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Snap! Selfie-seeking tourist bitten by Thai croc

BANGKOK: A French tourist was bitten by a crocodile inside a Thai national park as she tried to get close to the fearsome animal to take a selfie, an official said on Monday. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in Khao Yai, a popular national park filled with dense ...

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French President Hollande in Iraq to review war on IS

BAGHDAD: French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad on Monday to meet the French forces helping Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group and to hold talks with top officials. Hollande had already visited in 2014 and remains the most prominent head of state to come to Iraq ...

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Indian army won’t shy away from flexing muscles on border: chief

Newly-appointed Indian army chief Bipin Rawat on Monday said the country’s armed forces aim to maintain peace and stability along the border but would not “shy away from flexing its muscle, if need be”. “The force is to maintain peace and tranquility at the border but it will not shy ...

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6 injured in roadside blast near FC vehicle in Quetta

At least four security personnel and two civilians were injured in a blast in Quetta’s Western Bypass area on Monday, police sources said. The Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were on a routine patrol when their vehicle was targeted through a bomb planted on the roadside. The blast left the vehicle ...

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How India tried — and failed — to isolate Pakistan in 2016

Bilaterally, 2016 was about India trying to isolate Pakistan over terrorism, but failing to convince any big player to stand with Delhi. Chinese President Xi Jinping, for instance, all but snubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Goa summit of the five-nation BRICS leaders. He did not see the need ...

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2016: The year of the CPEC

It was conceived back in the 1990s, and the first approach to Pakistan from China about connecting China’s western provinces to the Arabian Sea came in 1999. Gwadar port was built in the mid-2000s, and many of the MoUs were signed after 2010. The key agreement for the projects to ...

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Deweaponisation drive stirs worries among Kurram people

PESHAWAR: The government has launched a deweaopnisation campaign in Kurram Agency, asking the local tribal people to hand over weapons to the administration. However, elders in Parachinar say that recent history of violence against the tribes and fragile security situation in Afghanistan make this move inopportune at this moment. “The ...

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Experts warn of spread of disease in Karachi zoo animals

KARACHI: While the zoo administration is yet to diagnose and declare the disease afflicting Sarah, an exotic white lioness, for the past two months, experts on Sunday called upon the government to take immediate notice of the zoo’s unhygienic conditions, which, they said, was the major reason for disease and ...

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Poor Kabul-Islamabad ties affect Afghan fruit exports

KABUL: Frosty relations between Kabul and Islamabad have put a brake on Afghanistan’s ambitious plans to boost fruit exports, according to analysts. Pomegranates and grapes have long been the pride of Afghan agriculture, but exports from the landlocked country have suffered due to poor air connectivity and frequent closures of ...

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23 killed, 17 missing after Indonesian tourist boat blaze

JAKARTA: A massive fire erupted in a boat carrying hundreds of local tourists to an island north of the Indonesian capital Jakarta Sunday, leaving at least 23 dead and 17 injured, officials said. Passengers panicked and jumped into the sea as flames and smoke rapidly engulfed the Zahro Express shortly ...

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