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Afghan presidential runners reach unity government deal

Kabul, Sep 21 (IANS) Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah Saturday agreed to sign a deal on creation of national unity government, ending a weeks-long political deadlock. Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ghani agreed on formation of the national unity government during a meeting held in Presidential Palace, Xinhua reported citing Tolo TV. The Afghan pres...

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14 Pakistanis freed from US custody in Afghanistan

Islamabad, Sep 21 (IANS) The United States has released 14 Pakistani prisoners from its custody at the Bagram prison in Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign ministry said Saturday. The freed prisoners have been repatriated to Pakistan, Xinhua quoted foreign ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam as saying. All the Pakistani prisoners of Bagram are believed to have been arrested either in Pakistan...

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Partial curfew in Yemeni capital as clashes intensify

Sanaa, Sep 21 (IANS) Yemen's interior ministry declared a curfew in several areas here late Saturday, as clashes intensified between Shia Houthi rebels and the Sunni-militia-supported army. The curfew will be imposed in northwest Sanaa where the two sides were raging fierce battles that are expanding towards the city centre. Regular explosions were heard in downtown Sanaa, Xinhua reporte...

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Egypt sentences five to death for killing policeman

Cairo, Sep 21 (IANS) An Egyptian court Saturday handed death sentences to five extremists for killing a policeman in Giza. Two other convicts were given 25-year jail terms in the attack that occurred at a church in Giza in January, Xinhua reported citing state-run Ahram news website. The Giza Criminal Court also convicted the defendants of other terrorist charges committed from O...

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15 militants killed in Pakistan's North Waziristan

Islamabad, Sep 21 (IANS) At least 15 militants were killed in restive North Waziristan tribal region in Pakistan Saturday, an army statement said. Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of Pakistani army, said that army aviation helicopters targeted three militants' hideouts in Ghulam Ali area of the region in northwest Pakistan, killing 12 militants and destroying the hi...

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CLT20: Kings XI beat Tridents by 4 wickets

Mohali, Sep 20 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab recorded their second consecutive victory with a four-wicket win over Barbados Tridents in an Champions League Twenty20 encounter at the PCA stadium here Saturday. Put into bat, Tridents scored 174 for six as Raymond Reiter top-scored with 60 off 42 balls. David Miller scored 46 off 34 balls as Punjab reached 178 for six in 19.4 overs.

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Chinese may need 98,000 new pilots in 20 years

Beijing, Sep 20 (IANS) China will need 98,000 more pilots and 101,000 maintenance technicians in the next 20 years, according to latest estimates of Boeing. According to the 2014 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, for the whole Asia Pacific region the demand for pilots and technicians over the same period is forecast to be 216,000 and 224,000, respectively, Xinhua reported. Fro...

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Bangladesh opposition calls for nationwide strike for Monday

Dhaka, Sep 20 (IANS) Former prime minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led opposition alliance has called for a countrywide dawn-to-dusk strike for Monday to protest the latest constitutional amendment empowering parliamentarians to impeach apex court judges. The BNP and its 19 allies have strongly criticised the Bangladesh Awami League government's move to re-empowe...

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UN sets up mission to combat Ebola

United Nations, Sep 20 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced to have established a UN mission to combat Ebola with the advance teams to be deployed to West Africa by Monday. The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) will provide the operational framework and unity of purpose to ensure the rapid, effective and coherent action necessary to stop the outbreak, to t...

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East Africa bloc condemns renewed fighting in South Sudan

Addis Ababa, Sep 20 (IANS) East Africa's bloc has condemned in the strongest terms the ongoing fighting between two warring parties in South Sudan. The fight has started in Renk County and in Malakal town in Upper Nile State . It comes after the signing of the Implementation Matrix of the Cessation of Hostilities (COH) Agreement Aug 25, 2014, Xinhua quoted the regional bloc, the ...

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N-talks 'good, constructive': Iranian negotiator

Tehran, Sep 20 (IANS) The negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear programme were held in a good and constructive atmosphere in New York Friday, senior Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi said Saturday. There exist differences on the issues, but the atmosphere is good and constructive and the whole parties also have the determination and seriousness to tackle the ...

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I never thought I'd win Jhalak...': Ashish Sharma

Mumbai, Sep 20 (IANS) The feeling of victory is still sinking in for actor Ashish Sharma, who is ecstatic about winning the seventh season of celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7. He says he had thought he'd last only for a few weeks. I never thought I would win the show. I just thought I will be part of it for a couple of weeks and then I will not be able to handle it. But ...

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'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7': Ashish Sharma dances away to success

Mumbai, Sep 20 (IANS) Gruelling shooting schedules, practice sessions and dedication have borne fruit for actor Ashish Sharma, who walked away with the winner's trophy, a prize money and a brand new car, as the winner of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7. He danced and jumped with joy upon his victory, which he has credited to his choreographer, Shampa Sonthalia. For the fi...

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IAF AN-32 crash lands in Chandigarh, no casualties

Chandigarh, Sep 20 (IANS) An Indian Air Force AN-32 transport aircraft with 11 people on board crash landed at the Chandigarh airport Saturday evening, airport sources said. The aircraft, which was coming back from Jammu and Kashmir after dropping relief supplies to the flood-affected state, broke into three portions as it crash landed and caught fire. The incident took place around 8.40...

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India says awaiting outcome of border concerns raised during Modi-Xi talks

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Amid reports of a fresh intrusion by Chinese soldiers in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir after Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping, India Saturday said the process initiated by Modi was being carefully followed and we await its outcome. According to army sources, Chinese soldiers withdrew from Chumar in Ladakh Thursd...

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Bilawal Bhutto's Kashmir comment 'far away from reality': India

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) India Saturday termed as far from reality the comment of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Bilawal Bhutto that his party will take back Kashmir and said the integrity and unity of the country is non negotiable. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, in answer to a query, said that Bhutto's comment is far away from reality and takes us back to t...

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Cheer India to Mars and win collectibles, says ISRO

Chennai, Sep 20 (IANS) Cheer India to Mars on Indian space agency's Facebook page and win exclusive collectibles, said ISRO Saturday. With India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission on a crucial phase, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on its Facebook page has announced prizes for interesting comments and videos that shows their love for MOM- Mars Orbiter Mission. The con...

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British, Australian PMs to attend Gujarat summit in January?

Ahmedabad, Sep 20 (IANS) After Chinese President Xi Jinping, the British and Australian prime ministers are likely to visit Gujarat in January for a summit to tap investments and resources, sources said Saturday. The Gujarat government hosts the Vibrant Gujarat summit every two years to attract investments from across the world, and the seventh edition will be held in January. Wh...

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IAF AN-32 crashlands in Chandigarh, passengers safe

Chandigarh, Sep 20 (IANS) An Indian Air Force AN-32 transport aircraft with 11 people on board crash landed at the Chandigarh airport Saturday evening, airport sources said. The aircraft caught fire as it crashlanded but the blaze was doused by fire tenders inside the airport premises. A few people on board the aircraft suffered minor burn injuries. ...

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Former AAP member alleges harassment, intimidation

Mumbai, Sep 20 (IANS) A woman, said to be a former AAP member, has accused a party activist of harassment and others including senior leader Mayank Gandhi of trying to stop her from going to police. Police Saturday said they were probing while the AAP dismissed the charges. The 21-year-old victim has charged at least one person of harasment and some others including Gandhi, the Aam Aadmi...

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