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Prisoner Release Shifts Pakistan's Afghan Policy

In what is considered a good-faith gesture, Pakistan last week released at least nine Afghan Taliban prisoners. The move is seen as part of a new strategy by Pakistan as it eyes the looming drawdown of U.S. and Western troops in Afghanistan — and a small but potentially important breakthrough in the peace process.
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Pakistan's Overture To Taliban Concerns Afghans

Many Afghans are wondering about the timing and motive of Pakistan's release last week of at least nine Taliban prisoners. They say mistrust born of decades of duplicity won't vanish with a few declarations or small gestures.
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How The Government Set Up A Fake Bank To Launder Drug Money

In the early 1990s, Colombian drug cartels had a problem: They had more money than they knew what to do with. So a pair of federal agents created an offshore bank.
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Blasphemy Charges On The Rise In Pakistan

A single accuser's word is often enough to lead to an arrest and spark mob violence. Human rights advocates say the charges are frequently made against religious minorities, and are often used to settle personal scores.
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Conflict In Congo Escalates, Goes Largely Unnoticed

The conflict in eastern Congo has been called one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. As fighting intensified in eastern Congo between government forces and the rebel M23 group, tens of thousands of Congolese civilians have fled camps and homes in search of safety.
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Rockets, Cigarettes And A Lion: Just A Few Of The Things Smuggled Into Gaza

The Gaza Strip faces tight restrictions from Israel, and this has led to an elaborate system of smuggling tunnels linked to neighboring Egypt. National Geographic examines the tunnels in a piece that has appeared just as Gaza has returned to the forefront of the news.

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