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Pak expresses concern over Parrikar's remarks on terrorism
ISLAMABAD, May 24 (Agencies): Pakistan has expressed serious concern over Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's remarks that "terrorists have to be neutralised only through terrorists," saying his comments confirms its suspicion about India's involvement in terrorism. "This statement only confirms Pakistan's apprehensions about India's involvement in terrorism in Pakistan," said Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs while reacting to Parrikar's statement. "It must be the first time that a Minister of an elected government openly advocates use of terrorism in another country on the pretext of preventing terrorism from that country or its non-state actors," Aziz was quoted as saying in a statement by the Foreign Office yesterday. He said Pakistan sincerely purs...
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Russia enacts law banning 'undesirable' NGOs
MOSCOW, May 24 (Agencies): Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning "undesirable" non-governmental organisations, the Kremlin said today, in a move condemned by human rights groups across the board. The law allows authorities to bar foreign civil society groups seen as threatening Russia's "defence capabilities" or "constitutional foundations" and go after local activists working with them, the Kremlin statement said. Supporters presented the law as a "preventative measure", necessary after the wave of Western sanctions put in place over the Ukraine conflict. Under the law, passed by the Russian parliament this week, authorities can ban foreign NGOs and go after their employees, who risk up to six years in prison or being barred from the country. ...
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I don't think we are loosing: Obama on ISIS
WASHINGTON, May 22 (Agencies): President Barack Obama has played down the Islamic State capture of Ramadi, capital of Iraq's largest province, as a "tactical setback" and insisted the US-led coalition's campaign againt the terror outfit is "not losing". "No, I don't think we're losing. "There's no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time, primarily because these are not Iraqi security forces that we have trained or reinforced," Obama said in an interview with news magazine The Atlantic published yesterday, days after the key Iraqi territory was stormed. His comments also come just two days after the White House admitted the ISIS taking control of Anbar capital Ramadi was "indeed a setback" even as it vowed to help the Iraqi forces to ...
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200 Buddhist monks, nuns killed in Nepal quake
KATHMANDU, May 22 (Agencies): Around 200 Buddhist monks and nuns were killed and about 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the massive April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal, according to authorities. Buddhist Philosophy Promotion and Monastery Development Committee (BPPMDC), under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, said that all 215 monasteries in Sindhupalchok district were flattened due to impact of the earthquake. A total of 150 Buddhist monasteries collapsed in Gorkha, 105 in Dhading, 60 in Rasuwa and 60 in Solukhumbu. Monasteries also collapsed in Nuwakot, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Makwanpur, Lamjung and Syangja districts as well. Some well-known monasteries include Seto Gumba in Ramkot; Rato Gumba in Sitapaila, both located in the outskirt...
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Blast near Pak security forces vehicle injures 5
ISLAMABAD, May 22 (Agencies): At least five persons were injured today when a bomb exploded as a vehicle of paramilitary passed by in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province. The incident occurred on the Qambrani Road of Quetta. A security official said it was a remote-control bomb and was planted in a rickshaw. "Five people were injured while the rickshaw was destroyed and some vehicles damaged," the security official said. None of the Frontier Corps soldiers were injured in the attack, but their vehicle was slightly damaged. The security forces rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. Nobody has taken responsibility but Baloch nationalists often attack the security forces in the region....
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4 ministers quit Sirisena Govt, accuse PM of 'high-handedness'
COLOMBO, May 21 (Agencies): Four ministers belonging to Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today resigned from the Maithripala Sirisena government, accusing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of high-handedness and taking control of the ruling coalition. The four Ministers -- Mahinda Yapa Abewardene, Cabinet Minister in charge of Parliamentary Affairs; Dilan Perera, State Minister for Housing and Samrudhi and SLFP spokesperson; C B Ratanayake, State Minister for Public Administration and Democratic Rule and Pavitradevi Wanniarachchi, Minister of Environment -- in a press conference here announced that they resigned as they could not work with the government. The four SLFP leaders accused Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and his United National Party (UNP) of political high-handedness and alle...
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IS destroys archaeological site at Palmyra
DAMASCUS, May 21 (Agencies): Islamic State militants overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early today, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins as they have done in neighboring Iraq. The Islamic State's capture of the town of Palmyra late yesterday was a stunning triumph for the militant group, only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq's largest Sunni province. As IS took Palmyra, government forces collapsed in the face of the attacks and Syrian soldiers were seen fleeing the area, activists said. In Damascus, state TV acknowledged that pro-government forces had withdrawn from the town. Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observato...
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PM arrives in South Korea on final leg of 3-Nation tour
SEOUL, May 18 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today on the last leg of his three-nation visit during which he will hold talks with the South Korean leadership aiming to give a fillip to economic and trade cooperation. A slew of agreements are expected to be signed during the visit including one on Double Taxation Avoidance Convention, cooperation in shipping and logistics, audiovisual co-production, transport, highways and electric power development in new energy industries. The Prime Minister, who flew in from Mongolia after his three-day visit to China, will hold talks on the entire gamut of bilateral, regional and global issues with President Park Geun-hye and explore ways to upgrade cooperation in diversified areas. He will have a hectic schedule that will sta...
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India, S Korea to deepen defence and economic cooperation
SEOUL, May 18 (Agencies): India and South Korea today agreed to upgrade their ties to 'Special Strategic Partnership' and deepen cooperation in defence sector as the two sides signed seven agreements including on avoidance of double taxation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived here today from Mongolia on the last leg of his three-nation tour, held wide-ranging talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at Cheong Wae Dae, the office and residence of the President. "We have agreed to upgrade the bilateral relationship to 'Special Strategic Partnership'," Modi said at a joint press interaction with President Park after their "excellent" talks. "We have laid the foundation for a relationship that two major Asian countries with shared values should have," he said, adding that de...
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500 killed, 8,000 fled as Ramadi fell to ISIS: Iraq Official
DOHUK (IRAQ), May 18 (Agencies): A spokesman for the governor of Iraq's Anbar province said today that about 500 people, both civilians and Iraqi soldiers, are estimated to have been killed over the past few days as the city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group. The estimates follow a shocking defeat as Islamic State seized control of the Anbar provincial capital yesterday, sending Iraqi forces fleeing in a major loss despite the support of US-led airstrikes targeting the extremists. Bodies, some burned, littered the streets as local officials reported the militants carried out mass killings of Iraqi security forces and civilians. Online video showed Humvees, trucks and other equipment speeding out of Ramadi, with soldiers gripping onto their sides. "We do not have an accurate cou...
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Pak clerics declare suicide attacks 'Un-Islamic'
LAHORE, May 18 (Agencies): At least 200 religious scholars in Pakistan have issued a fatwa terming suicide attacks as "un-Islamic" and said the Islamic governments are bound to crush rebel groups like the Taliban, ISIS and al-Qaeda. "Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabab and other such so-called Jihadi outfit’s philosophy is misleading. Their functioning is un-Islamic and thinking based on poor knowledge of Islam," said the fatwa issued by clerics belonging to different Islamic sects after a conference held here yesterday. "The Jihad methodology of these outfits (are) against Islamic conditions for Jihad and that the elements involved in sectarian killings are guilty of 'fasad' (violence) as Islam does not allow any killing in the name of sect and the Islamic...
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China shuts down over 100 dating websites
BEIJING, May 18 (Agencies): China has shut down more than 100 illegal dating websites and ordered 20 others to correct their practices, as part of a crackdown against fraud and pornography on match-making sites. China's Internet watchdog said that 128 illegal dating websites were shut down because of a lack of registration records, and intentionally leaking user information, spreading pornography and vulgar content. The Cyberspace Administration of China in a statement that said some sites have even allowed registered users to publish pornographic novels. It ordered 20 more websites to correct their practices. Aside from targeting fraud rings, prostitution and fraudulent practices by service providers, the campaign launched in February also asked dating websites to enforce real-name re...
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UK police launch 3-hour chase and finally kill target: a Cow!
LONDON, May 18 (Agencies): Police in the UK mounted a massive operation involving armed officers and a helicopter and after a three-hour hectic chase managed to kill their target -- a runaway cow -- which posed a "significant risk" to motorists. Police in Northumbria area in northeast England deployed marksmen, aerial support and 15 to 20 cars, closing roads in a bid to keep three runaway cows off a busy road. Three cows escaped from the Rising Sun Farm in Wallsend, though two were later recaptured, the Chronical reported. However, the manager of the farm later said that it did not have any cows. "Three cows escaped from a field north of the Rising Sun Country Park," he said. "It is believed they were spooked by dog walkers and jumped over a fence." A spokesman for Northumbria Police...
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