Security

The Pakistani army transferred security duties to the civilian government of Upper and Lower Dir districts April 11.

The flag meeting at the Torkham border crossing comes after a brief flare-up of violence earlier along the border. Such meetings will improve communication and defuse tensions, say observers.

Tribal elders and local officials quickly de-escalated the situation, saying fighting along the border benefits only terrorists.

An ongoing awareness campaign is teaching locals in Waziristan how to recognise IEDs, land mines and other explosive devices left behind by militants.

Authorities also arrested three individuals suspected of involvement in three terrorist attacks in Parachinar.

The 'security crescent' of 31 checkpoints installed between FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will ward off terror threats, officials say.

"I don't think teams have any excuses left for not coming to Pakistan anymore," Pakistan team captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.

Mohammad Akram and Saghran Bibi were forced to abandon their children and grandchildren to escape an unrelenting Russian-backed offensive in Eastern Ghouta.

Following the orders of Tehran, the Taliban have set their sights on disrupting key infrastructure projects in Afghanistan in an effort to keep the country weakened, officials and former Taliban members say.

Independent investigations have dismissed the Kremlin's assertion that Wagner Group mercenaries are volunteers not affiliated with the Russian military.

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