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       HEADLINES: Bar licence: Babu committed Rs 100 crore corruption, says Vigilance                                              Death of Aluva native in Delhi: Woman held                                              Blue Blackmailing: Seven arrested including three women                                              Bar licence allotted as per liquor policy: K Babu                                              Palmolein case postponed to Aug 12                                              MP: Minor boy who fell into 150-ft deep borewell dies                                              Indian woman kidnapped in Kabul rescued: Swaraj                                              No Indian casualty in Germany shooting rampage                                              Russian breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record: crew                                              MH370 pilot flew similar doomed route on home simulator:report                                              Munich gunman 'deranged,' no links to IS: police                                              61 dead, 207 wounded as blasts rip through Kabul protest                                              Vijender pleads for an end to boxing's administrative mess                                              Cook, Root propel Eng                                              Satisfied to score double ton after forgettable debut: Kohli                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         61 dead, 207 wounded as blasts rip through Kabul protest    
KABUL: At least 61 people were today killed and 207 wounded as powerful twin explosions struck a large demonstration march in the Afghan capital, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State. "The death toll has risen to 61 and 207 others have been wounded," ministry spokesman Mohammad Ismail Kawoosi told AFP, adding that the toll could rise further.

         Munich gunman 'deranged,' no links to IS: police    
MUNICH: German police today said they had no evidence a teenage gunman who killed nine people in Munich had any links to the Islamic State group and described the attack as "a classic act by a deranged person." "There is absolutely no link to the Islamic State," Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said, adding that the suspect had been obsessed with books and articles about mass killings "linked to maniacs."

         MH370 pilot flew similar doomed route on home simulator:report    
NEW YORK: The pilot who flew missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is believed to have gone off route and crashed in the Indian Ocean, conducted a simulation of a similar path just weeks prior, according to a media report. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the highly respected airman at the helm of the plane, used an elaborate home-built flight simulator to steer himself over the Strait of Malacca and into the remote southern Indian ocean, a course with striking resemblance to the route MH370 is be

         Russian breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record: crew    
SYDNEY: Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov today broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said. Flight coordinator John Wallington said Konyukhov, who took off from Western Australia on July 12, had successfully flown the route by today afternoon but had yet to land.

         'Lone' Munich shooter kills nine, commits suicide    
MUCNICH: German police said Saturday a gunman who went on a shooting rampage at a busy mall in Munich likely acted alone, and then committed suicide after killing nine people in cold blood.

         Chinese military unveils new weapons after SCS verdict    
Chinese military has unveiled a range of new weapons, including long-range missiles, amid calls by its top officials to be combat-ready following a landmark verdict by an UN-backed tribunal that struck down China's "historical rights" in the South China Sea.

         Roger Ailes quits as Fox News boss amid sex harassment suit    
NEW YORK: Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a popular and politically powerful cable network that help redefine US television news, has resigned under the cloud of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

         Suspected boss of online piracy site Kickass Torrents arrested    
WASHINGTON: The alleged boss of the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, was hit with US criminal charges accused of distributing over USD 1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content.

         Indian tanks near China border may hurt investments: Media    
BEIJING: Criticising the reported deployment of battle tanks by the Indian army near the India-China border, Chinese state-run media today said that the move may affect flow of Chinese investments into the country and called for joint efforts to avoid misunderstandings. "A media report stating that nearly 100 Indian tanks have been positioned near the Indo-China border to counter any possible threat grabbed people's attention as more Chinese firms are looking to increase their investment in

         Zia's son sentenced to seven years for money laundering    
DHAKA: The 'fugitive' eldest son of Bangladesh's opposition leader and former premier Khaleda Zia was today sentenced to seven years in prison by a court here for laundering nearly USD 2.5 million, overturning a lower court's decision to acquit him in the high-profile graft case. Tarique Rahman, 48, who is senior vice president of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was sentenced by the two-member bench of the High Court for siphoning off the money to Singapore between 2003 and 2007 when

         Erdogan declares three-month state of emergency in Turkeyp    
ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency, vowing to hunt down the "terrorist" group behind last week's bloody coup attempt.

         Bangladesh says 260 missing amid hunt for extremists    
DHAKA: At least 261 people across Bangladesh are missing, officials announced early today, sparking fears many of them have joined homegrown Islamist extremist outfits or the Islamic State group in the Middle East. The country's elite security force, the Rapid Action Battalion, published the list on Facebook around midnight and called on citizens to report the whereabouts of the missing.

         India should hold plebiscite in Kashmir: Sharif    
ISLAMABAD: Kashmir is not an internal matter of India, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said today and asked it to hold a plebiscite there to respect the rights of Kashmiris as Pakistan observed a 'Black Day' to express solidarity with the people of the Valley. In his message, Sharif said, "Today we are observing Black Day to express solidarity with Kashmiris and are giving a strong message to the world that Pakistanis are with them (Kashmiris) for their struggle to get their rights."

         Republican Party nominates Trump as presidential candidate    
CLEVELAND: The Republican Party officially nominated real estate magnate Donald John Trump as presidential candidate for November general elections in the US.

         North Korea test-fires three ballistic missiles    
SEOUL: North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles on Tuesday, in further defiance of the international community and in apparent reaction to the planned deployment of a US defence system in the South.

         IS claims responsibility for train attack in Germany    
BERLIN: Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a train in Germany that injured at least five people. The claim was posted on the group’s Aamaq news agency on Tuesday.

         Kidnapped son of Pakistan HC Chief Justice rescued    
KARACHI: The kidnapped son of the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court was rescued from the clutches of Pakistani Taliban by the military in an early morning raid in the restive northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the third high-profile abduction case to be solved in recent months.

         Would declare war against ISIS: Trump    
CLEVELAND: Republican presidential Donald Trump has said if elected he will "declare war" on the Islamic State, but would send "very few" US troops on the ground to combat the dreaded terror outfit.

         4 killed in attacks in Kazakhstan's financial capital Almaty    
ALMATY: Three police officers and one civilian were killed today following armed attacks on a police station and a security service office in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty, the interior ministry said. Parts of the city were in lockdown following the incident with one suspect in custody and a manhunt underway for an accomplice still at large, the interior ministry said in a statement.

         France falls silent for Nice victims as politicians bicker    
NICE: France fell silent today for the victims of the Nice truck attack, but the mourning was overshadowed by politicians tearing into each other over the massacre. A sea of people thronged the Nice promenade for the emotional minute's silence just days after a Tunisian attacker drove a truck into a crowd at the same place on Bastille Day, killing 84 people and injuring around 300.

         Professor, 2 others arrested over links to Dhaka terror attack    
DHAKA: Acting deputy vice chancellor of a private university and two of his relatives have been arrested in Bangladesh for sheltering Islamists who carried out the country's worst terror attack at a cafe here in which 22 people were killed by suspected Islamic State militants.

         Turkish govt cracks down after coup try; 6,000 detained    
ISTAMBUL: The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the justice minister today saying that 6,000 people had been detained in the investigation, including three of the country's top generals and hundreds of soldiers.

         3 Indian sites make it to UNESCO's World Heritage List    
ISTAMBUL: UNESCO today listed Chandigarh's Capitol Complex and Sikkim's national park home to the world's third highest peak Mount Khangchendzonga among its World Heritage Sites, approving all three nominations linked to India this session. Today's approval comes two days after the ruins of Nalanda University in Bihar made to the elite tag at the 40th session of The World Heritage Committee meeting in Istanbul. This is the first time that any country got three sites inscribed in the Wo

         Baloch's murder a lesson for others: Mufti Abdul Qawi    
LAHORE: A Pakistani cleric, who got suspended from the membership of a top religious body after selfies with Qandeel Baloch, the Internet sensation murdered by her brother in a case of honour killing, today said the incident is a lesson for others. "Those who intend to or humiliate clerics must learn from Qandeel Baloch's fate," Mufti Abdul Qawi said. Qawi was last month embroiled in a scandal with Qandeel after she uploaded her pictures with him during a meeting.

         Pak internet star Qandeel Baloch's brother arrested for her murder    
Islamabad: Brother of Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was arrested today for allegedly killing her in a suspected case of "honour killing", police said.

         Turkey PM says 161 dead in coup bid, almost 3,000 held    
ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim today said 161 people were killed in the coup attempt against the government, with 2,839 soldiers now detained on suspicion of involvement.

         IS claims Nice massacre as France mulls security failings    
NICE: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility today for an attack in which a Tunisian drove a truck through a crowd in Nice, killing 84, prompting hard questions in France over security failures. In a statement via its Amaq news service IS said one of its "soldiers" carried out the attack on Thursday night "in response to calls to target nations of coalition states that are fighting (IS)".

         2 abducted Indians released in Nigeria    
NEW DELHI: Two Indians, abducted last month from Benue state of Nigeria, were released today, the External Affairs Ministry said here. "Mr Mangapudi Srinivas and Mr Kaushal Anish Sharma, who were kidnapped in the morning of 29 June from an area called Boko, near Makurdi in Benue state of Nigeria, were released today morning at 1030 hrs IST.

         Four people in custody after Nice attack: judicial source    
PARIS: Four men believed to be linked to the Tunisian who killed 84 people when he drove a truck into a Bastille Day crowd in Nice were arrested overnight today, a judicial source said. One of the men being held was arrested yesterday and three others this morning, the source added. The driver's estranged wife is also being held by police.

         Over 190 including 104 coup plotters, killed in Turkey military coup    
ANKARA: Turkey's President declared he is in control of the country Saturday as loyal military and police forces quashed a coup attempt during a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left dozens dead.

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