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Al-Qaeda fleeing Pakistan for Somalia, Yemen

Interview (video)

Al-Qaeda fleeing Pakistan for Somalia, Yemen

In a sign that efforts to root out militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan may be making headway, American officials say members of al-Qaeda are beginning to flee the region, heading for places like Somalia and Yemen. David Sanger of the New York Times discusses how these al-Qaeda members might be caught.

Posted: June 24, 2009 14:27   Comments: 3
Sino-Indian border dispute bogs down Asian economies

Analysis

Sino-Indian border dispute bogs down Asian economies

China and India have often been portrayed as the major drivers of the future, based on their economic clout. But quite apart from grand economic plans and new global alignments, a different reality is taking shape in both countries. Worldfocus contributor Luv Puri writes about border disputes that are renewing fears of a Sino-Indian confrontation.

Posted: June 24, 2009 13:59   Comments: 13
Pakistanis run into roadblocks in attempts to get visas

Perspectives

Pakistanis run into roadblocks in attempts to get visas

Every year, about 10,000 Pakistanis are granted student visas to Britain, while up to 20 times as many are rejected. Worldfocus contributing blogger Faisal Kapadia describes the difficulties faced by Pakistani students and travelers hoping to qualify for visas.

Posted: June 24, 2009 10:02   Comments: 0
With ping-pong and puns, soldiers stay sane in Afghanistan

Perspectives

With ping-pong and puns, soldiers stay sane in Afghanistan

Anup Kaphle is embedded with British and Canadian forces in Afghanistan and describes how soldiers stay sane and find relief and entertainment on a military base in Kandahar.

Posted: June 23, 2009 13:10   Comments: 2
Pakistani military takes the fight to South Waziristan

Interview (video)

Pakistani military takes the fight to South Waziristan

Pakistani government forces have stepped up their attacks on Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan. Ahmad Kamal, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Nations, discusses the offensive and the refugee situation.

Posted: June 23, 2009 10:30   Comments: 0
Taliban talks peace with Afghan government, U.S. officials

Interview (video)

Taliban talks peace with Afghan government, U.S. officials

As the battles intensify and suicide attacks increase in Afghanistan, the Taliban is in talks with the Afghan government -- and on some level, with American officials. Charles Sennott of GlobalPost recently returned from Afghanistan and Pakistan and discusses the talks and their chances of success.

Posted: June 22, 2009 13:10   Comments: 0
Pakistan offensive nears end; refugee crisis just beginning

Perspectives

Pakistan offensive nears end; refugee crisis just beginning

Pakistan’s military offensive against Taliban militants in the Swat Valley is nearly over, according to the country’s defense minister. However, the offensive has had enormous humanitarian costs, with more than 2 million people displaced as a result of conflict this year. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Pakistan writes about the growing refugee crisis.

Posted: June 19, 2009 09:12   Comments: 0
Pakistanis in shock after deadly hotel bombing

Perspectives

Pakistanis in shock after deadly hotel bombing

On Tuesday, militants stormed the gates of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshwar, Pakistan, where they detonated explosives that killed at least 11 people. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Karachi reacts to the recent violence.

Posted: June 10, 2009 10:47   Comments: 1
Pakistan bombing could be Taliban retaliation

Blogwatch / Video

Pakistan bombing could be Taliban retaliation

Government officials in Pakistan say a car bomb that killed more than two dozen people and wounded hundreds in the city of Lahore could be retaliation for the Pakistani military's month-long war on the Taliban. Alex Thier of the United States Institute of Peace discusses the bombing and public opinion about the government offensive.

Posted: May 27, 2009 15:01   Comments: 1
West should buy, not eradicate, Afghanistan’s poppy crops

Perspectives

West should buy, not eradicate, Afghanistan’s poppy crops

More than 90 percent of the world's opium comes out of Afghanistan, where the U.S. and its allies have led efforts to eradicate poppy crops. A Worldfocus contributing blogger argues that rather than eradicating poppy crops, the West should purchase crops for use as medical opiate.

Posted: May 22, 2009 14:24   Comments: 17
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