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Several people buried in Swiss avalanche: police

GENEVA: Several skiers were buried in an avalanche on the slopes of the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, police said on Tuesday. The avalanche came as warm temperatures over the past week began melting heavy snow and coincided with school holidays in some cantons. “An avalanche occurred in the Plaine-Morte sector, search and rescue teams are on the site. Several people...

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US moves prisoners from Afghan prison to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The United States has moved additional prisoners out of a small military prison in Afghanistan, bringing the number of people remaining at the US detention center near the Afghan capital to under 30, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. “Nine prisoners were sent to Pakistan last week from the Parwan detention center, located on a military base near Kabul,” said...

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Jammu & Kashmir assembly passes resolution asking India to resume Pak talks

The Jammu and Kashmir state legislative assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution saying the state government shall urge the Center to resume Indo-Pak dialogue process. The resolution which was brought in by the chairman of the council, also calls upon the center to ensure the prevention of firing which has caused loss of human life and property, and also ensure...

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IMF’s Lagarde put under investigation in French fraud case

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister, her lawyer said on Wednesday. Lawyer Yves Repiquet told Reuters that Lagarde, who this week was questioned by magistrates in Paris for a fourth time under her existing status as...

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Islamic State demands $6.6mn and Aafia for female American hostage

Islamic State militants are holding a third American hostage, a 26-year-old humanitarian worker kidnapped last year in Syria. The jihadist group is demanding a ransom of $6.6 million and the release of a Muslim woman from a US prison. The kidnapped woman, whose family asked not to be identified, is the third of at least four Americans known to be...

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UN chief asks Pak-India to resolve issues through dialogue

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked Pakistan and India to resolve their issues peacefully and through dialogue, against the backdrop of cancellation of foreign-secretary level talks between the two nations and continued ceasefire violations by Pakistan along border posts. “The Secretary-General calls on both sides to solve the issues peacefully and through dialogue,” according to a statement given from the...

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UAE, Egypt carry out airstrikes in Libya.

UAE fighter jets with help from Egypt carried out airstrikes in Libya a week ago amid an ongoing power struggle in the country in the wake of Muammar Qaddafi’s ouster, a senior U.S. The Pentagon is not commenting on the matter and AFRICOM said the strikes – which hit targets in the Libyan capital of Tripoli — were not carried...

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Car bomb kills 10 at busy Baghdad intersection.

BAGHDAD: A car bomb ripped through a crowded Baghdad intersection during morning rush hour on Tuesday, killing 10 people, Iraqi security officials said. The blast in the Baghdad Jadida area in the east of the city also wounded 33 people. Militants in Iraq frequently target crowded areas, including cafes, markets and mosques, in an effort to cause maximum casualties. On...

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Iceland volcano: Eruption under ice-cap sparks red alert

Iceland has raised its alert over the nation’s largest volcano to red, banning all air traffic in the area, after detecting a small eruption. A major explosion at the Bardarbunga volcano could signal a replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another peak blew four years ago, creating a massive ash cloud across Europe. “There is an ongoing eruption...

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At least 15 missing after tourist boat sinks in Indonesia

A boat carrying foreign tourists sank in central Indonesia, leaving 15 people missing, officials said Sunday. The boat was on its way from Lombok Island to Komodo Island carrying 20 foreign tourists, four Indonesian crewmen and an Indonesian guide when it sank at about 6 p.m. Saturday, said Budiawan, head of a provincial search and rescue agency in Mataram, the...

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Kashmiris observe India’s Independence Day as Black Day.

ISLAMABAD: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing the Indian Independence Day on Friday as Black Day to convey the message to the international residential area that India continues to usurp their inalienable right to self determination. The daylight is being marked by complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir call for which has...

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Washington seeks to help Iraq contain the menace

WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, the Obama administration has sent nearly 130 extra military personnel to Iraq, U.S Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stated, as Washington seeks to help Iraq contain the menace posed by hardline militants from the Islamic State. On Tuesday Hagel – talking to troops in California, stated the soldiers had arrived in the area around Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital, Arbil,...

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Modi landed in the Himalayan town of Leh

KARGIL: On Tuesday, Narendra Modi travelled in the disputed region of Kashmir, where he will become the first Indian prime minister in 15 years to visit the Siachen glacier — dubbed the world’s highest battlefield. India’s recently elected leader comes amid heightened tensions in the disputed Kashmir zone, with India and its rival Pakistan trading accusations of ceasefire violations on...

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US will not be sending military personnel to help fight off the lethal IS

SYDNEY: John Kerry US Secretary of State ruled out American ‘interference’ in Iraq by confirming that US will not be sending military personnel to help fight off the lethal IS organization. He emphasized on the demand of a secure government in Iraq and urged the Iraqi prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi to form an inclusive government as presently as possible. We...

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Warsi dominated the front pages of Britain’s newspapers again

LONDON: David Cameron Prime Minister Conservatives will lose next year’s election because they have neglected ethnic minority voters, Britain’s first Muslim cabinet minister, who last week gave up over the government’s Gaza policy, warned on Sunday. A former Foreign Office minister Sayeeda Warsi, who has taken on a central part in the Conservatives’ appeal to Muslim voters, last week embarrassed...

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Palestinian negotiators holding indirect talks with Israeli negotiators

On Friday morning, Militant of Palestine organization Hamas has rejected any extension of the three-day ceasefire in Gaza, which ran out. It alleged that Israel had failed to satisfy its requirements. Key among these is the returning to Gaza Harbour to shipping. Two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel three hours before the three-day ceasefire was due to expire, the Israel...

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Israel has greater assurance that Gaza will not be a launching pad for further attacks

WASHINGTON: On Wednesday, President Barack Obama backed Egyptian efforts to broker a durable Israel-Hamas ceasefire in Gaza, but also shouted out for a longer-term resolution that provides for Israeli security while offering Gaza residents hope they will not remain “permanently closed off from the world. Obama alleged the short-term U.S. goal is to make sure that a 72-hour truce holds...

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