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Turkish PM furious over leaked US cable (AP)

AP – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday reacted furiously to claims in a leaked U.S. State Department memo that he has money in Swiss bank...

Smoggy Kabul gets two-day weekend — for now (Reuters)

Reuters – The Afghan capital will enjoy a two-day weekend for a few months as the government tries a radical approach to cut down pollution, but workers have been...

Pakistanis, Nigerian held in Spain over terror links (AFP)

AFP – Spanish police have arrested six Pakistanis and a Nigerian suspected of providing forged passports to organisations linked to Al-Qaeda, including the group...

Leaks: China knows less about NKorea than thought (AP)

AP – China knows less about and has less influence over its close ally North Korea than is usually presumed and is likely to eventually accept a reunified...

Clinton in Kazakhstan for summit amid leaks scandal

ASTANA (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday arrived in the Kazakh capital Astana to attend a major global summit, amid a boiling scandal over...

India economy grows by forecast-beating 8.9 percent (AFP)

AFP – India’s economy grew a forecast-beating 8.9 percent year-on-year in the July-September quarter, data showed Tuesday, underscoring the country’s...

Pakistan arrests Taliban over Karachi attack plots (AFP)

AFP – Pakistani police said they arrested four Taliban militants on Tuesday who were planning “terror attacks” in the prosperous financial hub Karachi.

France’s top HK diplomat fired for stealing wine: sources (AFP)

AFP – The top French diplomat in Hong Kong and Macau was suspended and recalled to Paris last week for stealing two expensive bottles of wine, a source familiar...

A Silver Lining in Pakistan’s Floods

With the devastating floods that began in July, Mother Nature has left an indelible imprint on Pakistan-its geography, its people, its national psyche. But it has also...

Coalition ramps up air war over Afghanistan (AP)

AP – Once sharply curtailed because of complaints over civilian casualties, U.S. and NATO forces have ramped up the air war in Afghanistan since this summer.