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May 9, 2015

Bodies of Pakistan crash victims brought to capital

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s military brought the bodies of two ambassadors and two ambassadors’ wives to Islamabad on Saturday, a day after they were killed in a helicopter crash in northern mountains as they where inspecting a tourism project.

The ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian envoys were killed when the helicopter they were on crashed in the Gilgit region.

Apr 30, 2015

Pakistan says Hindu settlements in Kashmir violate U.N. resolutions

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – An Indian plan to resettle tens of thousands of Hindus in new townships in the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir is a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, a Pakistani government spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The divided Himalayan region is claimed by both Hindu-majority India and Islamic Pakistan and the nuclear-armed neighbours have gone to war two times over the territory since independence in 1947.

Apr 30, 2015

Pakistan says Hindu settlements in Indian Kashmir violate U.N. resolutions

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – An Indian plan to resettle tens of thousands of Hindus in new townships in the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir is a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, a Pakistani government spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The divided Himalayan region is claimed by both Hindu-majority India and Islamic Pakistan and the nuclear-armed neighbours have gone to war two times over the territory since independence in 1947.

Apr 28, 2015

Pakistan hunts clues to activist’s murder as free-speech fears grow

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani investigators have found no match for casings of bullets that killed a prominent human rights activist, dashing hopes for quick answers to a murder that has raised fears for the safety of dissenting voices.

Gunmen on a motorcycle attacked activist Sabeen Mahmud late last Friday in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, as she was leaving her cafe, where she held art exhibitions and talks.

Apr 24, 2015

Killing of U.S. al Qaeda media frontman seen as big blow for militants

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The killing of an American who directed al Qaeda’s media campaign from his Pakistani hideout is likely to be a big blow for the militants, especially as they wage a propaganda war with Islamic State.

American al Qaeda member Adam Gadahn, who faced treason charges in the United States, was killed early this year in a strike on an al Qaeda camp in Pakistan, near the Afghan border, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Apr 21, 2015

Xi hails Pakistan security help in west China; Pakistan vows more

ISLAMABAD, April 21 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping
praised Pakistan on Tuesday for its contribution to security in
China’s restive far west where a Muslim minority chaffs against
Beijing’s rule, while Pakistan promised to step up cooperation
in tackling terrorism.

Xi, in an address to Pakistan’s parliament, also called for
closer economic cooperation between the traditional allies a day
after they launched energy and infrastructure projects in
Pakistan worth $46 billion.

May 31, 2014

Thai coup leader’s call for end to protests likely to face test

BANGKOK (Reuters) – An appeal by Thai coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha for demonstrations against his May 22 takeover to end as part of a plan to restore democracy is likely to be tested this weekend with protesters expected on the streets.

Prayuth ousted the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after months of sometimes violent protests against it and late on Friday he set out a plan for reconciliation and reform, which he said would take about a year.

May 30, 2014

Thai junta leader says reconciliation, reform to take about a year

BANGKOK, May 30 (Reuters) – Thailand’s junta leader said on
Friday a process of reconciliation between political factions
and reforms would take about one year and only after that would
a general election would be held.

Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who overthrew the
government on Thursday last week, said all sides had to
cooperate and stop protesting for his plan for the restoration
of democracy to succeed.

May 30, 2014

Stumbling Thai economy lends urgency to junta’s revival efforts

BANGKOK, May 30 (Reuters) – Thailand is expected to publish
data on Friday showing stagnant consumption and investment, more
evidence of a stumbling economy that will lend urgency to the
military junta’s efforts to get the country working again.

Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy has been battered by
political turmoil since late last year when protesters backed by
the royalist establishment launched a bid to oust the government
of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

May 27, 2014

Thai army gets down to work on economy, stifles dissent

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s military rulers will settle down to work at their Bangkok headquarters on Tuesday, firmly in charge after royal endorsement but facing small protests that so far the security forces have handled with restraint.

Thai coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday he had been formally endorsed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of a military council in charge of the country. He warned he would use force if protests flared.