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Indian security personnel stand at the site of a gunfight in Dinanagar town, India

India says Punjab attackers came from Pakistan, but talks on for now

By Nigam Prusty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Gunmen who stormed a police station and killed seven people in India's Punjab came fro…

  • Pakistan to bat first in 1st T20 against Sri Lanka 13 minutes ago

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has won the toss and elected to bat first in the first of the two Twenty20 matches at R. Premadasa Stadium on Thursday. More »

  • India executes Mumbai bombings accomplice despite clemency appeals 56 minutes ago

    Yakub Memon, a former accountant convicted of a support role in the 1993 terrorist attack in Mumbai, was executed in India early Thursday despite a flurry of last minute clemency hearings. India deployed 35,000 police on the streets of Mumbai to avoid violence and street protests. Mr. Memon was convicted in 2007 for his role in the Mumbai bombings, which left 257 people dead, though part of the controversy surrounding his case is that he played a smaller role in the blasts as a fundraiser while those chiefly responsible remain at large. More »

  • Afghan Taliban names a new leader, but peace talks delayed
    Afghan Taliban names a new leader, but peace talks delayed 58 minutes ago

    By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban have chosen supreme leader Mullah Omar's deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that scheduled peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government would be postponed. Pakistan cited a statement in Kabul on Wednesday about Omar's death as the reason for the delay in negotiations, amid fears that it could trigger a potentially bloody succession battle. Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was appointed leader at a meeting of the Taliban's top representatives, many of whom are based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, according to the sources who were present at the shura, or gathering. More »

  • Africa to Obama: Mind your own business
    Africa to Obama: Mind your own business 1 hour 26 minutes ago

    Like all imperial powers before it, the US seeks to dominate the world in order to exploit it. More »

  • Afghan Taliban appoint Mansour as leader - Taliban sources 2 hours 26 minutes ago

    The Afghan Taliban have appointed Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as leader of the insurgency, two Afghan commanders present at a meeting of the militant movement's most senior figures said on Thursday, following reports that Mullah Omar is dead. "The shura held outside Quetta unanimously elected Mullah Mansour as the new emir of the Taliban," said one commander who attended the Wednesday night meeting. "The shura will release a statement shortly." The Afghan government announced on Wednesday that Omar died more than two years ago. More »

  • Violence erupts as head of Pakistan sectarian group buried
    Violence erupts as head of Pakistan sectarian group buried 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    Angry protests flared into violence at the funeral for the head of a Pakistani sectarian militant group, officials said Thursday, as at least two people were killed in an apparent reprisal attack on a police checkpost. More »

  • Afghan peace talks postponed amid reports of Mullah Omar's death - Paki … 2 hours 38 minutes ago

    A second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban militants due to be held in Pakistan have been postponed amid reports of the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death, the Pakistani foreign office said Thursday. "In view of the reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar and the resulting uncertainty, and at the request of the Afghan Taliban leadership, the second round of Afghan peace talks, which was scheduled to be held in Pakistan on 31 July 2015, is being postponed," the statement said. More »

  • Afghan Taliban silent on Mullah Omar, disavow peace talks
    Afghan Taliban silent on Mullah Omar, disavow peace talks 3 hours ago

    The Taliban on Thursday distanced itself from peace talks that had been expected this week with the Afghan government, while making no comment on Kabul's reported death of their leader Mullah Omar. More »

  • The good and bad Taliban
    The good and bad Taliban 3 hours ago

    After the deaths of Mullah Omar and Malik Ishaq, new questions arise about the Taliban talks. More »

  • India hangs 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts plotter Yakub Memon
    India hangs 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts plotter Yakub Memon 3 hours ago

    India executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon on Thursday for conspiring in the nation's deadliest attack, a series of blasts that killed hundreds in Mumbai more than two decades ago. More »

  • Pakistan says second round of Afghan-Taliban talks postponed
    Pakistan says second round of Afghan-Taliban talks postponed 3 hours ago

    A second round of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban has been postponed, Pakistan's foreign office said Thursday, following the reported death of the insurgents' leader Mullah Omar. More »

  • MH370: Conspiracy Theories (Both Plausible And Ridiculous) Of How Malaysia Airlines …
    MH370: Conspiracy Theories (Both Plausible And Ridiculous) Of How Malaysia Airlines … 3 hours ago

    We may still be some way from knowing what exactly happened to the Malaysia Airlines flight when it disappeared from radar More »

  • Afghan official: Drone strike kills 20 members of IS group 3 hours ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today 4 hours ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More »

  • India Executes Organiser Of Mumbai Bombings
    India Executes Organiser Of Mumbai Bombings 4 hours ago

    A man accused of organising a series of bomb attacks in India which left 257 people dead has been hanged. Yakub Memon was put to death after his latest appeal for clemency was rejected by India's Supreme Court. Memon was accused of being the "driving spirit" behind the dozen or so blasts that ripped through India's financial capital Mumbai on 13 March 1993. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Youngest refugees bear brunt of Syrian war woes
    AP PHOTOS: Youngest refugees bear brunt of Syrian war woes 5 hours ago

    MAFRAQ, Jordan (AP) — Gathered on the desert floor, the Askar family chants prayers for their 1-year-old daughter Jawahir, who died of malnutrition and is buried beneath the sands of their informal refugee camp far from their Syrian hometown. More »

  • Pakistan buries Islamic militant leader killed in attack
    Pakistan buries Islamic militant leader killed in attack 5 hours ago

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of followers and relatives of Pakistan's most feared Islamic militant leader attended his burial on Thursday, a day after he was gunned down in an assault on a police convoy. More »

  • India hangs Mumbai blasts convict 22 years after attack 8 hours ago

    By Zeba Siddiqui and Aditya Kalra MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country's deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for a stay of execution. Memon was convicted as the "driving spirit" behind the serial blasts in India's financial capital Mumbai, then known as Bombay. The execution drew wide public support but has stirred controversy about whether the punishment adequately reflected the help Memon gave authorities in solving the crime. More »

  • Pakistan to tour Zimbabwe for limited-overs series 8 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan will tour Zimbabwe in late September for two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals. More »

  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT 11 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety investigators — one of them a Boeing investigator —have identified the component as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a 777 wing, the U.S. official said. More »

  • India execution brings out mixed feelings on punishment
    India execution brings out mixed feelings on punishment 12 hours ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Few countries sentence more people to death than India. Whether those punishments are actually carried out is another matter. Though well over a thousand people have been sent to death row this century, just four have been executed. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday
    10 Things to Know for Thursday 13 hours ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: More »

  • Black men 'twice the risk of prostate cancer diagnosis than white men&# …
    Black men 'twice the risk of prostate cancer diagnosis than white men&# … 14 hours ago

    Black men have twice the risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer than white men, researchers have said. More »

  • Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks
    Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks 15 hours ago

    By Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ago. The announcement came a day or so before a second round of peace talks had been tentatively scheduled, and news of the fate of the one-eyed Omar could deepen Taliban divisions over whether to pursue negotiations with Kabul and who should replace him. Omar had not been seen in public since fleeing when the Taliban was toppled from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, and there has been speculation for years among militant circles that he was either incapacitated or had died. More »

  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar, reclusive in life and death
    Taliban leader Mullah Omar, reclusive in life and death 15 hours ago

    Mullah Mohammad Omar, the secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally who led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces, eluded capture for more than a decade in spite of being one of the most-hunted fugitives on Earth. More »

  • Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago
    Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago 16 hours ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital — an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country's fragile peace process. More »

  • El Dorado or pipe dream? Calais migrants hope for new life in UK
    El Dorado or pipe dream? Calais migrants hope for new life in UK 16 hours ago

    Thousands of migrants are trying to cross the Channel from France in search of a better life in Britain -- but what makes them risk their lives travelling from one wealthy European country to another? More »

  • Spain PM backs controversial ex-mayor to stand in Catalan polls
    Spain PM backs controversial ex-mayor to stand in Catalan polls 17 hours ago

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday backed a former mayor whose comments have been called xenophobic as his party's top candidate for regional elections in independence-minded Catalonia. More »

  • UN: Expect 11.2 billion population by the end of the century 18 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century. More »

  • Taliban leader, who Afghanistan says is dead, a pious enigma
    Taliban leader, who Afghanistan says is dead, a pious enigma 20 hours ago

    One of the most wanted men in the world for over a decade, Mullah Omar was also one of the most elusive. There are no clear photographs in existence of the tall, one-eyed leader of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, and only a handful of foreigners have seen him. The Afghan government said on Wednesday it had enough "credible information" to confirm that Omar had died in April, 2013, in neighbouring Pakistan. More »

  • Mullah Omar 'Died Two Years Ago', Officials Say
    Mullah Omar 'Died Two Years Ago', Officials Say 20 hours ago

    Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in a Karachi hospital in 2013, Afghan security officials have insisted, despite the group's spokesman telling Sky News he is "alive and leading the movement". The one-eyed head of the hardline Islamist movement has not been seen in public since 2001, and rumours that he was dead were reported in Pakistan and Afghanistan this week. The White House has called the reports "credible". More »

  • Why Pakistan is changing its official language from English to Urdu 20 hours ago

    The switch in Pakistan’s official language from English to Urdu, a popular language in the Indian subcontinent, has legal and cultural roots. The Pakistani Constitution, passed in 1973, includes a clause that specified the government must make Urdu the national language by 1988. Recommended: How much do you know about Pakistan? More »

  • White House says Mullah Omar death reports are credible 20 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the U.S. has concluded that reports of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar's death are credible. More »

  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, Afghanistan says
    Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, Afghanistan says 20 hours ago

    Taliban supremo Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, Afghanistan said on Wednesday, after unnamed government and militant sources reported the demise of the reclusive warrior-cleric. More »

  • Is Mullah Omar Really Dead This Time?
    Is Mullah Omar Really Dead This Time? 21 hours ago

    Mullah Muhammad Omar’s survival record would be the envy of any alley cat. Now it’s possible that Omar’s luck has run out: New reports say the top Taliban leader is dead. There’s been no official confirmation from either the Afghan government or the Taliban, but for what is apparently the first time, there are multiple high-level sources within both groups confirming that Omar is dead to The Wall Street Journal and BBC. More »