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54 missing soldiers believed to be in Pakistan: Parrikar

New Delhi : As India prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with Pakistan, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday informed the Lok Sabha that 54 defence personnel missing during 1965 and 1971 wars were believed to be in Pakistan custody.

"Fifty-four missing defence personnel of the 1965 and 1971 wars are believed to be in the custody in Pakistan. The (central) government has repeatedly been taking up with the Pakistan government the release of the missing defence personnel," Parrikar said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

US theatre shooting: Gunman identified

Washington: The 58-year-old man who killed two people and injured nine others inside a movie theatre in US' Louisiana state before he killed himself, has been identified, authorities said on Friday.

The incident took place on Thursday night at Grand Theatre 16 in Lafayette, a city of at least 120,000 people, when John Russel Houser opened fire.

Houser, originally from Alabama, had been in Lafayette since early July, staying at a local hotel, Lafayette police chief Jim Craft said on Friday.

Three dead in US theatre shooting

Washington: A 58-year-old man killed two people and injured nine others inside a movie theatre in US' Louisiana state before he turned his gun on himself and took his own life, authorities said.

The incident took place on Thursday night at Grand Theatre 16 in Lafayette, a city of about 120,000 people.

As the lights dimmed for the screening of "Trainwreck", the gunman stood up and pulled out a handgun and began firing indiscriminately, CNN reported. At least 100 people were present for the screening.

Salman Khan's 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' earns big at Pakistani box office

Islamabad: "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's Eid gift to his fans, is not only breaking records in India, but has also garnered appreciation at the Pakistan box office - earning nearly Rs.6 million (INR3 million/$47,000) in its first week in Karachi and Islamabad alone.

The Kabir Khan directorial, which released in India and Pakistan on July 17, has left behind the collection of Pakistani films "Bin Roye" and "Wrong Number".

Yemeni conflict a threat to global trade: India

By Arul Louis

United Nations: India has expressed concern over the serious economic impact of the fighting in Yemen on global trade and urged the warring groups to get to the negotiating table.

Addressing a Security Council debate on the Middle East, Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji said, "With major shipping lines passing through the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb the situation in Yemen has a considerable impact on the cost of shipping and in turn the regional and global trade."

NASA probe discovers bigger, older cousin to Earth

Washington: NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a Sun-like star.

This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another "Earth", the US space agency said in a statement.

The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our Sun.

3 dead, 7 injured in shooting at US movie theatre

Washington: A 58-year-old white man opened fire with a handgun inside a movie theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday night, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before taking his own life, authorities said.

The alleged shooter entered the Grand Theatre 16 in Lafayette, a city of about 120,000 people, 60 miles west of Baton Rouge, by himself, according to Louisiana State Police.

Authorities said they know the identity of the man but are not yet releasing it.

Two killed in shooting at US theatre

Washington: A gunman shot dead at least one person before killing himself at a theatre in the US state of Louisiana, media reported.

The gunman injured at least eight others on Thursday at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette during a show of the film "Train Wreck", Xinhua news agency reported.

The local Advertiser newspaper said the gunfire broke out during a 7 p.m. show.

Witness Katie Domingue told the paper that the gunman was an older white man who stood up in the theatre and began shooting.

Up to 87 percent migrants could stay in US: Study

Washington: Up to 87 percent of undocumented immigrants would be able to remain in the US if the executive action measures on immigration taken by President Barack Obama are implemented without modifications, according to a study.

The report published by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) on Thursday said that the net effect of the new policies will see a reduction in deportations from the US.

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Turkey allows US to use airbase to strike IS targets

Ankara: Turkey will let the US carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State terror group from a key military base near the Syrian border, US officials said.

The agreement, yet to be confirmed by Ankara, follows months of negotiations.

The deal comes after 32 people, mostly university students, were killed in a suicide attack in a Turkish town on the Syrian border on Monday. Turkish authorities blamed the IS for carrying out the attack.

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