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Iraq’s Sunni-backed lawmakers return to Parliament

BAGHDAD: Iraq's Parliament reconvened on Tuesday as Sunni-backed lawmakers ended their boycott to protest alleged persecution of Sunni officials, a development that could restore some stability to the turbulent political processes in the war-ravaged country.

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Arctic changes could spell dire consequences

SYDNEY: The first signs of dangerous climate change in the Arctic could spell dire consequences for the whole of humankind, scientists warn. The Arctic has been warming at three times the global average and the loss of sea ice,

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Pak SC lifts Haqqani travel ban; judicial probe extended

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court Monday lifted a travel ban on the country’s former ambassador to the US Mr Husain Haqqani, as it gave the judicial commission two more months to complete its probe in the memo scandal that rocked ties between the civilian government and the military.

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Uncertainty continues to loom over extension to ISI chief

ISLAMABAD: Uncertainty looms over further extension to ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha with Prime Minister Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani saying a decision would be made at the “appropriate time” even as the ruling-PPP seems to be against another tenure.

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IAEA has option to extend visit to Iran: foreign minister

TEHRAN: An IAEA delegation visiting Iran can choose to extend its stay beyond the three days originally planned if it wishes, Iranian Foreign Minister Mr Ali Akbar Salehi said Monday, according to an official news agency.

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Normalisation of Indo-Pak ties ‘compelling necessity’: Gilani

DAVOS: Hopeful of normalisation of Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan Premier Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani has described it as a “compelling necessity” and said his Interior Secretary will soon visit India to take forward the talks on outstanding issues between the two countries.

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US officials, Taliban leaders meet in Qatar for talks: report

NEW YORK: In a major policy shift, US officials have held direct talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar, with discussions centred around release of the Afghan militant group’s prisoners from Guantanamo, a move that also has Pakistan’s “tacit approval”, a media report said.

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