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Gun, suicide attack kills 23 near Pakistan-Iran border QUETTA: At least 23 people including several pilgrims were killed in a gun and suicide attack on the Pakistan-Iran border late on Sunday night, officials saidThe attack came when a bus carrying pilgrims returning from a visit to holy Muslim sites in Iran stopped at a restaurant in the town of Taftan in Baluchistan province, around 700 kilometres (430 miles) southwest of the provincial capital Quetta.Akbar Durrani, the provincial home secretary said: "Twenty-three pilgrims were killed in the suicide attack in Taftan. Seven were injured including six women and one child."He had earlier stated that the dead included security personnel. Addressing a press conference, Durrani said four suicide bombers attacked two restaurants full of pilgrims.One suicide bomber was shot dead trying to enter one of the restaurants while the other three managed to enter a second restaurant and blow themselves up.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Security Council condemns Afghan assassination bid UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council condemned an attempt to assassinate Afghan presidential frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah on Friday, calling for an orderly transition to a new government.Abdullah escaped an assassination attempt when two blasts hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul, killing at least six people just ahead of next week's hotly contested runoff."The members of the Security Council underlined their support for Afghanistan's democratic processes, and looked forward to the second round of the presidential ...
Sword fight at India's Golden Temple on raid anniversary AMRITSAR: Clashes broke out between sword-wielding Sikhs on Friday at the Golden Temple in northern India on the 30th anniversary of a notorious army raid in which hundreds of people were killed.At least two people were wounded in the violence, according to an AFP photographer at the temple in the city of Amritsar, which is the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion.Hundreds of Sikhs had gathered at the shrine to pay their respects to those ...
Sri Lanka frees Indian fishermen to ease tensions COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered the release of 29 Indian fishermen held on poaching charges, officials said Tuesday, in a move to ease tensions over illegal fishing.The island's navy arrested the Indians on Sunday along with six trawlers, days after Rajapakse held talks with India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on poaching disputes and other issues."President Mahinda Rajapakse as a goodwill measure has ordered the release of 29 Indian ...
Taiwan urges China to face up to history of Tiananmen TAIPEI: Taiwan on Tuesday urged China to face up to history and protect the rights of dissidents on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown."The unfortunate history of the 'June 4 incident' cannot be forgotten and only by facing history can (China) heal the wounds, transform and move forward," said the Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan's top policy-making body on China."The mainland authorities should show sincerity to be responsible and to reconcile, ...
Sri Lanka arrests Indian fishermen after Modi talks COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's navy said Sunday it had seized 29 Indian fishermen, the first arrests since President Mahinda Rajapakse and India's new premier held talks on resolving the thorny issue of poaching.The navy arrested the Indians along with six trawlers off the island's northwest coast on Sunday, a navy statement said."The arrested fishermen and the trawlers were handed over to the officials of the department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources... for legal action," it said.It ...
Three dead in Iran floods, 600 rescued after landslide TEHRAN: Floods have killed three women in northeastern Iran and emergency workers rescued 600 people from a neighbouring region hit by a landslide, media and the Red Crescent reported Saturday.Heavy rains hit Iran hard in the past week, with the fatalities being recorded in Khorasan province."Following the floods in the province, three women lost their lives on Friday," Hojat Ali Shayanfar, head of a crisis management unit, told the official IRNA news agency.Meanwhile, relief workers ...


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