

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KABUL International aid groups needs more than a half a billion dollars this year to help millions of Afghans struggling with increased violence and a bleak economy, as a humanitarian crisis worsens, a senior U.N. official told Reuters.

Iran's Zarif wants cooperation with Saudi over Syria and Yemen

DAVOS, Switzerland Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iran's foreign minister said.

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Pakistan forces kill new leader of banned sectarian militant group

LAHORE, Pakistan Pakistani counter-terrorism forces killed the new leader of the banned sectarian Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group, along with three more militants, in an operation in the eastern province of Punjab, authorities said on Wednesday.

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Turkey says captures nightclub attacker who acted for Islamic State

ISTANBUL Turkish authorities have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, an Uzbek national they said was trained in Afghanistan and had clearly acted on behalf of Islamic State. | Video

Jan 17 2017

Pakistani mother sentenced to death for burning daughter alive in 'honor killing'

LAHORE, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A court in Pakistan sentenced a mother to death on Monday for burning her daughter alive as punishment for marrying without the family's consent.

Jan 16 2017

Pakistan villagers attack convoy of Qatar royal hunting rare bird

QUETTA, Pakistan/DOHA A group of Pakistani villagers brandishing guns and knives attacked the convoy of a Qatar royal family member on an expedition to hunt the houbara bustard, a rare bird whose meat is prized by Arab sheikhs, officials said on Monday.

Jan 16 2017

Used to whizzing bullets, Kashmir border farmers now hit by drought

KEERNI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The past three decades have not been kind to the residents of Keerni.

Jan 16 2017

Russia's Chechnya chief says over 50 suspected militants detained

MOSCOW Ramzan Kadyrov, the hardline pro-Moscow head of Russia's Northern Caucasus Republic of Chechnya, said on Sunday that more than 50 suspected militants were detained in the biggest sting operation of recent years.

Jan 15 2017

Syrian opposition group HNC says supports efforts for Astana peace talks

BEIRUT The Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee said on Saturday it supported efforts towards planned peace talks in Kazakhstan, and viewed the meeting as a preliminary step for resuming the next round of political negotiations in Geneva.

Jan 14 2017

Islamic State attacks Syria's Deir al-Zor city, dozens dead: monitor

BEIRUT Islamic State militants launched their biggest attack in months on government-held areas of the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, leaving dozens of dead, a war monitor said.

Jan 14 2017