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Latest NewsArmy cautions Sharif: Avoid force
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Army cautions Sharif: Avoid force
Battleground Islamabad: 4 killed, 500 injured as protesters clash with security forces

Islamabad, September 1 - Pakistan's powerful Army said on Sunday any further use of force to resolve an escalating political crisis would only worsen the situation, after weeks of protests demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation turned violent.
Night-long clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters left four persons dead and nearly 500 other [ ... ]

Latest NewsIsrael seizes West Bank land for settlement use
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Israel seizes West Bank
land for settlement use
Jerusalem, September 1 - Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions of the political echelon" by the military-run Civil Administration.
I [ ... ]

Latest NewsHong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy
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Hong Kong braces for protests
as China rules out full democracy
Beijing/Hong Kong, September 1 - Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's Parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017.
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in the 2017 leadership vote. All candidates must fir [ ... ]

Latest NewsRona set to be first woman to head BBC Trust
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Rona set to be first woman
to head BBC Trust
London, September 1 - The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Trust, the body overseeing the world famous news corporation, is set to get its first female head.
Rona Fairhead, 53, a high-flying executive who sits on the boards of a number of blue-chip companies, was yesterday announced as the prospective new chairperson of the BBC Trust.
Sajid Javid, UK Secretary of State for Culture, is expected to officially announce Fairhead as governme [ ... ]

Latest NewsRussian Prez Putin calls for talks on eastern Ukraine ‘statehood’
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Russian Prez Putin calls for
talks on eastern Ukraine ‘statehood’
Kremlin denies, says no new endorsement from Moscow for rebel independence

Moscow/Mariupol, September 1 - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for immediate talks on "statehood" for southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have seized.
The Kremlin leader's remarks, which follow a feist [ ... ]

Latest NewsEU to slap fresh sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
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EU to slap fresh sanctions
on Russia over Ukraine
Brussels, August 31 - European Union leaders today were poised to impose new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine's president warned the conflict with Moscow threatens peace and stability for Europe as a whole. Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko said a strong EU response is needed because his country is subject to "military aggression and terror."
"Thousand(s) of the foreign troops and hundreds of the foreign tanks are now on the te [ ... ]

Latest NewsQadri issues 24-hr deadline for Nawaz Sharif to resign
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Qadri issues 24-hr deadline for
Nawaz Sharif to resign
Lahore/Islamabad, August 31 - Stepping up pressure on embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, cleric Tahir ul-Qadri set a fresh 24-hour deadline for him to quit as protests around Parliament entered the 17th day today amid efforts by Pakistan army to mediate.
In a late night development, Qadri's camp was visited by a delegation of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) led by vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who convinced the  [ ... ]

Latest NewsLesotho PM Thabane flees to South Africa following coup
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Lesotho PM Thabane flees to
South Africa following coup
Johannesburg, August 31 - Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane confirmed today that the military had seized power in a coup in the tiny kingdom and that he had fled to neighbouring South Africa in fear of his life.
"I have been removed from control not by the people but by the armed forces, and that is illegal," Thabane told the BBC.
"I came into South Africa this morning and I will return as soon as my life is not in  [ ... ]

Latest NewsUS to push for coalition to fight ‘cancer’ of IS : Kerry
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US to push for coalition to
fight ‘cancer’ of IS : Kerry
Washington, August 31 - US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will use a NATO summit next week to push for a coalition of countries to beat back incursions in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants who are destabilising the region and beyond.
"With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other [ ... ]

Latest NewsFresh controversy erupts in Pak: Who asked Army to mediate?
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Fresh controversy erupts in Pak:
Who asked Army to mediate?
Sharif says Imran & Qadri responsible, but Army says govt asked it to help solve crisis

Islamabad, August 30 - Pakistan's powerful military today said it was the government that asked it to play a "facilitative role" in resolving the current impasse, contradicting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statement that protest leaders approached the Army Chief to intervene.
"COAS (Chief of Army Staff) was asked by the g [ ... ]

Latest NewsDefiant Gaza militants vow to rearm amid shaky truce
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Defiant Gaza militants vow to
rearm amid shaky truce
Gaza, August 30 - Thousands of militants paraded in the besieged Gaza Strip today, defiantly saying they would rearm as the prospects of a final deal on a long-term Israel-Hamas truce looked shaky.
Calm was restored to the coastal enclave in a Tuesday ceasefire, and Gazans were gradually starting to rebuild their lives after a bloody and destructive 50-day war, the deadliest for years.
But the chances of long-term peace hung in the ba [ ... ]

Latest NewsSindhu scales China wall
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Sindhu scales China wall
First Indian to win 2 medals in World Championships; Saina loses to World No. 1

Copenhagen, August 30 - Indian teen sensation PV Sindhu assured herself of a second consecutive bronze medal at the World Championship but it was curtains for star shuttler Saina Nehwal after she suffered a straight-game loss in the women's singles quarterfinals.
The 19-year-old Sindhu, who clinched the bronze at the 2013 World Championship in China, produced another gritty performance t [ ... ]

Latest NewsPak made spectacle of talks by meeting Hurriyat : Modi
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Pak made spectacle of talks
by meeting Hurriyat : Modi
Says any meaningful dialogue requires a terror-free environment

New Delhi, August 30 - For the first time after India called off official-level talks with Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said New Delhi was disappointed that Islamabad sought to make a "spectacle" of the efforts it made to take the relationship forward by holding talks with the Hurriyat.
Ten days after India told Pakistan that the scheduled Augu [ ... ]

Latest NewsPunjabis among 24 Indians detained in Kuwait for murder
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Punjabis among 24 Indians
detained in Kuwait for murder
Jalandhar/ New Delhi, Aug 30 - Twenty-four Indian workers, most of them from Punjab, were taken into custody by the Kuwait police for allegedly killing two Egyptians during a brawl on Thursday.
The Union Government has taken up the matter with the Kuwait Foreign Ministry, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said. Consular officials visited the camp where the workers are lodged to ally their concerns. He said India [ ... ]

Latest NewsBishnoi snaps ties with BJP, allies with Sharma’s JCP
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Bishnoi snaps ties with BJP,
allies with Sharma’s JCP
Chandigarh, August 29 - Ahead of Assembly elections, Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) president Kuldeep Bishnoi today decided to snap his three-year alliance with the BJP, accusing the saffron party of repeatedly betraying him.
The HJC also forged a new understanding with Venod Sharma's Jan Chetna Party (JCP). Addressing a press conference, Bishnoi, who was accompanied by Venod Sharma, alleged that the BJP had betrayed him at every [ ... ]

Latest NewsSamjhauta blast case
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Samjhauta blast case
Swami Aseemanand gets bail

Chandigarh, August 29 - Four years after Hindu leader Swami Aseemanand was arrested in the Samjhauta blast case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted him bail.
Aseemanand was charged for his role in the Samjhauta Express link train blast that took place on February 18, 2007, at Diwana village near the industrial town of Panipat.
In all, 68 people were killed in the ensuing fire and many more were injured. Most of the victims were P [ ... ]

Latest NewsRussian soldiers back rebel advance: Ukraine
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Russian soldiers back rebel
advance: Ukraine
President Poroshenko summons defence chiefs, cancels trip

Kiev, August 29 - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east.
Poroshenko said he was cancelling a visit to Turkey and conferring with defence chiefs because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the eastern Don [ ... ]

Latest NewsAid flows into Gaza after truce
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Aid flows into Gaza
after truce
Gaza City, August 29 - Vital humanitarian aid was arriving in Gaza today as residents began rebuilding their lives following a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas that experts say left no winners.
Millions in and around the war-torn coastal enclave were enjoying a second day of peace after the guns fell silent following a permanent ceasefire agreement, allowing people to begin putting their lives back together.
The truce, which went into force [ ... ]

Latest NewsPak Army offers mediation
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Pak Army offers mediation
FIR against PM Sharif, others for killing 14 Qadri supporters

Islamabad, 29 August - Pakistan's Army on Thursday night offered to guarantee a negotiated deal between the government and protesters led by PTI chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) outside the Parliament House in the federal capital.
Both leaders announced their consent to resume talks with the government to defuse the current impasse on a message from army chief General Raheel Sharif fo [ ... ]

Latest NewsVeteran Kannada writer is no more
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Veteran Kannada
writer is no more
Bangalore, August 23 - Jnanpith awardee and renowned Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy, 82, died of multiple health complications here today. He had been hospitalised 10 days ago for infection and fever, and was critical.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah condoled Murthy's death. The Karnataka Government has declared holiday tomorrow in all government institutions, including schools and colleges, and state mourning for  [ ... ]

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