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Rao to meet Bashir today; terrorism top on agenda

BY REZAUL H LASKAR | PTI

ISLAMABAD: Bridging the trust deficit between India and Pakistan and finding the elusive common ground in efforts to tackle terrorism will top the agenda when Foreign Secretary Ms Nirupama Rao meets her Pakistani counterpart Mr Salman Bashir for talks here on Thursday.

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Australia mourns mining magnate

SYDNEY: Australia mourned colourful mining tycoon Ken Talbot and his colleagues Tuesday after an African plane crash wiped out the entire board of his Sundance Resources company, plunging it into crisis.

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Prophet sketch row in Nepal; book banned

KATHMANDU: The Nepal government on Monday banned a school textbook after growing outcry by Muslims over an "objectionable" illustration depicting Prophet Mohammed as a woman-like figure and containing "erroneous interpretations" of Islam.

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Protests against ‘Raavanan’ in Lanka

COLOMBO:  A cinema hall planning to screen ‘Raavanan’ was torched here amidst protests against the film owing to its star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and director Mani Ratnam’s decision to stay away from the IIFA awards held in Sri Lanka.

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