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February 2, 2009 | Paul Richter
President Obama has taken painstaking care in the first days of his administration to calm the waters of international relations with promises of cooperation and respect for other nations. But his new envoy to South Asia has landed with a splash. Officials in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have reacted uneasily to the appointment of Richard Holbrooke, a veteran diplomat nicknamed "the Bulldozer."
January 16, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A bomb ripped through a crowded mosque where evening prayers were being held Thursday, killing six people and wounding 60 others, officials said. The dead included two children. The explosion occurred in the main prayer hall of a sprawling Islamic seminary near a military cantonment on the outskirts of Peshawar, a provincial capital in northwest Pakistan, said police official Najeebur Rehman. Two people were killed instantly while four others died of their injuries at a hospital, Rehman said.
January 23, 2009 | Paul Richter
President Obama, emphasizing the use of vigorous diplomacy to settle seemingly intractable problems, named two Democratic heavyweights Thursday as administration envoys to two of the world's most troubled regions. Obama named former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Maine) as special envoy to the Middle East and former U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke as special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
October 22, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
When President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meet in the White House on Wednesday for the first high-level contact between their countries in years, there will be plenty to talk about but little on which to agree. The relationship between Washington and Islamabad has wavered between bad and abysmal for decades, despite common interests in bolstering regional stability in South Asia and fighting terrorism -- what both nations see as one of the gravest threats to their security.
June 28, 1998 | EDWARD WRIGHT
Middle East, South Asia A renewed terrorist threat has prompted the State Department to warn Americans to be especially careful when traveling in the Middle East or South Asia through August. In a May 26 press conference in Afghanistan, exiled Saudi dissident Osama Bin Ladin urged all Muslims to wage a holy war against all Americans, military and civilian. The U.S. government considers Bin Ladin a prime suspect in two terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia that killed 24 Americans in 1995 and 1996.
July 5, 2004
Temperatures in New Delhi soared past 100 degrees last week, typical for this time of year and formerly a good incentive to flee to the northern state of Kashmir, rent a houseboat and fish for trout in cold mountain streams. But for more than a decade, Kashmir has been more accustomed to shootings and bombings than vacations.
February 19, 2004
It was only two years ago that India and Pakistan rushed hundreds of thousands of troops to their border, and the two nuclear-armed, longtime enemies appeared ready to go to war. The immediate cause was a series of terrorist attacks that India blamed on Pakistan, but considering that the neighbors had fought three wars in less than 60 years, the trigger barely mattered.
November 25, 1988
Torrential rains triggered mudslides and floods that swept away entire villages in Thailand and Malaysia, killing at least 161 people and leaving hundreds of others missing, officials said. "This is the worst flooding in 50 years," said Chit Nilpanich, governor of Thailand's Songkhla province, 480 miles south of Bangkok. Thai officials said that 136 people died in seven southern provinces.
January 2, 2005
If a tsunami were to strike Northern Europe, killing more than 100,000 people from Ireland to Sweden, does anybody think it would take President Bush 72 hours to speak up about the tragedy and call leaders of the devastated countries? In fairness to the vacationing president, the full magnitude of the natural disaster in the Indian Ocean wasn't apparent immediately after the undersea earthquake and the ensuing tsunami struck a week ago today.
The Russians and Chinese haven't been able to do it. Neither have the other Asian nations meeting this week in Kazakhstan. So what can the United States bring to the crisis between India and Pakistan to ensure that the two nuclear powers don't go to war? U.S. officials were facing that question after Russian President Vladimir V.
August 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Fears of impending terrorist strikes against Western targets in the Muslim world reached fever pitch Tuesday after a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the evacuation of diplomatic missions in Africa and Europe and the approaching end of Ramadan and symbolic anniversaries of past deadly attacks. Extremists believed to be aligned with Al Qaeda shot down a Yemeni army helicopter, killing all eight on board headed for a central province to protect oil installations. Though thought to have been a target of opportunity rather than a carefully executed plot, the blow undermined the Sana government's assurances to the United States and other Western countries that its forces are able to protect foreign entities in this high-risk season.
April 17, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - On Sunday, a local politician named Mukarram Shah was in his car in the remote Pakistani village of Banjot when a bomb was detonated by remote control. He was instantly killed. The bomb was made out of a pressure cooker, a common appliance in Pakistani kitchens and an increasingly common tool of terrorism in South Asia. It is the same sort of device that is believed to have been used in the Boston Marathon bombings, although authorities caution that it does not necessarily point to South Asian perpetrators; anyone could have taken advantage of easy-to-find online plans that have been posted by Al Qaeda, among others.
November 6, 2010 | Tribune Washington Bureau
President Obama's trip to Asia and South Asia has drawn unusual and apparently erroneous criticism that the visit will cost taxpayers $200 million a day. The apparent source of the figure is a Nov. 2 report by the Press Trust of India, a news agency that quoted a single, unnamed Indian official in Maharashtra state. No other news organization appears to have corroborated the figure. The White House does not discuss costs or security measures for presidential trips but said the numbers "have no basis in reality" and were "wildly inflated.
March 28, 2010 | By Tom Hayden
Without public debate and without congressional hearings, a segment of the Pentagon and fellow travelers have embraced a doctrine known as the Long War, which projects an "arc of instability" caused by insurgent groups from Europe to South Asia that will last between 50 and 80 years. According to one of its architects, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are just "small wars in the midst of a big one." Consider the audacity of such an idea. An 80-year undeclared war would entangle 20 future presidential terms stretching far into the future of voters not yet born.
January 24, 2010
Even now, despite the haunting images, the unending tales of loss and broken survival, it is difficult to fathom the scale of devastation in Haiti. The estimated 200,000 dead on half the island of Hispaniola is similar to the toll from South Asia's tsunami five years ago -- but that was across 14 countries. Haiti's approximately 1.5 million homeless is nearly quadruple the population of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina struck. At least two-thirds of Port-au-Prince has been leveled.
January 23, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates leaned on India and Pakistan during his trip to South Asia this week to set aside a simmering rivalry and confront militant extremists. At the same time, Gates and other U.S. officials pushed arms sales that could fuel the antagonism between the two countries. Gates' trip was framed by that apparent contradiction in U.S. policy. On his arrival in Pakistan, a television news interviewer put the question bluntly: "Why re-arm both countries?" The Pentagon chief sidestepped the question.
March 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Home cooking fires are the major source of potentially climate-changing soot in the air over South Asia, a team of Indian and U.S. researchers reported in the journal Science. The soot comes from the burning of wood, agricultural waste and animal manure. The effect of soot in the air over the Indian Ocean is about 10 times that of the so-called greenhouse gases, they said. The pollution causes the air to absorb more sunlight, warming the atmosphere and cooling the surface beneath.
August 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
Flood-weakened riverbanks collapsed and water engulfed more homes in Bangladesh as the death toll in South Asia from this year's monsoon surpassed 1,500. As floodwater began receding, more bodies were found, pushing the death toll from six weeks of monsoon rain in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan to 1,509. The deaths have been caused by drowning, landslides, electrocution and waterborne diseases.
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