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Attack kills 12 Taliban in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR: International troops and Afghan police killed 12 Taliban insurgents in a gunbattle in southern Afghanistan, police said Sunday. The joint force attacked a compound north of the capital of Uruzgan province where the militants were hiding Saturday evening, sparking the fighting, police spokesman Mohammad Musa said. He said no Afghan police or international troops…

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Somali troops kills 40 insurgents

MOGADISHU: Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers killed 40 al Shabaab insurgents on Sunday in clashes in north Mogadishu, the government said. “We have killed 40 fighters from al Shabaab group and we continue to repulse them. We have now pushed them back from three northern districts of Mogadishu. AU peacekeepers were assisting…

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Palestinians reject any Israel-US settlement deal

RAMALLAH: Palestinians reject any deal between Israel and the United States that would allow even limited Jewish settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, a top Palestinian negotiator said on Sunday. “There are no middle-ground solutions for the settlement issue: either settlement activity stops or it doesn't stop,” Saeb Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio….

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Afghan war criticism rising in Britain

LONDON: The deaths of eight British soldiers in Afghanistan within 24 hours triggered a debate in Britain on Saturday that could undercut public support for the war just as the US is ramping up its own participation in the conflict. With pictures of hearses and anguished relatives splashed across Britain's influential media, the government is…

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Pakistan judge vows corruption-free judiciary

Staff Report KARACHI: Pakistan’s top judge has said that corruption in the institution of judiciary would not be tolerated at any cost. Addressing a ceremony held by the Sindh High Court on Saturday night, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked the judges of higher and subordinate courts to ensure that dispensation of justice…

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Osama in Afghanistan: Pakistan minister

ISLAMABAD: Osama bin Laden and the top Al Qaeda leadership are not in Pakistan, making US missile attacks against them futile, according to the country’s interior minister. “If Osama was in Pakistan we would know, with all the thousands of troops we have sent into the tribal areas in recent months,” Rehman Malik told a…

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MJ's sister says brother was killed

LONDON: Michael Jackson's sister has told a British newspaper 'a shadowy entourage' of hangers-on 'murdered' her brother. In an interview with the Daily Mail La Toya Jackson portrayed Michael as a lonely and isolated figure at the mercy of a money-motivated clique. She accused them of cutting him off from his family and friends and…

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Afghan mission far from over: Obama

LONDON: US and allied troops have pushed back Taliban insurgents in a major offensive in Afghanistan but there is still a long way to go, US President Barack Obama said on Saturday. “We knew that this summer was going to be tough fighting … They (the Taliban) have, I think, been pushed back but we…

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Injured Murali again out of Pakistan Test

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will once again be without spin king Muttiah Muralitharan as they attempt a series-clinching win when the second Test against Pakistan starts on Sunday. The world's leading Test and one-day bowler missed the first Test in Galle, which Sri Lanka won by 50 runs, after hurting the patella tendon in his right…

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ANALYSIS – Bread & Guns

* Why we skimp on discussing Pakistan’s defense budget Pakistan and India continue to spend more money on their armies. In Pakistan’s case at least, some people ask if this is indeed wise, given that so many people are living below the poverty line. Some experts agree with an increase in the defense budget but…

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26/11 culprits to face trial

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has completed its investigations into five suspects accused of involvement in last year's attack on Mumbai, and they are expected to be put on trial next week, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday. The announcement was likely to be welcomed by India, which has demanded Pakistan take action against…

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Bosnia buries, mourns Srebrenica massacre victims

SREBRENICA: Tens of thousands of grieving Bosnian Muslims attended a sombre burial ceremony on Saturday for 534 newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, one of the bloodiest events in the 1992-95 Bosnia war. Bosnian Serb forces led by General Ratko Mladic seized Srebrenica, in eastern Bosnia, and slaughtered more than 8,000 Muslim men…

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Iraq team at home in Baghdad with point to prove to FIFA

ARBIL: Iraq hopes to convince FIFA the country is safe enough to host official soccer matches again when the national team plays Palestine on Monday in their first international in Baghdad since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The country hosted its first match since the war late on Friday, with Iraq beating Palestine 3-0 in front…

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Imposing carbon tax was a mistake: Nawaz

Staff Report LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Mian Nawaz Sharif has termed the imposition of the carbon tax a major mistake on the government’s part. “Our party will not accept any changes implemented through undemocratic means,” he said on Saturday, while talking to journalists after offering condolences with Jamaat-e Islami’s former chief Mian Tufail Mohammad at…

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Constitution, not parliament, supreme: Aitzaz

Staff Report LAHORE: Former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Aitzaz Ahsan said that the constitution overrules the parliament and the latter should avoid conflicting with the former. “The Supreme Court has the right to review laws made without a one-third majority in the parliament,” he said while talking to the media on the…

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All institutes are abiding by the law: CJP

Staff Report SEHWAN: Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has said that all institutions are abiding by the constitution, adding that no law which goes against the constitution will be allowed to exist. Addressing at the inauguration of a new court in Sehwan on Saturday, he said that the judicial policy is not in violation…

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NASA delays shuttle launch to Sunday

CAPE CANAVERAL: NASA has canceled Saturday's launch attempt of space shuttle Endeavour on a construction mission to the International Space Station to assess possible damage from overnight lightning strikes, officials said. Launch was reset for 7:13 p.m. EDT (2313 GMT) on Sunday. The shuttle is carrying a porch for Japan's Kibo laboratory that will be…

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4 more tehsils in Swat

Staff Report PESHAWAR: The NWFP government announced the establishment of four more tehsils in district Swat. NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, during a press conference in Peshawar on Saturday, said that two more tehsils would be established in Buner, adding that more police stations will also be set up in these areas. He urged…

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Gwadar not being handed over to China, Pak navy chief

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Nouman Bashir dismissed all reports alleging the handover of Gwadar Port to China as ‘completely baseless’. Talking to the media at the fifth convocation of Bahria University Islamabad on Saturday, he said that the Pakistan armed forces are ready to address any threat to the country. Admiral Bashir…

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Baitullah aide killed, 2 others arrested

By Asim Tanveer DERA GHAZI KHAN: One of Baituallah Mehsud's deputy commanders was killed and two other militants arrested in an encounter in Shadun Lond with the police Friday night. District Police Officer Dr Rizwan Ahmed told SAMAA that the security forces were tipped off by the intelligence agencies that terrorists had entered Dera Ghazi…

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Four killed in road accident

Staff Report DI KHAN: Four people, including a minor girl, were killed in a road accident in Dera Ismail Khan on Saturday. The bus was on the way to DI Khan from Zhob when it turned turtle near Mughal Kot. Four passengers were killed on the spot, while 20 were injured. All the injured were…

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