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Five killed in Pakistan terror attack

Peshawar: Three suspected militants and two security personnel were killed in an exchange of fire on Thursday in Pakistan's Bannu district.

Security sources said the suspected militants attacked the Khadim security checkpost, Dawn reported.

They said that security personnel killed three 'terrorists' in retaliatory fire.

Following the attack, security forces also launched a search operation in the area.

Airlines sued for injuries caused by obese man

Sydney : An Australian man sued Etihad Airways on Thursday, claiming that he got a back injury after being forced to sit next to an obese individual.

James Andres Bassos told a Brisbane court in a statement that he was forced to twist and contort his body for long periods on a 2011 flight from Sydney to Dubai, Xinhua reported.

Bassos's claim states the "grossly overweight" passenger was spilling into his seat, coughed frequently and was dripping fluid from his mouth.

He asked to be moved after five hours but said in his court claim that airline staff refused.

Memon's execution misguided attempt to tackle terror: Amnesty

New Delhi : The execution of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon on Thursday is a "misguided attempt to prevent terrorism", Amnesty International India said.

Memon was hanged till death in a Nagpur jail after his mercy petition was dismissed by the president and various courts.

"This morning, the Indian government essentially killed a man in cold blood to show that killing is wrong," said Aakar Patel, executive director, Amnesty International India.

India population to outnumber China's in 2022: UN

By Arul Louis

United Nations : There will be more Indians than Chinese by 2022 when both Asian giants will have 1.4 billion people each and India's population will grow at a faster pace, according to the UN.

A report from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs on Wednesday said that in seven years, "India's population is projected to continue growing for several decades to 1.5 billion in 2030 and 1.7 billion in 2050, while the population of China is expected to remain fairly constant until the 2030s, after which it is expected to slightly decrease".

Vibrant, bubbling Detroit is now a ghost town

By Jaspal Singh

News reports have stated that there are wild dogs in Detroit that roam the streets and have at occasions attacked small children for food. It is said that the owners of the dogs abandoned them when they left the city and now these dogs roam among more than 40,000 abandoned properties, looking for food. Over the years they have bred and multiplied. Since city has cut back in all services, there are no dog wardens to catch stray dogs to take them to dog shelters.

Australian expert says evidence points to MH370 wreckage

Canberra : A leading Australian aviation expert said on Thursday that it is "highly likely" that plane debris found near Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Talking to Melbourne radio station 3AW on Thursday, aviation journalist Geoffrey Thomas said the debris, thought to be from an airliner's wing, was consistent with that of a large jetliner such as a Boeing 777, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Taliban's Mullah Omar died two years ago: Afghan intelligence

Kabul : Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago in Pakistan and his death was kept secret to avoid demoralisation of Taliban militants, an Afghan intelligence agency said on Wednesday.

The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Omar died in 2013 in Karachi city.

"Based on credible information, the NDS has confirmed that Omar died in a mysterious way in a hospital in Karachi two years and four months ago," NDS spokesman Hassib Seddiqi told Xinhua.

21 Nepali women rescued, two traffickers held

New Delhi : Twenty-one Nepali women, who were set to be sent to Dubai for the sex trade on the pretext of getting jobs, have been rescued following the arrest of two men involved in human trafficking, Delhi Police said on Wednesday.

Vishnu Tamang, 29, and Ishwor Neupane, 32, both residents of Nepal, were arrested on July 25 from south Delhi's Mahipalpur and revelations from them led to rescue of the Nepali women from the area.

The monstrosity called ISIS

By Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander

Many a youngsters, literate, well to do, self-made men included, are talking about the need of establishing Khilafah in the world. Ranging from quagmire in local Kashmiri resistance politics to global Muslim resistance against US imperialism, they question the beliefs of Shias that were based more on demonization of the minority than factual reality.

Pakistan must help India probe Punjab attack: daily

Islamabad,: A newspaper on Wednesday urged Pakistan to extend "full cooperation" to India's probe into Punjab's terror attack "if facts point to a role of elements operating from Pakistani soil".

The Dawn said in an editorial that some of the public mistrust in both countries could have been curbed if only India and Pakistan had followed up the decision their prime ministers took at Ufa, Russia.

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