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UN asks India to stop using UN helmets in Kashmir

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 10:14AM UTC

The United Nations has asked Indian forces cracking down on separatist protests in violence-plagued Kashmir to stop wearing the distinctive powder-blue helmets of the U.N. peacekeeping force, a U.N. official said Wednesday. About 300 members of the paramilitary Rapid Action Force have been deployed in Indian-controlled Kashmir since last week

Iraqi convicted of people smuggling in Australia

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 9:48AM UTC

An Iraqi man was convicted of people smuggling after a jury determined he had helped hundreds of asylum seekers reach Australia by boat. Hadi Ahmadi, who in 2009 became the first person extradited to Australia from Indonesia on people smuggling charges, was found guilty in the Western Australia state District

4 killed in fighting in Indian Kashmir

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 9:41AM UTC

Suspected rebels fired at the home of a pro-India politician and ambushed a military convoy in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, killing three policemen and one civilian, police said Wednesday. A bus following the army vehicles was caught in an exchange of gunfire Wednesday between the rebels and the soldiers,

Burma designates constituencies for Parliament

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 9:15AM UTC

Burma’s Election Commission has designated constituencies for the national and regional parliaments, state media announced Wednesday, moving a step closer toward the general election promised for sometime this year. The country’s ruling junta has yet to announce the date for the polls, the first since 1990 when the party of

American boy plans NKorea trip to pitch peace idea

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 8:59AM UTC

A 13-year-old American plans to visit North Korea this week and perhaps meet leader Kim Jong Il to pitch his idea for a “children’s peace forest” in the demilitarized zone. Jonathan Lee, who was born in South Korea and lives in Mississippi, is scheduled to fly to Pyongyang on Thursday

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