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Top Indian official to visit Pakistan

NEW DELHI: A top Indian diplomat will travel to Pakistan on March 3 for the first high-level visit since already tense ties between the arch rivals soured last year, the government said Wednesday.





Ukraine’s decision to cut off gas in eastern region ‘smacks of genocide’

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Kiev’s decision to cut off gas supplies to eastern Ukraine, which prompted Moscow to start its own direct deliveries, smacked of “genocide.




States fail to protect civilians from militancy, says Amnesty

LONDON: Governments are failing to protect millions of civilians from violence by states and armed groups, Amnesty International said on Wednesday, describing the global response to widespread conflic



5 Philippine militants killed

MANILA: Philippine troops, backed by artillery fire and assault helicopters, battled about 300 Abu Sayyaf rebels in fighting Wednesday that left two soldiers and five militants dead in the country’s r

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