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India expands nuclear weapons site: think tank

WASHINGTON (AFP) – India has expanded a secretive site that could be used to enrich more uranium for nuclear weapons, a US think tank said Wednesday, citing satellite imagery. The Institute for Science and International Security, a private group opposed to nuclear proliferation, said that India appeared to be finishing a second gas centrifuge facility at its Rare Materials Plant …

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NATO Foreign Ministerial to focus on Afghanistan.

BRUSSELS: The Foreign Ministers will start off their North Atlantic Council meeting with a discussion on the objectives and agenda for next year’s Summit in the United Kingdom. That Summit is expected to focus on Afghanistan, partnerships and improving military capabilities. Foreign Ministers will continue their Tuesday meeting with a discussion on ways to strengthen partnerships NATO has with countries …

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Sri Lanka shuts war-time propaganda centre

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka said Monday it was shutting down its propaganda centre which distributed information to the media during the separatist war, four years after the end of the conflict. “The ministry of defence has decided to disband the centre,” spokesman for the president, Mohan Samaranayake, said, without giving a reason or any details. The Media Centre for …

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Indian security forces enjoyed legal cover for the violation of human rights: Ali Raza Syed

BEUSSELS: Imran Chouhdary;   A glorious example of persistence in struggle. The institutionalization of an event, anywhere in the world, is never a small job. It is rarely achieved and when achieved, it is profoundly celebrated and jealously guarded. The European Parliament is even harder to achieve such status for an event. It is a place where best minds of …

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Iran envoy elected to lead gas-producing bloc

TEHRAN (AP) – A former head of Iran s central bank was elected Sunday to head a 13-nation bloc of gas-producing countries as Tehran looks beyond its sanctions-hit crude oil sales to bring in vital revenue and explore new energy markets. Iran has tried aggressively looked to its vast natural gas reserves and refined petrochemical products to bypass US-led sanctions over …

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Drone-hit Pak family recounts terror before US Congress

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) – A Pakistani family affected by US drone strikes, appeared before members of the US Congress on Tuesday to record their account from when they were targeted last year. Rafiq ur Rehman – a primary (elementary) teacher in North Waziristan – and his children Zubair (13) and Nabila (9) are the first victims of the covert drone …

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French disabled person skydive over Mount Everest

KATHMANDU (AFP) – A French multiple sclerosis sufferer Sunday became the first disabled person to skydive over Mount Everest, successfully completing his landing before being taken to hospital as a precaution. “I feel very happy. I am exhausted but very happy,” Marc Kopp said from a hospital bed in Kathmandu where doctors examined him for any injuries sustained during the …

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Iran will never shut down Fordo nuclear plant: Law maker

TEHRAN (AFP) – A prominent Iranian lawmaker said on Sunday Iran would never agree to shut down its Fordo underground nuclear enrichment facility as demanded by world powers, Mehr news agency reported. “It is possible that they set some conditions such as shutting down Fordo, which definitely will not happen,” Mehr quoted Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the parliament s foreign policy …

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Roadside bomb kills 18 in Afghanistan

GHAZNI (AFP) – A roadside bomb on Sunday killed at least 18 civilians, mostly women, as they travelled by minibus to a wedding party in a volatile area of central Afghanistan, officials said. The interior ministry said the blast occurred in Andar district of Ghazni province, where Taliban insurgents have a strong presence. “The bomb hit a minibus civilian vehicle …

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Army Chief to visit China on Oct 28

ISLAMABAD:  Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will pay a three-day visit to China from Monday. He will hold talks with Chinese military leadership for the promotion of defence cooperation. Bilateral strategic relations between the two countries would be reviewed during visit of the Army Chief, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Asim Saleem Bajwa issued a statement on …

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