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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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Kashmir issue must be resolved as per UN resolutions: minister

ISLAMABAD:  Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has said that Kashmir issue must be resolved according to UN resolutions. In a statement on the occasion of Black Day against Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir‚ he said the United States must play its role in solution of the issue. He said the Indian forces are continuing atrocities against Kashmir …

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Russia angrily dismisses US spying accusations

MOSCOW (AP) Russia on Thursday angrily dismissed espionage accusations against a Russian cultural exchange official in Washington, saying the U.S. claims were unfounded. The FBI is looking into whether Yury Zaytsev, the head of a Russian government-run cultural exchange program, tried to recruit young Americans as intelligence assets, a U.S. intelligence official told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The official …

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Iran terms UN report on rights violations unfair

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran on Thursday angrily rejected as “unfair” and politically-motivated a UN report which said the Islamic republic s human rights record showed no sign of improvement. The report “describes the human rights situation in Iran in a completely unfair light and with political motivations,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement carried by the state broadcaster. …

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Hundreds protest deadly police shooting in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) – A protest erupted Saturday after Indian police said they killed two alleged militants and two civilians in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir, while authorities maintained tight security for a classical music concert being staged amid separatist objections. Inspector General Nalin Prabhat said police were retaliating against alleged militants who had opened fire on a police …

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‘India economy faces challenges’

MUMBAI (AFP) – India s new central bank governor said Wednesday the economy faced challenges but was fundamentally sound, as the country battles a plummeting rupee and decade-low growth. Raghuram Rajan, a former IMF chief economist, also said achieving “low and stable” inflation was crucial, in his first public comments since taking over as Reserve Bank of India governor earlier on …

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Russia wants sound evidence on chemical weapons

MOSCOW (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin Wednesday suggested Russia could approve military strikes against the Syrian regime if the West presented watertight evidence of chemical weapons crimes but warned the use of force without UN approval would be an “aggression”. In an interview with state-run Channel One television ahead of the G20 summit in Saint Petersburg this week, Putin sought …

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Russian, US air forces unite for tracking exercise

OVER ALASKA (AP) – Flying at 34,000 feet (10,300 meters) over the Bering Strait, the Russian pilots had a singular focus: making sure they smoothly received the hand-off of a “hijacked” jetliner from their U.S.-Canadian counterparts. Up here, there were no thoughts about strained Russia-U.S. relations over U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, whom Russia granted asylum, or President Barack Obama s …

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Anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir

SRINAGAR (AP) – Indian forces used tear gas and pellet guns to quell thousands of stone-throwing protesters who took to the streets after special Eid prayers on Friday in the Indian portion of Kashmir. A police officer said dozens of protesters, police and paramilitary officers were injured in the clashes at several places in Srinagar, the main city in Kashmir. …

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