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Ayodhya tense as thousands of Hindus gather near demolished Babri Masjid site

AYODHYA: Over 200,000 people are expected near the site where a Hindu mob in 1992 pulled down a 16th-century mosque, Babri Masjid, sparking deadly religious riots that killed some 2,000 people in one of India’s worst communal violence since the partition in 1947. More than 900 extra police and a large number of paramilitary, including elite commandos, have been stationed at Ayodhya, said Vivek Tripathi, spokesman for the Uttar Pradesh police. “We’re monitoring the entire town by CCTV and drone cameras,” Tripathi said.…

US warship sails near disputed South China Sea islands: US official

WASHINGTON: A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, a US official told Reuters, potentially angering Beijing at a time of tense relations between the two countries. Beijing and Washington are locked in a trade war that has seen them impose increasingly severe rounds of tariffs on each other’s imports. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the destroyer Decatur traveled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands. The…

Murad urges center to delink disputed claims of different entities from gas supply to KE

KARACHI: In a reply to the letter of Federal Energy Minister Awais Leghari, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday said the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB) has a claim of about Rs18 billion against various federal government entities operating in Karachi, which should be delinked from the additional gas supply to the K-Electric (KE). The CM expressed remorse over non-payment of dues by the federal government entities despite several notices. The Sindh chief minister, referring to Awais…

Disputed Afghan election to be recounted in full

UNITED NATIONS: U.S. State Secretary John Kerry convinced Afghanistan's feuding presidential candidates on Saturday to agree to a total recount of last month's presidential election, which has threatened to split the country along ethnic lines.