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The Taliban is sowing terror in remote, new areas of Afghanistan

Washington Post Pamela Constable | Sayed Salahuddin First, the insurgent fighters attacked a security checkpoint, shooting half a dozen local militiamen. Then, officials said, they entered Mirza Oleng, a village in the rugged hills of northwestern Sar-e Pol province, and started grabbing civilians — men, women and children. When they were …

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Sharif’s exit shows Pakistan won’t give up on democracy

Arab News Shahid Javed Burki The decision by Pakistan’s Supreme Court to remove from office Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who had a comfortable majority in the National Assembly, is viewed by many in the West as an ominous sign of renewed political instability, if not heralding a return to authoritarianism. …

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A US-China trade war is the last thing the world needs

Asia Times KEN MOAK Media reports abound that US President Donald Trump is about to invoke Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act, which empowers him to investigate and impose harsh penalties against China’s “unfair” trade practices “within days”. Imposing trade barriers on Chinese goods might be popular among his …

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China’s energy investments may have political costs in Pakistan

Mega-projects create unnecessary tension as poor local people are displaced and endangered by development Asia Times AMIERA SAWAS | NAUSHEEN H. ANWAR In Pakistan, there’s no topic hotter than the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion-dollar bilateral development project that will, officials promised in 2015, “usher in an era of …

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‘A coalition of killers’: The ex-warlords promising Afghanistan’s ‘salvation’

Washington Post Max Bearak Afghan President Ashraf Ghani likes to say that he has the world’s most difficult job, and no one doubts that he is at least in the running. But amid the plethora of problems he faces, it might come as a surprise that his first vice president, …

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With U.S. general under fire, Afghans fear being abandoned by Trump

New York Times Pamela Constable Afghans are alarmed by widespread reports that President Trump has threatened to fire Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the highly regarded U.S. military commander in this war-torn country, and that Trump has also delayed choosing a new military and political strategy Afghans have awaited anxiously …

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