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       HEADLINES: Self-financing Medical College admission: No change in govt stand                                              ATM theft again: Native of Pathanapuram loses 50,000                                              Keralite beaten to death in Mysuru                                              Actor Vijay's father undergoes surgery after fall                                              Kummanam takes a dig at CPM on Sreekrishna Jayanthi Celebrations                                              Secret data on combat capability of India's Scorpene submarines leaked                                              Saradha ponzi: ED summons Nalini Chidambaram                                              One dead, eight feared drowned as boat capsizes                                              Never blamed RSS as a body for Gandhi's killing: Rahul to SC                                              Quake claims six lives in Italy                                              US expresses concern over human rights situation in PoK                                              Pakistan court reserves verdict on Hafiz Saeed's Kashmir petition                                              US expresses concern over human rights situation in PoK                                              Sakshi reaches Haryana, presented Rs 2.5 crore cheque                                              No issues as far as I'm concerned: Rio marathoner Kavita                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Militants attack American University of Afghanistan in Kabul    
KABUL: Explosions and gunfire rocked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul today, an official and students trapped inside classrooms said, in the latest militant attack in the Afghan capital.

         US expresses concern over human rights situation in PoK    
WASHINGTON: Expressing concern over human rights situation in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), the US has called for working out differences peaceably and through a valid political process. "We do have concerns about the human rights situation there (PoK), have reported it for several years in our Human Rights report," State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

         Pakistan court reserves verdict on Hafiz Saeed's Kashmir petition    
LAHORE: A Pakistani court today reserved its verdict on the maintainability of a petition filed by Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed seeking directives for the government to take up the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council and other international fora.

         US expresses concern over human rights situation in PoK    
WASHINGTON: Expressing concern over human rights situation in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), the US has called for working out differences peaceably and through a valid political process. "We do have concerns about the human rights situation there (PoK), have reported it for several years in our Human Rights report," State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

         Quake claims six lives in Italy    
ROME: A strong earthquake brought down buildings in mountainous central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents and sending others fleeing into the streets, with at least six people believed killed.

         Pak briefs China on 'rights violations' in Kashmir    
ISLAMABAD: Continuing with its efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue, Pakistan has briefed China about alleged human rights violations in Kashmir during their bilateral strategic dialogue.

         Pak launches fresh drive to gather support for NSG bid    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has launched a fresh drive to gather support for its NSG membership bid with a top official today embarking on a visit to Belarus and Kazakhstan to gain their backing. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi is undertaking visits to Belarus and Kazakhstan from August 23 to 27 as a special envoy of Premier Nawaz Sharif, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

         Toxic gas leak at B'desh fertiliser unit sickens 250; plugged    
DHAKA: About 250 people, including children, have fallen sick and hundreds of residents have been evacuated from their homes after a toxic gas leak from a fertiliser unit in Bangladesh's port city of Chittagong, officials said today. Di-ammonium phosphate (DPA) leaked from the DAP Fertiliser Company Limited on the bank of Karnaphuli river last night and firefighters battled until late morning to plug the leakage.

         Three of nine addresses of Dawood in Pak found incorrect: UN    
UNITED NATIONS: Three of the nine places cited by India as addresses of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan have been found incorrect by a UN committee, which has removed these from its list.

         Boy bomber blows up at wedding in Turkey, kills 51    
ISTAMBUL: An Islamic State group suicide bomber, as young as 12 years, attacked an outdoor Kurdish wedding party in southeastern Turkey, killing at least 51 people, the Turkish president said on Sunday. The bombing, late on Saturday night in Gaziantep near Turkey’s border with Syria, was the deadliest attack in Turkey this year.

         Pak books Baloch leaders for supporting Modi's I-Day speech    
KARACHI: Five cases, including that of sedition, have been registered against three top Baloch nationalist leaders in Pakistan for allegedly backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's supportive words on Balochistan in his Independence Day speech. Brahamdagh Bugti, Harbiyar Marri and Banuk Karima Baloch were booked under sections 120, 121, 123 and 353 of the Pakistan Penal Code at five police stations in Khuzdar area in the restive province following complaints, a senior police official said tod

         Will not allow any anti-India activities: Myanmar to India    
NAY PYI DAW: Myanmar will not allow its territory to be used for any anti-India activities, this was conveyed by Myanmarese leaders to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who assured "all help" to the new government that came to power in March after decades of military rule. In the first high-level visit from India after the civilian government assumed office here, Swaraj called on President U Htin Kyaw and held talks with State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi on key b

         Gupta's plea to overturn conviction must be rejected: Bharara    
NEW YORK: India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta's latest bid to have his insider-trading conviction overturned should be rejected, prosecutors have told an appeals court here, asserting that he got a fair trial and the jury convicted him for his "criminal" conduct.

         Fire breaks out at shopping mall in Dhaka    
DHAKA: A fire broke out at a shopping mall in the Bangladeshi capital on Sunday with authorities evacuating shoppers and staff from the complex.

         FETO has infiltrated India; need action to remove it: Turkey    
NEW DELHI: Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO), blamed for last month's failed coup to topple President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, has "infiltrated" India, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

         At least 30 killed in Turkey wedding attack near Syria border    
ANKARA: At least 30 people were killed and dozens more wounded in an attack possibly carried out by a suicide bomber on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border, officials have said.

         Execution halted for Texas accomplice who wasn't triggerman    
AUSTIN: A court halted the execution of a Texas man who was scheduled to die for a fatal 1996 robbery in which he wasn't the person who pulled the trigger. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled 7-2 yesterday to put Jeffery Wood's execution on hold. Wood, 43, was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday.

         UN panel seeks push toward nuclear disarmament    
A majority of countries on a UN-mandated panel today called on the UN General Assembly to consider launching multilateral negotiations on nuclear disarmament, voting in a process that has been boycotted by the world's nuclear-armed powers. Thai ambassador Thani Thongthakdi, who chaired the Open-Ended Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament, hailed a "strong signal" but said many countries would have preferred consensus among voting members on an agreement that will have little impact unless n

         Navy SEAL who wrote Osama raid book to forfeit over USD 7 mln    
WASHINGTON: A former Navy SEAL, who wrote the best-selling book detailing the secretive raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has agreed to forfeit over USD 7 million, including all sale proceeds from the work, as part of a deal to avoid prosecution for not seeking pre-publication approval. Matthew Bissonnette, the former Navy SEAL, agreed to pay the US government all past and future proceeds from his bestselling book as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice which alleges that he di

         Chinese General commits suicide, third in a week: Report    
BEJING: A high-ranking Chinese Army General has committed suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills, the third military official to kill himself this month. Major General Chen Jie, 54, who had organised Hong Kong’s handover ceremony in 1997, killed himself by taking an overdose of sleeping pills, Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post reported today.

         Pakistan probing 26/11 suspect over financial assistance to LeT men    
LAHORE: Pakistan is investigating another Mumbai attack suspect, who has recently been arrested, for allegedly providing financial assistance to the LeT men to carry out the deadly assault in 2008. "The FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) has arrested Sufyan Zafar recently and is interrogating him for his role in providing financial assistance to the accused of the Mumbai attack - who are lodged in the Adiala Jail Rawalpindi," FIA special prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar told PTI today.

         Bangladesh seeks details on Zakir Naik's operations    
NEW DELHI: Bangladesh has sought from India details about Zakir Naik's operations even as it said several prominent ulemas wanted action against the Islamic televangelist much before deadly the Gulshan attack last month. Bangladeshi Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, who is here on a six-day visit, said his country has cracked down on Naik's Peace TV by banning its broadcast and indicated that it is waiting for India's action against the controversial preacher.

         Modi crossed 'red line' by talking about Balochistan: Pakistan    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi crossed the "red line" by talking about Balochistan and asserted that it will "forcefully" raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session next month.

         Will welcome any UN rights team visit to PoK: Pak    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today said it would welcome any team of human rights observers sent by the UN to the part of Kashmir under its control, a day after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to both India and Pakistan to grant his team access to Kashmir.

         'US paid USD400 mln to Iran after its hostages were released'    
WASHINGTON: The Obama Administration withheld USD 400 million ransom that was paid to Iran in a plane 'till the time' its hostages were released by Tehran, a major US daily reported today in a potentially damaging report for the Democratic party campaign.

         There is no new Donald Trump: Clinton    
WASHINGTON: Targeting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over rejigging of his campaign for the second time in two months, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has said the move will not change his personality. "I think it's fair to say that Donald Trump has shown us who he is, he can hire and fire anybody he wants from his campaign. They can make him read new words from a teleprompter," Clinton said at an election rally in Cleveland yesterday.

         Brazil police detain two US swimmers on plane    
RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian police pulled two US Olympic swimmers off a plane about to leave the country for questioning in a row over their claim to have been victims of an armed mugging, US officials said today. "We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities," said Patrick Sandusky, spokesman for the US Olympic Committee.

         India rejects Pak's proposal for FS-level talks on Kashmir    
ISLAMABAD: India today rejected Pakistan's proposal to hold Foreign Secretary-level talks on Kashmir and asserted that it would like to discuss aspects related to cross-border terrorism which are central to the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

         Anti-IS forces retake central area in Libya's Sirte    
SIRTE (LIBYA): Libyan pro-government forces said they seized control today of a central district of Sirte as they advanced against the last pockets of Islamic State group resistance in the coastal city. Backed by tanks and mortar fire, forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) retook "District Two" of central Sirte, military officials said. The advance came a day after the loyalists cleared and demined areas of the city captured in earlier clashes.

         Hafiz Saeed asks Pak army chief to send troops to Kashmir    
KARACHI: In a fresh rhetoric, Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has asked army chief General Raheel Sharif to send troops to Kashmir to "obey" the pending order of Pakistan's founder M A Jinnah. Addressing a rally held under the banner of 'Defence Council of Pakistan' in Karachi on Sunday, Saeed claimed, "Kashmiris had announced before the partition that it wanted to remain with Pakistan. But after partition India forcibly sent army to Jammu and Kashmir.

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