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Three killed in indiscriminate Pakistan shelling in Jammu

Jammu : Three civilians were killed and nine injured on Friday in heavy and indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

"Three civilians were killed and nine injured in indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan Rangers in R.S. Pura sector of the International Border in Jammu district," a senior police officer told IANS.

Subhash Chander, 45, and Bimla Devi, 42, both residents of Sai Khurd village, and Pawan Kumar, 55, who lived in Abdullian village, were killed.

The injured have been shifted to a hospital.

Outpacing India, Pakistan may get 3rd largest nuclear arsenal: Report

By Arun Kumar

Washington : Far outpacing India in the development of nuclear warheads, Pakistan could have at least 350 nuclear weapons within a decade, making it the world's third largest nuclear arsenal, according to a new report.

Pakistan may be building 20 nuclear warheads annually, according to the report by two American think tanks, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Centre.

Indian man's tweet to Swaraj saves sister from traffickers

Abu Dhabi : A brother's tweet to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj led to the rescue of his sister from human traffickers in United Arab Emirates (UAE), a media report here said.

Dev Tamboli, a worker in Qatar, said his sister was held captive in Al Ain by a human trafficking gang last week, Xpress Abu Dhabi newspaper reported on Wednesday.

"Need help for rescuing my sister from UAE. She went to UAE for a job on 14th but now locked up in a room. Please contact," Tamboli tweeted to Swaraj on August 21.

Killings of journalists puts gun violence in US in focus

By Arun Kumar

Washington : As the killing of two journalists on live TV brought the issue of gun violence in America back into sharp focus, the White House renewed a call for Congress to pass gun control laws.

"This is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small all across the United States," press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday.

"There are some common sense things that only Congress can do that we know would have a tangible impact on reducing gun violence in this country," he said.

11 officials held responsible for China blasts

Beijing : Eleven officials and port executives were accused by Chinese authorities of neglecting management of dangerous chemicals, their storage and transportation at the Tianjin Port, where explosions killed 139 and devastated the port area.

The officials are from various government departments, including Tianjin local transportation management authorities, work safety regulatory agencies, and land resources authorities, reported Xinhua news agency.

How a book sparked of a Cold War battle

By Vikas Datta

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Two US journalists shot dead on live TV

Washington: An unidentified gunman on Wednesday shot dead a reporter and a cameraman on live television when they were interviewing a businesswoman, stunning viewers across the US.

Alison Parker was doing the interview at about 6.45 a.m. at Bridgewater Plaza near Moneta, Virginia, when shots rang out. Both women screamed, CNN reported.

As the camera fell to the ground, the audience caught the briefest glimpse of a man who appeared to be pointing a gun towards the downed cameraman.

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50 migrants found dead in ship near Libya

Rome: The bodies of at least 50 migrants have been found in the hold of a craft off the Libyan coast, the Italian coast guard said on Wednesday.

The boat was sailing with 439 people on board some 50 km north of the Libyan coast, and received assistance in the early afternoon from Swedish ship Poseidon patrolling the Mediterranean as part of the European Union (EU) rescue mission Triton, a coast guard spokesman told Xinhua.

About 50 bodies were found in the hold of the boat, the official added.

It was the second major incident of the kind in 10 days.

Common issues of gender bias in India, US: American activist

Kolkata: American gender activist and lawyer Vivian Huelgo on Wednesday drew attention to similar issues of gender bias in India and the US, saying that female victims of sexual violence face hostile questions from law enforcers in the US.

"If my husband walks in and says that 'my car has been stolen', they will look for the person who stole the car... they will look for the car."

US tags Haqqani leader's brother as global terrorist

Washington: The US authorities have named Sirajuddin Haqqani, brother of Haqqani Network chief Aziz Haqqani, a "specially designated global terrorist", the State Department said in a statement.

"For several years, Aziz Haqqani has been involved in planning and carrying out improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan government targets," the State Department said on Tuesday.

According to the statement, Aziz Haqqani also "assumed responsibility for all major Haqqani Network attacks after the death of his brother, Badruddin Haqqani".

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