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U.S. peace envoy seeks to reassure Kabul it won't be blocked from talks

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KABUL The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan is trying to reassure the U.S.-backed government in Kabul that it will not be shut out of a peace process with the Taliban, after it complained of being side-lined from talks, officials said on Friday.

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Pakistan's new rulers grapple with an old problem: How to get people to pay taxes

ISLAMABAD Muhammad Hammad Azhar, one of the youngest ministers in Pakistan's new government, is the latest in a long line of officials to face a problem that undermines his country's development: getting people to start paying income taxes.

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Facebook defends Russia response, updates plan to curb misbehavior

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook Inc Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended his response to Russian election meddling on the world's largest social media network and issued a new plan aimed at stifling misbehavior while maintaining a vibrant hub for online speech.

Nov 15 2018
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UK's May likens her Brexit resolve to cricketer Geoff Boycott

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has vowed to see through her Brexit plan to the end, compared herself on Thursday to legendary English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott, noting that he was hard to get out even if his run-scoring was sometimes slow.

Nov 15 2018
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As India eases citizenship path for Hindus, Rohingya Muslims fear expulsion

JODHPUR/JAIPUR, India Nar Singh can vividly recall the day in 2014 when Narendra Modi promised to provide refuge to Hindus suffering around the world. The 39-year-old shop owner sat awestruck inside his two-bedroom house in Pakistan's eastern Mirpur Khas district, as Modi's voice boomed from the television during his successful campaign to become India's prime minister.

Nov 15 2018
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Pakistan PM orders probe after policeman found dead in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the death of a senior police officer who disappeared from Islamabad last month and whose body was found in Afghanistan.

Nov 15 2018
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Iraq PM says IS militants seeking to cross to Iraq from Syria

BAGHDAD Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday that hundreds of Iraqi Islamic State militants at Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria were trying to cross into Iraq.

Nov 13 2018

Pakistan must live up to promise to build more girls' schools, activists say

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One in three girls and one in five boys miss out on primary school in Pakistan, campaigners said on Tuesday, urging the new government to live up to promises to build more girls' schools despite attacks by militants opposed to female education.

Nov 13 2018

Iran seizes six tonnes of heroin destined for Europe

LONDON Iranian authorities have seized more than six tonnes of heroin destined for Europe and dismantled five international gangs who were trafficking the drugs, state media reported on Tuesday.

Nov 13 2018
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Canadian PM Trudeau says in talks with Pakistan over Asia Bibi

OTTAWA Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday talks were underway with Pakistan over a Pakistani Christian woman whose acquittal on blasphemy charges against Islam last month sparked days of protests in the South Asian country.

Nov 13 2018