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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine’s eastern border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission to invade, NATO said. Stating the conflict in Ukraine was fueled by Russia, NATO said in a statement that the troop build-up...

Istanbul: Erdogan remains the hot favourite to win Sunday’s presidential election, thanks to a core base of religiously conservative Turks who have prospered under his decade-long domination. But whatever the result on Sunday, it is certain that Erdogan will not be carrying the whole of an increasingly polarised country with him. Many secular Turks fear the ruling Justice...

CAIRO: Israel and Hamas began indirect talks on a new border deal for the blockaded Gaza Strip as a ceasefire ending their month-long war entered its second day. Israel has said it wants Hamas to disarm, or at least ensure it cannot re-arm, before considering the group’s demand that the territory’s borders be opened. Israel and Egypt imposed a closure after the Hamas...

CAPE TOWN: The High Commissioner of Pakistan in South Africa Najm us Saqib presented his credentials to President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, in Windhoek,...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Thursday termed the statement of Indian Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag’s statement as irresponsible and against the realities of South Asia. On first day of assumption his office earlier this month, General Suhag issued a stern warning to Pakistan, saying if the neighboring nation “provokes” — like the beheading of an Indian soldier...

KABUL: At least ten Afghan local police (ALP) including their commander have joined the Taliban in northern Kunduz province, local officials said. Chahar Dara district Governor Zalmai Farooqi, confirmed the news. “The commander named Yar Mohammad was fighting against the Taliban in Yateem village of Chahar Dara district, but on Wednesday along with nine other local...

NEW DELHI: Pakistani authorities Thursday assured their Indian counterparts that an Indian soldier, who was captured in their territory after being swept away by a strong current of the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir, will be handed back today (Friday). The Indian media quoting BSF sources said a company commander level flag meeting was held in the Nikowal post area...

ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan on Thursday dismissed allegations by Afghan government that the country “supports Afghan Taliban” and it does not “abide by its commitment to fight against terrorism.” Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni alleged this week that Pakistan has “increased its presence of both military and advisors among the terrorists...

Now you can own a piece of pop culture history – but it’ll cost you! MiNow you can own a piece of pop culture history – but it’ll cost you! Michael Jackson’s Las Vegas estate that he leased from 2006 to 2008 has been listed for a whopping $19.5 million. The 24,276 square foot mansion features seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, three kitchens, and guest...

  DHAKA: Bangladeshi rescuers struggled against a strong current and choppy river waters on Tuesday in the search for a ferry that capsized with more than 200 passengers on board, leaving about 120 missing, many of them feared dead. Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, has an appalling record of ferry accidents, with casualties...

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