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KABUL: A man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on NATO allies, killing one soldier before being shot dead, the NATO-led force in Afghanistan said Thursday. "An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against coalition service members in southern Afghanistan late yesterday, killing one service member," NATO's International Security Assistance force (ISAF) said. "The individual who opened fire was killed when coalition forces returned fire," an ISAF statement said, adding that the nationality of the dead NATO soldier would be released in his home country. The shooting is the latest in a series of similar incidents in which Afghan soldiers have turned their weapons against NATO troops helping the Afghan government fight an insurgency by hardline Taliban Islamists. The death takes the toll of foreign troops killed by Afghans they were working with to 18 this year -- including seven Americans and five French trainers -- in 11 separate ...

QUETTA: Law enforcement agency arrested 22 Afghan nationals under foreign act in Panjgur district. An official of LEA said on Thursday that these Afghan nationals had entered in the country illegally, who were apprehended from a passenger bus during checking on check post. They were reported to be without possessing traveling documents. They have been handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for further investigation. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012 ...
MADRID: NATO's chief said Wednesday he counted on France's support for NATO security operations, after Francois Hollande pledged to pull troops from Afghanistan immediately if he wins the French presidency. "I'm not going to interfere in any way in the election campaign in France. Having said that, I consider France a strong ally," Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Madrid after meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. "France has always been strongly committed to our security ...
BEIJING: China's military on Thursday vowed to defend the country's territory amid a stand-off with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency said. China is locked in a maritime dispute with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, which is considered a potential Asian flashpoint due to the overlapping claims of several nations. "China's armed forces bear the responsibility for the task of defending the nation's territorial ...
NEW YORK: A prominent international human rights group has urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is on a visit to India, to make human rights violations in the South Asian country a central part of his talks with Indian leaders. The secretary-general flew to New Delhi on Wednesday for a three-day visit, saying he would discuss regional and global issues with Indian officials and leaders. "India has a dynamic democracy, but UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should not ...
COLOMBO: The Maldivian parliament Wednesday approved the 14-member cabinet appointed by President Mohamed Waheed who is accused of seizing power in a military and police-backed coup. A vote in the 77-member assembly ratified Waheed's cabinet, which was named after he took office following the resignation of his predecessor Mohamed Nasheed who claimed he was forced to step down. A parliamentary official who declined to be named said that 45 lawmakers voted in favour of the cabinet. He added ...
KATHMANDU: Nepal's "Super Sherpa" on Wednesday voiced amazement at the pace of change in the country's remote Himalayan communities, as he celebrated his return from one of the world's most difficult treks. Apa Sherpa, 52, arrived in Kathmandu earlier this week after leading the first expedition to complete the Great Himalayan Trail, a 1,700-kilometre (1,050-mile) trek spanning the entire length of the Nepalese Himalayas. Sherpa, who earned his nickname for scaling Mount Everest a record 21 times, ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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