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Seven dead in helicopter crash in Indian held Kashmir SRINAGAR: All seven people on board -- six pilgrims and the pilot -- were killed Monday when a helicopter crashed in Indian held Kashmir after leaving a popular Hindu shrine in the mountainous region, police said.The helicopter crashed after taking off from the town of Katra, near the Vaishnodevi shrine in the Jammu part of the northern region which attracts millions of pilrims every year."Seven people -- six pilgrims and the lady pilot -- died in the crash. We are investigating the cause of the accident," Jammu's most senior police officer, Inspector General Danish Rana, told AFP.Television footage showed charred wreckage strewn over a field as police kept back dozens of onlookers.The shrine devoted to Vaishnodevi, an incarnation of the three forms of Shakti, the goddess of power, is 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of the region's main city of Jammu.Some pilgrims take private helicopters to and from Katra in ...

Iran says arrests IS-linked cell near Iraq border TEHRAN: Iranian security forces have arrested members of a jihadist cell linked with the Islamic State group near the country's western borders with Iraq, the head of the Revolutionary Guards said Sunday.Quoted by the ISNA news agency, General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Iranian security forces were monitoring attempts by militants to "create insecurity" in Iran."IS has multi-layered support networks. One such network was identified in Kermanshah province (in western Iran) and its members were arrested," ...
China under fresh fire over sea rows as US courts SE Asia KUALA LUMPUR: China came under renewed criticism Sunday over its rising profile in the South China Sea as it jostled with the United States for regional influence at the conclusion to a week of top-level diplomacy.Asia-Pacific leaders met in Malaysia with China finding itself in the firing line over its land reclamation projects that have turned tiny atolls into fully-fledged islands with potential military uses."The world is watching," to see if Beijing will behave like ...
Obama urges dialogue in disputes, not 'bullying and coercion' KUALA LUMPUR: US President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States was working with Southeast Asian allies to preserve maritime security and freedom of navigation and said economic disputes should not be settled by bullying."We believe economic disputes should be resolved by dialogue not by bullying or coercion," he said in a speech on trade and economic integration at a regional summit in Malaysia. Obama did not name or accuse any particular country."The United ...
UN urges end to blocking of supplies on Nepal-India border UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged protesters in Nepal to stop blocking essential supplies and called for dialogue to resolve differences.Nepal is heavily dependent on India for fuel and other supplies, but little cargo has crossed the border since protests against a new constitution broke out in late September.Ban expressed "growing concern over the blocking of essential supplies on the Nepal-India border," his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said."He is alarmed by reports of the obstruction, ...
Premier Li says economy moving in reasonable range BEIJING: China's economy is moving in a reasonable range and will be kept running smoothly, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday, according to the country's official government website.China will actively promote structural reforms and restructuring and strive to realise the economy's sustained, healthy long-term development, Li said.The world's second-largest economy is on track this year to grow at its slowest pace in more than two decades. To counter that slowdown, China's government has unleashed a ...
China landslide deaths rise to 38 BEIJING: The death toll from a landslide triggered by flooding in China rose to 38 Thursday, with no more missing, officials and state-run media said.An avalanche of mud and rock caused by torrential rains engulfed 27 homes last Friday in Lishui in the eastern province of Zhejiang, reports said.Only one person escaped and more than 2,300 rescuers and 60 digging machines were deployed to search for the victims, but their efforts were repeatedly interrupted by ...


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