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Musharraf orders crackdown on terrorists in Karachi
Islamabad, July 3
In the aftermath of recurring terrorist attacks in Karachi, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has ordered a crackdown on 30 militant groups in the port city after security agencies presented him a report highlighting the outfits’ activities.

Bush attacks Kerry’s policy on terrorism
Washington, July 3
US President George W. Bush launched a new television attack against Democrat John Kerry yesterday to protect his standing on the one campaign issue where he stills holds political advantage: terrorism.

New prisoner abuse case in Afghanistan
Kabul, July 3
The US military today said it was investigating a new allegation of prisoner abuse, the third to be examined in Afghanistan following revelations of detainee abuse in Iraq.

 

A protester holds a candle during a rally mourning the death of Kim Sun-il
A protester holds a candle during a rally mourning the death of Kim Sun-il, who was killed by militants in Iraq, in Seoul on Saturday. Hundreds of protesters gathered on Saturday demanding the government drop its plan to send more troops to Iraq and withdraw its troops already deployed. — Reuters

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Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh meets Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore,  Lee Hsein Loong Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh (left) meets Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore,  Lee Hsein Loong, in Singapore on Saturday. — PTI

US soldiers charged with manslaughter
Washington, July 3
Three US soldiers have been charged with manslaughter in the death by drowning of an Iraqi civilian who was forced to jump off a bridge into the Tigris river in Baghdad in January, the US Army has said.

Indo- Nepal border security beefed up
Kathmandu, July 3
India has enforced strict security measures along the Indo-Nepal border to check cross-border crime, human trafficking and movement of Maoists rebels into the country, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Shyam Saran has said.


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Anti-terror school in Indonesia
Semarang (Indonesia), July 3
Drilling for terror attacks, elite police rescued mock hostages and forensic experts searched bombed-out sites today as Indonesia opened an international anti-terror school.

A group of people gather to look at a single engine Cessna training plane which made an emergency landing on a main highway in Beirut's southern suburbs A group of people gather to look at a single engine Cessna training plane which made an emergency landing on a main highway in Beirut's southern suburbs on Saturday. Mechanical problems forced the pilot of the plane to land on the highway. No one was hurt.
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Musharraf orders crackdown on terrorists in Karachi

Islamabad, July 3
In the aftermath of recurring terrorist attacks in Karachi, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has ordered a crackdown on 30 militant groups in the port city after security agencies presented him a report highlighting the outfits’ activities.

“A comprehensive report covering all aspects of terrorism in Karachi, prepared by the Interior Ministry in collaboration with the provincial government and law-enforcement agencies, was presented to President Musharraf. He ordered an immediate crackdown against these groups,” a media report said here today.

It analysed violence in Karachi in the past two-and-a-half years and said around 30 terrorist groups operated from the city.

Fifteen of these groups took part in sectarian violence while the rest were Jehadi outfits fighting against Western interests, the Daily Times quoted officials as saying.

It also identified 21 top terrorists who were mostly locals. The “wanted list” included Amjad Farooqi, an activist of banned Jaish-e-Muhammad, currently vigorously pursued by Pakistan and the US security agencies for masterminding the recent assassination attempts on the President.

The other wanted militants included Asif Chotoo, Naveedul Hassan, Raza Imran and Saud Memon.

The report said the threat of further violence in the city loomed large as the “wanted terrorists” were out on prowl.

The report was recently presented to President Musharraf when he visited the city to review the security arrangements following an attack on the Karachi Corps Commander.

Terrorist incidents in Karachi peaked in 2004. So far 10 cases have been reported, five of them between May 7 and June 10. These include the attack on the corps commander; strikes on a police station and ranger’s picket; two separate attacks on minority Shia mosques which killed 49 persons and the murder of Mufti Shamzai, a top Sunni cleric.

“All these cases, including the attack on the corps commander, have been worked out. This case has unearthed a new terrorist group, Jandallah, with links to tribal areas bordering Afghanistan where Pakistan military is conducting operations against Al-Qaida militants. Eight terrorist incidents in 2004 have been traced to this group,” the report said.

The suicide bombers in both attacks on Shia mosques were identified as the members of Sunni extremist outfit Lashkar Janghvi.

The report said so far 184 terrorists belonging to these groups had been arrested, 79 had so far been convicted, including 51, who were awarded death sentences. Ironically, not a single death sentence has been executed. All are pending appeal beyond the 30 days’ mandatory period, it said highlighting the problems faced by the police in containing the violence. — PTI

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Bush attacks Kerry’s policy on terrorism

Washington, July 3
US President George W. Bush launched a new television attack against Democrat John Kerry yesterday to protect his standing on the one campaign issue where he stills holds political advantage: terrorism.

With polls showing Bush struggling on issues from Iraq to the economy, the Bush-Cheney ‘04 campaign debuted a new TV ad in the battleground state of New Mexico that seeks to shoot down a rival Kerry ad touting the Democrat as author of a strategy against terrorism.

The 30-second Kerry ad depicts the Massachusetts Senator in several incarnations - husband, hunter, hockey player, combat veteran. Then it shows his 1997 book, ‘’The New War: The Web of Crime that Threatens America’s Security,’’ and describes him as ‘’author of a strategy to win the war on terror.’’

But the book’s main focus is international crime and syndicates such as Japan’s yakuza. It makes few references to terrorism and never mentions Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaida network, although the Taliban are mentioned.

‘’The idea was to point out that he was aware of asymmetrical threats that weren’t being discussed at that point,’’ said Kerry campaign spokesman Phil Singer.

But the Bush-Cheney campaign quickly seized the opportunity to try to undermine Kerry’s credibility. — Reuters

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New prisoner abuse case in Afghanistan

Kabul, July 3
The US military today said it was investigating a new allegation of prisoner abuse, the third to be examined in Afghanistan following revelations of detainee abuse in Iraq.

“This week the coalition reviewed a new allegation of detainee abuse occurring within its area of responsibility,” US military spokesman Major Jon Siepmann said. Two allegations of prisoner abuse emerged in Afghanistan following international outcry over the treatment of detainees in Iraq. The allegations are believed to include assault, living conditions and sleep deprivation.

Major Siepmann said he was unable to comment on where or when the latest abuse supposedly took place or any other details regarding the allegation. — AFP

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US soldiers charged with manslaughter

Washington, July 3
Three US soldiers have been charged with manslaughter in the death by drowning of an Iraqi civilian who was forced to jump off a bridge into the Tigris river in Baghdad in January, the US Army has said.

A fourth soldier was charged with assault, as he ordered a second Iraqi to jump off the bridge. The detainee survived.

All four soldiers were also charged with trying to cover up the incident. — PTI

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Indo-Nepal border security beefed up

Kathmandu, July 3
India has enforced strict security measures along the Indo-Nepal border to check cross-border crime, human trafficking and movement of Maoists rebels into the country, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Shyam Saran has said.

”The government has deployed 24 battalions of the Special Security Bureau (SSB) to monitor cross-border movement of people and goods, check human trafficking and smuggling,” Mr Saran said while speaking at a seminar here yesterday.

”There is now a greater cooperation between the security forces of the two countries to control the movement of rebels and illegal arms,” he said.

Mr Saran, Foreign Secretary designate, said the two countries had decided to set up joint border management committees at the district level to deal with broad range of issues, including security and trade. — UNI

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Anti-terror school in Indonesia

Semarang (Indonesia), July 3
Drilling for terror attacks, elite police rescued mock hostages and forensic experts searched bombed-out sites today as Indonesia opened an international anti-terror school.

Australia contributed $ 21.4 million to the Jakarta Law Enforcement Centre, which was proposed after the October 12, 2002, Bali bombings. Australia lost 88 citizens in that blast, which killed more than 200 persons. — AP

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A piglet sleeps on a tiger at Siracha zoo, 80km east of Bangkok, on Friday
A piglet sleeps on a tiger at Siracha zoo, 80km east of Bangkok, on Friday. The zoo is trying to boost visitor numbers by teaching domestic animals such as pigs, and wild animals such as tigers, to live together in harmony from an early age. — Reuters

Poet Rakosi dies at 100
SAN FRANCISCO:
Carl Rakosi, whose prolific pen kept churning out words as he became one of the America’s oldest major poets, has died at 100. Rakosi died at his San Francisco home recently. — AP

Skull of man-like creature found
NAIROBI: Scientists have found evidence of what human-like creatures may have looked like 9,00,000 years ago in present-day Kenya, helping fill a gap in the archaeological records of East Africa, a researcher has said. Scientists from the US, UK and Kenya, found a part of the skull of a short adult with some characteristics of Homo erectus at the prehistoric site of Olorgesalie, 60 km from here, said Mr Richard Potts, the lead researcher, on Friday. — AP

SA magistrate stripped, robbed
DURBAN:
A South African magistrate had a first-hand taste of the high crime rate in the country when he was stripped naked and robbed while on his way home. The police said on Saturday the magistrate, who works in the Limpopo province, was driving home on Friday in his official vehicle when he met with the incident. The police said before the robbers sped off they shot the magistrate in the leg. — PTI

Former Indonesian FM dead
JAKARTA: Subandrio, a former Indonesian Foreign Minister who was jailed for 30 years for his alleged involvement in an abortive coup in 1965, died on Saturday at the age of 90. Family members said Subandrio, who also served as Deputy Prime Minister during the Sukarno presidency, died due to old age. — AFP

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