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Pakistan to end death penalty moratorium in terror cases: PM's office

Pakistan to end death penalty moratorium in terror cases: PM's office
Islamabad - 

Pakistan is to end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases, the prime minister's office announced Wednesday, a day after Taliban militants killed 141 people in an attack on a school.

Pakistan army chief, Afghan president vow to fight militants

Kabul - 

Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif and Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani vowed Wednesday to fight "terrorism and extremism" together, a day after Taliban militants killed 148 people at a Pakistani school.

Taliban suicide attack on Afghan bank kills 10

Afghan security forces keep watch as smoke rises from the site of an attack by Taliban suicide bombers at a branch of the Kabul Bank in Lashkar Gah, capital city of Helmand province. (AFP)
Kandahar - 

Taliban militants detonated a suicide bomb and stormed a bank in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing five police and five civilians as the country endures a rise in violence as US-led NATO troops pull out.

India clears $700 million defence purchase

New Delhi - 

India's defence ministry cleared Wednesday proposals worth nearly $700 million to buy military equipment but deferred a key multi-billion dollar decision on replacing the country's ageing air transport fleet.

Sea of flowers as Australia mourns siege hostages

Visitors look at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district. (AFP)
Sydney - 

Tearful Sydney office workers and Muslim women laid flowers Tuesday at the scene of a deadly siege, as an outpouring of grief and shock gripped the usually easy-going harbour city.

Participants of a rally of the group 'Pegida' have gathered in Dresden, Germany. (AFP)

15,000 join anti-Islam protest in eastern Germany

Dresden - 

A record 15,000 people marched Monday in eastern Germany against "asylum cheats" and the country's "Islamisation" in the latest show of strength of a growing far-right populist movement.

India's parliament in chaos over forced conversion protests

New Delhi - 

India's parliament was thrown into disarray Tuesday as opposition lawmakers protested at mass conversions to Hinduism, with the uproar threatening to disrupt Prime Minister Narendra Modi's legislative agenda.

Pakistani army personnel make their way to the military operation following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar. (AFP)

Carnage as Taliban storm Pakistan school, kill 141

Peshawar - 

Taliban insurgents stormed an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in Pakistan's bloodiest ever terror attack.