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Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: Afghanistan

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: Afghanistan
Kabul - 

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.

Sri Lanka ties with Google for Internet beamed from balloons

Sri Lanka ties with Google for Internet beamed from balloons
Colombo - 

Sri Lanka teamed up on Tuesday with Google to bring high-speed Internet access to the island using balloons, aiming to become the first country in the region with complete coverage. 

At least 10 dead in assault on India police post

At least 10 dead in assault on India police post
Gurdaspur - 

Ten people including three civilians were killed on Monday when gunmen wearing army uniforms stormed a police station in northern India near the border with Pakistan, sparking a shootout lasting almost 11 hours.

Former Indian president A P J Kalam dies aged 83

Former Indian president A P J Kalam dies aged 83
New Delhi - 

India's former president and top scientist A P J Kalam, who played a lead role in the country's nuclear weapons tests, died on Monday, a hospital official said. He was 83.

Fury after Bollywood star says death row bomber innocent

Fury after Bollywood star says death row bomber innocent
New Delhi - 

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan urged India's top court on Sunday to spare the life of a convicted bomb plotter due to be hanged this week, declaring him innocent and sparking a political furore.

Britain may vote on EU membership in 2016: Report

Britain may vote on EU membership in 2016: Report

London - 

British Prime Minister David Cameron intends to hold a referendum on the country's membership of the European Union (EU) around June of 2016, the Independent on Sunday reported.

'The Independent on Sunday has learned that Mr Cameron has decided to pencil in June of next year', the newspaper reported, citing an anonymous source.

A spokeswoman for Cameron's Downing Street office declined to comment on the report, which said the Prime Minister would announce the timing of the referendum during the annual conference of his Conservative party in October.

A comment from the Conservative party was not immediately available.

Cameron has promised to re-negotiate the terms of Britain's membership of the 28-member block before holding a referendum by the end of 2017.

The report comes just days after US President Barack Obama urged Britain to stay in the European Union, cautioning during a BBC interview that remaining in the bloc was necessary to help preserve the nation's global influence.

It also came as Finance Minister George Osborne began a trip to Paris to seek support for reforms to the European Union.

The Conservative government has said it will campaign in favour of remaining in the EU, but is pushing for changes on the ability of EU citizens to claim welfare in Britain, increased powers for London and the ability to opt out of closer political integration.

"The referendum here in Britain is an opportunity to make the case for reform across the EU," Osborne is to say, according to pre-released excerpts of his speech.

"I want to see a new settlement for Europe: one that makes it a more competitive and dynamic continent to ensure it delivers prosperity and security for all of the people within it, not just for those in Britain."

Recent turmoil in Greece that raised the possibility of the country exiting the eurozone influenced the decision to hold an earlier vote, which would stop Britain's referendum becoming a political issue in French and German elections in 2017, the Independent on Sunday reported.

Legislation paving the way for the referendum passed its first hurdle in parliament last month but still needs to be approved by the House of Lords.

Australian with alleged IS links charged with supporting terrorism

Australian with alleged IS links charged with supporting terrorism

Sydney - 

An Australian nurse was charged on Sunday with terrorism offences for allegedly supporting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, after he voluntarily returned home from the war-torn country.

Obama says 'Africa on the move' in landmark Kenya visit

Obama says 'Africa on the move' in landmark Kenya visit

Nairobi - 

US President Barack Obama declared on Saturday that 'Africa is on the move', praising the spirit of entrepreneurship at a business summit on landmark visit to Kenya.

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