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    Beginning of the battle, says Al-Sadr aide
    MANAMA, AUG. 24.In a fresh ultimatum, Iraq's interim Defence Minister, Hazim al-Shalan, has warned that guerillas, who have been encircled inside Najaf's Imam Ali shrine, should surrender or face a final assault later today. "We are in the last ...

    Abu Ghraib report blames top civilian, military leaders
    WASHINGTON, AUG. 24.An independent high-level panel has come to the conclusion that leadership failure at the highest levels of the Pentagon is to be blamed for the scandalous abuse of detenus at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The panel's ...

    Stop attacks, say Sudanese rebels
    ABUJA, AUG 24. Sudanese insurgents would not lay down their weapons until the mostly Arab militiamen stop terrorising black African civilians in the western Darfur region, a rebel official said on Tuesday as a second day of peace talks opened in ...

    U.S. pays debt to Vietnam allies
    THAM KRABOK (THAILAND), AUG. 24.Par Cher Yang is struggling to decide which two of his three wives to divorce. One is 56 and has borne him seven children, the second is 50 and has also given birth to seven children. The third, 25, has given birth ...

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    Japan for Security Council seat
    SINGAPORE: The Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, on Tuesday announced his country's intention of seeking the permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council. He told reporters at his office in Tokyo today that his plan, to ...

    'Genghis Khan was a scholar'
    Beijing: Genghis Khan, long perceived as the world's most notorious barbarian, was, in fact, a highly literate scholar of Taoist philosophy, according to a Chinese historian. He claims to have uncovered evidence that the leader of the Mongolian ...

    Plea to resolve Balochistan issue
    ISLAMABAD: The outgoing Pakistan Prime Minister, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, on Tuesday proposed a special committee of the Senate to take up the political dispute in Balochistan and resolve the matter "once for all". Nationalists in the province ...

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    India, U.K. offer help to Bangladesh
    DHAKA, AUG. 24. India and the United Kingdom have offered to help Bangladesh in the investigation of the grenade attacks on an Opposition public meeting here on Saturday. With the death of prominent political leader Ivy Rahman, the toll has gone ...

    Let's not rock the boat, says Pakistan
    ISLAMABAD, AUG. 24. Pakistan today accused the Union Home Ministry of having "cooked-up figures" on cross-border infiltration and counselled the Congress against entertaining any "second thoughts" on the India-Pakistan peace process. The ...

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