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Pakistani Officials Signed a Secret Agreement Authorizing Drone Strikes

The Obama administration’s aggressive drone program in Pakistan came under renewed attack this week, with Amnesty International suggesting that the United States is engaged in war crimes and visiting Prime Mininster Nawaz Sharif describing the strikes as a “major irritant” in relations.

But what is obscured by the public dispute is that there has been, since the administrations of George W. Bush and Pervez Musharraf, a secret agreement in place by which Pakistani military and intelligence authorities have approved many of the strikes, U.S. and Pakistani officials say.

"The exact terms were never shared with civilians but there was a protocol between the Musharraf government and the Americans," says a former senior Pakistani official who would discuss the classified matter only on condition of anonymity. "When the civilian government came in [in 2008], it was informed about it but there was no renegotiation."

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Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry contacted organizers of a campaign to end the ban on women driving and told them they will be punished if they defy the rules, campaign leaders say. 

One woman involved in the campaign said she still planned to go ahead. The Interior Ministry telephone calls follow a small protest by a group of conservative clerics demanding government action against the women. One of them, Sheikh Nasser al-Omar, described the campaign as a “conspiracy.” 

Photo: Female Saudi motorists in Riyadh, June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

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Mr. Sharif comes to Washington

During his first official visit to Washington, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif spoke on October 21 at a dinner with the Pakistani community in the United States.

Putting aside his prepared text, Sharif told the audience in Urdu that he met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and CIA Director John Brennan the previous night. “What can we do for you?,” Kerry had asked Sharif. “Nothing,” Sharif said he replied, adding that he was probably the first leader of Pakistan not to ask America for anything. He emphasized he was looking for trade, not aid.

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In rare public protest, China newspaper urges release of reporter

A Chinese newspaper made a rare front-page appeal Wednesday for police to release one of its reporters after he was detained for writing reports alleging financial misdeeds at a large, state-owned construction equipment company.

In an editorial headlined “Please release him,”The New Express newspaper said there was no evidence the journalist, Chen Yongzhou, had committed any crime. It said journalists should not be criminally prosecuted for responsibly reporting facts that may embarrass influential companies or individuals.

"Although our newspaper is small, we have a backbone," the editorial said.

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