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Somali officials request peacekeepers

NAIROBI: The leader of a moderate faction of Somalia's opposition on Saturday urged African countries to send peacekeepers now that Ethiopian forces are pulling out. Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed said African Union troops would be welcome in Somalia, most of which is under the control of Islamic insurgents. The Ethiopians, by contrast, have been seen…

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Postelection violence in Nigeria kills at least 20 more

JOS: Mobs burned homes and places of worship and more than 20 people were killed on a second day of postelection sectarian violence Saturday in the central Nigerian city of Jos. At least 35 people have died since late Thursday night when violence broke out following the first local election in Jos in more than…

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Sohail Tanvir, Kamran Akmal arrive home safely

KARACHI: Pakistani cricketers, Sohail Tanvir (pacer) and Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper) have arrived home safe and sound, after they remained stuck in Mumbai for two days in the face of brutal terror attacks in the financial capital metropolis. Both the cricketers were staying at the Taj Land End hotel when the menace took place on Wednesday…

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Endeavour's astronauts await clearance for return to earth

HOUSTON: Endeavour's seven astronauts entered their last full day in space Saturday awaiting word if mission managers had cleared the space shuttle for a return to Earth. Astronauts used a laser-tipped boom on Friday to conduct a final inspection of Endeavour's protective heat shield to make sure the shuttle is free of any damage from…

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Thai police cordon Bangkok's main airport

BANGKOK: Police built a massive cordon around anti-government protesters occupying Thailand's main airport Saturday, raising fears of an imminent confrontation in a standoff that has disrupted the country's economy and the travel industry worldwide. About 2,000 policemen were deployed around Suvarnabhumi international airport, where protesters calling themselves the People's Alliance for Democracy have camped out…

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Major attacks in India since 1993

Some major attacks in India since 1993, most blamed on Islamic militants: – Nov. 26, 2008: Series of shooting and grenade attacks, including two on luxury hotels, kill at least 195 people and wound at least 295 in Mumbai, India's main commercial city. – Sept. 13, 2008: At least five explosions in crowded shopping areas…

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Govt to provide maximum relief to poor: Farzana

ISLAMABAD: Chairperson of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Farzana Raja said on Saturday the government is committed to providing maximum relief to the poor segments of the society. Talking to private TV channel (Geo) she said the PPP-led government is formulating long-term policies to eradicate poverty from the country. She said the government has started…

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ECP approves re-description of Nawabshah Distt as Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Distt

KARACHI: The Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) has approved the proposed re-description of two National Assembly constituencies and five Provincial Assembly constituencies of Nawabshah district of Sindh province, in view of notification issued by the Provincial Government of Sindh changing the name of Nawabshah District as Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto District. Secretary, ECP Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad…

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ADB to loan $810 MN for power distribution, efficiency, up-gradation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Asian Development Bank (ADB) here Saturday inked a $810 million financing facility agreement, under which the latter would provide the amount for “Power Distribution Enhancement Multi-Tranche Financing Facility (MFF)” to help the former improve power management and efficiency in the energy sector. The Loan Agreement of the first tranche of $242 million…

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SSHRCP Consultative review GAT-General test

ISLAMABAD: The meeting of the Consultative Committees to review the GRE Type (GAT-General) test for Pakistani Languages, Arabic and Islamic Studies was held under the auspices of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Pakistan (SSHRCP) at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat. Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik, Chairman, Sub-Committee on Pakistani Languages, chaired the…

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Pakistan wants friendly relations with its neighbours: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan wants friendly relations with its neighbours. Talking to private TV channel, he said, “We want peace, cooperation, friendship with our neighbours as it is in the best interest of the country.” To a question he said, “During a meeting with Indian Foreign Minister I said…

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Tariq Mahmood elected unopposed as APTMA chief

LAHORE: Tariq Mahmood, a qualified Chartered Accountant from a British institute, has been elected unopposed as chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) for the term 2008-09. He has served APTMA as vice-chairman and chairman Punjab zone for the year 2004-05, and also served the textile sector in various capacities dealing with education, banking, supply…

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Australia, SA want Champions League T20 to go ahead: Modi

NEW DELHI: England asked for the Test series to go ahead next month in the wake of the terror attacks in Mumbai, says a high-ranking Indian cricket official, who also claimed next week's Champions League Twenty20 tournament was postponed for logistical, not security, reasons. Lalit Modi, the Vice President of the Board of Control for…

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Mumbai attacks could have wider ramifications: Waugh

SYDNEY: Any disruption to cricket in India in the wake of the terror attacks in Mumbai will have widespread implications for the international game, according to former Australia captain Steve Waugh. “The danger to cricket is that the gaof leprosy patients, wrote in an Australian newspaper column Saturday. “At present we have Pakistan cricket crippled…

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Pakistan to send ISI rep to India, not chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will send a representative of its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to Mumbai to help with investigations of attacks there, not its director general, the prime minister's office said. India blamed on Friday “elements” from Pakistan for the coordinated assault on its financial capital, Mumbai, raising the prospect of a breakdown in peace efforts…

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Gilani calls political leaders, discusses Mumbai attacks

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday telephoned country’s various political leaders and discussed with them the prevailing situation in the wake of Mumbai terrorism incident. Those whom Prime Minister Gilani called included PML (Q) President Ch Shujaat Hussain, PML (N) Chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, ANP Chief Asfandyar…

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U.S. paper lauds Pakistan’s constructive response to Mumbai attacks

WASHINGTON: Praising the Pakistani government’s constructive response to Mumbai terrorist attacks, a U.S. newspaper on Saturday urged the incoming Barack Obama administration to continue encouraging Pakistan and India to cooperate towards peace and security in the region. In an editorial, The Washington Post appreciated the Pakistani leadership’s gesture to send a senior intelligence official to…

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U.N. human rights posthumous award for Benazir Bhutto

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, has formally communicated to President Asif Ali Zardari the decision to award the U.N. human rights prize to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto posthumously, the Pakistan Mission to the U.N. announced Friday. Ms. Pillay, a former South African judge, conveyed the decision to…

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Clues nudge India to look beyond Pakistan

By Jawed Naqvi The recovery of the bodies of a Brooklyn rabbi and his wife on Friday at the end of the seizure of a Jewish centre in Mumbai by terrorists could be as good a reason as any to start a discussion on India’s Middle East policy, among other questions the attacks raised. Instead,…

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IMF conditions may result in 3 MN job cuts: Economists

ISLAMABAD: Conditions attached to the $7.6 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan are expected to cause up to three million job cuts in different sectors and push another 5.6 million to 7.5 million Pakistanis into poverty over the next two years. This was stated by the chief economist of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS),…

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Thai protesters abduct police officer at airport

By CHRIS BLAKE BANGKOK: Anti-government protesters occupying Thailand's international airport seized a police officer, escalating tensions in a four-day standoff that appeared headed for a violent confrontation Saturday. The trouble started after about 1,000 demonstrators moved in on a police checkpoint near the Suvarnabhumi international airport, triggering a showdown that ended without violence when officers…

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