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Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.

 

Articles by Ashish Kumar Sen

Syrian rebels gather to fight at key border town

Hundreds of Syrian rebels have poured into a besieged town near the border with Lebanon in preparation for a "great battle" against President Bashar Assad's forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah militant allies, the Syrian opposition said Friday. Published May 31, 2013

A man rides a motorcycle near a burned building that housed an orphanage for Muslim children in Lashio, northern Shan State, Myanmar, on May 30, 2013. Many Buddhists and Muslims stayed locked inside their homes and shops were shuttered after two days of violence in Lashio town, near the border with China, the latest region to fall prey to the country's spreading sectarian violence. (Associated Press)

Myanmar, rebels agree to cease-fire

Myanmar has reached a preliminary cease-fire agreement with Kachin rebels fighting near the border with China and India, raising hopes for an end to two years of conflict that has overshadowed reforms taking place in the Southeast Asian nation. Published May 30, 2013

**FILE** Mohamed al-Megariaf, then the Libyan interim president, flashes the victory sign to crowds during the celebration of the second anniversary of the Libyan revolution in Benghazi, Libya, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (Associated Press)

Libyan leader resigns under new anti-Gadhafi law

The president of Libya's General National Congress resigned Tuesday, becoming the most-senior casualty of a new law that bans officials who had served under late dictator Moammar Gadhafi from holding public office. Published May 28, 2013

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, gives a speech in a mosque inside the leader's housing compound in Tehran on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)

Iran ensures no change with West in presidential election

Iran's June 14 elections are expected to produce a president loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and not improve prospects for an end to the country's nuclear standoff with the West or its support for President Bashar Assad's embattled regime in Syria. Published May 26, 2013

**FILE** Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington on March 13, 2013. (Associated Press)

Cabinet shake-up begins in Libya under new law

Libya's prime minister has nominated a new interior minister to fill the first spot vacated in his Cabinet, a consequence of a new law that bars officials who had served under late dictator Moammar Gadhafi from holding public office. Published May 22, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, following a Republican policy luncheon. (Associated Press)

McConnell calls for end of import sanctions on Myanmar

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday urged Congress not to extend import sanctions on Myanmar, warning that sticking with the sanctions would be "a slap in the face" to reformers in the Southeast Asian nation. Published May 21, 2013

**FILE** Mohamed al-Megariaf, then the Libyan interim president, flashes the victory sign to crowds during the celebration of the second anniversary of the Libyan revolution in Benghazi, Libya, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (Associated Press)

Libyan leaders expected to step down soon

A political crisis is brewing in Libya with the imminent resignations of the president of the legislature, dozens of lawmakers and as many as eight Cabinet ministers, following the adoption of a law that bans officials who had served under late dictator Moammar Gadhafi from holding public office. Published May 21, 2013

Myanmar president pledges to press ahead with reforms

Myanmar's leader met President Obama at the White House on Monday and pledged his government's commitment to democratic reforms, an end to communal violence and a cease-fire with ethnic minority rebels fighting in the northern part of his Southeast Asian nation. Published May 20, 2013

** FILE ** Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (left) meets with President Thein Sein at the presidential office in the capital of Naypyitaw in 2010. (Associated Press)

Myanmar's promises unfulfilled as leader meets with Obama

Myanmar's president will meet Monday with President Obama amid criticism that the Southeast Asian country has done little to end its war against ethnic minority rebels, protect stateless Muslims or institutionalize democratic reforms that have been promised since its military junta was dissolved in 2011. Published May 19, 2013

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Turkey's Erdogan to press Obama to do more for Syrian rebels

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a meeting Thursday at the White House, is expected to urge President Obama to arm the Syrian opposition and enforce a "no-fly" zone in an effort to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime. Published May 15, 2013

This image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a rocket fired by Syrian rebels at Mannagh air base in the Aleppo province of Syria on May 13, 2013. (Associated Press/Ugarit News via AP video)

Syrian activists warn of regime attack near Lebanon

Syrian opposition activists are warning of an imminent assault by President Bashar Assad's forces and Lebanese Hezbollah militants on a rebel-held town near the border with Lebanon. Published May 14, 2013

Pakistan Muslim League party supporters celebrate their party's victory in the parliamentary election in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday. Nawaz Sharif is the likely next prime minister. (Associated Press)

Sharif poised to lead Pakistan again

Nawaz Sharif, a two-time former prime minister who has talked about ending Pakistan's role in the U.S.-led war against terrorism, was set to win a third term as the South Asian nation's leader on Sunday. Published May 12, 2013