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Qualifying made easier for Afghanistan, Ireland

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Qualifying made easier for Afghanistan, Ireland

International Cricket Council (ICC) approved that Afghanistan and Ireland will join the 10 full members in the rankings-based qualification system for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.   The top eight-ranked sides on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings as at 30 September 2017 will qualify automatically to the 2019 event, while the bottom four...

Indian intelligence warns of aircraft hijack

Indian intelligence warns of aircraft hijack

Indian intelligence agencies warned today that an Air India flight between Delhi and Kabul might be hijacked by terrorists, local media reports. A high alert raised and security at the Indira Gandhi International Airport enhanced further, The Times of India said adding authorities have put in place multi-level checking and issued instructions to ensure...

Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

A rocket fired amid fighting between Taliban insurgents and Afghan soldiers killed at least 26 people at a nearby wedding party Thursday, authorities said, a grim end to a year that saw the end of the 13-year US-led combat mission there. The rocket struck a house in southern Helman province's Sangin District, where Afghan...

Pakistan Intelligence indicates another attack

Pakistan Intelligence indicates another attack

Police in Pakistan say they have arrested several people suspected of involvement in last week's Peshawar school massacre. Pakistan's interior minister said the men were "facilitators" in the attack, which left 141 people dead, including 132 children. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan added that intelligence indicated another attack was in the planning. The Pakistani Taliban says it...

4 Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home

4 Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home

Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were repatriated after a thorough review of their cases. Eight Afghans are believed to be among the 132 detainees remaining at the US prison in Cuba. President...

Pakistan mourns school massacre

Pakistan mourns school massacre

The Pakistani city of Peshawar has begun burying its dead after a Taliban attack at a school killed at least 132 children and nine staff. Mourners crowded around coffins bedecked with flowers, while other families waited at hospitals for news. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared three days of mourning and Pakistan's army struck at militants...

Afghanistan decries CIA 'violations'

Afghanistan decries CIA 'violations'

Afghan President Asraf Ghani has said the CIA's brutal interrogation programme "violated all accepted norms of human rights in the world". He is among many world leaders condemning how the agency imprisoned and questioned al-Qaeda suspects. A US Senate report on the programme has said the harsh methods did not lead to unique intelligence that...

Pakistan 8th most dangerous country in world

Pakistan 8th most dangerous country in world

Pakistan is placed eighth in the list of the most dangerous countries in the world which is led by Iraq, according to a US-based intelligence think tank. Afghanistan is placed fourth in the Country Threat Index (CTI) compiled yesterday by IntelCenter, a washington-based company working for intelligence agencies, the Times of India reports quoting...

Afghanistan's crisis of governance

THE critical feature of the London conference of leaders of the Western powers with Afghanistan's new President, Ashraf Ghani, is the assurance of continued international support, couched in the caveat that the new regime in Kabul will be required to take action to end corruption and demonstrate to the world that home-grown institutions are accountable. That caveat mirrors the crisis of governance in a fractious land. As they pack their bags for the pullout later this month, the domestic...

US drones kill 13 'militants'

US drones kill 13 'militants'

A suspected US drone strike on a Pakistani Taliban compound in North Waziristan tribal region killed at least four alleged militants on Sunday, reports The Guardian quoting officials. Another suspected US drone strike in Afghanistan, meanwhile, killed nine alleged Pakistani Taliban fighters in a rural village near the mountainous border between the two countries,...

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