As funerals began for the 148 victims of the Pakistani Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to crush the insurgents and lifted a moratorium on the death penalty.
The sudden breakthrough in relations was, of course, the result of months of painstaking secret negotiations, and prompted in part by shifting geopolitical realities.
President Barack Obama has opened the door to restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years of sanctions and embargo, announcing that the US would seek to open an embassy in the coming months and to relax economic and travel restrictions.
Iranian police had requested the extradition of Man Haron Monis, the gunman who was shot dead in the Martin Place siege, 14 years ago but Australian authorities refused to hand him over, according to Iran's police chief.
The attack clearly demonstrates the conflict at the heart of the Pakistani military and political establishment, half of which not only sympathises with the Taliban’s aims, but actively supports its activities.
The number of child soldiers recruited by armed groups in the Central African Republic have quadrupled since the outbreak of a bloody civil war two years ago.
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Pakistan’s High Commissioner was moved to tears by a tribute from local children after the murder of more than 130 children in Peshawar.
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