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Altaf Hussain Demands Army Take Control of Karachi’s Administration

Islamabad - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Tuesday requested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to hand over the administration of Karachi to the Pakistan Army, Express News reported. Commenting on the ongoing violence in the city, Altaf said the Sindh government has completely failed to protect the residents of Karachi from criminal elements. He added that the people of Karachi, particularl ...

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Iran Warns Against Strike on Syria after Gas Attack

Tehran - Iran warned on Tuesday against foreign military intervention in Syria, saying the resulting conflict would engulf the region. The United States said on Monday it believed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for a chemical weapons attack against civilians last week, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said President Barack Obama was consulting with allies before deciding how to respo ...

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Taliban Attacks Police Check-Posts in Badghis

Kabul - Local officials of Badghis province on Tuesday said that a group of Taliban insurgents launched coordinated attacks on several police check-posts in the province and took control of two of them. Ten Taliban insurgents, including their four commanders, were reportedly killed. A police officer was also killed and another taken hostage by insurgents. "The attack took place at around 4:00 am after a num ...

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US Military Steps up Oversight of Fuel Purchases

KABUL -The US military on Tuesday said it had increased its oversight of Afghan National Army fuel purchases by improving processes, procedures and systems to bolster accountability. With the Afghan Ministry of Defence taking responsibility for managing fuel for its forces, the US military identified transparency and accountability as top priorities. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruct ...

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Kabul-Islamabad Commit to Kunar Dam Project

Kabul - In a promising sign of improving rapport between Kabul and Islamabad, an agreement was made between President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister Narwaz Sharif to jointly pursue the construction and utilization of a hydroelectric dam on the Kunar River, which flows through Afghanistan into Pakistan. News of the agreement spread on Monday, the very first day of President Karzai's highly anticipated trip ...

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Australia’s Rudd Revives Plan to Move the Navy North

Canberra - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd revived a plan to move Australia's navy north and out of its eastern base in Sydney Harbour on Tuesday, just three months after a major review of defense strategy ruled out the shift. Rudd, who is campaigning for re-election on September 7, said he wanted to resurrect the plan to base new missile destroyers and amphibious assault carriers in the northern city of Brisbane ...

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South Africa Mines Less Violent as AMCU Union Plays By Rules

Johannesburg - A year ago, militant South African miners affiliated to upstart union AMCU were marching with spears, clubs and knives in often violent wildcat strikes and protests against management bosses. But in recent months leaders of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, an emerging force on the labor stage of Africa's biggest economy, have been sitting down to tough but peaceful wage ...

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Russia Warns Belarus over Arrest of Potash Boss

Moscow - Russia put pressure on Belarus on Tuesday to release the head of Russian miner Uralkali (URKA.MM), the world's largest potash producer, a day after he was arrested following talks with the Belarussian prime minister. The arrest of Vladislav Baumgertner followed the breakup of a joint trading venture between Moscow and Minsk which rocked the $20-billion global market for potash, a key ingredient in ...

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China Sees No Basis for Japan Talks as Islands Dispute Simmers

Beijing - China on Tuesday brushed aside calls from Japan to hold a leaders' summit as "grandstanding", while Japan's finance minister said Tokyo should make clear it would use its navy to defend islands at the core of a dispute with Beijing. Ties between the world's second- and third-largest economies have been strained for months because of a row over the islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Dia ...

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Norway’s Center-Right Opposition Almost Certain to Win Election: Think Tank

Oslo - Norway's center-right opposition is certain to win an election next month and probably by a landslide, a mathematics modeling think tank, inspired by U.S. statistician Nate Silver, said on Tuesday. The four center-right parties, led by Erna Solberg's Conservatives, have a more than 95 percent chance of winning the September 9 election, the Norwegian Computing Center said, leaving Prime Minister Jens ...

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British PM Says World Must Act on Syria, Weighs Response

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday that a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria was "absolutely abhorrent" and necessitated action from the international community with Britain considering a "proportionate response". A spokesman for Cameron said the prime minister was aware of the need to "make a clear case" if he did take a decision to use force, saying Britain's armed force ...

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Washington - The United States put Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on notice on Monday that it believes he was responsible for using chemical weapons against civilians last week in what Secretary of State John Kerry called a "moral obscenity." "President (Barack) Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people," ...

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Afghan Taliban Kills 12 ‘Government’ Workers

Herat - The Afghan Taliban executed 12 Afghan workers in two provinces after accusing them of working for the government, officials said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of brutal attacks on civilians this year. The Taliban are increasingly targeting civilians seen to be cooperating with the government, raising concerns about the prospects for peace after most foreign troops pull out next year. President ...

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Karzai, Sharif Meets Again Ahead of Extended Talks

ISLAMABAD -President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a second one-on-one meeting in as many days in Islamabad on Tuesday, the state-run Pakistan Television reported. In a brief news bulletin, PTV said the two leaders discussed matters of bilateral interest. It gave no further details of the talks. High-ranking officials are poised to discuss ways of jump-starting the process of reconciliat ...

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Obama Confers Award on Afghan War Veteran

WASHINGTON -US President Barack Obama on Monday presented the Medal of Honour -- the highest military award -- to an Afghan war veteran in recognition of his valor on the battlefield. While conferring the award on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, Obama saluted the Afghan war veteran as "the essence of true heroism," one still engaged in a battle against the lingering emotional fallout of war. "Fifty-three America ...

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Karzai’s Islamabad Visit Stirs Optimisms

Despite skepticisms about President Karzai’s trip to Pakistan, there are signs of progress as the two sides are trying to reach concrete agreements on the Afghan-led peace negotiations with the Taliban and Pakistan’s involvement in the process. President Karzai’s visit to Islamabad has extended for another day as requested by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. According to the Afghan officials, the visi ...

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Leader: Zionist Regime, Permanent Menace for the Region

Tehran - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the intervention of the foreigners is the main cause of problems in the region. According to IRIB World Service, describing the region susceptible of crisis, Ayatollah Khamenei said to the visiting Omani King Sultan Qabus ben Said and the accompanying delegation "The main reason for the present condition is the interference of fore ...

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PRT Closure Left 30,000 Jobless: Naeemi

GARDEZ -Khost Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi says the closure of the provincial reconstruction team (PRT) has left thousands of people jobless and the economic situation affected in the southeastern province. Naeemi was talking to a group of local and foreign journalists at the 203rd Thunder Military Corps headquarters in Gardez, the capital of southeastern Paktia, on Sunday. He thanked the PRT for executing ...

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Turkey Would Join Coalition against Syria, Says Foreign Minister

Istanbul - Turkey would join any international coalition against Syria even if a wider consensus on action cannot be reached at the U.N. Security Council, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying on Monday. "We always prioritize acting together with the international community, with United Nations decisions. If such a decision doesn't emerge from the U.N. Security Council, other alternatives .. ...

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China Supports U.N. Investigation in Syria, Urges Caution

Beijing - China supports an independent and objective investigation by U.N. experts into allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, China's foreign minister said on Monday, while urging a cautious response and political resolution to the crisis. "China has paid close attention to the reports of the use of chemical weapons inside Syria, and China resolutely opposes the use of chemical weapons no ma ...

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