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Geeta reaches India as 13 years of wait ends

NEW DELHI: A mute and deaf Indian woman who strayed into Pakistan more than a decade ago finally returned to her home country Monday to be reunited with the people she believes are her long-lost family. The young woman, known only as Geeta, smiled as she received bouquets from officials after landing at New Delhi airport escorted by charity workers....

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Two Turkish policemen, four IS militants killed in southeast Turkey

DIYARBAKIR: Two Turkish policemen and four Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in a firefight after police raided a house in Turkey’s southeast early on Monday, security sources said. The clashes in the Kayapinar district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir were on-going, the sources said. Turkish authorities have extended operations into suspected IS cells after a double suicide...

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At least 100 injured in Hong Kong ferry accident: Authorities

HONG KONG: At least 100 people were injured late Sunday when a high-speed ferry travelling from Macau to Hong Kong hit an "unidentified object" in the water, according to authorities. Pictures showed wounded people being stretchered off the boat, some wearing oxygen masks, onto a pier in Hong Kong's central financial district to waiting ambulances. Authorities received a call at...

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Hamilton wins his third F1 World Championship

AUSTIN: Lewis Hamilton joined the elite group of triple Formula One world champions on Sunday after winning a thrilling U.S. Grand Prix that kept the crowd on tenterhooks right to the very end. "That's the greatest moment of my life," he gasped over the team radio, choking back the tears, after crossing the line 2.8 seconds ahead of German team...

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Saudi court confirms death sentence against Shiite cleric

RIYADH: The Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia has confirmed the death sentence against Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a leader of anti-government protests, one of his brothers said on Sunday. "After the confirmation of Sheikh Nimr's death sentence by the Court of Appeal and then the Supreme Court, his life is in the hands of King Salman who can endorse...

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LG Polls: Process of filing nomination papers for Islamabad LG polls begins today

ISLAMABAD: The process of filing nomination papers for Local Government (LG) elections in Islamabad has begun today (Monday). According to Election Commission of Pakistan, the nomination papers could be filed in the office of Returning Officer from 8:00AM to 4:00PM till October 29. The candidates who had already paid fee could only file the nomination papers. The scrutiny of nomination...

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Pakistan reiterates diplomatic, political, moral support to Kashmiris

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif openly discussed all issues of Pakistan's interest with President Obama during his recent US visit. Speaking in a Radio Pakistan, he said Pakistan's stance on the regional and international issues was given due importance in the United States. Pervaiz Rashid said Pakistan will continue to extend diplomatic, political, and moral...

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Bodies of 43 would-be migrants wash up on Libyan beaches

LIBYA: The bodies of at least 43 people thought to be migrants washed up on Libyan beaches east of the capital Tripoli at the weekend, the Red Crescent said on Sunday. Twenty-nine bodies were found on Saturday on beaches around the port of Zliten, while another 14 were discovered on Sunday on a beach near the port of Khoms. “Residents...

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Four held in Bangladesh over Italian aid worker murder

Dhaka: Bangladeshi police said Monday they have arrested four people in connection with the murder of an Italian aid worker who was shot dead last month in an attack claimed by the Daesh group. "We have arrested four people in connection with the murder of Cesare Tavella. Three of them were his killers. We have also recovered a motorcycle used...

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Asian stocks advance on China rate cut, US tech earnings

TOKYO: Asian stocks on Monday were close to wiping out all their losses since China´s shock currency devaluation in August, as global equities rallied after the Chinese central bank cut rates and US tech giants provided upbeat earnings guidance. MSCI´s index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.5 percent to hit its highest since Aug. 12, led by 1.2 percent...

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