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After the violent takeover of the Karachi airport by the Pakistani Taliban, the military is preparing for a massive ground offensive to clear out the Taliban bases in the North Waziristan.

Speaking of military action, the U.S. has resumed drone strikes in Pakistan after stopping for a five-month period.

Understandably, Pakistan is a little pissed about it.

One more military story and then I’m done: A “friendly fire” strike kills five U.S. Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan.

Some 6,000 police officers raided a religious compound looking for businessman Yoo Byung-eun, who reportedly owns the ferry company that operated the ferry Sewol, which sunk and killed hundreds of passengers. The captain and 14 other crew members are on trial.

Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank economist, is now leading in the polls ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential election. His opponent Abdullah Abdullah has been the front-runner since April.

A case has been filed with the local police by Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission. It accuses 17 people of breaching regulations over construction that lead to the Rana Plaza collapse that killed 1131 people and was the worst industrial disaster in history.

[Trigger warning for rape and violence against women]

I hate the world sometimes (all the time). Another young woman was found hanging from a tree in the Uttar Pradesh region on Thursday. Another woman was raped by police officers while in custody.

The families of passengers on Flight MH370 have begun receiving $50,000 payments from the airline’s insurance carrier.

As part of a “happiness campaign,” the Thai Junta has ordered TV regulators to show World Cup matches for free.

Finally, in World Cup news, Japan was defeated 2-1 by Côte d’Ivoire in the group stage of the World Cup. Côte d’Ivoire scored two goals in quick succession to overtake Japan and held on for the win.

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