Pakistani commission’s visit to India delayed by festival


A Pakistani judicial commission’s visit to India to cross-examine witnesses of the Mumbai terror attacks has been delayed because of the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival, a defence lawyer said on Tuesday. “The Indian government informed us that the visit (planned for) tomorrow cannot take place due to Ganesh Chaturthi as the courts (in Mumbai) are closed,” lawyer Riaz Akram Cheema said.

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Roadside bomb hits bus, killing seven in Afghanistan


KABUL: A bus that took a detour to avoid one roadside bomb instead hit another in the central province of Ghazni, killing seven people, including three children, an Afghan official said.

Assadullah Ensafi said the explosion occurred in the province’s Muqur district on Tuesday morning.

He said 17 people were injured in the explosion.

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Survey Reveals Scant Backing for Syria Strike


WASHINGTON : A broad majority of Americans, exhausted by nearly a dozen years of war and fearful of tripping into another one, are opposed to a military strike on Syria, even though most say they think Syrian forces used chemical weapons against civilians, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Those findings illustrate the depth of the challenge facing President Obama as he tries to win support for a limited strike from a deeply reluctant Congress and an American public that has become steadily more skeptical of foreign engagement.

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Campese sorry for telling Ahmed to ‘go home’


SYDNEY: Australian rugby great David Campese has apologised for a Twitter outburst in which he said Muslim cricketer Fawad Ahmed should “go home” if he refused to wear a beer logo on his shirt.

Cricket Australia agreed to the Pakistan-born leg-spinner’s request not to wear the sponsorship logo of beer brand VB on his team outfit because of religious reasons.

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Delhi gang-rape : Four accused held guilty, to be sentenced tomorrow


New Delhi: A fast-track court here on Tuesday pronounced all the remaining four accused guilty in the 2012 December 16 Delhi gang-rape case. Of the total six accused, the prime conspirator – Ram Singh – had earlier this year killed himself in jail, while a minor accused was recently sentenced to three years in a special home by the Juvenile Justice Board. The 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist was lured by five men and a teenager onto a bus on December 16 last year, where they raped and tortured her with a metal bar.

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Kashmiri man from across LoC held; cache of arms seized


ISLAMABAD: In a major development that has gone almost unnoticed, police arrested a relative of senior Kashmiri leader Aasiya Andarabi from Indian-held part of the Valley on terrorism-related charges over the weekend.

But Ms Andarabi’s another relative is reported to have escaped a raid carried out by the federal capital police on Saturday on a house in Khayaban-i-Kashmir on the outskirts of the city.

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