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Trouble in Islamabad may force Xi Jinping to cancel Pak visit

Pakistan is keen on the forthcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping but there are fears that the visit may be cancelled owing to the uncertain political situation in the country.

China reacts sharply to Modi’s ‘expansionist’ remark

China reacted angrily on Tuesday to the Japanese cosying up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that if Japan attempted to form a united front centered on India, it will be 'a crazy fantasy generated by Tokyo's anxiety of facing a rising Beijing'.

West may need to boost $17 bn Ukraine rescue: IMF

The International Monetary Fund vowed on Tuesday to stand by Ukraine despite the growing likelihood that a worsening pro-Russian uprising would cripple the economy so badly that its current $17.1-billion (13.0-billion-euro) rescue will prove too small.

Mali bomb blast kills four UN peacekeepers

Four United Nations peacekeepers from Chad were killed on Tuesday when their truck was blown up in Mali, casting a shadow over the restart of peace talks between the west African state and rebel militias.

World 'losing the battle' to contain Ebola: MSF

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said on Tuesday the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola and called for a global biological disaster response to get aid and personnel to west Africa.

Scores killed as Boko Haram overrun Nigerian town

Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday.

Age-old trend? Neanderthal hashtag engraving found in Gibraltar cave

Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported in a paper describing the first discovery of artwork by this extinct species.

Putin comment on "taking Kiev in 2 weeks" taken out of context - aide

A reported comment by President Vladimir Putin that Russia could capture Ukraine's capital Kiev within two weeks was taken out of context, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a Kremlin foreign policy aide as saying on Tuesday.

New Delhi-Tokyo warmth psychological, Sino-India ties the real thing: Chinese media

China’s official reaction to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Japan visit has been circumspect but its tightly controlled media expectedly noticed the Indian leader’s reference in a speech Monday to “expansionist” and “intruding” powers.

Iraqi forces press advance as parliament stormed

Iraqi forces made more progress on Tuesday in their fightback against jihadists, but in Baghdad anger boiled over as hundreds stormed parliament over the fate of missing soldiers who surrendered in June.

Pakistan parliament meets over political crisis

Pakistan's lawmakers held an emergency session Tuesday over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remained camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.

Russia plays chicken over Putin Kiev comment

Russia threatened on Tuesday to release a recording of a disputed conversation, putting the EU on the spot over allegations that President Vladimir Putin threatened he could capture Kiev in two weeks.

Pak army chief meets PM Sharif, talk swirls of govt’s exit

Hundreds of anti-government protestors stormed the headquarters of state-owned Pakistan Television on Monday, forcing the channel briefly off air, as fresh clashes erupted and the army gave the government an ultimatum to end the impasse soon. I will neither resign, nor go on leave, says Pak PM

British PM Cameron outlines plan to tighten anti-terror measures

Scrambling to meet the security and political challenges posted by British jihadists who travel to Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced new measures to stop them from returning to the country.

Iran president urges clerics to tolerate internet

Iran’s president urged the country’s clerics to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential hard-liners in the Islamic Republic.
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