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Russia, NATO to hold anti-piracy exercise

Moscow, Feb 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian Navy's Udaloy I class anti-submarine destroyer Severomorsk will take part in a NATO anti-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden, a navy spokesman said.

Terrorists strike Dilsukhnagar for second time in 10 years

Hyderabad, Feb 21 (IANS) The serial blasts that rocked Hyderabad Thursday killing 12 people and injuring 80 others is one of the worst terror attacks in the city in recent years.

Terror returns to Hyderabad, 12 die in twin blasts

Hyderabad/New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Twin bomb blasts rocked Hyderabad Thursday evening, killing at least 12 people and injuring over 50 others, the union home ministry said. The Andhra Pradesh chief minister however put the toll at 11 while eyewitnesses reported 18 deaths.

Had information of blasts, no specific target: Shinde

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The government had received intelligence warning of blasts taking place in the country but no specific target, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Thursday in the wake of the twin blasts in Hyderabad.

16 die in Damascus suicide car bombing

Damascus, Feb 21 (IANS) At least 16 people were killed and 208 wounded Thursday when a suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives at a busy intersection close to the ruling al-Baath Party headquarters in capital Damascus, the state media reported.

US defense budget cuts could 'hollow' military: Pentagon

Washington, Feb 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The US military is bracing for a looming wave of across-the-board budget cuts known as the "sequestration" that Pentagon officials say would dangerously erode the United States' defences.

China sends surveillance ships in South China Sea

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) A fleet of Chinese marine surveillance ships departed Monday to carry out regular patrol missions in the South China Sea, the country's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said Wednesday.

China to shut 5,000 non-coal mines over security

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China's safety watchdog has said it will suspend or shut down operations in over 5,000 non-coal mines this year over their failure to meet required safety standards, Xinhua reported.

Three dead in Nigeria suicide attack

Abuja, Feb 21 (IANS) At least three people were killed and two injured in a suicide bomb attack Wednesday in Nigeria's Maiduguri city, Xinhua reported. The dead included the suicide bomber.

Russia probes 25 cases of defence ministry fraud

Moscow, Feb 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian authorities are investigating about 25 separate instances of fraud in the widely-publicised Oboronservis case involving illegal sale of property belonging to the defence ministry, the prosecutor general said Wednesday.

Army helps J&K remote area villagers enlist

Jammu, Feb 20 (IANS) Training by the army to the youths of remote and mountainous areas of Reasi in Jammu and Kashmir has helped five of them enlist in the force, an official said Wednesday.

Assam court moved over woman activist's disappearance

Guwahati, Feb 20 (IANS) Two Assam-based NGOs have approached the Gauhati High Court seeking details of the "disappearance" of a woman rights activist, about whom police claimed that she has joined banned militant outfit ULFA.

Jayalalitha wants Sri Lankan 'war criminals' tried

Chennai, Feb 20 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Wednesday called for the trial of Sri Lankan "war criminals" following fresh evidence that the 12-year-old son of slain Tamil Tigers supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed in cold blood after being captured.

HC notice over tax recoveries from social websites

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the finance and home ministries on a plea to recover tax from social networking websites, arising out of their internet-based business in the country.

BJP leaders detained during protest

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Several BJP leaders were detained here Wednesday when they sought to take out a march to protest Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's remarks linking the BJP and RSS with terrorism.

China behind cyber-attacks on US firms; Beijing denies

Beijing, Feb 20 (IANS) A US computer security company said the Chinese army is behind a series of cyber-attacks on American companies and institutions, a charge denied by the Chinese military Wednesday.

Re-cook leftovers, Chinese army to soldiers

Beijing, Feb 20 (IANS) Unfinished rice should be re-cooked into fried rice with eggs and leftover vegetables should be turned into pickles. These are some of the latest direction to Chinese soldiers as part of an anti-waste campaign.

Antony calls for indigenisation of defence production

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) India needs to speed up the indigenisation process of its defence production in order to root out corruption from the sector, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Wednesday.

Prabhakaran's son's killing 'war crime', says Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Feb 20 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Wednesday described as "a war crime" the alleged cold-blooded killing of the son of the late Tamil Tigers' chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

US general named to head NATO retires

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS/EFE) The general named by US President Barack Obama as the next supreme commander of NATO relinquished his appointment and is retiring from the Armed Forces, the White House said Tuesday.

N-test self-defence against US threat: North Korea

Geneva, Feb 20 (IANS) The nuclear test Feb 12 was a "self-defence" measure in reaction to America's ever increasing threat, a North Korean diplomat said here.

We don't support cyber-attacks: Chinese military

Beijing, Feb 20 (IANS) China's military Wednesday said the country's armed forces had never backed any hacking activities and denounced as "groundless both in facts and legal basis" US cybersecurity firm Mandiant's report that it was behind cyber-attacks against US companies.

Daily despairs lack of leadership in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 20 (IANS) A leading Pakistani daily is upset over the cowardice of civilian leaders who don't "name and shame" those responsible for terror attacks.

Russia sends planes to rescue nationals from Syria

Moscow, Feb 20 (IANS/ RIA Novosti) Russia sent two planes to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria and evacuate Russians and nationals of former Soviet republics from the war-stricken Middle East country Tuesday.

Khasi rebel outfit to boycott Meghalaya poll, calls shutdown

Shillong, Feb 19 (IANS) Meghalaya's outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Monday said it was boycotting the Feb 23 assembly elections and called for a 36-hour shutdown ahead of th polling day.

India, UK ask Pakistan to act against 26/11 perpetrators

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) India and Britain Tuesday called upon Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack and said there was considerable potential for expanding their bilateral relations in trade and investment.

Assam CM visits violence-hit Goalpara, reviews situation

Guwahati, Feb 19 (IANS) A week after violence rocked Assam's Goalpara district, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Tuesday visited the area and reviewed the law and order situation as well as relief measures taken by the administration.

Afzal's hanging barbaric, says NHRC member

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was an "abomination" and a "barbaric" violation of human rights, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) member Satyabrata Pal said here Tuesday.

Britain has tough anti-bribery laws, will respond to Indian requests: Cameron

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The bribery-tainted deal for AgustaWestland VVIP choppers figured prominently in talks between visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here Tuesday with India conveying its "serious concerns" over the charges that have become the talking point of the nation and Britain assuring it will respond to any request for information.

Nothing to hide on chopper deal: Antony

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The government has nothing to hide in the VVIP chopper controversy and is prepared for a discussion in parliament, said Defence Minister A.K. Antony here Tuesday. He also refuted reports about his resignation.

SC issues notice on Italian marines' plea to return to Italy

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday issued notice to the centre on a petition by two Italian marines seeking the court's nod to travel back to their country to exercise their franchise in the ongoing elections in Italy.

Brazilian air force gets more drones

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 19 (IANS) The Brazilian Air Force has said it has acquired two more Israeli-made drones last month to boost border security and safeguard upcoming sport events.

Government must not be pressured on chopper deal: Khurshid

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Let the defence ministry take a decision on the AgustaWestland chopper deal, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Tuesday, adding that the government "must not be pressured by anything".

Ukranian battle tank engines for Pakistan

Kiev, Feb 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Ukraine will deliver 110 tank power plants "engines and related parts" to Pakistan under a $50 million contract, state-run arms exporter Ukrspetsstroi has said.

Cameron pays tribute to Mumbai attack victims

Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron Monday visited the 26/11 attack memorial here and paid tributes to the policemen and other people who lost their lives to terrorism.

IAF to field frontline planes in day-night firepower display

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) will conduct its largest "day-dusk-night" firepower demonstration in the the Rajasthan desert on Friday that will feature frontline planes and mark the debut of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) at the event.

Seven die in Pakistan terror attack

Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) At least seven people, including five security personnel, were killed and seven injured Monday in a terror attack at a government office in Pakistan's northwestern provincial capital of Peshawar, media and officials said.

Ready for any discussion on chopper deal: PM

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The government was "ready for any discussion" on the VVIP chopper deal in parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Monday.

Kremlin to have helicopter landing pad

Tel Aviv, Feb 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The head of Russian presidential property management department has confirmed that the Kremlin will be soon equipped with a helicopter landing pad to help top officials avoid Moscow's heavy traffic jams.

Pakistani daily worried over aid workers' restrictions

Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Testrictions on aid workers in the country's northwest must be "softened and rationalised" after new guidelines were issued following the tracking down of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden through a vaccination campaign, a leading Pakistani daily said Monday.

Bahrain busts terrorist cell

Manama, Feb 18 (IANS/WAM) Bahraini security forces, in cooperation with a neighbouring country, has managed to bust a terrorist cell and arrest its eight members.

25 killed, 125 injured in Iraq violence

Baghdad, Feb 18 (IANS) Up to 21 people were killed and 125 wounded in a series of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad Sunday, while four others were killed during a gunfire attack in Mosul city.

Militants may have infiltrated in Poonch: Army

Jammu, Feb 17 (IANS) A group of half a dozen militants may have succeeded in infiltrating into India in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, army sources said Sunday, adding searches were on.

Cameron may push for Eurofighter Typhoon in India visit

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Britain is still likely to push for the Eurofighter Typhoon during Prime Minister David Cameron's India visit, less than a week after French President Francois Hollande left New Delhi without any announcement over the fate of the $10 billion contract for Rafale fighter jets.

Abu Dhabi defence fair starts on big note

Abu Dhabi, Feb 17 (IANS) The biennial International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) startED here Sunday, WITH a special focus on naval defenCe and unmanned aerial systems.

Afghan forces seize drugs

Kabul, Feb 17 (IANS) Afghan police have seized nearly 1,250 kg of drugs in the country's southern province of Helmand, in the latest raid against narcotics and drug trafficking in the country, police said Sunday.

CBI team to leave for Italy Monday

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) A CBI team is expected will leave for Italy Monday to probe the allegations of kickbacks in the $750 mn/Rs.3,600 crore deal for the 12 AgustaWestland 101 choppers, officials said.

Chinese navy to join exercise in Pakistan

Beijing, Feb 17 (Xinhua) The 14th Chinese naval squad heading for Somali waters will take part in a multi-national exercise in Pakistan in March, military sources said Sunday.

Death toll in Pakistan's suicide attack is 84

Islamabad, Feb 17 (IANS) The death toll rose to 84 in the devastating suicide bombing that hit a busy market in the Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, officials said Sunday.

15 killed in Baghdad bombings

Baghdad, Feb 17 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed and some 80 others wounded in a series of car bomb explosions in eastern Baghdad Sunday, Xinhus reported.


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