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Afghan Taliban turns Quetta into a safe haven: report

ISLAMABAD: Afghan Taliban and their Pakistani sympathisers have turned the Kharotabad area in the southwestern outskirts of Balochistan's capital, Quetta, into a safe heaven and a veritable 'vacation spot', raising fears among the people of possible strikes by US drones.

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Israeli SC to discuss prisoner exchange

JERUSALEM: Israelis opposed to a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas sought Supreme Court intervention on Monday to block the release of hundreds of jailed Palestinians in return for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

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Iran calls US assassination charges ‘Nazi propaganda’

TEHRAN: Iran said Monday that it has asked the United States to provide information about the two people arrested in a plot that Washington linked to Tehran and said was aimed at assassinating the Saudi ambassador to the US.

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Press freedom important for strong democracy: Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Stating that freedom of the press was essential for strengthening democracy, The Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government had given "unprecedented freedom" to the press.

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US opens a new aggressive approach to Haqqani network: report

WASHINGTON: While keeping the option of targeted raids on top Haqqani leaders on the table, US administration has opened a new more aggressive approach towards the Afghan insurgent group, it asserts is supported by Pakistan government.

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