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Washington: Freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers, major technology firms released new data Monday on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information for secret national security investigations figures that show that the government collected data on thousands of Americans.

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Washington: The Barack Obama Administration has ramped up the pressure on the outgoing Hamid Karzai government to sign the bilateral security agreement in "a matter of weeks" even as the campaign for the presidential elections kicked off in Afghanistan.

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Kiev: Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych who was hospitalized as tensions escalated between his government and the opposition is expected to return to work on Monday.

The presidency confirmed his release from hospital on Sunday, four days after he was admitted with acute respiratory problems.

“After concluding the necessary treatment, the president feels well — his physical condition is satisfactory,” Mr. Yanukovych’s office said.

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Bangkok: Three soldiers and a government official were killed in an ambush by suspected insurgents as they tried to set up a polling station in Thailand's violence-plagued deep south, authorities said Sunday.

The four were killed late yesterday after their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb and militants opened fire, according to local police in Pattani - one of the three Muslim-majority provinces bordering Malaysia where the insurgency has raged for a decade.

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Tokyo: Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands Sunday as diplomatic tension between Tokyo and Beijing intensifies.

Three Chinese coastguard vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, at about 0630 IST, Japan's coastguard said.

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Bangkok: Millions of Thailand people are voting in the general elections Sunday amid heavy security and concerns for possible violence and bloodshed due to anti-government protests, BBC reported.

Anti-government protesters said they would disrupt voting process and continued their campaign against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Yingluck voted soon after polls opened Sunday near her Bangkok home.

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Aden: A total of 12 Indian sailors have been missing since their cargo ship sank off the coast of Yemen's Hadramout province, authorities said Saturday.

The cargo ship, registered in Hadramout, sank off the coastal City of Shehr, leaving 12 Indian sailors missing, Xinhua quoted Yemen's centre of security media as stating on its website.

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Rome/New Delhi: Ahead of hearing of the case in India’s apex court, Italy has blasted India’s handling of the case of the two Italian marines as "contradictory and disconcerting”.

Italy has also said that it will work among its international partners to raise awareness of the plight of the marines who are facing trial in India for the alleged killing of two fishermen.

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New York: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade does not enjoy immunity from criminal prosecution on charges of visa fraud and making false statements, the US State Department has said in papers submitted before a court here.

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Matiur Rahamn Nizami was sentenced to death in a 10-truck arms haul case.

Dhaka: Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party Friday gave a call to observe a nationwide strike Monday in protest against the death sentence awarded to its chief Matiur Rahamn Nizami in a 10-truck arms haul case.

Shafiqur Rahman, the party's acting secretary general, made the announcement about the dawn-to-dusk strike in a statement Friday night, Xinhua reported.

He described the court verdict as "a conspiracy to kill his party chief" by levelling "fabricated" charges against Nizami.

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