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Myanmar to hold general election on November 7

YANGON: Myanmar announced today it would hold its first election in two decades in early November, despite Western fears the vote will be a sham aimed at shoring up the junta’s half-century grip on power.

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Tamil Tigers’ entry into Canada feared

VANCOUVER: A ship carrying over 250 Sri Lankan Tamils, reportedly including members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE), is set to enter Vancouver, authorities said recently.

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Pakistan should keep pressure on Taliban: Gates

WASHINGTON: US has told Pakistan to keep pressure on radical militant groups operating close to the border with Afghanistan as Washington tripled the number of military helicopters for flood relief operations in the country.

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Militants attack Army convoy in Kashmir

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: A woman was killed and 19 others, including two soldiers, were wounded when a passenger bus was hit by a volley of bullets during an attack by militants on an Army convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Wednesday.

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Israel threatens to quit UN inquiry into flotilla raid

JERUSALEM: Israel Tuesday threatened to pull out of a UN inquiry into a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship if the panel insists on quizzing its soldiers, days after making a surprise announcement that it would cooperate with the probe committee.

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Indian-American CEO sentenced to 20 months imprisonment

BOSTON: An Indian-American CEO of an IT company has been sentenced to 20 months imprisonment and ordered to pay over US $800,000 in restitution for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme. Sushil Bansal, 43, president and CEO of Advanced Integrated Technology Corporation, will also serve a three-year period of supervised release following release from his two concurrent 20-month imprisonment terms.

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