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Two dead in fresh Karabakh border clashes: separatists YEREVAN: An ethnic Armenian separatist officer in Nagorny Karabakh and an Azerbaijani soldier died in the latest raid along the disputed region's volatile frontline, the rebel defence ministry said on Saturday.Several other Azerbaijani soldiers were captured in the fighting, breakaway Armenian forces said, although Baku has made no comment on the claims.A 37-year-old Armenian woman, Movses Gasparian, was seriously wounded in the shootout, rebels claimed.At least 18 soldiers have been killed in a surge in violence along the border since the beginning of the year, with snipers frequently exchanging fire across the frontier. Most have died in tit-for-tat commando raids. The dead Armenian officer was named as 42-year-old Major Sargis Abrahamyan. The rebels claimed on Thursday that they had captured another Azerbaijani soldier after a separate raid. Baku, however, said the man named as captured was not a member of their forces. Armenia-backed separatists seized Nagorny Karabakh from Azerbaijan in ...

Minor tsunami hits northeastern Japan TOKYO: A minor tsunami hit Miyagi prefecture in Japan early Saturday after a strong 6.8-magnitude quake jolted the country's northeastern Pacific coast, prompting advisories for regions including around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. A tsunami of 20 centimetres was observed at 5.12 am (2012 GMT Friday) in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency had issued a tsunami advisory for Miyagi as well as neighbouring Fukushima and Iwate prefectures, warning that a ...
Afghan presidential hopeful Ghani backs 'extensive' audit KABUL: Afghan presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghani, who emerged victorious in the preliminary results of his country's runoff presidential election, on Friday backed an extensive audit of the bitterly disputed polls.As he met US Secretary of State John Kerry, Ghani said he and his supporters wanted "to ensure that the election process enjoys the integrity and the legitimacy of the people of Afghanistan and the world. "Therefore we believe in the most intensive and extensive audit ...
Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio LONDON: Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and to eradicate the crippling disease.British and Indian researchers said the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which is given by injection, could provide better and long lasting protection used live oral polio vaccine (OPV).Africa and Europe over the last 10 years have efforts to wipe out the disease, caused by a virus that replicates in ...
India’s onion crisis: shortages after the best-ever harvest PACHORE WANI: Indian farmer Ranganath Watpade made a killing last year by putting off selling his onions until four months after he harvested them. This year, the same trick has backfired. The country has produced a record harvest, but many farmers in the onion bowl of India’s western state of Maharashtra have lost a large share of their crop damaged in storage, adding to the country’s inflation woes.A doubling in retail prices across major cities ...
Afghan civilian casualties jump 24pc in year to June: UN KABUL: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan soared by 24 percent in the first half of 2014, according to UN figures released Wednesday, revealing worsening nationwide violence as US-led troops leave after more than a decade fighting the Taliban.Ground combat is now causing more deaths and injuries than improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in a worrying sign of spreading conflict, with women and children increasingly caught in the crossfire, the UN report said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Afghanistan's Abdullah says he is the winner of last month's run-off KABUL: Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah told thousands of supporters on Tuesday he was the winner of last month's run-off election, putting himself on a collision course with his arch-rival, Ashraf Ghani."We are the winner of this round of elections without any doubt," he told a roaring crowd in central Kabul.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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