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Pak frees prisoners

Islamabad, Nov. 14 (Reuters): Pakistan began releasing some Afghan Taliban prisoners who the Kabul government believes could help in reconciliation efforts, an official said today.

Afghan official said some Taliban captives had been released but Islamabad and Kabul were at odds over how many would be freed. Earlier, Abdul Hamid Mubarez, a member of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, said: “Pakistan has agreed in principle to start releasing prisoners from today.”

Russia law

Moscow (Reuters): Russia enacted a new treason law on Wednesday, alarming opponents of President Vladimir Putin who fear he will use it to silence critics and put at risk almost anyone who associates with foreigners.

Planet found

London: A young “homeless planet”, up to seven times the size of Jupiter and with no gravitational ties, has been spotted by scientists for the very first time.

Iraq blasts

Baghdad (Reuters): A series of car bombs killed at least 14 people across Iraq early on Wednesday. The deadliest blast took place in Kirkuk where four bombs planted in cars went off simultaneously, killing nine people.

Amman anger

Amman (Reuters): Protests erupted in Amman and several towns after the government cut fuel subsidies in a move to secure a $2-billion IMF loan but which sent fuel prices soaring.

Syria group

Cairo (Reuters): Syria’s new Opposition coalition will set up its headquarters in Cairo as it lobbies foreign powers for recognition as the country’s legitimate government.


 
 
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