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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 ...
India seeks cabinet approval for foreign investment in railways NEW DELHI: India's railway ministry is seeking cabinet approval to allow greater access for foreign investors to the world's fourth largest railway network, minister Sadananda Gowda said in his maiden budget on Tuesday. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Afghan election result due at 0930 GMT: official KABUL: Afghanistan's preliminary election result will be released at 2:00 pm (0930 GMT) on Monday, officials said, after a five-day delay in a growing dispute over alleged fraud."The result will be announced at a press conference at 2:00 pm," an Independent Election Commission official told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Top British ministers begin India visit to woo Modi MUMBAI: Two of Britain's most senior ministers arrived in India on Monday to seek stronger trade and investment links with the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Foreign Secretary William Hague and Finance Minister George Osborne landed in the financial capital Mumbai to start their two-day visit, which is expected to focus on forging deeper defence, infrastructure and other ties between the two countries. "The excitement here is matched by new confidence among international ...
Germany's Merkel arrives in China with trade topping agenda BEIJING: German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in China on Sunday for her seventh visit since 2005, with economic ties topping the agenda and a high-powered business delegation in tow.Merkel touched down early Sunday in the southwestern city of Chengdu, where she met local officials, visited a market and toured a factory operated by German car manufacturer Volkswagen.Merkel is due to arrive later Sunday in Beijing, where she will wrap up the first day of the ...
Mob burns school in riot-hit Myanmar city MANDALAY: Muslims in Myanmar's second-largest city accused police on Saturday of standing by as a Buddhist mob went on a rampage, torching a school and other buildings.Angry mourners, some carrying crude weapons, rioted in Mandalay after the funeral of a 36-year-old Buddhist victim of the country's latest eruption of religious unrest, witnesses said.A school and dormitory in the Muslim area of a cemetery on the outskirts of the city were seen charred and damaged on ...


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