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Vacate air base in 15 days: Pak tells US

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON: An outraged Pakistan Sunday slammed “senseless” North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) air strike on its borders with Afghanistan that left 24 soldiers dead and asked the US to vacate its Shamsi air base within 15 days, saying the incident forces it to revisit the terms of engagement with Washington.

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Putin set to assume Russian Presidency in 2012

MOSCOW: Mr Vladimir Putin is set to assume Russian Presidentship in 2012 for a record third term after the ruling United Russia party Sunday nominated him for the powerful post, a move that could keep him in power through 2024 and turn him into the country’s longest-serving leader.

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Arab League approves Syria sanctions

BEIRUT: The Arab League overwhelmingly approved sanctions Sunday against Syria to pressure Damascus to end its deadly eight-month crackdown on dissent, an unprecedented move by the League against an Arab state.

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4 dead in Indonesia bridge collapse

JAKARTA: Rescue teams searched for survivors Sunday after a busy bridge collapsed in central Indonesia, sending a bus, cars and motorcycles crashing into the river below. Four people were killed and scores more were missing.

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25 Pakistani soldiers killed in NATO attack on border post

ISLAMABAD: In a major border flare-up, 25 Pakistani soldiers were killed when NATO helicopters from Afghanistan fired on a check post in the country’s northwest, prompting Islamabad to cut off all supplies for US and allied forces in Afghanistan.

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India, Nepal to ink double taxation avoidance pact today

KATHMANDU: India and Nepal will sign the key Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) during the day-long visit of Finance Minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee here on Sunday, a move which will help create better investment climate for Indian businesses in this country.

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