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    A passenger walks past a TV screen broadcasting a news report on North Korea's long range rocket launch at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 7, 2016.

    North Korea Rocket Launch Deemed Successful and Deplorable

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    Rescue workers search a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Feb. 6, 2016.

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    In this handout photograph released by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) on Feb. 6, 2016, Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz (C) chairs the third round of four-way peace talks  with Afghanistan, US and Chinese delegates in Islamabad.

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    Teachers were trained in weapons use by police after a 2014 attack on a public school in Peshawar.

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    Surge in gun sales in parts of a northwestern province began after a terrorist attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda last month that killed at least 21 

    An injured boy carries an injured girl as he runs towards a safe area a few minutes after the suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, Feb. 6, 2016.

    Deadly Suicide Blast Hits Southwest Pakistan

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    Aging Breadwinner Hauls More Than His Weight In Flouri
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    Syed Abdul Ghani treks a kilometer every day with 100 kilograms of flour on his back. He earns just 300 Pakistani rupees ($3) selling the flour to a bakery in his native Peshawar. He's been making the trip every day for the past 25 years.
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    Video Aging Breadwinner Hauls More Than His Weight In Flour

    Syed Abdul Ghani treks a kilometer every day with 100 kilograms of flour on his back. He earns just 300 Pakistani rupees ($3) selling the flour to a bakery in his native Peshawar. He's been making the trip every day for the past 25 years.
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    Video HRW Report: Politics of Fear Threatens Human Rights

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    Video Kerry to Raise Issue of N. Korea Nuclear Test, S. China Sea Dispute While in China

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    Video Pakistani University Attacked Last Week Reopens for Service

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