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U.S. to seek new indictment against Indian diplomat

Mar 13, 2014

U.S. to seek new indictment against Indian diplomat

An Indian diplomat whose arrest and strip-search spurred an international flap had the case against her dismissed by a federal judge on Wednesday, but prosecutors suggested they might refile the charges stemming from claims she exploited her housekeeper. For now, at least, Wednesday’s ruling ...

Modi to take on Congress in polls

Mar 7, 2014

Modi to take on Congress in polls

Street clashes erupted in India after this week’s announcement that parliamentary elections will start April 7 in a race that pits Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family’s ruling party. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said Wednesday that 814 million people had ...

Pakistan to form group to talk directly with Taliban

Mar 7, 2014

Pakistan to form group to talk directly with Taliban

Pakistan on Thursday announced it was setting up a state committee to hold direct talks with the Taliban in a bid to accelerate the peace process. Dialogue aimed at ending the Islamists’ seven-year insurgency, which has claimed thousands of lives, resumed on Wednesday following ...

Knife gang tried to leave China before attack: report

Mar 5, 2014

Knife gang tried to leave China before attack: report

Attackers who launched a brutal mass knifing at a Chinese train station acted in desperation after a failed attempt to leave the country and become jihadists overseas, a Chinese official was Wednesday quoted as saying. Both Beijing and Washington have described Saturday’s attack in ...

Xi hopes power play can secure his goals

Mar 4, 2014

Xi hopes power play can secure his goals

by gillian Wong

Xi Jinping looks more powerful than any Chinese leader in recent decades as his government prepares to deliver its first one-year report card Wednesday, but a deadly weekend slashing spree by alleged separatists was a reminder of the serious challenges facing his administration. In ...

North to deport detained Aussie missionary

Mar 3, 2014

North to deport detained Aussie missionary

North Korea said Monday it will deport an Australian missionary detained for spreading Christianity, saying he had apologized for his anti-state religious acts in a news conference and requested forgiveness. Authorities in North Korea have been investigating John Short since his arrest for secretly ...

Thai opposition protesters to end Bangkok 'shutdown'

Mar 1, 2014

Thai opposition protesters to end Bangkok 'shutdown'

Thai opposition protesters seeking to force the prime minister from office said Friday they would abandon most of their rally sites in the capital, ending their self-styled “shutdown” of Bangkok. The move follows increasingly frequent gunfire and grenade attacks targeting the protest sites, mostly ...