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Afghans vote in run-off election despite Taliban threats

Afghans defied Taliban threats by voting today in a second-round presidential election, as US-led combat troops wind down a 13-year war that has failed to defeat the insurgents. No major attacks were reported in the first hours of voting, though the Taliban claimed responsibility for two rockets exploding near Kabul airport causing no casualties. The run-off election will decide whether ...

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Iraq forces battle militants north of Baghdad

BAQUBA—Iraqi forces clashed with militants advancing on the city of Baquba, just 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Baghdad, on Friday as an offensive spearheaded by jihadists drew closer to the capital. Iraqi men who volunteered to join the fight against a major offensive by jihadists in northern Iraq wave to soldiers from the back of an army truck as ...

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Peace and cooperation will accelerate progress: Modi to Sharif

Prime Minister Narendra Mody has written to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, saying he looked forward to charting a “new course” in the bilateral relations in an atmosphere “free from confrontation and violence”. Responding to Sharif’s letter of June 2, Modi has said that “a relationship between India and Pakistan defined by peace, friendship and cooperation would unleash enormous opportunities ...

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Filipino militant on US ‘most wanted’ arrested: Police

A file photo of Khair Mundos, a top commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group who is on the U.S. list of most-wanted terrorists. A senior Philippine Islamic militant on the US government’s “most wanted” list was arrested in Manila on Wednesday, authorities said after a manhunt lasting seven years. Khair Mundos, who had a USD 500,000 US government reward ...

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Pak Military Presents Options to Sharif to Deal With Taliban

ISLAMABAD: The military and national security aides to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have submitted a “range of options” to crush terrorism with an iron hand in the aftermath of the brazen assault on Karachi airport by the Taliban apparently using Uzbek fighters. Sharif presided a high-level meeting yesterday with his national security team after the attack on Karachi airport, ...

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In May 2012, Hillary Clinton visited Delhi to convince India on Iran

WASHINGTON: When Hillary Clinton, the then US Secretary of States, suddenly made a short visit to India in May 2012, it was thought as her farewell trip to New Delhi as the top American diplomat. But in her book ‘Hard Choices’ that hit the stores today, Clinton discloses that her visit to India was with the sole purpose of convincing ...

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Indian-US couple arrested on healthcare fraud

Indian-US couple arrested on healthcare fraud

An Indian-American couple in the US has been arrested on the charges of crafting the doctors’ reports themselves and photocopying real physicians’ signatures onto the documents. Nita Patel and Kirtish Patel, both 51 and from Rockaway in New Jersey, face maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine. The couple, owner and operator of Biosound Medical ...

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Air strikes kill 15 militants in Pak

Air strikes kill 15 militants in Pak

At least 15 militants were killed today when Pakistani fighter jets pounded targets in the country’s northwestern tribal region, a day after a brazen Taliban assault on Karachi airport. The early morning air strikes were launched at Taliban hideouts in Tirah valley of Khyber tribal agency. A military official said that nine hideouts of terrorists were destroyed near Pak-Aghan border. ...

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26 killed as Pakistani Taliban militants attack Karachi airport

KARACHI: In a brazen attack, heavily armed Pakistani Taliban militants launched an assault on the country’s largest airport here in which at least 26 persons, including 12 terrorists, were killed even as the military today mounted another operation amid reports of fresh firing. Explosions and gunfire rang out as the attackers wearing military uniforms and suicide vests, and armed with ...

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‘Strong leadership in India, China can settle disputes’

Strong leaders in India and China represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping have a historic opportunity to resolve disputes, reports in official Chinese media said. “India is a key factor for territorial sovereignty and safety especially for western China,” Long Xingchun, a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University told China’s official Global Times commenting on Chinese ...

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