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Punjab govt assures that Sharif is getting all facilities he is entitled to

Jailed former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif is getting all the facilities he is entitled to under the law, the government in Pakistan's Punjab province said today

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Modi pricks Putin for Trump !

Indian and American defence officials on Wednesday discussed how to strengthen defence trade ties and create opportunities for co-production and co-development of military equipment even as the two countries are locked in a row over the US sanctions against Russia that have affected defence deals between New Delhi and Moscow.

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10-year-old Indian boy denied Australian visa

A 10-year-old Indian boy has been refused an Australian visitor visa for a third time as the Department of Home Affairs feels he does not have "employment or financial incentives" to return back home. A visitor visa for Harmanpreet Singh was applied so that the boy can meet his father and stepmother in Melbourne during his school summer vacation, the Australian media reported on Tuesday. "It has been three years since I have seen my son. We applied for his visa thrice and they (Australian authorities) have refused the application with the same reason," his father Harinder Singh told SBS Punjabi.

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Terrorists are contesting Pak elections

Some of Pakistan's hardline Islamic groups, who defend the blasphemy law and have been accused of playing a role in global terrorism and murders of religious minorities, are contesting the July 25 general elections, triggering concerns of further radicalization of the conservative country. These parties include Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek (AAT) with alleged links to terrorist groups, the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), whose election promises include imposition of Islamic law in the country, and members of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat group, accused of inciting violence against religious minorities such as the Shia. "You just have to give your vote to Islam," cries out Rizwan Ahmed, a TLP candidate at a rally outside Islamabad.

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Thai cave boys healthy again, play football..See video

Twelve boys and their soccer coach who were last week rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after becoming trapped spoke to the media for the first time on Wednesday. Members of the Wild Boars soccer team were discharged from hospital earlier in the day in Chiang Rai, where they had been recovering and receiving medical and psychological support after they were rescued from the cave in an ordeal that lasted over two weeks and gripped the world's attention. The boys, all of whom are aged between 13 and 17, appeared healthy and in fine spirits as they faced the media for the first time since their rescue, Efe news reported.

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Nelson Mandela@100, South Africa celebrates

South Africans celebrated their late President Nelson Mandela's 100th birth anniversary on Wednesday, remembering the life and legacy of the anti-apartheid leader and the country's first black President through solidarity events, art and sport. The celebrations began in earnest last week and on Tuesday former US President Barack Obama delivered a speech to a packed gathering of 15,000 people at an event organized by the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. Concerts, musical recitals, tributes at schools and exhibitions took place nationwide, while Wednesday's main celebration was a political event led by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Eastern Cape province, Mandela's home region, Efe news reported.

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Trump's U-turn, ready for talks with Taliban

The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, US officials said. That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has previously only appeared willing to participate in discussions with the Taliban if those talks also involve the Afghan government. The US officials yesterday said that Afghan-to-Afghan negotiation remains the goal of any engagement with the militants. The officials were not authorized to speak to media and requested anonymity.

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Trump’s plane to get paint job

US President Donald Trump has announced a plan to change the blue and white colour scheme of the iconic Air Force One and give it a bold new paint job in red, white and blue colours as part of a series of upgrades to the presidential aircraft.

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India condemns mistreatment of Sikh police officer in Pakistan

India on Thursday strongly condemned the mistreatment and forcible eviction of a Sikh police officer from his house in Pakistan. "We have seen reports of a Sikh policeman being mistreated and forcibly evicted from his house and also objectionable questions being raised about his faith," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said here. "We strongly condemn this. This is not the first time that the mistreatment of religious minorities in Pakistan has happened," he said.

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Japan floods toll climbs to 199

The death toll from devastating floods resulting from torrential rains in Japan has increased to 199, a government official said on Thursday.

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