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Chinese call for abolition of media censorship

BEIJING: Nobel Peace Prize to a jailed activist fighting for democracy seems to have spurred an influential section of Chinese society, including Communist party elders, who are now demanding lifting of curbs on free speech and media censorship.

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Iran Guards base blast kills 18

TEHRAN: Eighteen people were killed in a fire at an ammunitions store in a Revolutionary Guards base in Iran, the Fars news agency quoted a commander of the elite force as saying today in the latest toll.

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Howard Jacobson wins Booker Prize

LONDON: British author Howard Jacobson has won the prestigious Booker Prize for his comic novel ‘The Finkler Question’, beating five others including two-time winner Peter Carey and the bookies’ favourite Tom McCarthy.

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More Taliban militants may be removed from UN blacklist

WASHINGTON: More Taliban militants may be scratched from a UN sanctions list to give a spurt to peace talks in Afghanistan as Washington came out to back the President, Mr Hamid Karzai’s plan to hold talks with the insurgent group.

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India enters UNSC as non-permanent member

UNITED NATIONS:  India was on Tuesday elected to the United Nations Security Council after a gap of 19 years, with substantial support, taking over from Japan a position which would help it push more aggressively for the reform of the world body’s top organ.

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Global cooperation needed to combat terrorism, piracy: Antony

HANOI: Warning that terrorism and piracy had reached transnational proportions, India today said both were “serious challenges” for security, peace and trade in the Asia-Pacific region and sought development of synergy and institutionalised cooperative arrangements to tackle them.

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Sharif demands Musharraf be put on trial for treason

LAHORE: Dubbing the former military dictator, Mr Pervez Musharraf as “most corrupt, callous, immoral and ruthless ruler of Pakistan”, the Nawaz Sharif led PML-N has demanded that the government seek Interpol help to bring him back home to face trial for treason.

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40 killed as train hits bus in Ukraine

KIEV: A bus packed with rush-hour commuters crashed into a train at a level crossing in Ukraine today after jumping a red traffic light, killing 40 people and leaving another 10 wounded, officials said.

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Russian spy Anna Chapman works for bank

MOSCOW:  FondServisBank, which works with Russian companies in the aerospace industry, said that it has hired Chapman to bring innovation to its information technologies.
 It did not escape Russians’ attention that the initials of the bank, FSB, are the same as Russia’s main spy agency.

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India set to get Security Council seat

UNITED NATIONS: India is all set to get a seat on the Security Council as a non-permanent member after a gap of 19 years through the elections to be held tomorrow in the United Nations General Assembly.

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