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Bhutan royal couple given ceremonial reception; Rahul Gandhi attends

THIMPHU: Two days after their fairy tale wedding, King Jigme Khesar Nagyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema were Saturday accorded a ceremonial reception by the Royal Bhutan Army on their first visit post-marriage to the seat of government here, an event where Mr Rahul Gandhi was the only guest.

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India says no to ‘fly-by-night operators’

WASHINGTON: No "fly-by-night operators" will be allowed to set up shop in India when the country opens up its higher education institutions for foreign tie-ups, the India’s Minister for Human Resources Development, Mr Kapil Sibal has said.

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Syria army losses climb as crackdown toll soars

DAMASCUS: Twenty-five soldiers were among 36 people killed in clashes in Syria, a rights group said on Friday, as the army meets mounting armed resistance to a crackdown the UN said has killed more than 3,000 people.

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British minister caught dumping secret memos in trash bins

LONDON: A British minister has been caught dumping secret papers, including intelligence summaries on al-Qaeda's links to Pakistan, in trash cans at a park in London, in a new embarrassment for the Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron.

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Libya forces regroup after Sirte setback

SIRTE (LIBYA): New regime forces regrouped today for a new push to capture fugitive strongman Mummar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte after being forced to retreat by pockets of loyalists putting up a dogged resistance.

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US held secret talks with Haqqani network: report

WASHINGTON: Even as their killer drones strike at ranking members of the al-Qaeda linked Haqqani network, US officials secretly met leaders of the group this summer in a Persian Gulf country, in an effort to draw them into talks on winding down the war.

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Rajendra Prasad’s wristwatch to go on auction in Geneva

GENEVA: A rare 18K pink gold Rolex watch of India's first president Dr Rajendra Prasad, possibly gifted to him on the first Republic Day in 1950, will be put on auction next month as part of a collection of rare timepieces by leading auction house Sotheby's.

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Over 51,000 Indians arrive for Hajj, 13 dead

DUBAI: A total of 13 Indian pilgrims have died during this Hajj season as of today, a top consulate official has said, even as more than 51,000 Indians have arrived in Saudi Arabia to perform the Islamic pilgrimage. 

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