At least 22 killed in Nigeria attack

At least 22 people were Thursday found dead in an attack in Nigeria’s Plateau state, a security source said.

The security source, who declined to be named, told Xinhua that he counted 22 bodies with over 10 houses razed down by attackers at Mavo in Wase local government area of southern part of the state.

He said the gunmen stormed the villages at about 2 a.m. Thursday.

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Treason case: Court resumes hearing, Musharraf fails to appear

ISLAMABAD: The special court constituted to try former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason resumed the case’s hearing on Friday with the retired general failing to appear before it, DawnNews reported.

The three-judge court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court, began the proceedings.

During the proceedings, Musharraf’s lawyers filed requests in the court to not issue any directives before any decisions on the ex-army strongman’s plea for exemption and other miscellaneous petitions have been announced.

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Iraqi Parliament speaker in bid for ‘joint Iraq decision’ on oil exports to Turkey

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi has underlined the importance of reaching a joint decision by the federal government in Baghdad and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on the controversial issue of planned pipe oil exports to Turkey.

Al-Nujaifi described the aim of his visit as being to normalize bilateral relations between the two neighbors, adding that “he had succeeded in bringing the views of the two countries closer to each other.”

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Afghan Taliban hold Turks after helicopter lands: officials

Taliban insurgents have seized eight Turks and an Afghan from a civilian helicopter which made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

The incident happened when the Turkish helicopter landed on Sunday evening, said Rais Khan Sadeq, deputy police chief of Logar province, south of Kabul.

“Security forces found the helicopter but the nine people were not in it. They are taken by the Taliban. They are Turkish nationals and are nine people including the crew,” Sadeq told AFP.

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Indo-Pak relations: Glaring face-off for Asia’s feuding neighbours

Inder Malhotra looks at the thorny relationship between India and Pakistan, which has become increasingly antagonistic in recent weeks in the wake of alleged atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir.

Many years ago, Natwar Singh, then Indian ambassador to Pakistan and much later foreign minister, described the relations between the two South Asian neighbours as ‘devilishly complex’. Nothing could have underscored this more vividly than the dramatic and agonizing turbulence in this relationship that has taken place in a mere few weeks. At the time of writing there is an uneasy standoff between the two basically adversarial countries. Although they have managed to avert the threat of war, there is as yet no return to normalcy or to a dialogue. Let the facts speak for themselves.

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Pakistan: Qadri’s ‘long march’ takes no significant steps

A much-supported protest by a leading Pakistani intellectual has garnered attention but no real change, writes Rahimullah Yusufzai.

Religious scholar and former member of parliament Dr Tahirul Qadri ended his five-day Lahore-Islamabad ‘long march’ and ‘sit-in’ protest in the federal capital, Islamabad, on January 17 after reaching a five-point agreement with the beleaguered Pakistan People’s Party-led government.

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India: Indo-Pacific’ ties tighten at ASEAN summit

While last year has been an annus horribilis for New Delhi on the political and economic fronts, G Parthasarathy looks ahead to a brighter future as India strengthens links with its ASEAN partners, though with some concerns about China.

The year 2012 was a virtual nightmare for India’s political and diplomatic establishment. Over the past decade, international attention on India has largely focused on what was seen as an almost irreversible process of annual 8 per cent economic growth. As the economy grew rapidly and trade and investment ties across the globe and particularly in its eastern neighbourhood expanded significantly, India was seen as an emerging player in the world economy.

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