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US airstrike kills key Taliban leader in Afghanistan

KABUL: A senior Taliban military commander has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday. Abdul Manan, who was the Taliban's 'shadow governor' in the southern Helmand province, died of wounds sustained during an airstrike late on Saturday said Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the official governor of the province. Manan's death was also confirmed by the Taliban who in a statement described it as a "big loss" for the group but vowed that it will not affect their military operations. Helmand --…

Key BLA activist surrenders to security forces

RAWALPINDI: A key activist of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) Abdul Rasool alias Ustad along his group has surrendered to security forces. According to military media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Abdul Rasool was involved in terrorist activities in Pasni, Kulanch, Dasht and Mand areas of Balochistan. The surrender took place as a result of writ of state established through effective intelligence and successful security operations, said the ISPR. Read More: Machine guns, explosives, satellite…

De Villiers’ wicket was key, says Imad

BIRMINGHAM: Young and motivated Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim showed delight at getting the key wicket of world's best ODI batsman AB de Villiers to help his team destroy world number one South Africa in a crucial Group B match in Edgbaston on Wednesday. De Villiers hit a slightly wide ball from Imad staright to Mohammad Hafeez at point for a golden duck -- his first in 212 One-Day Internationals innings. This was De Villiers -- regarded as the most destructive batsman in limited overs cricket -- first duck since 2013…

China’s Xi to consolidate power at key meeting: analysts

BEIJING: The leaders of the world's most powerful political party gather in Beijing on Monday for a conclave that could change the course of Chinese history. In meetings at the exclusive Jinxi Hotel, safe from the public's prying eyes, nearly 400 top members of the Chinese Communist Party will confer for four days, discussing changes to how the giant party will be managed. The meeting, according to the official Xinhua News service, will focus on the issue of "party discipline". The dry rhetoric hides what may be a…