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US subcommittee to meet post UNGA session on Kashmir: Congressman Sherman

CALIFORNIA: Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia Brad Sherman on Saturday said the hearing on the issue of Indian occupied Kashmir will take place after the United Nations General Assembly session. Speaking to a private news channel, the Congressman said, “We are waiting by then [after Congress reconvenes] so that we can get high-level participation of from high-level state...

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IS Syria-Iraq communication lines smashed: coalition

Washington: Forces fighting the Islamic State group have cut critical communication and supply lines used by the extremists between Syria and Iraq after a two-week operation, the US-led coalition said. Backed by air strikes, the forces "overcame ISIL (IS) resistance" in northeastern Syria near the strategic town of Tal Hamis -- once an IS stronghold -- and "denied the terrorist...

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Photos claim IS beheadings of homosexuals in northern Iraq

Baghdad: The Islamic State group has publicly beheaded three men in northern Iraq, two of them for allegedly engaging in homosexual acts, according to photos shared by sympathisers on social media Tuesday. The jihadist group, which controls swathes of Iraq and neighbouring Syria, has carried out hundreds of executions as it has imposed its brutal version of Islamic law, many...

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Italy’s top court clears former PM Berlusconi in sex case

ROME: Italy’s top court on Tuesday definitively cleared Silvio Berlusconi of charges that he paid for sex with an underage dancer and then abused his position as prime minister to cover it up. After nine hours of deliberations, the judges at the Court of Cassation delivered a ruling that brings to an end a lengthy legal saga which lifted the...

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CIA sought to hack Apple iPhones from earliest days: The Intercept

CIA researchers have worked for nearly a decade to break the security protecting Apple (AAPL.O) phones and tablets, investigative news site The Intercept reported on Tuesday, citing documents obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The report cites top-secret US documents that suggest US government researchers had created a version of XCode, Apple’s software application development tool, to create surveillance backdoors...

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Sole witness of Delhi gang rape claims documentary is fake

As the documentary on the 2012 Delhi gang rape, India’s Daughter, continues to make headlines, the boy who was with the victim when she was attacked has supported the Indian government’s ban on the documentary, while terming it fake.’ “The documentary is unbalanced as the victim’s viewpoint is missing. The facts are hidden and the content is fake. Only Jyoti...

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At least 4 killed by car bomb in Afghanistan’s Lashkargah

KABUL: At least four people were killed and 20 wounded Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew up his car outside a police station in the capital of Afghanistan´s restive Helmand province, officials said. A provincial spokesman in the southern city of Lashkargah said the attacker detonated his explosives-packed car after trying to enter a police station. Spokesman Omar Zhwak told,...

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Banned Indian rape documentary debuts in USA

NEW YORK: A rape documentary banned from airing in India received its US premiere at a star-studded event that included actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto. The screening of “India's Daughter” at Baruch College began Monday with a vigil as Oscar-winner Streep lit about a dozen candles honoring the Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped on a bus...

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Myanmar police beat students, journalists, monks, detain about 100

Myanmar police beat students, monks and journalists with batons on Tuesday as they dispersed a protest against a proposed new education law after a standoff that lasted more than a week, a witness said. About 100 people were detained. Over 200 students and supporters have been protesting against an education bill they say stifles academic independence. They had planned to...

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Tokyo remembers hellish, overlooked WWII bombings

TOKYO: Japan mourned today for the 105,400 people killed in a single night 70 years ago, when US B-29 bombers obliterated much of Tokyo in the deadliest conventional bomb attack ever. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bowed in a somber ceremony held in a downtown temple used as a memorial for the victims of World War II bombings. "With the lessons...

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Khalifa Haftar sworn in as Libyan Army Chief

TRIPOLI: General Khalifa Haftar was sworn in as the new Army Chief of Libyan army on Monday, a week after his nomination by the elected parliament. A spokesman for the legislature said Haftar, 72 was also promoted from the rank of lieutenant general to general. Haftar served under Gaddafi and took part in the 1969 military coup that toppled the...

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Indian activist held after screening banned rape film

LUCKNOW: An Indian social activist told Tuesday how he had been detained by police and had his computer equipment impounded after organising a public screening of a banned documentary about a savage gang-rape. Plans by the national NDTV network to broadcast the “India's Daughter “documentary on Sunday to mark International Women's Day were thwarted when authorities obtained a banning order...

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Palestinians arrest dozens of Hamas members in West Bank

RAMALLAH: Palestinian security forces in the West Bank arrested dozens of members of the Islamist movement Hamas on Monday, sources on both sides said. The Palestinian Authority (PA), which has its headquarters in Ramallah, has regularly detained Hamas members, including MPs, over the past few years. But the ongoing crackdown is a sign of the failure of a nearly year-old...

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ISIS spreading to Afghanistan, Pakistan: CSIS director warns

OTTAWA: ISIS is spreading to Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the head of Canada's spy agency warned at the Senate defence committee. At the same time, Michel Coulombe, the head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, urged senators not to forget longer-running foes like al-Qaeda as Canada turns its focus to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. "ISIS started in...

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We want a friendly relationship but not to be under Pakistan’s thumb: Karzai

As security cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan increases, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said the country wants to maintain ‘friendly’ relations with Pakistan but should not succumb to pressure from it. “We want a friendly relationship but not to be under Pakistan’s thumb,” Karzai said, in an interview with The Guardian, warning Afghanistan’s historic struggles against British imperialism and Soviet...

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Pakistan has more nukes than India: report

WASHINGTON: Pakistan had at least ten more atomic weapons than India in its nuclear arsenal in 2014. According to a new infographic unveiled by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Pakistan had a total of 120 atomic weapons last year. Founded by the University of Chicago scientists in 1945, the infographic tracks the number and history of nuclear weapons in...

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Obama Criticized The Republican Senator Open Letter To Iran

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has criticized a letter from Republican senators to Iran, accusing them of "interfering" in ongoing nuclear talks. He said the 47 senators made an "unusual coalition" with Iran's hard-line religious leaders. The letter reminds Iran that any deal is just an executive agreement unless it gets congressional approval. Talks on Iran's nuclear programme are at...

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