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B'desh Supreme Court upholds death sentence for another Jamaat leader

 
The past is slowly catching up with the leaders of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) in Bangladesh. ...
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Weapon shaped pens breed new generation of Pak extremists

 
Inspired by videos produced by militants, children pretend to be suicide bombers or fighters. Their discussions revolve around the Taliban's latest activities, their attacks and killings....
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China acts through Zardari to defuse Pak crisis

 
Former Prez Zardari has intervened to defuse the crisis precipitated by Sharif’s handling of Imran' protests came shortly after his return from Beijing. ...
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TTP splits in three factions but no consolation for Pakistan

 
So, finally, there is a three-way split in the Radio Mullah Fazlullah-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which is an umbrella body for 40-plus groups with Sajna ...
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PAKISTAN

Left behind in North Waziristan

 
Humanitarian attention during the ongoing Pakistan army offensive against militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has focused on the roughly one million internally displaced persons ...
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Pak military ops against Taliban brings rival militants closer

 
Despite their differences which sometimes turn into gory clashes, Taliban factions coordinate with each other when it comes to fighting against the Pakistani security forces or attacking sensitive government installations....
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Pak Army Intervenes to end Imran-Nawaz Stand off

 
The General summoned the leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) separately for discussions. While what transpired at the talks is not in public domain, both Imran and Qadri appeared satisfied....
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Imran Khan's Azadi March

 
Notwithstanding his public posture, Prime Minister Sharif, and his brother Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab, have kept themselves busy with back channels to make Imran see reason. This gambit has not paid dividends, as yet, primarily because the swashbuckling cricketer of yesteryears has smelt blood, says the analyst. ...
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MYANMAR/CHINA

Chinese Prez visit to India: A Perspective

 
 "New Delhi recognizes Beijing’s strategic predicament. Its response to Xi’s visit shows that it calculates it can pick and choose from whatever inducements Beijing offers ...
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Bad Days For China s Real Estate Sector

 
The average sale price and overall sales of new housing in China's 70 largest cities showed slower month-to-month growth in January, according to official statistics. ...
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Another corporate espionage charge against China

 
"The latest hacking charge against the Chinese is an open admission that the high priest of netizens has feet of clay. It brings into question the American assertion that they only snoop around for global security while the Chinese indulge in hacking for economic gain. Who draws this line- the accuser or the accused"....
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Maitripala Sirisena enters Prez race as Opposition candidate

 
Sirisena’s announcement, which came just one day after Rajapakse called the election, is not a sudden development. Much spade work took place behind the scenes because it is difficult to strike ‘deals’ at one go given the fragmented nature of Sri Lanka politics ever since Mahinda Rajapaksa carved out a place under the Colombo sun. ...
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India- Japan “special strategic, global partnership”

 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit to Japan, which ended today will remain  land mark in the relations between the two countries as much ...
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United States rules out “softening” of stand on Sri Lanka.

 
Just days before Sri Lanka’s human rights record is due to come for the fifth review in Geneva, the Obama administration has ruled out any ...
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Radical lslamists threaten Bangladeshi American Writer Avijit Roy

 
The Publisher appears to have taken the threat seriously without much ado and listed Avjit Roy's books under the category "Out of Print”....
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Bangladesh moves to ban Jamaat-e-Islami

 
Jamaat has been a long time ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Begum Khaleda Zia. The ban on Jamaat can give a handle to Khaleda to go around the nation as a victim of Hasina politics. It may not get much mileage though, firstly because the BNPis in bad shape, with its leadership embroiled in corruption cases, and secondly because the Jamaat voters are already with the BNP....
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China Factor in B’desh

 
The Curtis- Hossain report pitches for greater US naval contact and cooperation with Bangladesh to further counter China. ...
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Al Qaeda not a spent force

 
Al Qaeda is not a spent force, argues an Israeli expert on terrorism, saying that it is preparing for key role in global jihad behind the ISIS smokescreen. A considerable proportion of the jihadi fighters currently with ISIS may eventually choose to join its ranks, he opines. ...
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Cross-Border Trade Depressed in Afghan North

 
Hairatan on the river Amu Darya is connected by bridge with the border town of Termez in Uzbekistan. A new railway from Mazar-e Sharif up to the border connects Afghanistan to freight networks via the Central Asia states to Russia and Europe. That should give Hairatan a unique advantage over road-only crossing points into Iran to the west and Pakistan to the south. Instead, trade through Hairatan has fallen away dramatically. Instead, trade through Hairatan has fallen away dramatically...
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Hagel visits Kabul, reads the Afghan pulse

 
Within hours of Hagel’s landing in Kabul, two suicide bombings killed nearly 20 Afghans. One was just outside the Ministry of Defense, where 10 people died. Karzai used a televised speech to suggest that the bombings were part of a broader conspiracy to cast his government as powerless in the face of a Taliban offensive without the continued presence of US-led troops....
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Fall-out of Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

 
To check the slide of the Palestinian conflict from political to the religious level, Israel will do well to open a dialogue with the Arab civil society in East Jerusalem, says the analyst in the context of Nov 18 attack on a synagogue. ...
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Australia-India uranium deal

 
The civilian nuclear deal India had entered into with the US during Bush Junior’s presidency undoubtedly opened the doors for India-Australia uranium business. Hitherto, Abbott’s predecessors’ saw India through the NPT prism and blocked the sale of uranium since India is not a signatory to treaty. ...
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New BRICS Bank -an India perspective

 
India’s worry was never where the bank would be located, and, in fact, it never had a problem with Shanghai as the NDB base....
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Dangers From Anti-West Mood In The Islamic world

 
The West must factor in and come to grips with the factors that have given birth to IS phenomenon; this they must do with the same seriousness with which they calculate their military moves since crushing the head of a serpent with a bomb or a missile is in no way sufficient for a successful war against the phenomenon like IS, says the analyst, who is a reputed authority on Islamic movements in the Arab World and Islamic Fundamentalism....
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Islam doesn’t forbid Friday work, cleric says

 
Contrary to the claims of radical groups, there is nothing in the Qur'an or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that forbids working on Fridays, according ...
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Khusrau, a great pillar of 14th century Persian literature.

 
One of the most prolific genres composed by Khusrau are the pahelis, riddles that children of the subcontinent grow up enjoying. Deeply influenced by the spiritual philosophy of Like his master, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Khusrau believed in tolerance and affection between people of separate faiths. Khusrau loved Hindustan, India, with all its fragrant flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and animals and likened it to Paradise writing, ‘The heavens said that of all the countries which have come out of the earth, it is Hindustan that has achieved the height of excellence’....
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