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Air strikes kill 28 militants in Dattakhel ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's military Tuesday said it had killed 28 militants in air strikes in tribal region near the Afghan border.The strikes, that also killed a number of foreign fighters, took place on Tuesday in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan district, the military said in a statement.In June, the army began an operation in the North Waziristan agency after a bloody raid on Karachi Airport ended faltering peace talks between the government and militants.Pakistan's army says it has killed more than a thousand militants and lost 86 soldiers since the start of the operation.In July, an air strike in North Waziristan district that the military said killed 35 militants in fact claimed the lives of 37 civilians, according to multiple accounts by residents.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Malala Yousafzai to be awarded Liberty Medal ISLAMABAD: Nobel Peace Prize-winning teenager, Malala Yousafzai is to pick up another award in the United States.The Pakistani teen will be honored during the 26th annual Liberty Medal ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.The 17-year-old who lives in Birmingham was shot in the head by militants after campaigning for girls to be educated.A bullet narrowly missed her brain and she was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham.Malala has continued her campaigning ...

India says no compromise with China on territory NEW DELHI: India wants to resolve its border row with China but will not compromise on territory, the country's new national security advisor said Tuesday, after a tense stand-off between troops on the disputed border last month.Hundreds of Chinese troops allegedly moved into territory claimed by India ahead of a visit by China's President Xi Jinping last month.The troops eventually pulled back but tensions persist and last week China expressed concern over plans by India ...

Twitter 'source of all evil': top Saudi cleric RIYADH: The microblogging site Twitter popular among both men and women in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia is nothing more than "a source of lies" and evil, the kingdom's top Muslim cleric said."If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it's exploited for trivial matters," Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said on his "Fatwa" television show broadcast late Monday.Twitter is "the source of all evil and devastation", the mufti said."People are rushing to ...

New Afghanistan president to visit China KABUL: Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani will head to China next week for a three-day visit, his office said in a statement Tuesday, his first trip abroad since being sworn in last month.Ghani will be accompanied by a high ranking Afghan government delegation for his first overseas trip since he took office in late September following a prolonged political stand-off over the results of the fraud-tainted presidential election."On official invitation by the president of People's ...

Hong Kong government hopeful for more talks with protesters HONG KONG: Hong Kong's government held its first talks Tuesday with pro-democracy protest leaders after three weeks of mass rallies and roadblocks which have posed a challenge to Beijing, and said it hopes for more discussions.The embattled leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese city extended a potential olive branch to protesters hours before the talks began, saying he was open to creating a more democratic committee to help choose his successor.Government negotiators responded positively to the ...


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