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Afghan security forces have seized 10,000 kg of explosives from five militants, including three Pakistanis, who were planning to carry out multiple strikes in Kabul, an official said Saturday.  

 

Before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh embarks on a possible one-day trip to Pakistan this Autumn, New Delhi will be looking for a credible positive development in bilateral ties with Pakistan on key outstanding issues, such as action against Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, cross-border trade and resolution of the Sir Creek boundary dispute

 

Pakistan's pharmaceutical industry has been hit hard by a Rs.7 billion drug scam in which Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son has been named an accused. It has caused non-availability of controlled substances in the country, said a media report.

 

India Thursday created history with the successful testing of the much awaited Agni-V long-range ballistic nuclear-capable missile, described as 'China killer', that can accurately hit targets more than 5,000 km away.

 
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Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed Wednesday claimed he had an opportunity to carry out "a counter-coup" against the present dispensation under Mohamed Waheed with the help from some military officers but rejected it due to his strong democratic roots.

 
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A visiting Indian parliamentary delegation held talks in Colombo Tuesday to assess the post-war situation in the country, the Sri Lankan external affairs ministry said.

 
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Kabul, April 16 (IANS) The synchronised terror attack launched by the Taliban in Kabul is over and all attackers have been killed following an overnight operation that saw a string of explosions Monday morning, authorities said.

 
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Manmohan Singh is scheduled to pay a three-day official visit to Myanmar in end-May, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 25 years. South Block hopes the visit will be a substantive one with several agreements on cooperation in oil and gas exploration and mining likely to be inked. Myanmar has also sought Indian help in setting up micro-economic projects, developing its railways, civil aviation and the banking sector.

 
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Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to India appears to have triggered a chain of positive events, with Pakistani scientist Mohammed Khalil Chisty getting bail two days later and Islamabad Thursday releasing 26 Indian fishermen.

 
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India is willing to talk about the disputed territory of Kashmir with Pakistan as part of an effort to advance peace talks, said Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

 


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The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.
 
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