February

Vietnam Communist Party elects new leader

Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party re-elected Nguyen Phu Trong for a second term as party chief on January 27, unnamed officials have said. Trong, 71, was elected to the country’s 19-member Politburo, receiving a second exemption from mandatory retirement, and was subsequently chosen as general-secretary, effectively the most powerful position in Vietnam. Earlier the same week, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Trong’s powerful rival, ended his bid for the top party spot and is expected to retire from politics. In a compromise with Dung’s supporters, Trong is expected to only serve part of his five-year term.

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Afghanistan & Pakistan: Strength in unity

A new wave of terrorism has hit Pakistan just as people were beginning to relax due to the improved security situation.

The latest terrorist strike on January 20 targeted the Bacha Khan University, named after the revered freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, who was a practitioner of non-violence and was affectionately called Bacha Khan by his Pashtun followers.
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