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Pakistan wants ties with India on basis of self-respect:PM Nawaz Pakistan wants ties with India on basis of self-respect:PM Nawaz
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has returned home after attending 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Khatmandu, Nepal. Speaking to journalists on board, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan wants ties with India on the basis of dignity, self-respect and honour and desires a "meaningful" dialogue to resolve all issues including the Kashmir dispute...
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Egypt jails 78 boys for pro-Morsi protests Egypt jails 78 boys for pro-Morsi protests
CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 78 teenage boys to between two and five years in prison Wednesday for joining protests demanding the return of the ousted president, judicial sources said. The authorities have engaged in a crackdown on Mohamed Morsi´s supporters since the army deposed him last year, with hundreds jailed in mass trials the United Nations has described as "unprecedented in rec...
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Ukraine Parliament opens after crushing pro-West poll win Ukraine Parliament opens after crushing pro-West poll win
KIEV: Ukraine`s parliament on Thursday held its first sitting since pro-Western parties won a crushing poll victory, with lawmakers facing a mammoth task to drag the war-wracked nation back from the brink of collapse. Deputies in the new-look Verkhovna Rada chamber sang the national anthem before holding a minute`s silence in memory of those killed in Kiev protests and the conflict in east Ukra...
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Hong Kong student leader banned from cleared protest site Hong Kong student leader banned from cleared protest site
HONG KONG: Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong was Thursday banned from a flashpoint protest site where he was arrested this week during clashes when authorities moved in to clear the pro-democracy camp. Some 150 protesters were taken into custody when authorities tore down barricades and tents in Mongkok district, in a major blow to the movement that has paralysed part of the city for nearly ...
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UN appeals for USD 405M for Afghanistan aid in 2015 UN appeals for USD 405M for Afghanistan aid in 2015
KABUL: The United Nations has appealed for USD 405 million to cover the humanitarian needs of the people in Afghanistan in 2015. UN humanitarian coordinator Mark Bowden launched the appeal today. He says that almost 8,000 civilians have been killed or injured in the war with Taliban-led insurgents this year, and more than 100,000 have been forced from their homes. As the conflict expands ...
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Sarkozy hopes to crush party rivals in French come-back test Sarkozy hopes to crush party rivals in French come-back test
PARIS: Nicolas Sarkozy`s hopes of running for a new French presidential term in 2017 face a crucial first test on Saturday as members of his crisis-ridden conservative UMP party vote for a new leader. Sarkozy, who has watched impatiently from the sidelines since losing the French presidency to Socialist Francois Hollande in 2012, is favourite to be named UMP chairman. But he also knows only a ...
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Riots in Ferguson after cop not charged in Michael Brown`s shoot Riots in Ferguson after cop not charged in Michael Brown`s shoot
Riots in Ferguson after cop not charged in Michael Brown`s shooting Ferguson: It started with silence as the crowd strained to listen to the prosecutor over the radio. Then tears gushed from the eyes of Michael Brown`s mother. No indictment. The white police officer who shot dead her unarmed 18-year-old son more than three months ago in the predominantly African American suburb of Ferguson ou...
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Lord Paul laments over status of UK's financial institutions Lord Paul laments over status of UK's financial institutions
LONDON: NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has lamented over the status of Britain's financial bodies which were once perceived as world leaders in integrity, amid social disease of corruption that has plagued the country. "Now they (financial institutions) are seen as world leaders in duplicity. While they are all still clamouring for their huge salaries and bonuses, not one person in the finan...
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Thousands protest in Chile in favour of new constitution Thousands protest in Chile in favour of new constitution
Santiago: Several thousand people took to the streets of Santiago and other Chilean cities to demand a Constitutional Assembly as a means to provide the country with a new constitution, as was promised by President Michelle Bachelet during her election campaign. In Chile`s capital, police said some 3,500 people - although organisers placed the turnout at 10,000 - marched along Bernardo O`Higgin...
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Poll win for Italy PM but voters fire warning shots Poll win for Italy PM but voters fire warning shots
Rome: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi celebrated Monday his centre-left Democratic Party`s victory in two regional elections, despite a record low turnout as disenchanted voters stayed away from the polls. "A clear victory, well done!", said Renzi on Twitter, while jibing at his rivals fighting a series of reforms aimed at boosting growth in the eurozone`s third largest economy that while t...
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