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       HEADLINES: Volvo bus gutted in fire                                              Murder of BJP activist: Three CPM activists held                                              Bid to commercialize Sree Narayana Guru, says VS                                              FIR against Vinod Kambli, wife Andrea for beating up maid                                              Al Jazeera journalists jailed for three years in Egypt                                              Turkish man 'likely involved' with Bangkok bombing arrested                                              US to provide attack helicopters to Pakistan: Report                                              Pakistan bans Islamic State militant group                                              Indian women hockey team qualifies for Olympics after 36 years                                              Women relay team, race walkers disappoint in Athletics Worlds                                              Pujara half century takes India to 119/4 at lunch on Day 2                                              Indian women hockey team qualifies for Olympics after 36 years                                              Rain stops play in 3rd Test as ton-up Pujara stays firm                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Pakistan bans Islamic State militant group    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has banned the Islamic State militant group that has overrun vast stretches of Iraq and Syria after repeatedly denying the dreaded outfit's presence within its territory.

         US to provide attack helicopters to Pakistan: Report    
ISLAMABAD: The US has decided to provide Ah-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan to sharpen up its counter-terrorism efforts, a media report said today.

         Turkish man 'likely involved' with Bangkok bombing arrested    
BANGKOK: Thai police today arrested a Turkish national here who was "likely involved" in the August 17 bombing at the Brahma shrine - the country's worst attack that killed 20 people and injured over 100 others.

         Al Jazeera journalists jailed for three years in Egypt    
CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in jail. Egyptian Baher Mohamed, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were found guilty in June 2014 of aiding a "terrorist organisation", a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was outlawed in Egypt after the army overthrew President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Al Jazeera reported.

         US asks Pak to show 'restraint' in expanding nuclear power    
WASHINGTON: The US has asked Pakistan and all other nuclear-armed countries to exercise "restraint" in expanding their nuclear capabilities after two American think-tanks said Pakistan could have the third largest stockpile of atomic weapons in about a decade.

         US man bitten while attempting selfie with rattlesnake    
LOS ANGELES: Stinging selfie! An American man has been bitten by a rattlesnake while attempting a selfie with the serpent and could end up losing his hand, the second such incident in the U.S. within two months.

         Two mild earthquakes hit Nepal    
KATHMANDU: Two mild earthquakes measuring 4.1 and 4.2 on the Richter Scale today jolted Nepal, but no damage was reported. The first tremor was recorded at around 6 am (local time) with epicenter located at Gorkha district, 150 kilometers west of Kathmandu.

         Pakistan contacts UN over cancellation of NSA-level talks    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has informed the UN about the last-minute cancellation of the NSA-level talks with India to take the international community into confidence over the Kashmir issue and the situation at the LoC, a media report said Thursday.

         Two US TV journalists shot dead on air    
NEW YORK: Two television journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning while conducting a live television interview, their station, WDBJ7 said.

         US rules out cancelling Chinese President's state visit    
WASHINGTON: The US has ruled out cancelling the scheduled state visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping as demanded by Republican presidential candidates and said it will use the occasion to narrow differences with China.

         Student with gun took school hostages in custody    
PHILIPPI (WEST VIRGINIA): A 14-year-old boy held 29 students and a teacher at gunpoint in a West Virginia high school classroom on Tuesday afternoon before he released them after negotiations and he surrendered, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

         800 Islamists preparing to attack Europe: reports    
LONDON: At least 800 extremists recruited by Islamic State or groups affiliated to the al-Qaeda are prepared "to do anything" to launch attacks in Europe, media reports said Tuesday.

         14 arrested in anti-jihadi raids in Spain, Morocco    
MADRID: Spanish authorities say at least 14 suspected members of a cell that recruited jihadi fighters for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have been arrested in a joint operation in Spain and Morocco.

         Kashmiri leaders not a 'third party', says Sharif    
ISLAMABAD: Asserting that Kashmiri separatist leaders are not a "third party", Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that any dialogue process with India which does not include Kashmir issue will be futile.

         Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed sent back to jail    
COLOMBO: The Maldives has put former president Mohamed Nasheed back in jail a month after his 13-year prison sentence was commuted to house arrest, his party said on Monday.

         After NSA-level talks fiasco, military talk in doldrums    
ISLAMABAD: After the cancellation of NSA-level talks, proposed meetings between top military officials of India and Pakistan are now unlikely, a media report said Monday.

         'Jihadi John' threatens to return to UK to carry on beheadings    
LONDON: Dreaded Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" has threatened to return to UK to continue cutting off heads. In a one minute and 17 second video, he is seen wearing a black hood with his face uncovered for the first time on camera, The Independent reported.

         Pak media blames India for cancellation of NSA-level talks    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani media today blamed India for the cancellation of first-ever NSA-level talks by setting "pre-conditions" ahead of National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz's visit to New Delhi, in a blow to the efforts to normalise their bilateral ties.

         Three killed, eight missing in landslide in China    
BEIJING: Three persons have been killed and eight others went missing in a landslide in China's southwestern Yunnan Province. Three bodies were dug out from the debris of the landslide which took place yesterday at Funing County.

         Thaksin's son offers reward for bomb suspect    
BANGKOK: Thailand's former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's son Saturday offered USD 1,96,449 reward for the arrest of those behind the blast in the Brahma temple as authorities failed to make any arrests in the country's worst attack that killed 20 people.

         IS second-in-command killed in US air strike: White House    
WASHINGTON: The second-in-command of the dreaded Islamic State militant group has been killed in a US air strike in northern Iraq, the White House has said. Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz was killed on August 18 while travelling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu Abdullah, the White House said on Friday.

         Wickremesinghe sworn in as new Lanka PM amid historic deal    
COLOMBO: Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in Friday as Sri Lanka's prime minister as President Maithripala Sirisena's party, in a historic deal, backed his national unity government which pledged to introduce a new constitution for ethnic harmony in an attempt to reach out to minorities, including Tamils.

         Japan''s finance minister warns China on currency moves    
TOKYO: Japan's finance minister, Taro Aso, says recent moves by China to allow its currency to depreciate are a concern and could pose problems for Tokyo.

         Pak refuses to host CPU meet, says will not invite J-K speaker    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Thursday announced that it will not host next month's Commonwealth Parliamentary Union meeting amid a row with India over its refusal to invite the Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for the conference.

         $10 billion Pak nuclear power plant to be built by China    
KARACHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday inaugurated construction work on a China-backed USD 10 billion nuclear power plant here.

         Turkey's election board proposes November 1 for snap polls    
ANKARA: Turkey's election authority proposed November 1 as a possible date for early elections after the failure of attempts to form a coalition government following June 7 polls, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported Thursday.

         UN chief asks India, Pak to exercise maximum restraint    
UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked India and Pakistan to exercise "maximum restraint" in the wake of increased tensions along the Line of Control and hoped that talks between the National Security Advisors of both sides will result in a "positive outcome."

         Islamic State militants behead archaeologist in Palmyra: Syrian official    
DAMASCUS: Islamic State (IS) militants beheaded an antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his body on a column in a main square of the historic site, Syria's antiquities chief said on Wednesday.

         Another explosion hits Bangkok    
BANGKOK: Another explosion occurred on Tuesday at a pier in Bangkok, the local press reported. No injuries have been reported as yet and the authorities are at the scene now, Xinhua reported. A bomb explosion on Monday, close to Hindu Erawan Shrine in the centre of Bangkok, killed over 25 people and injured 78 others.

         Temple blast: Thai authorities launch hunt for male 'suspect'    
BANGKOK: Thai authorities today launched a hunt for a male "suspect" who may have left a bomb inside the hugely popular Lord Brahma temple in a crowded area in central Bangkok that killed at least 20 people and injured 123 others. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said there is a male suspect who appeared on CCTV near the scene of the blast. "We are looking for this guy," he said.

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