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17 ‘militants’ killed in North Waziristan air strikes

PESHAWAR / DERA ISMAIL KHAN: At least 17 suspected militants were killed in air strikes in North Waziristan on Sunday and two security personnel lost their lives in an attack in South Waziristan. Sources said that military planes pounded suspected militant hideouts at Gorbaz and Zoi in Shawal tehsil of ...

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Abuse scandal in CAR to bring UN into disrepute: Amnesty

Amnesty International has criticized a reform plan proposed by the UN to tackle sexual abuse by its peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying the world body must give due punishment to the perpetrators of the crimes that could disgrace the UN. “Sexual misconduct by UN peacekeepers threatens to ...

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At least 107 dead as crane crashes into Masjidul Haram

MAKKAH: A massive construction crane crashed into Makkah’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather Friday, killing at least 107 people and injuring 238, Saudi authorities said, less than a fortnight before the Haj pilgrimage starts. According to the Saudi civil defence authority around 238 people were injured in the incident and ...

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Hurriyat leader praises Pakistan’s stance

ISLAMABAD: Lauding the principled stand taken by Pakistan on national security advisers’ talks with India, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani has said that a strong Pakistan is “pre-requisite” for resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. In a letter ...

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Rangers spokesman denies MQM ‘extra-judicial killing’ claims

KARACHI: A spokesman for the Rangers on Friday denied claims by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) that the paramilitary force was involved in the extra-judicial killing of four party workers. The spokesman in a statement termed the MQM’s accusation as ‘misleading propaganda.’ The Rangers spokesman said the Karachi operation would ...

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Burundi army chief survives assassination attempt

At least seven people have been killed in a life attempt on Burundi’s army chief, who has survived the attack. The incident took place in the capital Bujumbura on Friday. “There was an attack against the armed forces chief, General Prime Niyongabo, but happily he was unharmed,” Burundi’s deputy police chief, General Godefroid Bizimana, said. ...

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