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Putin loses another ally in uprising
Ex-Soviet dominions go down
Russian President Vladimir Putin has lost another ally in the uprising in Kyrgyzstan, the latest ex-Soviet government brought down by people power after Georgia and Ukraine, press commentators said yesterday.
Experts dismiss fears of Islamic extremism in Kyrgyzstan
Islamic extremists may be a force in parts of Central Asia, but they are unlikely to profit much from any void in Kyrgyzstan following the collapse of the government in Bishkek, experts say.
No change to US, Russian bases in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan does not plan to call into question the presence or status of US and Russian military bases despite the change in power there, the new Kyrgyz acting head of state and government said yesterday.
'Troubled triangle' may deepen US presence
Dogged by drug, terrorism and nuclear threats, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran are fast becoming a "troubled triangle" that could deepen US presence in the region, experts told a conference Thursday.
100 Nepali soldiers guilty of abusing Maoists
Nepal's army has taken action against 109 soldiers found guilty of violating human rights while battling Maoist rebels, and some of the abusers were sent to jail, the military said Thursday.
Lanka peace talks on 'backburner'
Sri Lanka's foreign minister ruled out an early resumption of peace talks to end a three-decade conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels but said a deal on disbursing tsunami relief was possible.
Storms lash West Bengal: 18 dead
Thousands homeless
Two days of gales and heavy rains left at least 18 people dead, 50 hurt and 7,500 homeless in India's West Bengal state, officials said yesterday.
Pakistan may send nuke parts to IAEA
President Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan is considering sending centrifuge components to the UN nuclear agency, which could enable the international watchdog to determine if Iran has been building anatomic
Musharraf Says
India, Pakistan should talk all Kashmir options
Weeks before his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said India and Pakistan should discuss options to resolve the Kashmir issue as agreed in the
Hariri killing probe flawed, says UN
Lebanon's inquiry into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was seriously flawed and an independent investigation is needed to "find the truth," a UN fact-finding team said on Thursday.
'Peace bridge' for Kashmir bus service
A crucial bridge in Jammu and Kashmir that will be used by the bus service linking the divided parts of Kashmir has been extensively repaired and named the "Aman Setu" or peace bridge.
UNSC okays peacekeepers for Sudan
The UN Security Council on Thursday approved 10,000 UN peacekeepers for Sudan to help shore up an accord that ended the country's north-south civil war.
Tsunami food crisis averted in Asia: WFP
The starvation and malnutrition crisis feared after the tsunami struck the Indian Ocean in December has been averted in less than three months, the UN food agency said yesterday.

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