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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

**FILE** Palestinians in fishing boats decorated with Turkish and Palestinian flags hold a pro-Turkey demonstration in the sea off the shore of Gaza City on June 3, 2010. Israel on Thursday rejected calls from the United Nations and others for an international investigation of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla but left the door open to foreign involvement. (Associated Press)

Israel could lose a major Muslim ally in Turkey

Israel stands to lose its main Muslim ally in the Middle East — Turkey — over a recent raid on a flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed by Israeli forces, according to two senior Turkish officials. Published June 20, 2010

Al Qaeda recruits in Africa

The Horn of Africa is becoming a major recruiting ground for al Qaeda and other terrorists as a result of oppressive governments and regional civil strife, a panel of experts told Congress on Thursday. Published June 17, 2010

U.N. agency defers awarding of Obiang prize

A United Nations organization on Tuesday delayed awarding a controversial "life sciences" prize named for Equatorial Guinea's strongman, Teodoro Obiang. Published June 15, 2010

DICTATOR: Teodoro Obiang has his name on a prize for "scientific achievements that improve the quality of human life." (Associated Press)

UNESCO urged to kill award named for African dictator

A U.N. organization is under fire from human rights groups over its decision to create a prize for "life sciences" named after Teodoro Obiang, the leader of Equatorial Guinea, whose regime is widely viewed as one of the most corrupt and oppressive dictatorships in the world. Published June 14, 2010

Indian officials question terror suspect in Chicago

U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer has described as "historic" the cooperation between the U.S. and India in the interrogation of David Coleman Headley, a U.S. citizen who has admitted to helping terrorists plan the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Published June 11, 2010

Obama asked to name envoy to secretive Myanmar

President Obama has yet to appoint a special envoy for Myanmar, whose military-ruled regime reportedly is trying to build a nuclear weapon and plans to hold what U.S. lawmakers see as a flawed election this year. Published June 10, 2010

Former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson, who is identified as the primary defendant and an absconder by an Indian court, is living in a home in Bridgehampton, N.Y. (Associated Press)

India mulls extradition of ex-chief of Union Carbide

Indian authorities who want the extradition of former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson, the primary accused and declared absconder in the Bhopal gas leak case, wouldn't have to search too hard for him: He reportedly has been living in the Hamptons in the years since the world's worst industrial accident killed 15,000 and injured 500,000. Published June 9, 2010

China gambles backing North Korea

China's reluctance to support international efforts to censure its communist ally North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship is taking a toll on its reputation on the world stage, according to former U.S. officials and analysts. Published June 8, 2010

Myanmar defector Sai Thein Win was an army major who reportedly had access to secret Myanmar nuclear facilities, including a nuclear battalion "charged with building up a nuclear weapons capability." (Associated Press)

Report: Myanmar trying for nuke

Myanmar's military rulers are attempting to build a nuclear weapon, according to a report based on information provided by a former major in Myanmar's army. But analysts say the program is primitive and poorly planned. Published June 7, 2010

This undated photo provided by shows the Irish-flagged ship the MV Rachel Corrie. The ship was named after an American college student crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer while protesting house demolitions in Gaza. Greta Berlin, a spokesman for the Free Gaza group, said Friday June 4, 2010 the 1,200-ton Rachel Corrie is heading directly to Gaza and will not stop in any port on the way. (AP Photo/

Obama administration to Gaza activists: Avoid trouble

The Obama administration on Friday urged pro-Palestinian activists attempting to break an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip to avoid another confrontation in the region, but those on board the Irish ship said they had no intention of abandoning their plans. Published June 4, 2010

U.N. panel condemns Israelis’ ship raid

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday condemned a deadly Israeli raid on a so-called aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip even as pro-Palestinian activists planned to send another ship in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade. Published June 1, 2010

Indians to query American on Mumbai attacks

A team of investigators from India is in Chicago to interrogate a Pakistani-American who helped plan the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people, including six Americans. Published June 1, 2010

Terror suspect captured in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi law enforcement authorities arrested the leader of a terrorist organization this week, notching up another victory in their fight against violent Islamist extremism. Published May 28, 2010

Taliban learning first aid from Red Cross workers

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been providing medical training to members of the Taliban, including some high-ranking combatants, in Afghanistan. Published May 26, 2010

Social unraveling spreads in Africa

An ongoing cycle of rape and exploitation has left in tatters the social fabric in Sierra Leone and Liberia and threatens to do the same in other parts of Africa, according to social workers based in the continent. Published May 25, 2010