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Dangerous extremes: Liberals and hard-liners clash in Pakistan

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Hard-line religious protesters threw stones at a rally called to support five missing Pakistani activists on January 19 and demanded that the government file blasphemy charges against the missing men. The liberal activists and bloggers, who had criticized political influence in the military and spoke up for religious minorities in Pakistan, all disappeared earlier this month. Shortly after their disappearances, blasphemy allegations started to proliferate on social media and in complaints to the police. Convictions for blasphemy carry a death sentence in Pakistan. As supporters of the activists called for their release at a rally in Karachi, about 100 members of a...

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India ready for conflict with both Pakistan and China says new army chief

By: Vasudevan Sridharan Source: International Business Times India’s newly appointed army chief has said the military is “prepared for a two-front war” with Pakistan and China if a conflict breaks out with both the countries simultaneously. General Bipin Rawat said the armed forces will not hesitate to use force in any form whenever it is deemed necessary. “The fact that terrorists infiltrating from adversary’s side means that they are getting support from them [Pakistani forces],” Rawat said in an interview with an Indian news channel. “We also have to think ahead, and the ball has already rolling in that direction.” Rawat, a...

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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net A magnitude 6.2 earthquake on Friday, December 30 hit a region in the eastern part of Indonesia, The Associated Press cited the U.S. Geological Survey as saying. The earthquake hit about 6:30 a.m. in the Sumbawa region, the agency said. The epicenter was about 33 kilometers south of the village of Tolotangga, which is 1,350 kilometers east of the nation’s capital, Jakarta. The earthquake was about 72 kilometers deep, the agency said. In a statement, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the earthquake was also felt in the neighboring province of East Nusa Tenggara and the tourist island of Bali. The earthquake caused...

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