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Kabul urges Islamabad to free Taleban prisoners

KABUL: Pakistan could secure peace in Afghanistan by releasing dozens of senior Taleban prisoners to help kick-start the process, the Afghan foreign ministry said yesterday, in remarks that underscore the…

10 dead in latest Mumbai building collapse

MUMBAI: An apartment block collapsed in Mumbai's outskirts yesterday, killing at least 10 people in the latest deadly incident to fuel concerns about the quality of construction in the booming…

India sets up complex system to tap phone calls, e-mails

NEW DELHI: India has launched a wide-ranging surveillance programme that will give its security agencies and even income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls…

Kids suffer as Pakistan battles measles epidemic

LAHORE: In the intensive-care ward of Lahore’s Mayo hospital, pale, spotty children cry in the intense heat of the Pakistani summer-victims of a devastating measles outbreak. Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous…

India’s rupee hits new low against dollar

MUMBAI: India’s rupee hit a new record low against the dollar yesterday, on concerns the US Federal Reserve would scale back its stimulus programme that has pumped billions of dollars…

1,000 feared dead in Indian monsoon as army mobilizes

  DEHRADUN: India's military battled yesterday to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may…

Mumbai fights for ailing elephant’s life

MUMBAI: An overworked and overweight Indian elephant called Bijlee is fighting for her life in Mumbai after collapsing in the street, sparking anguish among animal activists and Bollywood stars. Bijlee,…

Afghan forces take over security from NATO

KABUL: Afghan forces took control of security across the country yesterday, marking a major milestone as US-led combat troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years of fighting the Taleban. Speaking…

At least 60 feared dead as monsoon lashes north India

  RISHIKESH: Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit…

Early monsoon strikes India, 26 people dead – More than 50 missing in floods

NEW DELHI: Heavy rains lashed parts of north India yesterday, resulting in the deaths of at least 26 people, as the annual monsoon covered the country nearly two weeks ahead…

India cuts Iran oil imports 42%

NEW DELHI: India cut its Iranian oil imports by more than 40 percent in the first five months of the year, replacing the crude with shipments from Venezuela, Iraq and…

Weeping families identify Pakistan victims

QUETTA: Weeping relatives gathered yesterday to identify the charred remains of loved ones killed in a double attack in Pakistan’s troubled southwest claimed by a banned Sunni militant group. At…