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Law confirms Musharraf as Army Chief
ISLAMABAD, NOV. 30. The Bill adopted by the Pakistani Parliament to enable the President, Pervez Musharraf, continue as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) became law today with the Acting President and Senate Chairman, Mohammedmian Soomro, appending his ...

No-trust motion against Ukraine Premier fails
MOSCOW, NOV. 30.Ukraine's Parliament today refused to vote no-confidence in the Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovich, whose victory in the November 21 run-off vote has been disputed by the Opposition contender, Viktor Yushchenko. The motion, ...

Japan presses Council seat claim
SINGAPORE, NOV. 30. Japan today pressed for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council, two days before the U.N. High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change is to submit its recommendations to the Secretary-General, Kofi ...

Guantanamo methods amount to `torture'
WASHINGTON, NOV. 30. The International Committee of the Red Cross has charged that the U.S. military has used psychological and sometimes physical coercion "tantamount to torture" on detenus at the Guantanamo Bay facility. The Red Cross has ...

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Ivanov for defence secrecy pact
MOSCOW, NOV. 30.The absence of a defence secrecy pact between India and Russia may hamper further defence cooperation, the Russian military chief said here today. "We will find it difficult to move forward in high-end defence technologies ...

Pakistan wants India to remove tariff barriers
ISLAMABAD, NOV. 30. Pakistan has said that it would grant the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India if New Delhi took steps to ensure a "level-playing field" by removing tariff and non-tariff barriers imposed on the export of made-ups from ...

Consolidating post-1988 gains in Sino-Indian ties
VIENTIANE, NOV. 30. Sixty-two-year-old Wen Jiabao is part of a new generation of leaders — headed by Hu Jintao — that has, in a smooth process of transition, taken charge of the affairs of both party and state. A member of the ...

Prophets of doom proved wrong: Sonia
PORT LOUIS (MAURITIUS), NOV. 30. Inaugurating the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre here today, the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, today said India had proved all ``prophets of doom wrong'' and at present ``stands tall'' among the fastest-growing ...



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