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US unable to get Pakistan to confront militants

Since 2001 the United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan's army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are widely viewed as having failed.

Sierra Leone's leading doctor dies of Ebola

Sierra Leone's leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him, the government's chief medical officer said.

Pakistan-born poet Imtiaz Dharker gets Queen’s Gold Medal

Noted poet, columnist, artist and documentary-maker Imtiaz Dharker has been awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2014 for her latest collection, ‘Over the Moon’, joining past winners such as W H Auden, Stephen Spender and Philip Larkin.

Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday.

Pakistan at crossroads after Peshawar attacks

Many wonder if the Peshawar attack will be a watershed in Pakistan's long history with militancy. But the country has had many potential turning points in the war on terror that at the time were called game changers.

Eight children found dead in Australia in reported mass stabbing

Eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead at a home in Cairns on Friday, police said, reportedly in a gruesome mass stabbing that comes just days after a deadly siege in Sydney.

As US eases hostilities, Cuba faces new challenge

Latin American countries and others that supported Cuba in its long battle against the United States may become less tolerant of its one-party rule, repression of dissidents and strict controls over the economy and the media if the US threat disappears.

Obesity can be deemed a disability at work, says Europe’s top court

The decision followed a question from a Danish court, which was reviewing a complaint by Karsten Kaltoft. Kaltoft, who never weighed less than 160kg during his employment, argued that his obesity was one of the reasons he lost his job.

Pak won’t learn, bails 26/11 butcher Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi

A court granted bail on Thursday to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a lynchpin of the Mumbai attacks, sparking fury in India and underlining fears that the Pakistan establishment will let the 26/11 trial die a quiet death.

Nigeria: Boko Haram abducts 185, including children

The attack, conducted Sunday by well-armed Islamist extremists in the town of Gumsuri, also killed 32 people. It recalled the April kidnappings in Chibok, where more than 200 girls were taken from a school.

26/11 accused Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi led charmed life in jail, fathered a child

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi led a charmed life in jail despite being a top member of the LeT. He even fathered a child while confined on terror charges at Rawalpindi’s high-security Adiala jail.

Hong Kong 'revolution' defeated: China media

Chinese state-run media Friday triumphantly declared the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement "defeated", warning domestic and foreign "hostile forces" against destabilising the city.

What happened at Sydney cafe: Witness' account

Joel Herat, who was taken hostage inside a cafe in Sydney, has in an interview revealed the drama that unfolded inside the cafe where he and 16 others were held at gunpoint by Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.

My role should cease after my death: Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, has said he thinks his traditional religious role should cease with his death rather than a 'stupid' successor replace him and disgrace himself.

Church of England's first female bishop is a Manchester United supporter

The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first female bishop. The church gave its final approval to the appointment of female bishops last month, bringing to an end a tortuous process that set liberal and conservative believers at odds.
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