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IWT talks in Lahore
Pak objects to Kishanganga, 4 other dams on Chenab
LAHORE, Aug 25 (Agencies): The second round of talks between Pakistani and Indian water authorities were held here today in which they discussed the disputed issues under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty. Pakistan's Indus Waters Treaty Commissioner Asif Baig Mirza is heading the Pakistani team while the 10-member Indian delegation is led by K Vohra. Mirza said the annual formal talks with the Indian delegation started yesterday and would continue till August 27. "Pakistan has expressed serious concerns over construction of Kishanganga Dam and termed it a clear violation by India of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). Four other proposed dams by India on the Chenab are also in violation of the treaty," he said. Pakistan has also raised objections to the diversion of Chenab water by India by con...
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China executes eight militants from Xinjiang for terror attacks
BEIJING, Aug 24 (Agencies): China has executed eight militants from the restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province for terrorist attacks including three who masterminded a suicide car bombing in the iconic Tiananmen Square here last year. The militants were involved in several terror cases connected to the northwestern region of Xinjiang, where China has blamed Islamist separatists for string of attacks that have rocked the country in recent months. The executions took place after Supreme People's Court upheld their death sentences, state-run news agency Xinhua reported today. Three of the executed militants, named Huseyin Guxur, Yusup Wherniyas and Yusup Ehmet, masterminded the suicide attack, in which a mother, son and daughter-in-law rammed an SUV loaded with inflammable material int...
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2 Palestinians killed in an Israeli air strike on 48th day of war
GAZA, Aug 24 (Agencies): Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza today, a day after Egypt called for an open-ended ceasefire to enable fresh truce negotiations to end the 48-day war which has left over 2,100 people dead in the coastal strip. The pace of Israeli raids was slower than yesterday when at least 60 strikes pounded Gaza, killing 10 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and bringing down a 12-storey apartment block. But there was no immediate sign of either side adopting the ceasefire Egypt appealed for to allow negotiators from the two sides to return to Cairo to thrash out the details of a durable truce. Israeli aircraft hit 20 "terror targets" in Gaza during the morning, while militants fired at least 20 rockets or mortar rounds at Israel, the army ...
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Pakistan govt rejects protesters' demand as talks fail to resolve Logjam
ISLAMABAD, Aug 24 (Agencies): With Pakistan government rejecting the protesters' demand that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down for 30 days to allow an independent probe into the alleged rigging in last year's polls, the political deadlock entered the 11th day today with no breakthrough in sight. The third round of talks between government negotiators and Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) last night failed to break the logjam. Khan's party demanded that Prime Minister Sharif step down for 30 days for an independent probe into the alleged rigging in last year's polls but this was outright rejected. After the meeting, Khan's chief negotiator Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters that if proved innocent Sharif can return to power. Government representative Ahsan Iqbal said t...
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Death toll in Hiroshima landslides rises to 50, 38 missing: Police
TOKYO, Aug 24 (Agencies): The death toll from devastating midweek landslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 with 38 others missing today as fresh rain stoked fears of more disasters and hampered the round-the-clock search for survivors. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called off a planned inspection tour of the western Japan city by helicopter on the day as his presence was feared to further complicate the search and rescue mission as rain intensified, media reports said. Abe, 59, has been criticised by opposition parties and some media for continuing to play golf in a summer resort for about one hour after being informed of the disaster, which occurred early Wednesday. Meanwhile, two women were killed today on the remote island of Rebun, some 1,350-kilometres northeast of Hiroshima, when a rain-tr...
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Don't let even the PM leave, says Qadri as protestors besiege Pak parliament
ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (Agencies): Thousands of anti-government protesters demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today besieged the parliament building of Pakistan, trapping dozens of lawmakers inside. Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri asked his supporters to guard all entry and exit points of the building and not let anyone move in or out of it until Sharif resigns. Qadri and opposition leader Imran Khan have been leading separate protests for the past seven days to force Sharif's resignation over alleged rigging in the 2013 elections. Both protest leaders want a change of government through fresh polls. "It is time to besiege the parliament," Qadri said as he addressed his followers in front of the building. "You will not allow anyone to enter or leave [the building], not...
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Gaza war resumes after 10-day lull with Israeli air strikes
JERUSALEM, Aug 20 (Agencies): Israel resumed air strikes on Gaza early today after a 10-day lull, killing 11 Palestinians including the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader as ceasefire talks broke down in Cairo, taking the death toll in the deadly conflict to nearly 2,100. The wife and child of Hamas militant Mohammed Deif, the chief of its armed wing, were reportedly killed in the Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Israel said about 50 rockets had been fired from Gaza on yesterday and another 20 today, although no injuries have been reported. The hostilities resumed hours before a temporary ceasefire was due to expire. Talks in Egypt's capital to end the violence broke up without a deal. Israeli delegates said they would return home. It was not known whether Deif had survived l...
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Jihadists 'behead' US journalist in 'message to America'
BEIRUT, Aug 20 (Agencies): Jihadist group the Islamic State has claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for US air strikes against its fighters in Iraq. "Find James Foley," the campaign run by his family to secure the 40-year-old freelancer's release, posted a public message online following the release of the video asking for time "to seek answers." Foley was an experienced correspondent who had covered the war in Libya before heading to Syria to follow the revolt against Bashar al-Assad's regime for the Global Post, AFP and other outlets. According to witnesses, Foley was seized in the northern Syrian province of Idlib on November 22, 2012. His family has not heard from him since, despite a public campaign for information. In the five-minute video, distri...
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Liberia President declares Ebola curfew
MONROVIA, Aug 20 (Agencies): Liberia's president has declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital. The measures came as authorities said yesterday that three health workers in the country who received an experimental drug for the disease are showing signs of recovery, though medical experts caution it is not certain if the drug is effective. At least 1,229 people have died of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in the current outbreak, and more than 2,240 have been sickened, according to the World Health Organisation. The fastest rising number of cases has been reported in Liberia, with at least 466 dead. Authorities here have struggled to t...
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Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria
BEIRUT, Aug 20 (Agencies): Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells today at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is a stronghold of the Islamic State group, activists said. The attack on the Tabqa air base had been expected for weeks. Islamic State fighters have tightened their siege of the sprawling facility in recent days, capturing a string of nearby villages. The group in past months virtually eliminated the military's presence in Raqqa province, with the exception of Tabqa. The air base is one of the most significant government military facilities in the area, containing several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition. Last month...
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17 Morsi supporters jailed for life in Egypt
CAIRO, Aug 20 (Agencies): Seventeen supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood were today sentenced to life by a court here for rioting during a protest against the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, taking the number of people jailed in similar cases to 27 in less than a week. The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced them in absentia on charges of rioting in Cairo's El-Manial district which resulted in the deaths of five people. One person was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the same case. Since the ouster of Morsi, Egypt's first elected president, his group and loyalists have faced a state crackdown. Thousands are currently in prison and hundreds have been killed in clashes with security. State authorities accuse the group of waging militant attacks across the count...
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