Pakistan once again misusing UNGA, distorting reality: India

New York/New Delhi : In a strong rebuttal of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's anti-India statement at the UN General Assembly, India on Thursday expressed regret that Pakistan has "once again chosen to misuse" the floor of the world body to "distort reality and portray a false picture of the challenges in our region".

Bangladesh qualify for ICC Champions Trophy

Dhaka: Bangladesh's breakout year in one-day cricket has earned them a place in the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time since 2006, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Wednesday.

Bangladesh has replaced the West Indies among the eight sides to contest the 2017 tournament, which will be played in England, reported

India needs to make full use of Iranian n-deal: President

Chandigarh: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said India needs to make full use of the opportunities offered by the recent Iranian nuclear deal, including pursuing the TAPI pipeline project and reviving the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline.

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Amnesty International calls for action against solitary confinement of 26/11 accused

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Mumbai: Amnesty International, a global Human Rights Watchdog has criticized solitary confinement of Zabiuddin Ansari, a 26/11 terror attack case accused by Mumbai Central Prison and has called for action to end it.

Ansari, 35 is lodged in Mumbai Central Prison under solitary confinement since last 33 months and after finding no relief from various courts he has gone on hunger strike from August 5, 2015.

US airstrikes kill 16 Taliban militants in Afghanistan

Kabul: At least 16 Taliban militants, including their chief Maulavi Salam, were killed in US airstikes in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, country's intelligence agency said on Wednesday.

"Taliban chief Maulavi Salam, who was actively coordinating the attack in Kunduz city, along with 15 other militants, was killed in an airstike in Kunduz," Khaama press cited the National Directorate for Security (NDS) statement.

The air attack was conducted in close coordination with the NDS, the statement said but did not disclose the exact time of the raid.

Iran to sue Saudi Arabia over deaths of Iranian pilgrims

Tehran: Iran will file a complaint against Saudi Arabia for its "shortcomings" which led to the death of Iranian pilgrims during the Haj pilgrimage in the Arab state, Iran's government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said here on Tuesday.

Iran will sue the Saudi government via legal actions and the mechanisms in the international arena, said Nobakht, also the vice president, according to Tasnim news agency.

Iran will spare no efforts to defend the rights of the Iranian pilgrims, the missing ones and those injured in the disaster, he added, Xinhua news agency reported.

Number of Nigerian pilgrims killed in Haj stampede rises to 64

Abuja: The official toll of Nigerian Haj pilgrims who died in the stampede last Thursday in Saudi Arabia rose to 64 after ten more bodies were identified on Tuesday, an official said.

National Haj Commission of Nigeria spokesman Uba Mana, who confirmed the figure to Xinhua news agency, said 244 Nigerian pilgrims are still missing following the incident.

The official said 10 more pilgrims from Nigeria were injured in the stampede bringing the number of injured to 71.

Nigerian authorities on Monday declared 54 Nigerians dead in Mina.

India-Saudi ties growing stronger: Envoy

New Delhi: India-Saudi Arabia ties are going strong and their bilateral energy cooperation is at a high level, the kingdom's envoy, Saud bin Mohammed Al-Sati, said on the occasion of his country's national day.

The embassy celebrated its National Day on Monday. The day is celebrated across Saudi Arabia on September 23 to mark the unification of the nation.

Text of remarks by Obama after meeting Modi

New York: The following is the full text of remarks made by US President Barack Obama after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York on Monday:

Well, it is a great pleasure to meet once again with my good friend, Prime Minister Modi.

Our meeting builds on the progress that was made during the wonderful visit that I was able to make to India, to the prime minister's invitation, and the historic participation that I had with Republic Day.