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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Taliban's former spokesman surrenders: Pak Army
A top leader of Tehreek-e- Taliban's Jamaat-ul Ahrar faction and the militant group's former spokesman has surrendered himself to the security forces, Pakistan army said today. Ehsanullah Ehsan is a known face of violence in Pakistan as former spokesman of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who joined Islamic State linked Jamaat-ul-Ahrar outfit after 2014 military operation 'Zarb-e-Azb'. Military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said that it was big achievement for Pakistan that "our biggest enemies" were surrendering.

Former Afghan President: Massive US bomb was an 'atrocity'
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said today that the US is using Afghanistan as a weapons testing ground, calling the recent use of the largest-ever non-nuclear bomb "an immense atrocity against the Afghan people." Last week, US forces dropped the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb in eastern Nangarhar province, reportedly killing 95 militants.
    
Kyrgyzstan jails three opposition members over coup plot
Three members of Kyrgyzstan's opposition were jailed for between 12 and 20 years today over an alleged coup plot captured on a disputed audio recording aired on the internet. The sentences are likely to add to fears of a crackdown ahead of November elections, following anti-government protests. A Bishkek court jailed activist Ernest Karybekov for 20 years, and former MP Kubanychbek Kadyrov and ex-regional governor Bektur Asanov for 12 years each for their roles in the purported plot.

SKorea's ex-president Park indicted for bribery: prosecutors
South Korea's ousted President Park Geun-Hye was today charged with bribery involving millions of dollars over the corruption scandal that sparked her downfall. Park, whose impeachment was confirmed by Seoul's top court last month, also faces charges of abusing her powers and leaking state secrets, Seoul prosecutors probing the scandal said in a statement.

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