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Monday, June 30, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 29 -- Pakistani paramilitary forces expanded their push into the northwestern city of Peshawar and a nearby tribal area Sunday, taking control of much of the troubled region a day after launching an attack on insurgent strongholds there.(The Washington Post)
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
KABUL, June 28 Hundreds of Pakistani soldiers and police moved into the key northwestern city of Peshawar on Saturday to head off a possible attack by the Taliban and other Islamist insurgents, marking the first major military operation in Pakistan's fractured border region since a new government...(The Washington Post)
Friday, June 27, 2008
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As celebrities threw an early 90th birthday party for Nelson Mandela in London's Hyde Park on Friday, U.S. lawmakers erased references to the former South African leader as a terrorist from national databases.
Legislation proposing the move received final congressional approval late on Thursday when the Senate unanimously passed it on a voice vote. The House of Representatives approved it on May 8.
It removes the "terrorist" label and travel restrictions imposed on Mandela and other cadres from the African National Congress, which fought to end white minority rule in South Africa.
The ANC was banned by South Africa's apartheid government in 1960. Its leaders were jailed or forced into exile until the ban on the movement was lifted 30 years later.
"Passage of the bill to remove from the U.S. terrorist watch list Nelson Mandela and others who worked tirelessly to end the oppressive, inhumane system of apartheid in South Africa is a great victory for justice," said Rep. Donald Payne, a New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Africa in the House of Representatives.
"I am gratified that we were able to show our respect and high esteem for a man who is loved and admired around the world," said Payne.
Mandela, who retired from politics nine years ago, has become a worldwide symbol of freedom. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called the U.S. travel restrictions on Mandela and the ANC "embarrassing" and urged an end them.
Stricter security measures passed by Congress after the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States kept the ANC's terrorist label because it used armed force as part of its campaign against apartheid.
Some lawmakers wanted the changes made to the legislation before Mandela turned 90 on July 18 and there were fears that it would be delayed by Congress' summer recess for much of August and a break over the July 4 week.
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; editing by Chris Wilson)
(The New York Times)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
KABUL, June 26 -- Pakistan on Thursday sharply denied that its powerful intelligence agency was behind an attempt to assassinate Afghan President Hamid Karzai in April, saying the accusations by Afghan officials were politically motivated.(The Washington Post)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Mohammed Sulaymon Barre fled his native Somalia as civil war raged in the early 1990s, receiving U.N. refugee status and landing in Pakistan, where he settled his family and worked for a financial services company. In a nighttime raid in November 2001, Pakistani authorities arrested Barre, held h...(The Washington Post)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The Bush administration has paid Pakistan more than $2 billion without adequate proof that the Pakistani government used the funds for their intended purpose of supporting U.S. counterterrorism efforts, congressional auditors reported yesterday. Their report concluded that more than a third of U....(The Washington Post)
Monday, June 23, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's most popular politician, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, suffered a major setback Monday when a court ruled him ineligible to run in upcoming parliamentary by-elections.(The Washington Post)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, June 22 -- A tense quiet has settled here in Afghanistan's second-largest city, a little more than a week after hundreds of Taliban fighters mounted a dramatic prison break, then briefly took control of several villages in the area.(The Washington Post)
Saturday, June 21, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States is urging patience for those in Washington frustrated with his government's pursuit of peace deals with tribes along the lawless Pakistani-Afghan border.(The Washington Post)
Friday, June 20, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Mohammad Asif might be one of the world's most brilliant cricket bowlers, but his star is fast losing luster in Pakistan.(The Washington Post)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The architect of Pakistan's nuclear program on Tuesday rejected a report alleging that his network may have shared blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon with countries such as Iran and North Korea.(The Washington Post)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Hamid Karzai's spokesman said Tuesday that Afghanistan does not intend to go to war with Pakistan, and that Karzai's warning to his eastern neighbor was meant only to make a strong point.(The Washington Post)
Monday, June 16, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 16 -- Hundreds of Taliban fighters took control of seven villages in southern Afghanistan on Monday in what appeared to be a major offensive near the country's second-largest city, according to Afghan officials.(The Washington Post)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened Sunday to send Afghan troops after notorious Taliban leaders inside Pakistan in an angry warning to his eastern neighbor that he will no longer tolerate cross-border attacks.(The Washington Post)
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The outgoing top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said Friday that attacks increased 50 percent in April in the country's eastern region, where U.S. troops primarily operate, as a spreading Taliban insurgency across the border in Pakistan fueled a surge in violence.(The Washington Post)
Friday, June 13, 2008
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. general who recently handed over command of NATO troops in Afghanistan cast doubt on Friday on the ability of Pakistan's Frontier Corps paramilitary force to combat Islamist militants.(The Washington Post)
PARIS (Reuters) - Pakistan's foreign minister said on Friday he believed a U.S. offer to hold a joint investigation into an American air strike that killed 11 Pakistani soldiers would be useful and should go ahead.(The Washington Post)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The top elected official in northwest Pakistan said Thursday the country should rethink its relationship with America after a U.S. airstrike that reportedly killed 11 Pakistani soldiers.(The Washington Post)
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 11 -- U.S.-led forces dropped more than a dozen bombs in and near Pakistan's tribal regions Wednesday in an attack that dramatically exacerbated tensions along the Afghan border and, according to authorities here, killed 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops.(The Washington Post)
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A top leader of Pakistan's lawyers movement on Tuesday brushed aside concerns that terrorists might attack protesters demanding the reinstatement of judges fired by President Pervez Musharraf.(The Washington Post)
Monday, June 9, 2008
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Pakistani intelligence agents and paramilitary forces have helped train Taliban insurgents and have given them information about American troop movements in Afghanistan, said a report published Monday by a U.S. think tank.(The Washington Post)
Sunday, June 8, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A junior party in Pakistan's government called Sunday for its main coalition partner to back the impeachment of President Pervez Musharraf, a day after the former army strongman rebuffed calls from both parties to resign.(The Washington Post)
Saturday, June 7, 2008
The front door to one of Washington's finer addresses, a four-story townhouse valued at $3.9 million, is padlocked and covered with plywood. The brass-toned plate above the entrance reads: "Embassy of the Republic of Malawi."(The Washington Post)
Friday, June 6, 2008
KABUL (Reuters) - Pakistan's foreign minister sought on Friday to allay Afghanistan's concerns that peace talks with Pakistani Taliban would lead to more militant attacks on the Afghan side of the border.(The Washington Post)
Pakistan is girding for a fight on its border. But not the border you think.(The Washington Post)
Thursday, June 5, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's army is "fighting bravely" against terrorism, the top-ranking U.S. military officer said after a visit to the country to discuss joint efforts against the Taliban and al-Qaida.(The Washington Post)
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The garden is in full bloom at Abdul Qadeer Khan's house. A lazy summer haze has settled over his manse, and at the small police substation across the way, several men chitchatted amiably on a recent day, barely glancing at the upscale villa that for the past four years has...(The Washington Post)
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- For eight years President Pervez Musharraf dominated Pakistan and charmed the West by presenting himself as a straight-talking ally in the war on terror.(The Washington Post)