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Pakistan Has Just One New Polio Case, but Isn’t Declaring Victory Yet

New York Times Meher Ahmad Outside her small, mud-walled house in western Pakistan, Gul Saima is cajoling her 3-year-old son to take a few steps. He cries as he struggles to lift his right leg and arm, both stiff and unyielding. Overhead is a banner featuring a photo of a …

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Why is the Taliban so strong?

Arab News MICHAEL KUGELMAN This past week, the Taliban entered the city of Farah, the capital of a province by the same name located in western Afghanistan. For a brief period, it took over several government buildings before being pushed out by Afghan ground forces and US airstrikes. The offensive …

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Iran’s gamble is fast approaching its conclusion

Gulf News Mustapha Karkouti Last week’s showdown between Iran and Israel in and over Syria is not expected to be the last. But, could such showdowns, if repeated, provoke an all-out war? Though the two countries have avoided any serious clashes in the past, Israel’s retaliatory attack on almost all …

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The election shambles in Afghanistan

Asia Times HAROUN MIR Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world and lacks an accurate database, and therefore important political and economic decisions have been based on inaccurate statistics and sometimes pure guesswork. For instance, we still don’t know the exact population numbers or economic output, and …

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Team Trump places Pakistan in a paradox

Asia Times WILLIAM HOLLAND Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul recently has raised expectations about the viability of the peace process between Kabul and Islamabad while highlighting India’s success in peeling Kabul away from dependency on Pakistan’s ruling elite. As well, the …

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EU leaders double down to preserve Iran deal

Following Trump’s decision, the ball is now in Europe’s court and it is clear that many of the continent’s leaders are aghast at the US president’s move Gulf News Andrew Hammond Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s (EU) foreign policy chief, said on Friday that Europe is “determined to keep the …

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Only the US can prevent more Israel-Iran clashes in Syria

The Guardian Lina Khatib Israel’s retaliatory attack on Iranian military targets inside Syria represents the biggest direct confrontation between the two countries in their history. It came after rockets were launched from Iranian bases in Syria towards the Golan Heights. This escalation has caused widespread concern that war might be …

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