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Dec 10, 2014

U.S. hands al Qaeda suspect named in Senate report into Afghan custody

KABUL (Reuters) – The United States has handed a suspected al Qaeda militant, named in a U.S. Senate report as one of the first objects of harsh CIA interrogation techniques, into Afghan custody, his lawyer told Reuters on Wednesday.

Tina Foster said the U.S. government had notified her that Ridha al-Najar, a Tunisian, had been transferred from the U.S.-run detention center at Bagram on Tuesday, the day the Senate report was published.

Dec 9, 2014

Afghanistan’s Bruce Lee ‘reincarnation’ becomes Web hit

KABUL (Reuters) – From the ruins of a bombed-out palace above Kabul, a young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation.

Videos and photos of Abbas Alizada, 20, posted on the Facebook page “Bruce Hazara” show him performing back flips and striking Lee’s famous poses. They blazed through Afghanistan’s small Internet community this week, part of a publicity burst he hopes will catapult him to broader fame.

Dec 8, 2014

Afghan war rages as foreign forces go out the door

KABUL (Reuters) – An attack on a police headquarters and a drone strike that killed six Taliban fighters were sharp reminders of the problems facing Afghanistan’s fledgling military as the joint command of foreign forces disbanded on Monday.

The Afghan government and the departing NATO troops have tried to put a brave face on the security situation, despite the past 12 months having been the bloodiest since 2001, with thousands of Afghans dying in fighting.

Nov 27, 2014

South Asia summit salvaged after handshake by leaders of India, Pakistan

KATHMANDU, Nov 27 (Reuters) – A brief meeting between
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani
counterpart on Thursday salvaged a summit of South Asian
leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal
to create a regional electricity grid.

The pact at the summit’s closing ceremony in the Nepali
capital, will buttress Modi’s ambition for South Asia to become
a viable economic counterweight to China, which has made
sweeping inroads in the region.

Nov 27, 2014

Pakistan under pressure to save trade agenda at South Asia summit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – South Asian leaders will pile pressure on Pakistan on Thursday to salvage a summit in Nepal by agreeing to electricity sharing and the free movement of vehicles across borders, measures aimed at boosting trade among nearly a quarter of the world’s people.

Hopes of progress at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meeting in Kathmandu now hinge on a morning retreat outside the mountain city, where leaders will make their case to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Nov 27, 2014

India-Pakistan friction threatens South Asia trade at Himalayan summit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Hostilities between rivals India and Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to scupper efforts by South Asian leaders to boost trade among almost a quarter of the world’s people, throwing into doubt any prospect of a regional customs union.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, and just last month exchanges of fire across the border in disputed Kashmir killed 20 people. The bickering spilled into a two-day regional summit in Kathmandu, and their leaders refused to meet.

Nov 26, 2014

India-Pakistan friction at SAARC summit slows South Asia integration

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – South Asian leaders from Afghanistan to the Maldives met in Kathmandu on Wednesday for a summit that was undermined by traditional bickering between rivals Pakistan and India.

In Nepal, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to hold two-way talks with every country in the volatile region except Pakistan, as neither neighbour is ready to seek talks to reduce tension between the nuclear-armed states.

Nov 26, 2014

India-Pakistan friction at summit slows South Asia integration

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – South Asian leaders from Afghanistan to the Maldives met in Kathmandu on Wednesday for a summit that was undermined by traditional bickering between rivals Pakistan and India.

In Nepal, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to hold two-way talks with every country in the volatile region except Pakistan, as neither neighbor is ready to seek talks to reduce tension between the nuclear-armed states.

Nov 25, 2014

China looms over SAARC summit in the Himalayas

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When eight South Asian leaders gather for a summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday, they will meet in a conference centre donated by China to its cash-strapped Himalayan neighbour Nepal 27 years ago.

In the decades since it built the modernist brick and glass hall, China has massively stepped up its presence in South Asia, supplying ports, power stations and weapons.

Nov 25, 2014

China looms over South Asian summit in the Himalayas

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When eight South Asian leaders gather for a summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday, they will meet in a conference center donated by China to its cash-strapped Himalayan neighbor Nepal 27 years ago.

In the decades since it built the modernist brick and glass hall, China has massively stepped up its presence in South Asia, supplying ports, power stations and weapons.