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United Nations: Russia said on Wednesday it opposes a new U.N. Security Council resolution on the humanitarian plight in Syria, an announcement that is likely to torpedo a Western and Arab-backed draft that would pressure the government and opposition to allow desperately needed aid into the country.

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New Delhi: Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei allegedly hacked state-owned BSNL's network and the government is investigating the matter, Parliament was informed Wednesday.

"An incident about alleged hacking of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited network by Huawei, a Chinese telecom company, has come to notice."

"The government has constituted an interministerial team to investigate the matter," Minister of State for Communications and IT Killi Kruparani informed the Lok Sabha.

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Geneva: The United Nations has demanded that the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented and scathing report, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The UN watchdog for children's rights said the Holy See should also hand over its archives on sexual abuse of tens of thousands of children so that culprits, as well as "those who concealed their crimes", could be held accountable.

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday invited India to engage with Pakistan in "a result-oriented dialogue process" over the Kashmir dispute.

This was necessary for lasting peace in South Asia, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted him as saying.

In his message on Kashmir Solidarity Day, Sharif said Pakistan was committed to resolving all outstanding disputes with India including the one over Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue.

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Cairo: A court resumed Wednesday the trial of Egypt's ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, along with 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members over charges of inciting attacks against protestors in December 2012.

Morsi and the 14 other defendants are accused of inciting violence outside the presidential palace and ordering the killing of opponents who protested a controversial constitutional declaration decreed by Morsi in November 2012 expanding his power, Xinhua reported citing state television.

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Baghdad: Up to 25 people were killed and 37 wounded in three bomb attacks in Iraq's capital Baghdad Wednesday morning, security sources said.

"According to police and hospitals' reports, the latest toll from the two attacks near the foreign ministry and the restaurant rose to 20 killed and 28 wounded," Saad Maan, spokesman of Baghdad Operations Command, said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.

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Bangkok: The Election Commission of Thailand Wednesday announced that voter turnout nationwide in the Feb 2 general elections was 46.79 percent, excluding the nine provinces where voting was cancelled.

The election commission said as many as 20.1 million out of 43.024 million eligible voters exercised their voting right in 68 provinces where voting was not disrupted by protestors, with 71.38 percent of those ballots valid, 12.05 percent invalid and 16.57 percent "no-vote".

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Washington: The United States has lost critical foreign intelligence collection sources as a result of the unauthorised leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden, a top American intelligence official has said.

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Berlin: US intelligence spied on former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder from 2002, NDR television has reported, adding fuel to the flames of a row over spying on incumbent Angela Merkel.

Schroeder, the Social Democrat chancellor who served from 1998 to 2005, appears on a list of names of people and institutions put under surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) from 2002, at the start of his second mandate as German head of state.

At the time Germany was opposing intervention in Iraq.

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London: British Foreign Secretary William Hague Tuesday confirmed that Britain advised the then Indian government ahead of Operation Blue Star at the Golden Temple in June 1984 but said its role was limited only to that and there was no operational involvement.

Making a statement in the British parliament, Hague cited the report filed by the British cabinet secretary following instructions from Prime Minister David Cameron to investigate the matter.

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