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China province seeks to ease ‘one-child’ policy

China’s most populous province has asked for permission to ease the one-child policy after more than 30 years, an official said Tuesday, as concerns grow over gender imbalances and an ageing population. Guangdong in southern China wants Beijing to allow couples where just one parent is an only child to…

Sixty Qaeda prisoners escape from Yemen jail

ADEN — More than 60 Al-Qaeda prisoners escaped from a south Yemen jail on Wednesday after they clashed with guards, killing one and wounding two others, security and medical officials told AFP. The prisoners fled the central jail in al-Mukalla, capital of the Hadramawt province, into the nearby mountains after…

‘Al Qaeda’ gunmen seize southern Yemen city

ADEN, Yemen — More than 200 suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen have taken control of the south Yemen city of Zinjibar after fighting with security forces that left 16 people dead, officials and witnesses said on Sunday. The witnesses said that most residents had fled Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province with…

Afghan president orders NATO killing probe

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the deaths of six people in a raid by NATO forces over conflicting claims that they were civilians or insurgents. On Monday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) raided a house in the northern province of Sari…

Thousands flee al Qaeda clashes in south Yemen

Up to 12,000 civilians have fled their homes in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa because of heavy fighting between government forces and suspected al Qaeda militants, according to Yemen’s Red Crescent. Three al Qaeda militants and two soldiers have died in the clashes that erupted Sunday at dawn, a…

80 Afghan schoolgirls fall ill; poison feared

Powered by Mochila Dozens of Afghan schoolgirls have fallen ill in recent days after reporting a strange odor in their classrooms in northern Afghanistan, prompting an investigation into whether they were targeted by militants who oppose education for girls or victims of mass hysteria. Either way, the reports from three…

Reporter: NATO covering up, lying about civilian killings

A British reporter who reported on an apparent cover-up of the killing of an Afghan family says the NATO-led forces in that country habitually lie about innocent civilians’ deaths. Jerome Starkey, the Afghanistan correspondent for the Times of London, says the “embed culture” of reporting in war zones results in…

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