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US killer drone strike kills at least 5 in Pakistan

A US assassination drone strike has killed at least five people  in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, Pakistani security authorities said. “The US drone fired two missiles targeting a militant compound, killing four rebels,” an unidentified Pakistani security official told AFP on Saturday. The attack took place in the Warokey Mandi area of the Shawal district in North Waziristan, where the...

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Taliban Claim Deadly Car Bomb Near Afghanistan Airport

KABUL—The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb that detonated Sunday morning on a crowded road near Afghanistan’s main international airport, hitting a vehicle of the European Union’s police advisory mission and killing three people, Afghan and international officials said. Sediq Sediqqi, the spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Interior, said the explosion occurred on Hawa Shanasi road, a street...

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Malaysia and Bangladesh to hold talks on migrant crisis

Foreign ministers will meet Sunday to discuss issues related to illegal Bangladeshi and Muslim Arakan boat people World Bulletin / News Desk  Malaysia’s foreign minister has said he will meet his counterpart from Bangladesh Sunday to discuss the on-going humanitarian crisis occurring off Southeast Asian shores. Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has said that the meeting would discuss among other issues,...

Pakistan and the Rome Statute

Having an overarching international statute governing the state will help the Pakistani state apply to the ICC to resolve issues it is either unwilling or unable to tackle on its own   The Pakistani state should ratify the Rome Statute, which creates the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Even though Pakistan was one of the 120 states that...

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Special Rapporteur to brief UNHRC on Lanka

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will brief the UN Human Rights Council next month on his mission to Sri Lanka last year. The 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will be held from June 13 to July 3 in Geneva. Crépeau is to present his annual report to the Council at...

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Please give us water: The desperate cries of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants adrift on boat turned away from Thailand

A wooden fishing boat carrying an estimated 400 Bangladeshi and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar is adrift in the Andaman Sea off the island of Koh Lipe. New York Times journalist Thomas Fuller said the migrants pleaded desperately as he and other journalists approached the boat, crying: “Please help us! I have no water! Please give me water!” (Christophe Archambault/AFP) (Christophe Archambault/AFP) (Christophe...

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India v. China in Sri Lanka: Lessons for Rising Powers

John Kerry’s visit to Sri Lanka, the first by a U.S. Secretary of State in 11 years, recognizes country’s geopolitical importance. It also highlights the outcome of the recent tussle over the island state by two emerging global powers. This is a contest in which India has now gained the upper hand over China, offering important lessons for rising powers...

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Nepal labourers working at Qatar World Cup sites denied permission to return home after earthquake

As if to confirm suspicions of what international human rights organizations branded ‘slavery’, Qatar’s Nepal work force is being restrained from journeying back home to mourn their family members who were victims of the earthquake on 25 April. According to The Independent, legions of Nepali labourers contracted to expedite World Cup preparations have been refused permission to travel back home under the...