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SKorea probing if NKorea deliberately sent mines

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 6:26PM UTC

South Korea is investigating whether dozens of mines that washed up on South Korean shores and killed one man were deliberately floated by North Korea, officials said Wednesday. About 200 land mines — all in wooden boxes — have been discovered on South Korean shores since late July and Seoul

Sri Lanka war commission begins public hearings

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 4:41PM UTC

A commission appointed by Sri Lanka’s government to look into the country’s civil war began public hearings Wednesday amid international skepticism about its credibility and mandate to probe and punish war crimes. The hearings began a day after a group of 57 U.S. lawmakers wrote to Secretary of State Hillary

4 killed in fighting in Indian Kashmir

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 4:35PM UTC

Suspected rebels fired at the home of a pro-India politician and ambushed a military convoy in the Indian 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 between the rebels and the soldiers Wednesday,

Malaysia 1st women Islamic judges get equal powers

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 4:20PM UTC

Malaysia’s first women Islamic court judges are starting to hear cases this month after Shariah legal authorities empowered them with the same authority as their male colleagues, an official said Wednesday. The two female judges were appointed in May to combat perceptions that Islamic courts unfairly favor men. But one

Report: Philippine Muslim rebels brace for war

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 3:45PM UTC

Hundreds of Muslim guerrillas have undergone combat training and sought more weapons in the southern Philippines to bolster their military muscle in case planned peace talks with the government falter, a military report said Wednesday. New President Benigno Aquino III and the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front have expressed readiness

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