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HindustanTimes Sat,12 Jul 2014

World

Crime spree helps Pak Taliban squirrel away cash before raids begin

In the months before Pakistan jets began pounding Taliban hideouts in the lawless border region near Afghanistan, militants were busily conducting an unprecedented wave of kidnapping and extortion, stockpiling cash for the fight ahead.

Despite German fury, US silent about spy row

The United States on Thursday refused to break its silence about a spying row which led a furious Germany to expel the CIA station chief in Berlin, but concern deepened among lawmakers about damage to relations with Europe's dominant power.

Gaza death toll reaches 78 as Israel hints at invasion

At least 78 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday as militants in the enclave kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities.

China: Minivan falls into pond, 8 children dead

The bus was returning the children home from school Thursday in a mountainous village near the capital city of Hunan province when it fell into a pond, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Rockets hit 'mini-India' town in Israel

Dimona, a home to 7,500 Indian Jewish community came under rocket attack by Palestian militant group Hamas on Thursday. Indians remained safe and were taking precautionary measures as adviced by authorities.

53 blindfolded bodies found in Iraq

Iraqi security forces found 53 corpses, blindfolded and handcuffed, south of Baghdad on Wednesday as Shi'ite and Kurdish leaders traded accusations over an Islamist insurgency raging in the country's Sunni provinces.

Father kills 4 children in Texas attack: officials

A father opened fire at a suburban Houston home, killing four of his children as well as two adults who were with them and critically wounding his 15-year-old daughter, authorities said.

N Korea's Kim issues warning at rocket firing drill

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has warned the reclusive communist country could become "a bargaining chip for the strong" in a statement at a tactical rocket firing drill.

Britain moves to keep email, phone data for security

Citing security challenges linked to Syria and Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday presided over a cabinet meeting to approve an emergency legislation to ensure that the security services could continue to access people’s phone and internet records.

Beijing hits back at Macau democracy vote

Beijing has slammed an unofficial referendum on electoral reform to be held in the gambling mecca of Macau, local media said Thursday, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong.

Germany sacks top US intelligence officer in spy row

Germany expelled the US intelligence station chief in Berlin Thursday over alleged spying by Washington, the government said in a highly unusual move among close NATO allies.

Germany asks top US spy to leave the country

Germany took the dramatic step on Thursday of asking the top US intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two suspected cases of American spying and the year-long spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency.

Israel rocket fire over Gaza kills 77

At least 77 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday, and militants kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities in warfare showing no signs of ending soon.

Never accepted Kashmir's accession to India: Pak

Upping its ante, Pakistan on Thursday asserted that it had never accepted Kashmir's accession to India saying that the UNSC mandate remains till the Kashmir issue is resolved.

Hamas will pay heavy price, says Israel

Hamas-ruled Gaza witnessed its bloodiest day since November, 2012 as Israel’s military said it targeted 118 concealed rocket launchers, 10 Hamas command-and-control centres and 10 tunnels, overnight injuring nearly 300.
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