Asia Briefs: Militant network 'almost wiped out'

Militant network 'almost wiped out'

ISLAMABAD • Pakistan's top diplomat said yesterday that military offensives in its north-western tribal areas had almost wiped out the Haqqani militant network known for its brazen attacks across the border on Afghan and foreign forces.

Mr Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs, said the Haqqani network's infrastructure in North Waziristan, which includes improvised explosive device factories, had been disrupted.


Myanmar President signs monogamy Bill

NAYPYITAW • Myanmar President Thein Sein yesterday signed into law the last of four controversial Bills championed by radical Buddhists but decried by rights groups as being aimed at discriminating against the country's Muslim minority.

Mr Thein Sein signed the Monogamy Bill after it was passed by Parliament on Aug 21, senior official Zaw Htay told Reuters. The Bill sets punishments for people who have more than one spouse or live with an unmarried partner other than the spouse. REUTERS

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