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Zardari asks Bush not to talk about extremism

ON BOARD: U.S. President Bush said that President Asif Ali Zardari has asked him not to discuss extremism with him. Talking to the media on board while traveling to Kabul from Baghdad, President Bush said, President Zardari told him that his wife was a victim of terrorism, therefore, there is no need to tell him…

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Gen Tariq Majid leaves for China today

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Tariq Majid, would fly to Beijing (China) on an official visit on Monday. According to sources, his visit would last for six days, in which he would have meetings with the high command of China and would discuss defense and strategic cooperation of both the countries.

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India-Pakistan tensions flare at Afghanistan talks

PARIS: Tensions between India and Pakistan over last month's terrorist attacks on Mumbai overshadowed a conference Sunday aimed at fostering cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbors. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Indian Junior Foreign Minister Anand Sharma sat side-by-side at a news conference following the informal, closed-door talks, but they traded barely concealed…

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John Kerry meets Manmohan Singh

NEW DELHI: U.S. Senator, John Kerry met Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh in national capital New Delhi on Monday (December 15) in the wake of the recent Mumbai attacks. With India not convinced about Pakistan's crackdown on terror outfits in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, influential U.S. Senator John Kerry arrived in New Delhi…

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Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush on final Iraq visit

BAGHDAD: In a sign of lingering anger over the war that will define U.S. President George W. Bush's foreign policy legacy, an Iraqi journalist shouted, “this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog,” and hurled his shoes at Bush during a news conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday (December 14). Throwing…

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U.S. to stand by Afghanistan: Bush

KABUL: U.S. President George W. Bush told Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday the United States would stand by the war-torn country despite a transition of power at the White House. Moving from one war zone to another, Bush flew secretly from Baghdad to Kabul, landing under cover of darkness for talks with Karzai and…

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Bush arrives in Afghanistan

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: U.S. President George W. Bush arrived in Afghanistan Monday, after a making a farewell visit to Iraq, according to the White House. Bush's plane landed in darkness at Baghram Air Base outside Kabul, a reporter traveling with him said. The U.S. president was to hold talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai…

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Hamas stages mass 21st anniversary rally

GAZA CITY: Hamas marked its 21st anniversary on Sunday (December 14) in a rally that drew more than 100,000 Islamist supporters in the Gaza Strip, amid tensions over the soon ending six- months old truce with Israel. Hamas estimated that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians took part in the rally at Gaza's main sports stadium….

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Bus-trailer collision kills five near Khairpur

KHAIRPUR: As many as five people have reportedly been killed while scores others received injuries as a passenger bus collided with a trailer in Tandomasti near Khairpur on Monday. Rescue teams have arrived on the scene while the injured are being shifted to nearby hospitals, rescue sources said.

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National Assembly meeting underway

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly meeting is underway for its 9th session to take up some important issues confronting the country besides the regular business. The Public Accounts Committee will also meet to discuss various matters. Parliamentary sources said that Mumbai attacks and Pakistan-India relations and the “technical incusrion” by the Indian Air Force (IAF) jets…

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Al-Baghdadia TV channel wants release of Iraqi journalist

BAGHDAD: An Al-Baghdadia TV channel newsreader on Sunday (December 14) read a statement issued by the channel asking for the immediate release of its employee. “Al-Baghdadia TV channel calls on the Iraqi authorities to immediately release its employee Muntadhar al-Zaidi in accordance with the democratic freedom of expression that the new regime, the US authorities…

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War in Iraq is not over: Bush

BAGHDAD: U.S. President George W. Bush made a farewell visit to Baghdad on Sunday (December 14), flying in secret out of Washington to declare that while great strides have been taken toward peace, “the war is not over”. Just weeks before he bequeaths the unpopular Iraq war to President-elect Barack Obama, Bush made a show…

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CJP cannot be respondent in any case under constitution

ISLAMABAD: The Registrar of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here Monday returned with objections a petition seeking a court directives for making Chief Justice of Pakistan a party to a pending case about award of extra marks to his daughter by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. The Registrar office said that under…

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Tendulkar's unbeaten 163 steers India towards record win

CHENNAI: Sachin Tendulkar hit the winning runs and reached his 41st test hundred with a swept boundary Monday as India set a record for a victorious fourth-innings run chase on home soil to beat England by six wickets in the first cricket Test. Tendulkar shared an unbroken 163-run, fifth-wicket partnership with Yuvraj Singh (85 not…

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IMF delegation arrives in Pakistan for income tax reforms

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has arrived in Islamabad to make the national tax structure better. The delegation is being led by South East Asia and Middle Eastern Regional Chief Masood Akhtar. The delegation will meet Prime Minsiter Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Adivisor on Finance to the prime minister Shaukat…

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Pro-Thaksin supporters block access to parliament as Vejjajiva wins

BANGKOK: Thailand's opposition Democrat Party leader, Abhisit Vejjajiva, won Abhisit Vejjajiva a thin majority in a parliamentary vote on Monday (December 15) to become prime minister as the economy teeters on the brink of recession. The 44-year-old Oxford-educated economist won the support of 235 MPs from a range of parties, including a breakaway faction of…

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Dhoni to act in a Bollywood flick

David Dhawan is all set to don his directorial hat again with UTV Motion Pictures' 'Hook Ya Crook', which goes on floors next month. Dhawan, whose last film 'Partner' did good at the box office in 2007, will begin shooting for the film from January 2009, UTV Motion Pictures said. Written by Rensil D'Silva, the…

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KSE 100-Index loses 370 points at 8,817 after floor removal

KARACHI: Selling pressure mounted during trading at the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE), mostly in third tier scrips, as the session kicked off after the lifting of price flooring at the KSE 100-Index Monday, dealers said. The KSE 100-Index lost 370 points to 8,817 amid controlled selling as the trading floor was removed Monday after almost…

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Miandad taking cricket to China

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad can see a day when China will have a place among cricket's top-tier, Test-playing nations. Miandad was last month appointed the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) director general, and he's also been named as the country's cricket ambassador to China. At a time when other countries have postponed cricket tours…

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No airspace violation on Pak-Afghan border: PAF

ISLAMABAD: A spokesperson of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Monday clarified that there had been no violation of the country's airspace over its Pakistan-Afghan border as reported by various news channels. Referring to news reports indicating that some foreign jet fighters violated airspace of Pakistan and intruded thrice into Chaman, a town on the…

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John Kerry calls on Zardari

ISLAMABAD: U.S. Senator John Kerry called on President Asif Ali Zardari here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. Senator John Kerry remained with the President for sometime and discussed with him the prevalent situation in the region.

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