Thursday, February 8, 2024

Pakistan: Islamic State (IS) claims responsibility for bombings on eve of Pakistan election

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Two bomb blasts at the election offices of a political party and an independent candidate in south-west Pakistan have killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens more, a day before parliamentary elections are to be held.

The first blast rocked the election campaign office of an independent candidate in Pishin in the troubled region of Balochistan, killing 18 people and injuring at least 30 people, local authorities said.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Burma-Myanmar: Border guards flee to Bangladesh amid clashes with rebels

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At least 95 Myanmar border guards, some of them wounded, have fled to Bangladesh over the last few days as fighting intensifies between rebel forces in Myanmar and the junta regime, officials in Bangladesh said on Monday (Feb 5).

At least two people were killed in Bangladesh on Monday after mortar shells fired from Myanmar during clashes there landed across the border.

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Burma-Myanmar: Arakan Army (AA) rebels claim control of port town of Pauktaw causing a serious blow to the junta

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The Arakan Army (AA), a Myanmar ethnic minority rebel group, has claimed taking control of a port town in a blow to the country’s military junta.

The armed group seized control of the town after more than two months of intense clashes with junta troops, they said late Wednesday, adding that it “completely controlled” Pauktaw, a town of 20,000 people close to a crucial deepwater port in the capital of western Rakhine state.

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Iran: Iran strikes Syria, Iraq and Pakistan as Middle East tensions spike

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Within 24 hours, Iran launched missile and drone strikes on targets in three countries — Iraq, Syria and Pakistan — and took the extraordinary step of announcing its responsibility for the attacks, triggering anger from its neighbors.

The developments have heightened concerns over the possibility of a wider Middle East conflict, as the Israel-Hamas war and daily Israeli bombardment of the Gaza enclave passes the 100-day mark.

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Sunday, January 14, 2024

Burma-Myanmar: Military junta confirms temporary ceasefire with rebels

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Myanmar’s ruling military confirmed on Friday that it had agreed to a “temporary ceasefire” with an alliance of ethnic minority armies at a China-mediated meeting.

“We have plans to further discuss and strengthen the ceasefire agreement,” junta spokesperson Zaw Min Tun told reporters.

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