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Pak govt, military heading for fresh confrontation

ISLAMABAD: Days after the partial easing of their tensions over a mysterious memo, Pakistan’s government and army could be engaged in a fresh standoff over the issue of handing over control of all cantonment boards and military lands across the country to civilians.

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Human Rights Watch asks India not to back Syria

NEW YORK: Human Rights Watch has urged India not to stand by Syria as it comes under increasing attack over violation of human rights.
 The UN Security Council is considering a Moroccan draft resolution that includes demands that Syria end all rights abuses while putting down pro-democracy protests.

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Over 100 feared killed as PNG ship sinks

MELBOURNE: Over 100 people, mainly students, are feared killed after a ship with over 350 onboard sank off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Thursday, even as over 200 passengers were saved by Australian rescuers from choppy seas.

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Supreme Court charge Gilani with contempt charges

ISLAMABAD: Angered by his defiance of its order to reopen graft cases against the President, Pakistan Supreme Court today summoned Premier, Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani to appear before it on February 13 when it will charge him with contempt, a move which may trigger a fresh political crisis.

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Gun wiedling banned in Colombia

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA: Gustavo Petro was imprisoned as a rebel in the 1980s on a weapons conviction. As the Bogota’s new mayor, Mr Petro wants to get firearms off the streets of this city where the conspicuous display of guns has long been the norm.
 So he’s trying an experimental ban on gun-wielding in public.

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