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Taliban: Talks for captive soldier Bergdahl are off

From Wire Reports

Islamabad, Pakistan – The spokesman for Afghanistan’s Taliban said they have suspended “mediation” with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.

In a terse emailed statement today, Zabihullah Mujahed blamed the “current complex political situation in the country” for the suspension of what was considered the best chance of securing Bergdahl’s freedom since his capture in 2009.

Bergdahl, 27, of Hailey, Idaho, was last seen in a video released in December. Bergdahl is believed to be held in the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Gunman kill girl, 8, during political protest

Bangkok – Gunmen in a pickup truck attacked an anti-government protest in Thailand’s east, killing at least one, an 8-year-old girl, and wounding dozens, as violence in the country’s 3-month-old political crisis spread outside the capital, Bangkok, officials said today.

The attack took place Saturday night in Trat province, about 180 miles east of Bangkok, where about 500 protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra were holding a rally near food stalls where people were dining.

Police acquitted in protesters’ deaths

Cairo – An Egyptian court acquitted six police officers Saturday on charges of killing 83 protesters during the country’s 2011 uprising.

It’s the last case in a string of acquittals for nearly 100 officers charged in the killings of more than 840 demonstrators during the 18-day revolt.

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