Showing posts from 2010

West: Russian's longer term political

Western governments on Thursday condemned a Russian court's decision to extend the prison sentence for imprisoned oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in a ruling widely viewed as flouting the rule of law and evincing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's political ambitions.

Rights groups question Indian activist's conviction

An Indian court's decision to sentence an award-winning human rights activist and physician to life in prison on charges of sedition has caused an uproar among civil rights groups, who claim that evidence in the case was fabricated.

U.S. presses Sudan as south prepares for independence vote

The Obama administration is stepping up efforts to press northerners and southerners in Sudan to reach a deal on an oil-rich province, warning that a failure to do so will lead to instability.

Sudanese president warns against secession

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has alarmed human rights activists and non-Muslims in the south of his country by saying that strict Islamic law will be enforced in the north if the south secedes in a referendum next month.

Obama vows to be more relentless than Taliban, al Qaeda

The Obama administration on Thursday said it is committed to the strategic defeat of al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, noting that the terrorist group continues to launch attacks against the U.S. and its allies from havens in the region.

Afghan report to fault Pakistan safe havens

The Obama administration will identify Pakistan's continuing support for terrorist havens and the absence of good governance in Afghanistan as key factors that are undermining U.S. and coalition efforts in Afghanistan.

Also from WikiLeaks cables: First-lady face lifts and alcohol-soaked dinners

A first lady who has a problem showing a "full range of facial expressions" as a result of extensive cosmetic surgery? A soulful rendition of "Layla" by rock legend Eric Clapton to thaw frosty U.S.-North Korea ties? David Letterman: No. 1 weapon against religious extremism?

US global troubleshooter dead

Richard C Holbrooke, the US special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan who earned the nickname “Bulldozer” for his hard-nosed diplomacy, died in Washington on Monday evening after he underwent surgery for a torn aorta. He was 69.

Referendum on oil-rich Sudan province likely delayed

A referendum to decide the fate of an oil-rich province of Sudan is unlikely to be held on time as northerners and southerners remain locked in an impasse over issues that include voting rights, demarcation of borders and oil revenue.

Hark, The Neo World Order

Anarchist, liberator, web terrorist, www messiah, predator or a man cornered? How exactly would you describe Julian Assange?

Outrage at patting down of Indian envoy in US

India’s ambassador in Washington, Meera Shankar, was subjected to a humiliating pat-down by security officers at Jackson-Evers International Airport in Jackson, Mississippi, last weekend. The incident was reported by the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson on Wednesday. Shankar travelled to Jackson on the invitation of Janos Radvanyi, chair in International Security Studies at Mississippi State University (MSU).

House OKs resolution to release jailed Chinese dissident

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for the release of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and congratulating him on winning this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Clinton: Pakistani militants ran group from jail

Two leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) continued to run the Pakistan-based terrorist group's operations while locked up in a Pakistani prison, according to a 2009 diplomatic message by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

War-crimes probe opened against N. Korea

World leaders focused attention on North Korea on Monday, as an International Criminal Court prosecutor opened a war-crimes investigation into the reclusive country's recent military strikes and as U.S., Japanese and South Korean officials conferred at the State Department.

Sri Lankan war crimes suspect gets post as representative to U.N.

The Sri Lankan government has appointed a senior army officer accused of war crimes in the conflict with Tamil rebels as its deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.

‘Transition will take time’

Since her release from house arrest on November 13, pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s days have been jampacked with meetings and interviews. In a telephonic interview from Rangoon with Ashish Kumar Sen, The Tribune’s Washington Correspondent, Suu Kyi carefully chose her words as she held out an offer of reconciliation with the military rulers while admitting that it is too early to say if they had softened.

Treasury Department acts against members of terrorist group

The Treasury Department on Thursday acted against three senior members of Pakistan-based terrorist groups that have been behind attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, including the kidnapping and beheading of a U.S. journalist.

US fails to rein in ISI

A senior U.S. diplomat suggested that the only way to end Pakistani support for anti-India militant groups is to resolve the Kashmir dispute and reassess India’s role in Afghanistan.

Pakistan making small nukes to target India

While India’s Ministry of External Affairs reserved its comments on Wednesday, the second instalment of the US State Department cables, accessed and leaked by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, reveal a worrying web of rogue elements inimical to India active in Pakistan.

China warns Nobel winner's kin against going to Oslo

Chinese authorities are warning the family and friends of jailed democracy activist Liu Xiaobo against traveling to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on his behalf and have stepped up a campaign to discourage other governments from sending representatives to the investiture ceremony on Dec. 10.

Suu Kyi seeks to review sanctions on Myanmar

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi wants to review the consequences of sanctions on her country, Myanmar, before she can determine whether these curbs need to be lifted or focused more sharply.

Obama calls on China to restrain N. Korea

The Obama administration called on China Wednesday to rein in North Korea after its artillery attack on a South Korean island, as the Pentagon ordered the USS George Washington aircraft carrier strike group to the Yellow Sea for naval exercises with South Korean forces.

North Korea fires on South

President Obama met with senior aides on Tuesday to discuss how to respond to the latest crisis over North Korea, after the North's military forces fired artillery against a South Korean island, prompting the South's forces to return fire.

U.S. officials: China must act on N.Korea violation

China must respond firmly to a violation by North Korea of commitments made by Pyongyang during the course of six-party nuclear negotiations, present and former U.S. officials said on Monday.

Sudanese accused of trying to 'extort' U.S.

The leaders of northern Sudan are trying to "extort" incentives from the Obama administration in exchange for holding an on-time referendum on the fate of Abyei, a senior southern Sudanese leader said ahead of a key meeting to break an impasse over the oil-rich province.

Pentagon's decision to send tanks to Afghanistan praised

The Pentagon's decision to deploy heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan is being hailed as a step in the right direction by military and civilian advisers in that war.

Clinton urges Sudanese to make 'tough compromises'

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday urged the leaders of northern and southern Sudan to make some "tough compromises" to settle their differences on the status of an oil-rich region and allow a referendum to go ahead as planned.

Burma releases democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma's military junta on Saturday released pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest to cheers from overjoyed supporters and cautious optimism from the international community.

Give Pak more time to rein in terror: Musharraf

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday said that anti-India militant groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed were very popular among Pakistanis and advocated a more gradual approach to rein them in.

Musharraf backs gradual shutdown of militants

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has advocated a gradual approach in trying to shut down anti-India militant groups fighting in Kashmir, noting the popularity of such groups among Pakistanis.

US was close to entering Pak to destroy Taliban

Former US President George W. Bush writes in his new memoir of his frustration with Pakistan’s reluctance to go after militants and hints that he ordered a campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan.

India is new Consumer King for US

A spate of American military and civil aviation sales to India are being viewed with glee and hailed for the salutary effect they will have on a flagging US economy. The Indian Air Force’s decision to buy 10 Boeing C-17 aircraft won lavish praise on Monday from a top US senator who acknowledged that the deal would boost the economy of his home state.

U.S. offers to delist Sudan as terrorism sponsor

The Obama administration has offered to take Sudan off a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if the Sudanese government holds a credible and on-time referendum on southern independence.

Burma vote 'anything but free and fair,' Obama says

Burma's military junta conducted the country's first election in 20 years on Sunday in a bid to seal, if not legitimize, its control over the biggest country in mainland Southeast Asia, while the muzzled opposition expected a continuation of human rights violations, U.S.-led economic sanctions and China's growing influence.

No Indian plot to steal US jobs: McCain

Hours before US President Barack Obama arrived in India, his former Republican Party presidential rival Arizona Senator John McCain said the United States must endorse India’s bid for a permanent seat on an expanded United Nations Security Council.

India expects less-mythical Obama

From schoolchildren and cabdrivers to business leaders and government officials, all of India has been swept up in a near mania in anticipation of President Obama's visit to the subcontinent, his first stop in a 10-day tour of Asia that begins Friday.

Obama takes the blame

US President Barack Obama took the blame for what he described as a ‘shellacking’ handed out to his Democratic Party in mid-term elections on Tuesday that cost it control of the House of Representatives.

U.S., U.N. deem Burma vote illegitimate

Burma's military junta is expected to cement its grip on power Sunday in an election widely considered to be illegitimate.

Nikki scripts history in US politics

Nikki Haley, the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Amritsar, made history on Tuesday night by becoming only the second Indian-American Governor in the US history.From a state legislature to Governor of South Carolina in just a short span of six years in politics, she is being hailed as a new rising star on the American political horizon.

Democrats lose House, retain Senate

A disenchanted American electorate in a snub to President Barack Obama handed a bruising defeat to his Democratic Party and put the Republican Party back in control of the US House of Representatives in mid-term elections on Tuesday.

Poll outcome may not impact ties with India

Mid-term elections that have shifted control of the US House of Representatives from the Democrats to the Republicans are unlikely to have any impact on relationship with India because of bipartisan support for these ties in Congress, according to analysts.

That Elephant In The Middle Of The Room

Change isn’t all that easy to come by, as Obama finds at home. Can the India trip provide another historic moment for him, and us?

Obama visit short on substance

Barack Obama’s mother instilled in him from a very early age an interest in other cultures. An anthropologist, Stanley Ann Dunham had worked in India and it was only natural that one of the cultures and traditions her son would learn about would be Indian.

Pressure on US to back India for UNSC seat

As the United States President Barack Obama prepares to visit India early next month, he is facing pressure to throw US support behind India’s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Intel sharing reviewed on Mumbai terrorist

The Obama administration has ordered a review of U.S. intelligence about David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani-American involved in plotting the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, to find out whether intelligence agencies failed to share reports that may have helped prevent the attack.

Headley information was general in nature: US

The Obama administration is conducting an extensive review of what US agencies knew about David Coleman Headley prior to the attacks in Mumbai.

Obama’s India itinerary finalised

US President Barack Obama's itinerary during his three-day trip to India has been realesed by the White House.

Pak-American arrested for terror plot

Federal agents have arrested a Pakistani American who US officials say was plotting terrorist attacks on Washington’s metro transit system.

Pak won’t use military aid against India: US

The Obama administration has assured India that a $2 billion military assistance package it has offered Pakistan will not be diverted against India. “They have assured us they will ensure the weapons are used for what they are intended for,” an Indian official said on the condition of anonymity.

Saddam aide Tariq Aziz sentenced to death in Iraq

Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's former right-hand man and once the international face of the Iraqi regime, was sentenced to death by the Iraqi supreme criminal court on Tuesday.

Karzai confirms cash from Iran

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday confirmed that he receives cash in bags from Iran, but he defended the process as "transparent."

US plans $2 billion military aid to Pak

The Obama administration will ask Congress for a $2 billion military assistance package for Pakistan, even as the US officials express frustration at that country's reluctance to go after militant groups that provide safe havens for Al Qaida and the Taliban.

U.S. officials urge Sudanese to compromise

Leaders of north and south Sudan must be willing to compromise when they meet in Ethiopia next week to discuss a way past obstacles to holding a referendum in January that is likely to result in the secession of southern Sudan, U.S. officials said on Friday.

U.S. plans $2 billion aid package for Pakistan

The Obama administration will ask Congress for a $2 billion military assistance package for Pakistan even as U.S. officials express frustration over that country's reluctance to go after militant groups that provide safe havens for al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Taliban leaders in talks lack 'influence'

The Afghan government's reconciliation effort with the Taliban is being hamstrung by a lack of participants who wield clout within the militant group and a "peace council" viewed by many Afghans as more eager to maintain the status quo.

Obama to visit Pak in 2011

US President Barack Obama has told Pakistani officials he will not visit their country during his trip to Asia next month, but will visit Pakistan only next year.

Pakistan rakes up Kashmir, yet again

Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday called on the US to resolve the Kashmir issue saying that the recent events in the Valley had ‘endangered’ the stability of South Asia.

Obama to visit Pakistan in 2011

President Obama will visit Pakistan next year as his administration attempts to shore up its relationship with a key ally in which recent polls found both he and the U.S. share abysmal approval ratings.

Pakistan's haven for terror unit irks U.S.

With U.S.-Pakistani strategic talks set to start in Washington on Wednesday, the Obama administration is growing increasingly frustrated with Islamabad's reluctance to shut down a terrorist group that provides safe haven for al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in Pakistan.

Bin Laden henchman reported in Pakistan

The mystery surrounding Osama bin Laden's whereabouts may finally be solved.

Take a new leap, Obama advised

Ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to India next month, a new report acknowledges a fear prevalent among many prominent Indians and Americans that a rapid expansion of the US-India relationship has “stalled” and recommends a “bold leap forward.”

U.S. drone attack kills a top Pakistan Taliban leader

A top Pakistan Taliban leader who recently warned that terrorists would launch attacks in the U.S. and Europe "very soon" has reportedly been killed in a U.S. drone attack.

Plot to assassinate Pakistani prime minister foiled

Pakistani police say they have disrupted a plot to assassinate the prime minister and other top officials after engaging in a shootout with Islamist militants on Wednesday.

U.S. digs in to rescue Chilean miners

Having survived 69 days underground, the last of the 33 miners trapped in a Chilean mine emerged from the bowels of the earth late Wednesday and were reunited with loved ones, capping a grueling, dramatic rescue made possible by a generous supply of U.S. equipment, manpower and ingenuity.

U.S. aids police in Sudan for security

The U.S. has poured millions of dollars into a multinational effort to build a police force in south Sudan that it hopes will ensure a peaceful referendum in January in which southerners are expected to vote for seceding from the north.

Pakistan roadblock cuts off Taliban funds

The Pakistani government's decision to shut a key supply route for coalition convoys in Afghanistan also has cut off a source of income for Taliban militants and a trucking racket that reap big profits from a cross-border "protection."

Musharraf: Pakistan backed militants in attacks on India

Pakistan provided support and training for militants to fight in India in an attempt to focus world attention on Kashmir, the country's former president said in a recent magazine interview.

Congress getting frustrated with Pakistan as a war ally

The closure of a key supply route for coalition forces in Afghanistan, a spate of attacks on NATO fuel tankers and criticism of U.S. drone strikes are fueling frustration in Congress over Pakistan's performance as an ally in the war against militants.

East Is East Again

The CWG mess has given the India rising story a few nasty knocks.

Poll: Most Pakistanis oppose drone strikes

An overwhelming majority of Pakistanis living in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) oppose U.S. drone strikes and military operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban in the lawless region along the Afghan border, according to a new survey.

Pakistan quietly aids drone attacks

Pakistani officials offer behind-the-scenes support and vital intelligence for U.S. drone strikes that target terrorists operating in their territory, even as they denounce such operations in public as a violation of their sovereignty.

Afghan 'peace council' draws fire

A "peace council" established Tuesday by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to negotiate with the Taliban includes the man who is thought to have invited Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan and another who served as a mentor to the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

US raises N-liability concerns with Krishna

The Obama administration is encouraging the Indian government to find a solution that allows US firms to contribute to India’s nuclear energy needs, a US official said on Monday.

India seeks eased U.S. controls on sales of its defense technologies

India's defense minister says U.S. export controls that restrict the sale of defense technologies to blacklisted Indian entities are a "matter of concern" and should be lifted soon.

Kim's heir apparent set for debut in Pyongyang

North Korea's ruling Workers' Party is expected to unveil Kim Jong-il's third son as the successor to the ailing "Dear Leader" at a rare meeting in Pyongyang on Tuesday.

Delegates at U.N. pressed on vote in Sudan

A human rights group and Darfuris who fled ethnic violence in their homeland are urging delegates from more than 30 countries, including President Obama, who are meeting Friday in New York to press the Sudanese government to ensure a free and fair referendum on the independence of southern Sudan on Jan. 9.

Games an appealing target for LeT, says US

A top US counterterrorism official has warned that the Lashkar-e-Toiba can try and disrupt the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi next month.

Instead Of A Process

Indian firms must opt for the nimbleness and creativity of co-creation

‘I’d Rather Hear Stories That Affect Our 600 Million’

Activist and academic Raj Patel’s profile proudly notes that he has worked for the World Bank and the WTO, and protested against them both around the world.

The Nano Mantras

Indian business gurus come of age globally

Problems plague India's Commonwealth Games

India's efforts to outshine the Beijing Summer Olympics with next month's Commonwealth Games are foundering under unsanitary quarters, construction delays, a record monsoon and an outbreak of dengue fever.

Sudan slow to act on referendum, official says

Delaying the Jan. 9 referendum on whether to divide Sudan into two countries would create instability and renew violence in the African nation, Sudanese First Vice President Salva Kiir, president of southern Sudan, warned Monday.

Koran protest stokes emotions

A proposed book-burning by an evangelical pastor in a Florida college town this weekend has inflamed sensitivities from Afghanistan to Washington, D.C., and added a new irritant to U.S. relations with Muslims abroad.

Indian nuke bill seen as bad for business

A bill approved last week by the Indian Parliament that holds suppliers of nuclear reactors and raw materials liable in the event of an accident is raising concerns that it will scare away foreign businesses from India's lucrative energy market.

U.N. report on Congo genocide strengthened

A draft U.N. report accusing the Rwandan army of massacring Hutus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1990s is corroborated by findings of an international human rights group.

Deportation of Iraqis from Europe worries U.N. agency

The United Nations’ refugee agency is expressing concern that Western European countries are forcibly deporting Iraqi citizens back to Iraq.

Pakistani Taliban added to terrorism blacklist

The Obama administration on Wednesday put the Pakistani Taliban on its international terrorism blacklist and announced a $5 million reward for information on the group's leaders Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman.

US paid huge price in Iraq: Obama

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday night announced an end to the US combat mission in Iraq, not with a declaration of victory but rather a somber admission that the US had paid a “huge price.”

Pakistani implores world to help after floods

Pakistan's ambassador to the United States is warning that militants will exploit the aftermath of devastating floods unless the international community moves quickly to alleviate the massive humanitarian crisis of 20 million dislocated people.

American Ayodhya

US rages over a ‘mosque’ planned two blocks from Ground Zero.

USAID head hurried out of Pakistan relief camp

USAID Administrator Raj Shah was forced to cut short a visit to a flood relief camp in Pakistan this week after his security detail detected “suspicious individuals” in the area.

Pakistan flooding stirs U.S. fears

Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years are increasing worries in Washington that the disaster will undermine the South Asian nation's political stability and jeopardize U.S. gains across the border in Afghanistan.

Saudi court rules: Paralyze man who crippled another

A Saudi Arabian court has ruled that a convicted man's spinal cord should be severed so he is paralyzed as part of the kingdom's Islamic-law-oriented retribution for similar injuries he is said to have inflicted upon another man in a fight.

White House vows more aid to flood-ravaged Pakistan

The Obama administration on Thursday pledged an additional $60 million in aid to Pakistan as the South Asian nation grapples with the devastation caused by its worst floods in 80 years.

Muslims around world monitor mosque debate

Muslims around the world see the ground zero mosque debate raging in the U.S. as a litmus test of American tolerance, and generally appreciate President Obama's involvement.

How The West Was Won

Ages before the technoboomers, there came the first pioneers. Riding out West armed with just grit, they built their El Dorados from scratch.

Afghan executions point to widespread Taliban control

Brazen public executions by the Taliban this month in provinces not traditionally part of their stronghold underscore the militants' resurgence in Afghanistan.

White House dismisses Burma's election

The Obama administration on Friday slammed a decision by Burma’s ruling junta to hold the country’s first elections in two decades on Nov. 7, saying the vote will lack credibility because the military has shut out most of the opposition, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

India sets deadline for potential BlackBerry stoppage

India's decision to set a deadline for BlackBerry to share encrypted data or face a ban is symptomatic of a clash between nations - both democratic and undemocratic - and the boundary-less world of information technology.

Killing of aid workers will hurt Afghans

The recent execution-style slaying of 10 medical aid workers, six of them Americans, by the Taliban in Afghanistan will hurt poverty-stricken Afghans the most and underscores the vulnerability of humanitarian groups, charities working in the region say.

Indonesia arrests militant cleric again

Indonesian police on Monday arrested the spiritual leader of an al Qaeda-linked group that is accused of carrying out the 2002 Bali bombings and of plotting to assassinate the country's president.

NGOs with terror-links vying for charity

Islamist charities affiliated with terrorist groups are competing with international efforts to provide relief to those affected by the floods in Pakistan, according to international relief workers.

US sees Al-Qaida as biggest security threat

The Al-Qaida’s core in Pakistan and its affiliates in Africa remain the biggest threat to the United States of America, according to a new US government report.

Saddam aide Tariq Aziz criticizes U.S. pullout plan

Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's former right-hand man and once the international face of the Iraqi regime, says President Obama is "leaving Iraq to the wolves" by withdrawing troops from the country.

Complicating Pakistan flood relief, terror-linked charities pitch in

Relief workers in Pakistan say that Islamist charities affiliated with terrorist groups are competing with international efforts to provide relief to the millions of Pakistanis affected by massive floods.

Wolf seeks 'fresh eyes' on mission in Afghanistan

Nine years into the war in Afghanistan, the American people and their elected representatives still do not have a clear sense of U.S. goals in the region, a senior House Republican says in a letter to President Obama.

Flood aid helps U.S. ties with Pakistan

Pakistan's worst flash floods in decades, which have left more than 1,500 people dead, have provided an opportunity for the Obama administration to repair the tattered image of the U.S. with a crucial ally.

Treasury's Iran blacklist of backers of terror grows

The Treasury Department on Tuesday added two Iranian groups and seven Iranians to its terrorism blacklist for their support of terrorists in Afghanistan and the Middle East under the guise of providing development assistance or social services.

Zardari: Taliban winning war, Afghan support

The U.S.-led international coalition is losing the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan because it has failed to win over the Afghan people, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said in a grim assessment of the war this week.

Spider At The Centre

A flood on WikiLeaks reveals Pakistan’s worst-kept secret: the ISI-Taliban affair.

On Obama, Pakistan refrains from global embrace

In Pakistan, President Obama is about as popular as President George W. Bush was before he left office, a new Pew poll shows.

British PM warns Pakistan about 'promoting terror'

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday warned Pakistan against promoting the export of terror, saying the international community will not tolerate it.

Kerry: Don't 'overhype' leaked documents

A senior Democratic senator on Tuesday played down the significance of information contained in leaked documents that reveal collaboration between Pakistan's intelligence agency and militants fighting in Afghanistan.

Hammer Taliban first, says ex-envoy

The U.S.-led coalition force in Afghanistan first must escalate its counterinsurgency operations and only then begin reconciliation efforts with leaders of the militancy, veterans of the Iraq campaign told members of Congress on Tuesday.

Intelligence leak: ISI aiding Taliban in Afghanistan

Pakistan is allegedly allowing representatives of the Inter Services Intelligence agency to meet directly with the Taliban in “secret strategy sessions” to organise militants fighting US troops in Afghanistan as well as plot the assassination of Afghan leaders, according to leaked US military field reports.

Leaks raise U.S. policy doubts

The disclosure of classified military documents revealing close ties between Pakistan's intelligence service and militants fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan has prompted calls on Capitol Hill to rethink U.S. policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan.

U.S. urges Pakistan to follow lead in terror sanctions

The U.S. wants Pakistan to implement international sanctions against three key terrorist financiers who have raised money for the Taliban and its Pakistan-based affiliate, the Haqqani Network.

US slaps curbs on Haqqani Network

The US Treasury Department has slapped sanctions on three key leaders and financiers of the Taliban and its affiliated group, the Pakistan-based Haqqani Network.

Report: China used 'disproportionate force' to quell protest

Chinese security forces used "disproportionate force" and acted with "deliberate brutality" in crushing an anti-government protest in Tibet in 2008, according to an international human rights group.

U.S. sanctions 3 leaders, financiers linked to Taliban