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3 arrested in Norway al-Qaida bomb plot

OSLO: Three suspected al-Qaida members were arrested today morning in what Norwegian and US officials said was a terrorist plot linked to similar plans in New York and England.

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Fresh Iraq bombings hit Shia pilgrims in Baghdad

BAGHDAD:  Iraqi police say militants have struck across the Iraqi capital, killing more than 50 people, including 32 in a suicide bombing that targeted pilgrims commemorating a revered Shiite saint.

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Significance of the Thaw in Gaza

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

WHEN Israel’s leaders ordered their commandos to attack the Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian assistance to Gaza in international waters, they couldn’t have imagined they would have to relax the three-year-old blockade in three weeks.

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UN sets up new agency to promote equality for women

UNITED NATIONS: After intense negotiations stretching four years, the UN General Assembly has approved setting up of a single entity within the world body to promote equality for women at its plenary session chaired by Minister of State for External Affairs Ms Preneet Kaur.

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26/11 case: court told India won’t send Kasab to Pak

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan government Saturday informed an anti-terror court hearing the Mumbai attack case involving LeT’s Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects that the latest Indian dossier on the 26/11 strikes said Ajmal Kasab could not be sent to Pakistan to testify against the accused.

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Congo: UN says at least 220 dead in oil explosion

KINSHASA (CONGO): A fuel tanker flipped over and exploded into flames in eastern Congo overnight, killing at least 220 villagers and wounding more than 100 who had rushed in to siphon leaking liquid from the vehicle illegally, the UN and local officials said on Saturday.

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India to provide offshore patrol vessel to Mauritius

PORT LOUIS: Stepping up defence ties with Mauritius, India on Saturday agreed to provide an off-shore patrol vessel (OPV) to the island nation that would help it improve surveillance in surrounding pirates-infested high-seas.

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