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IS threatens to kill Japanese scribe, Jordanian pilot in 24 hours

Amman/Tokyo : The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has threatened to kill a Japanese correspondent and Jordanian pilot within 24 hours if a female suicide bomber imprisoned in Jordan is not released.

In a video posted online Tuesday afternoon, Japanese war correspondent Kenji Goto appeared with a message to the Japanese government, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Nepal's ruling parties request opposition for talks

Kathmandu : In a bid to end the current stalemate in the constitution drafting process in Nepal, the country's 10-party ruling alliance Tuesday appealed to the opposition parties to come for negotiations.

The ruling party alliance, in a press statement here, said there was no alternative to consensus and urged the opposition front to be part of the Questionnaire Committee, Xinhua news agency reported.

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German Footballer reverts to Islam

Bavaria, Germany : Germany's young footballer Danny Blum has announced his reversion to Islam, describing it as a religion of hope and strength, OnIslam.net reported.

Ex-CIA officer convicted in leak case

Washington: The former CIA officer accused of disclosing the details of a covert operation to a New York Times reporter was convicted Monday in federal court, according to reports.

Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts of unauthorised disclosure of national defense information, after allegedly leaking classified information about a top secret CIA operation to undermine Iran's nuclear program to New York Times reporter James Risen, CNN reported.

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Pakistan 'most reliable friend': China

Islamabad: Pakistan's concern is China's concern said Chinese Politburo member Meng jianzhu and called Pakistan reliable friend.

According to Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) tweet, Meng Jianzhu, member of Politburo -- Communist Party's second highest council -- termed China's relationship with Pakistan "beyond individuals" adding that "Pakistan's concern is China's concern".

Putin Ukraine remark nonsense: NATO

Brussels: NATO's chief has dismissed as "nonsense" a claim by Russia's President Vladimir Putin that the Ukrainian army operates as a "foreign legion" for the alliance.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also called on Russia to stop providing military support to pro-Russian rebels, BBC reported.

Putin said Ukraine's military was operating against Ukrainian national interests by seeking to contain Russia.

Violence in eastern Ukraine is at its worst level for months, with a series of deadly attacks over the past week.

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Obama, Modi bring mutual chemistry, action to business ties

New Delhi: India and the US Monday sought to give a new momentum to their business relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama displaying their personal chemistry as they sought to iron out thorny issues, promised to cut red tape and laid thrust on concrete outcomes.

Russia, India remain strategic partners: Russia

Moscow: In view of the growing strategic partnership between Washington and New Delhi, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said Monday that Russia and India remain strategic partners and no external influence can affect them.

"Our relations with India have an independent value. Indian Deputy Foreign Minister Sujata Singh said Moscow remained a strategic partner for New Delhi. Ambassador Raghavan confirmed the same. I’d add that we are not only strategic partners but also close friends,” Morgulov said.

Indian Americans mark Republic Day with pledge to safeguard India’s Constitution

Letter to President Obama’s draws attention to deteriorating situation with respect to religious freedom situation in India

By TCN News,

Florida (USA): The Indian American Muslim Council ( IAMC ), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, has marked India’s Republic Day with celebrations in four US cities, while pledging to safeguard India’s secular and pluralist Constitution from attacks by divisive forces.

Indian gifts for Nepal on Republic Day

Kathmandu : On the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India, the Indian embassy in Kathmandu Monday gifted 20 ambulances and four buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organisations and educational institutions in 19 districts of Nepal.

In addition to this, Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae also presented books to 75 libraries, educational and training institutions located in different parts of Nepal. He also distributed cheques and blankets to the widows/dependents of ex-servicemen and disabled ex-servicemen who served in the Gorkha Regiment of the Indian Army.

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