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Taliban kill Pak officers

PESHAWAR: Pakistan-based Taliban fighters opened fire on a group of police officers investigating a June massacre of foreign climbers, killing three, officials said today. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the June 22-23 pre-dawn attack when gunmen dressed as policemen stormed a base camp on Pakistan’s second-highest peak of Nanga Parbat, killing 10 foreign climbers and a local guide. The attack shocked the international climbing community and several expeditions to Pakistan have been cancelled. A group of Pakistani officers investigating the massacre came under attack...
Published On: 2013-08-06

Taliban kill Pakistan officers probing massacre of foreign climbers

PESHAWAR: Pakistan-based Taliban fighters opened fire on a group of police officers investigating a June massacre of foreign climbers, killing three, officials said on Tuesday. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the June 22-23 pre-dawn attack when gunmen dressed as policemen stormed a base camp on Pakistan's second-highest peak of Nanga Parbat, killing 10 foreign climbers and a local guide. The attack shocked the international climbing community and several expeditions to Pakistan have been cancelled, depriving its starving economy of much-needed cash at the height of the climb...
Published On: 2013-08-06

U.S. tells citizens in Yemen to leave immediately

SANAA:The United States told its citizens in Yemen on Tuesday to leave immediately and ordered the evacuation of non-essential U.S. government staff because of the threat of terrorist attacks. The State Department announcement was the latest warning since Washington issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday that prompted the closure of several Western embassies in Yemen and U.S. missions across the Middle East and Africa. Based on intelligence including intercepted communication between al Qaeda leaders, Washington has warned of possible attacks in the region. Some officials pinpointed Yeme...
Published On: 2013-08-06

India says more than 20 men involved in Kashmir raid

NEW DELHI: India's Defence Minister A.K. Antony said about 20 militants along with others in Pakistani military uniforms carried out Tuesday's attack on an Indian army post in Kashmir. Five Indian soldiers were killed in the attack in Poonch, one of the worst since the two countries agreed to a ceasefire in 2003. "The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with others dressed in Pakistani Army uniforms," Antony told parliament. Pakistan has denied involvement. ...
Published On: 2013-08-06

Pervez Musharraf indictment adjourned till August 12

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan's ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday failed to appear in court where he was to be indicted over the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto due to what police said were security concerns. Musharraf, who ruled the nuclear-armed state from 1999-2008, had been summoned to face charges of criminal conspiracy and the murder of Bhutto in December 2007. But police and his lawyer told the court in Rawalpindi, the city where Bhutto was assassinated, that it was not safe enough to bring Musharraf to the court due to threats against his life. Judge Chaudhry Habib...
Published On: 2013-08-06

Japan marks 68th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

HIROSHIMA: Japan marked the 68th anniversary on Tuesday of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with a somber ceremony to honour the dead and pledges to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons. Some 50,000 people stood for a minute of silence in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicentre of the early morning blast on August 6, 1945, that killed up to 140,000 people. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed tens of thousands more, prompting Japan's surrender to the World War II Allies. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, among many dignitaries attending the event, said that as the sole country to face nucl...
Published On: 2013-08-06

Gunman kills 2‚ injures 4 at US town meeting

WASHINGTON: A gunman opened fire at a meeting in a small US town in Pennsylvania, killing two and sending four others to the hospital, local media reported. The gunman was also injured and is receiving medical care, according to the local NBC affiliate. The meeting of town supervisors in Ross Township, in the eastern US state's Monroe County, was slated to begin at 7 pm local time (2300 GMT). Just 23 minutes later, emergency calls started coming in, the broadcaster said. Two of the injured were airlifted for treatment in the Lehigh Valley, while the other two were being treated locally. It...
Published On: 2013-08-06

Turkish ex-army chief gets life term for coup bid

SILIVRI: A Turkish court today sentenced a former army chief and other top brass to life in prison in a high-profile trial of 275 people accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government. Police fired tear gas at protesters outside the court in a town near Istanbul as the verdicts were being delivered in the highly-divisive case. Ex-military chief Ilker Basbug, along with several other army officers, were sentenced to life in prison, while 21 people were acquitted, according to the verdicts issued so far. The trial has been seen as a key test in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo...
Published On: 2013-08-05

Six dead‚ 26 hurt in P'pine blast

COTABATO: A powerful bomb which was heard for kilometres killed six people today in a southern Philippine city where the United States and other governments earlier warned of a terror threat. The explosive device was placed on a vehicle — either a motorcycle or a van — parked on a busy road near a hospital during the afternoon rush hour, said city police chief Senior Superintendent Rolen Balquin. Cotabato photographer Mark Navales described a blood-spattered road strewn with charred bodies and smouldering vehicle parts. “I saw three mangled human remains, one of them burnt...
Published On: 2013-08-05

Man to swim for 30 hours hauling a tonne of bricks

ALGONAC: A long-distance swimmer, who calls himself "The Shark", is ready to jump into a lake near the United States-Canada border for a 30-hour swim. If that isn't enough, Jim Dreyer plans to haul dinghies filled with a tonne of bricks. The 49-year-old has made direct crossings of each of the five Great Lakes. The long-distance swimmer will begin the 35-kilometre swim at the Clinton River Boat Club near Algonac in the state of Michigan and will finish at the Belle Isle Beach in Detroit. He's doing it without a support boat. One of the dinghies that the swimmer is using is equi...
Published On: 2013-08-05