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Pakistan PM fires advisor over newspaper leak, army rejects actions

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ISLAMABAD Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday sacked one of his special advisers and sanctioned another bureaucrat after an inquiry into a newspaper leak, but the country's powerful army rejected Sharif's directive as "incomplete".

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Pakistan PM fires advisor over newspaper leak, army rejects actions 29 Apr 2017

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday sacked one of his special advisers and sanctioned another bureaucrat after an inquiry into a newspaper leak, but the country's powerful army rejected Sharif's directive as "incomplete".

Algeria defends Ahmadiyah sect arrests, community says vilified 28 Apr 2017

ALGIERS Algeria's government has rejected accusations from rights groups that it persecuted the Ahmadiyah religious sect during a recent spate of arrests, saying those detained were targeted for breaking the law not for their beliefs.

Suspected U.S. drone strike targets Pakistani Taliban militants - sources 28 Apr 2017

(This story corrects Kamran Afridi's comments to say drone strike was in Afghanistan, not Pakistan)

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan - Pentagon 28 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON Two U.S. service members were killed during an operation against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan overnight on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump's administration looks to craft a strategy in the war-torn country.

Iran summons Pakistani envoy, demands action over killing of guards 28 Apr 2017

ANKARA Iran's foreign ministry has summoned Pakistan's ambassador in Tehran to protest against the killing of nine Iranian border guards by Sunni militants attacking from neighbouring Pakistan, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported on Friday.

Afghan Taliban launch spring offensive as U.S. reviews strategy 28 Apr 2017

KABUL The Taliban says its annual spring offensive will be a mix of conventional, guerrilla and suicide attacks on Afghan and foreign forces, underlining the challenges facing the U.S. administration as it weighs its options in Afghanistan.

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Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport - sources 28 Apr 2017

AMMAN/BEIRUT Israeli warplanes struck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said. | Video

Risk of deeper involvement as U.S. weighs its options in Afghanistan 28 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON As President Donald Trump's administration drafts an Afghanistan policy, U.S. officials are seeking a way to reverse gains by militant groups without wading deeper into a 15-year-long war that has no end in sight.

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Israel seeks U.S. backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in Syria 26 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON Israel is seeking an "understanding" with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel's intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

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