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Pakistan considers India an existential threat: US

The United States wants its relations with Pakistan to remain positive, but their interests sometimes differed as Pakistan considered India as an existential threat, according to Washington’s intelligence chief. Testifying before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the US relationship with Pakistan was a “challenging relationship but an important one,” as the interests ...

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Reaching out to Bihar’s poorest, via radio

Come July, special radio programmes will be aired in Bihar for Mahadalits, the poorest of the poor in the state, to educate them about the importance of literacy, sanitation and kicking bad habits like consuming alcohol and tobacco. “The government has decided to launch special radio programmes from July to educate and create awareness among Mahadalits,” Ravi Parmar, principal secretary ...

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25 Chinese nationals held in Egypt

As many as 25 Chinese nationals working for a cement factory in Egypt have been taken captive by some local people in Egypt’s Sinai town of Arish, said the Chinese embassy officials in Cairo. The Chinese nationals — 24 workers and a translator — were riding a bus to their plant, when they were stopped at around 11.40 a.m. Tuesday ...

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Nuclear safety tests in Japan appropriate: IAEA

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) group has found the safety tests it had overseen at Japan’s idled nuclear reactors to be in line with international standards. The head of a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) submitted a report to Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) Tuesday in this regard. The preliminary report by James Lyons, ...

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Russia may repeat mission to Mars moon

 Russia will send another sample mission to the Martian moon Phobos if the European Space Agency (ESA) decides not to include Russia in its ExoMars programme. Phobos-Grunt, Russia’s most ambitious planetary mission in decades, was launched Nov 9, however, it was lost due to propulsion failure and fell back to Earth Jan 15. “We are holding consultations with the ESA ...

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Radcliffe comfortable with nudity

 ”Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe, set to go naked for his new film “Kill Your Darlings”, says he is comfortable with nudity. The actor first stripped off for psychological drama “Equus” on the West End stage. “I’m comfortable with my body,” Radcliffe said. However, the actor also admits he will never be able to compete with “Harry Potter” co-star Rupert ...

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Iran launches Spanish language TV channel

 Iran officially launched a Spanish-language international satellite channel Tuesday. Hispan TV, which first started to air programmes Dec 21, 2011 for 16 hours a day, was officially launched Tuesday. Addressing the inauguration ceremony via video link, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that all nations needed peace, security, freedom, progress and welfare. It was necessary to enhance cooperation, communication and collective ...

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