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Iran says U.S. plane violated its territory

TEHRAN: An Iranian news agency said on Tuesday that a U.S. military aircraft had violated Iranian territory unintentionally and had been forced to land in Iran. The semi-official Fars News Agency did not say when the incident happened. It said five senior U.S. military officials had been interrogated at an Iranian airport and released a…

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Asfandyar Wali Khan offers militants peace

PESHAWAR: Having escaped assassination by a suicide bomber last week, leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandyar Wali Khan, said on Tuesday he was ready to negotiate with Islamist militants so long as they laid down arms. “I want to make it clear that I can't negotiate at gunpoint,” he told a news conference…

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Embezzlement pinpointed in water management projects

MUZAFFARGARH: Embezzlement worth millions of rupees has been pinpointed in water management projects in the NA-178 constituency. When the misappropriation of funds came into the knowledge of MNA Jamshed Ahmed Dasti he informed the DCO and district nazim about it. The DCO, Malik Tariq Javed and DN Malik Allah Dad Khar, were told that the…

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Militants blow up two educational buildings

SWAT: Unknown militants Tuesday blew up a collage and a school building and kidnapped two policemen and two employees of a college in restive Swat district. According to police, some unknown miscreants blew up the Exlashers College and Public Missionary Girls High School Sangota. The militants later set the buildings on fire. The militants also…

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Indian authorities lift curfew in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Authorities in Indian Kashmir on Tuesday lifted a curfew imposed to thwart a massive pro-independence rally, as separatist called for calm with the start of harvesting and marriage season in the Himalayan region. Over the past two months Kashmir seen some of the biggest anti-India protests since a separatist revolt against Indian rule broke…

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Thai deputy PM quits after Bangkok clashes

BANGKOK: Thai Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh quit on Tuesday, saying he accepted responsibility for clashes between police and anti-government protesters that injured 69 people in Bangkok. The resignation of the government's top negotiator with the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) was a further blow to new Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat's efforts to defuse a…

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Sri Lankas main opposition party calls for international

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's top opposition party has asked for an international investigation into a bomb attack that killed a former army general and 26 others, saying it has no faith in the government. Tissa Attanayake of the United National Party says, “We don't trust the government so we want the international police to do a…

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Federal Law Minister for forming committee to monitor pcb affairs

LAHORE; Federal Law Minister Farooq H. Naek on Sunday suggested for setting up a five-member high powered cricket committee to streamline the working of Pakistan Cricket Board. He was addressing a news conference after a meeting with former test cricketers including Pakistan captains, Ramiz Raja, Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar and Mushtaq Ahmad. The meeting…

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Farooq Naek for commuting the death penalty

LAHORE: Federal Law Minister Farooq H. Naek has said that the case of the Indian spy Sarbajit Singh is being reviewed in detail and its report will soon be presented to the President of Pakistan. He was talking to the media at the Regional Directorate of Human Rights here on Sunday. The minister said that…

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Bangladesh name three new players for ODI

DHAKA: Bangladesh name three new caps on Monday in a 14-man squad weakened by the loss of rebel players for the one-day international home series against New Zealand starting this week. Imrul Kayes, Naeem Islam and Mahbubul Alam joined the recalled pair of wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim and pace bowler Syed Rasel to fill the gap…

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Footballer jailed over crash death of boys

LONDON: Former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick was jailed for seven years and four months on Monday after he admitted causing the deaths of two young children by dangerous driving in a car crash in June. Arron Peak, 10, and his brother Ben, 8, died after their father's Toyota was involved in a collision with…

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Violence sends 37,000 Somalis fleeing Mogadishu

NAIROBI: Violence in Mogadishu in recent weeks has displaced some 37,000 people, swelling an internal refugee population of 1.1 million in Somalia, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) said on Monday. Some 52 NGOs signed a statement expressing concern about the “devastating humanitarian crisis” and “horrendous” violence in Somalia, where Islamist insurgents are battling the government and its…

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Explosive-laden vehicles destroyed in Orakzai

PESHAWAR: Security forces on Monday destroyed three explosive-laden vehicles along border areas in Orakzai Agency and Khyber Agency. According to sources, gunship helicopter fired shells at suspected hideouts of local militants in Khyber Agency and Orakzai Agency. Three vehicles load with explosives were destroyed in shelling. They were on way to Peshawar, sources said. Sources…

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Zardari says Bibi’s assassins could also target him

NEW YORK: President Asif Ali Zardari Sunday said those who ‘martyred’ his wife and former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto could also target him. In an interview given to an American news channel, Zardari said he had no knowledge regarding Usama Bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan territory. “Usama Bin Laden, and Aiman Al-Zawahiri when arrested will…

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The bravery of PC Samiullah in a Peshawar bomb blast

By Tariq Waheed PESHAWAR: It was the biggest attack in Peshawar’s history, on September 6, 2008 when a suicide bomb blast took place at the adjacent Bada Bair Kohat Road near a police picket. It could have proven more devastating if the bomber had entered to the actual city. It was Police Constable Samiullah who…

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The bravery of PC Samiullah in a Peshawar bomb blast

By Tariq Waheed PESHAWAR: It was the biggest attack in Peshawar’s history, on September 6, 2008 when a suicide bomb blast took place at the adjacent Bada Bair Kohat Road near a police picket. It could have proven more devastating if the bomber had entered to the actual city. It was Police Constable Samiullah who…

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Suicide bomber kills at least 40 at Marriott Hotel.

A suicide car bomber attacked the Marriott Hotel in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Saturday, killing at least 40 people and turning the hotel into an inferno, police said. As flames engulfed the hotel, which is popular with foreigners, police said there were still people trapped inside. “A car laden with explosives rammed the gate…

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US didn’t inform Paksitan

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Thursday US didn’t inform Paksitan about fresh attack inside Pakistan’s territory on Thursday. Addressing the media in Foreign Office, Foreign Minister Qureshi said all countries should respect each other sovereignty. Admiral Mullen had assured us that Pakistan’s sovereignty would be respected, however, US launched fresh attack inside Pakistan on…

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Dr. Aafia’s son Ahmed handed over to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan handed over custody of Dr. Aafia’s son Muhammad Ahmed to Pakistani authorities in Kabul on Monday. According to foreign ministry sources, officials of Pakistan and Afghanistan met today in Kabul after which Afghanistan’s interior ministry official Daud Panj Sheri handed over Muhmmad Ahmed to Pakistani ambassador Asif Durrani. It may be mentioned here…

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Lehman files for bankruptcy, plans to sell units

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc filed for bankruptcy protection, after trying to finance too many risky assets with too little capital, making it the largest and highest-profile casualty of the global credit crisis. The Chapter 11 filing on Monday did not include its broker-dealer operations and other units, such as asset management firm Neuberger Berman. Those…

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India bomb blasts cast shadow over Australia series

NEW DELHI, Sept 14: India’s cricket chiefs were on Sunday hoping Australia’s Test tour would begin as scheduled next week despite security concerns following a series of deadly bomb attacks in New Delhi. “The blasts are a concern, but I don’t think it will have an impact on the Australian tour,” Indian cricket board secretary…

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