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Jun 14, 2011

Euro at record low vs Swiss franc; China data eyed

SINGAPORE, June 14 (Reuters) – The euro fell to a record low
against the Swiss franc on Tuesday as investors sought safety on
worries about a possible Greek debt default, while added
concerns about the faltering U.S. economy and slowing Chinese
growth kept prices across markets under pressure.

Asian stocks opened flat amid another bout of nerves about
Greece’s fiscal woes, which have dimmed risk appetite, and ahead
of a slew of Chinese data.

May 16, 2011

Senator Kerry has tough questions for angry Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John Kerry will push Pakistani leaders on Monday to explain how Osama bin Laden was able to hide in their country for years, without further inflaming Pakistani anger over the U.S. raid that killed the al Qaeda chief.

U.S. special forces flew in from Afghanistan on a secret operation to find and kill the al Qaeda leader on May 2, nearly 10 years after he orchestrated the September 11 attacks on the United States.

May 13, 2011

Q+A – Pakistan’s Taliban – who are they and what can they do?

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Taliban militants claimed responsibility Friday for a double bomb attack on paramilitary force academy in the town of Charsadda that killed 80 people, saying it was their first revenge strike for the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2.

A militant spokesman vowed more such attacks.

Following are some questions and answers about the Pakistani Taliban, their motives and capabilities.

May 13, 2011

Q+A: Pakistan’s Taliban: who are they what can they do?

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Taliban militants claimed responsibility Friday for a double bomb attack on paramilitary force academy in the town of Charsadda that killed 80 people, saying it was their first revenge strike for the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2.

A militant spokesman vowed more such attacks.

Following are some questions and answers about the Pakistani Taliban, their motives and capabilities.

May 10, 2011

Scenarios: Bin Laden’s secret years; where was he and who knew?

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. investigators are trying to put together the pieces of Osama bin Laden’s secret life in the hope of unearthing details of his global network of Islamist militants bent on attacking the West.

Key to that will be tracing his movements from the weeks after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States to last week, when U.S. special forces killed him after discovering him hiding in a compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad.

May 10, 2011

Bin Laden’s secret years; where was he and who knew?

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. investigators are trying to put together the pieces of Osama bin Laden’s secret life in the hope of unearthing details of his global network of Islamist militants bent on attacking the West.

Key to that will be tracing his movements from the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States to last week, when U.S. special forces killed him after discovering him hiding in a compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad.

Feb 10, 2011

Analysis: Chinese investment galvanizes Cambodia’s fiery premier

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruffling of Thailand with threats of “war” shows how a growing alliance with China is allowing him to stand up to his neighbor and, in the process, boost his credentials at home.

This week’s deadly border clashes between the two countries’ armies have put Thailand’s government under domestic political strain and given Hun Sen a chance to score points at home without much risk to Cambodia’s fragile economy.

Feb 8, 2011

Cambodian anger over temple not exploding, for now

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Generations of Cambodians have fretted over what they see as the grabbing of land by voracious neighbors, but recent clashes over territory on the Thai border have stirred little outrage in the Cambodian capital.

Part of the reason appears to be the Cambodian government does not want public anger getting out of hand while it appeals to the United Nations for help in sorting out the dispute with Thailand over the 11th century Preah Vihear temple on the northern border with Thailand.

Dec 25, 2010

At least 40 dead in Pakistan suicide blast: hospital

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A suicide bomber attacked a gathering of displaced people waiting to get aid in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 40 of them, a hospital official said.

The attack in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border came a day after a big clash between Pakistani Taliban insurgents and security forces in the neighboring Mohmand region that left 11 soldiers and 24 militants dead.

Nov 8, 2010

Myanmar clash a reminder of old, underlying tension

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A day after Myanmar held an election meant to usher in peace and stability, clashes erupted between minority rebels and government soldiers, a reminder of divisions that have long bedeviled the country.

The fighting in the eastern town of Myawaddy on the Thai border between ethnic minority Karen rebels and government forces broke out early on Monday while the votes from Sunday’s election were being counted.