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Besieged occupied Kashmir neighbourhood in test of wills with India’s Modi

SRINAGAR:  For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely populated enclave in occupied Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain an around-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighbourhood. Each of the dozen or so entrances have been blocked with makeshift barricades of bricks, corrugated metal sheets, wooden slabs and felled...

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Representative Grimm to step down following guilty plea

U.S. Representative Michael Grimm of New York, who pleaded guilty last week to a federal felony tax charge, will resign his seat on Jan. 5 because he does not feel he can be completely effective in Congress, he said on Monday. "After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress effective January...

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Bodies, debris from missing AirAsia plane pulled from sea off Indonesia

Indonesian rescuers searching for a missing AirAsia plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday as relatives of those on board broke down in tears on hearing the news. Indonesia AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, lost contact with air traffic control early on Sunday during bad weather on a...

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Debris seen off Indonesia probably from AirAsia jet: official

Red and white debris spotted off the coast of Indonesia's part of Borneo island is likely to be part an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people which is presumed to have crashed two days ago, an Indonesian transport official said on Tuesday. Media quoted an air force official as saying a suspected body, luggage and a life vest were among the...

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Indonesia expands search for missing AirAsia jet, U.S. sends warship

Countries around Asia on Tuesday stepped up the search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people that is presumed to have crashed in shallow waters off the Indonesian coast, with Washington also sending a warship to help find the missing jet. Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told local television the search area between the islands of Sumatra...

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Fire at Sweden mosque for second time in a week

Fire ripped through a Swedish mosque early on Monday in the second suspected arson attack on a Muslim center in four days in a country caught up in a fierce debate on immigration. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in the southern town of Eslov and no one was injured, local media reported. "We ... are working under the assumption it is...

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US, NATO mark end of their 13-year war in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years came to a formal end for foreigners Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from U.S. led combat troops to the country’s own security forces. In front of a small, hand-picked audience at the headquarters of the NATO mission, the green-and-white flag of...

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Missing AirAsia flight had asked to fly higher to avoid cloud: Officials

An Indonesia AirAsia flight went missing on Sunday about half way between its origin of Surabaya in Indonesia and its destination of Singapore, an Indonesian transport official said. The aircraft was between the Indonesian port of Tanjung Pandan and the town of Pontianak, in West Kalimantan on Borneo island, when it went missing, Joko Muryo Atmodjo, air transportation director at...

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Plane believed to have crashed in sea: Indonesia

A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said on Monday, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search effort. The Indonesia AirAsia plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission...

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Indonesia halts search for missing plane as night falls

Indonesia suspended the search for a missing AirAsia plane as darkness fell on Sunday and will resume the operation in the morning, the national search and rescue agency said. The plane carrying 162 people went missing after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. Tatang Zaenuddin of...

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Singapore activates air force, navy to find out missing jet

Singapore said on Sunday it has activated its air force and navy to help in the search and rescue operation for the AirAsia (AIRA.KL) jet that went missing on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. "Two C130s are already on stand-by for this purpose. We remain ready to provide any assistance to support the search and rescue effort," the...

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Flight carrying 162 people from Indonesia to Singapore missing

An AirAsia flight with 162 people on board lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday after the pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, Indonesian officials said. Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ 8501, an Airbus 320-200, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6:17...

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China supports Pakistan’s National counter-terrorism plan

BEIJING: China lauded Pakistan's efforts to establish a national counter-terrorism plan, news agency reported. "China is against terrorism in any form. China firmly supports Pakistan in the implementation of its anti-terrorism strategy in accordance with its own national situation, and welcomes its national anti-terror plan," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. The leaders of Pakistan s main political parties on...

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New Russian military doctrine labels NATO as main threat

Moscow: The Kremlin branded the expansion of NATO as a fundamental threat to Russia in a revised military doctrine that dramatically reflects deteriorating relations with the West. The new document, approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin, decries the "reinforcement of NATO´s offensive capacities directly on Russia´s borders, and measures taken to deploy a global anti-missile defence system" in Central Europe....

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Iraqi forces reoccupy Anbar from ISIS

BAGHDAD: Iraqi army, police and tribal forces have succeeded in redeeming a town in Iraq’s western Anbar province from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), where the group has a strong presence. In a statement, a government spokesman said “dozens” of fighters from the extremist organization had been killed in the operation to take back the town of...

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Swedish Mosque burnt down by arson in Eskilstuna

Swedish mosque set fire by an arsonist in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna on Thursday, injuring five people, police said. According to Eskilstuna muslims about 15 to 20 people were attending midday prayers in the mosque, located in the ground floor of a residential building, when the fire broke out on Christmas Day. Local media footage showed smoke and flames...

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Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with tears and prayers

Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines on Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region. When a 9.15-magnitude quake opened a fault-line deep beneath the ocean on Dec. 26 a decade ago, it...

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