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Islamabad/New Delhi: Pakistan must admit its mistakes for allowing Pakistani terrorists to sail to Mumbai and carry out the horrific massacre in Mumbai in 2008, almost bringing Islamabad and Delhi to war, a former senior Pakistani official has said.


Beijing: An umbrella company in China's eastern Jiangxi province has set a new Guinness World Record by creating the world's largest umbrella.

The umbrella -- 23 metres in diameter and 14.4 metres in height -- was certificated by Chinese representatives of Guinness World Records on Monday in Xingzi county, Xinhua reported citing the county's publicity department.

The umbrella weighing 5.7 tonnes covers an area of 418 square metres, it said.


London: Former British prime minister Edward Heath was named in an alleged claim of historical child sexual abuse made in the 1990s, Britain's police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said on Monday.

The IPCC said that it will investigate allegations concerning the handling of the claim by local police in Wiltshire, where Heath had lived for many years before he died in 2005 at the age of 89.


Tokyo: Tokyo is seeking an explanation from Washington on the alleged US spying on the Japanese government and companies, the media reported on Monday.

"We are strongly asking US director of national intelligence to check the facts," chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said over the US national security agency's alleged interception.

"If the alleged spying were true, Japan would find it extremely regrettable," Xinhua news agency cited Japan's Kyodo News Agency as saying.


Cairo: An Egyptian court sentenced 300 loyalists of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for three to 10 years in prison over violence charges.

A criminal court on Saturday sentenced 31 people to 10 years and 269 to three years after being convicted of committing acts of violence, possessing weapons and belonging to the brotherhood group, Xinhua reported.


Islamabad/Geneva: The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, has formally conferred its associate membership on Pakistan, following completion of required internal ratification process by it, a media report said on Saturday.

The associate membership will open a new era of cooperation that will strengthen the long-term partnership between CERN and the Pakistani scientific community, Dawn reported, quoting a press statement issued by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).


Paris: Wreckage believed to be a part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, arrived here on Saturday.

The piece of wreckage - known as a flaperon, part of an aircraft's wing that helps control its speed and banking angle - arrived at Paris’ Orly airport at 6.17 am local time on Saturday on an Air France flight from the island of Reunion where it was discovered by a beach cleaner on Wednesday.


Kabul: The Afghan Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of their leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, but did not say when and where he died.


Kabul: Reclusive, one-eyed Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, an Afghan official said. The Taliban promptly denied it.

An Afghan official on the condition of anonymity confirmed to Xinhua on Wednesday about Mullah Omar's death. However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the report as baseless, saying Mullah is "alive".

He died two to three years ago, BBC quoted Afghan government and intelligence sources as saying.

There have been several reports of Mullah Omar's death in the past.


Washington: The land under the Chesapeake Bay - the largest estuary in the US - is sinking rapidly and Washington DC could drop by six or more inches in the next century, adding to the problems of sea-level rise, researchers from University of Vermont have warned.

The first-ever detailed estimate from geological drilling in the coastal plain of Maryland shows that the US capital faces half-foot drop by 2100.