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Beijing: Pakistan Thursday promised to step up crackdown on separatist Islamic militant group ‘East Turkistan’ force following multiple explosions in China’s troubled Xinjiang province that left at least 31 people dead.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Shanghai today and vowed to make joint efforts with China to combat the terrorists, saying the “East Turkistan terrorism forces” are a common enemy of the two countries, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

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Bangkok: Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the government on Thursday, saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law.

Prayuth made the announcement in a television broadcast after he held a meeting with all rival factions aimed at finding a solution to six months of anti-government protests.

He said the takeover would not affect international relations.

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Beijing: Several people were killed and injured Thursday in over a dozen explosions in an open-air market in Urumqi, capital of China's restive Xinjiang province which is home to mostly Muslim Uighurs.

Witnesses said two cross-country vehicles driving from north to south ploughed into people in the market at 7:50 a.M and explosives were thrown out of the cars, one of which exploded, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

It said unknown number of people were killed and injured.

Injured were rushed to different hospitals, police said.

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Cairo: An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak to three years in jail for embezzlement of public funds designated for presidential palace maintenance, media reported.

The Cairo Criminal Court, presided by Judge Ousama Shaheen, also sentenced Mubarak's sons Alaa and Gamal to four-year jail terms in the same case, Xinhua reported citing state-run Nile TV.

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Islamabad: Over 80 guerrillas were killed in an overnight air strike launched by the Pakistani army in the country's North Waziristan tribal area, media reports Wednesday said.

The air strike operation covered several areas in including Mir Ali and Boya, Xinhua reported.

Many important guerrilla leaders were killed in the operation.

 

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Lagos: As many as 118 people were killed in the twin blasts that hit a market in the central city of Jos, security agencies said.

"The death toll stands at 118. This is the number of victims recovered from the scene of the explosions, but we are still searching through the smoldering debris for more bodies," Nigerian Tribune quoted Mohammed Abdulsalam, coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency in the city, as saying.

The blast occurred Tuesday afternoon.

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Washington: Declaring that the US was "deeply invested" in its strategic relationship with India, Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday said that Washington was ready to work closely with India's Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.

"The friendship between the world's oldest democracy and the world's largest democracy is absolutely vital," he said in a statement congratulating the Bharatiya Janata Party and Modi, whom it had shunned for over a decade.

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Beijing: China summoned US Ambassador Max Baucus over the American indictment of five Chinese military personnel allegedly for cyber espionage.

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned Baucus Monday night and lodged a protest against the indictment, Xinhua reported citing the foreign ministry statement Tuesday.

The five Chinese military personnel were allegedly involved in cyber-espionage and hacking into American companies' computer networks to steal trade secrets.

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Islamabad: A Taliban group claimed responsibility Tuesday for kidnapping a Chinese tourist in Pakistan while he was travelling from Lahore to Balochistan, media reported.

Hong Xu Dong was kidnapped Monday from Darban area of Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dawn online reported.

Abdullah Bahar, leader of the Taliban group, said they have kidnapped the Chinese tourist from Darban and he is in their custody and has been shifted to a safe area.

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This combination of images released by the FBI on May 19, 2014 shows five Chinese hacking suspects.

Washington: The United States on Monday charged five Chinese military officers and accused them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets, ratcheting up tensions between the two world powers over cyber espionage.

China immediately denied the charges, saying in a strongly worded Foreign Ministry statement the U.S. grand jury indictment was "made up" and would damage trust between the two nations.

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