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Doha: Two Keralites were among twelve killed in a gas tank explosion at a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital off Doha on Thursday.

The blast tore through the restaurant, which is attached to a mall in Doha and next to a petrol station, according to footage aired on Qatar Television.

"It was a huge explosion," public security chief Major General Saad bin Jassim al-Khleifi told a press conference, adding that the gas tank had caught on fire before it exploded.

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Kiev: Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been put on the international wanted list, acting Prosecutor General Oleh Makhnytsky said Wednesday.

"Yanukovych is declared internationally wanted, we set a special group to enter this case," Xinhua quoted Makhnytsky as saying in a media briefing.

The international search has also been launched to find the former Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko, Makhnytsky told reporters.

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Moscow: Russia looks forward to expand it military presence in the world's key areas, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

"We are going to expand our presence," Xinhua quoted Shoigu as saying.

He elaborated that Russia has currently been negotiating with Singapore, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Seychelles in particular. "Results are nearly at hands," Shoigu said.

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Singapore: Two more Indian nationals in Singapore were on Wednesday jailed for 18 weeks each for their role in the country's worst riot in 40 years in Decemeber last year.

Thangaiya Selvakumar, 25, and Thiagarajan Sribalamurugan, 23, had originally faced rioting charges, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail and caning, The Straits Times reported.

But they were sentenced under amended charge for disobeying dispersal commands, an offence which carries up to two years in jail and or fine.

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Islamabad: The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has rejected the Nawaz Sharif government’s call for an unconditional ceasefire, a media report said.

“If this is what we have to do, we would have done it 10 years ago,” the Dawn Wednesday quoted TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid as saying Tuesday.

“It is the government which has waged a war against us and it is for the government to end it now. Let the government hold fire and we shall follow suit,” he told the newspaper.

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Washington: US President Barack Obama, in a phone conversation with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday, raised the possibility of no American troops left in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

"Specifically, President Obama has asked the Pentagon to ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year should the United States not keep any troops in Afghanistan after 2014," Xinhua quoted the White House as saying.

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Islamabad: Pakistani fighter jets and helicopter gunships Tuesday bombarded hideouts of the Taliban militants in the Waziristan region, killing at least 30 militants.

The attacks on the hideouts in Waziristan tribal regions were the fourth in a series of air strikes by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) since Feb 20.

At least 30 militants were killed in the air strikes in the region stretched between south and north Waziristan, Geo News reported citing a security official.

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Rome: Hours after India decided not to prosecute two of its marines accused of killing Indian fishermen under the strict anti-piracy SUA law, Italy Monday said the decision was the “fruit of Italian firmness”.

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Rome: The Italian new government won the vote of confidence in the Senate early Tuesday, after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledged to work for radical and immediate changes to revive the country's recession-gripped economy.

The Renzi government, which was sworn in Saturday, won the support of the upper house by a vote of 169 to 139, reported Xinhua.

A similar vote is set to take place in the lower chamber Tuesday.

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Lima: Peruvian Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva Monday submitted his resignation to President Ollanta Humala following a brawl with the country's finance minister, Xinhua quoted an official source as saying.

Villanueva's resignation has been accepted by President Humala, said the official news agency Andina. According to the report, Villanueva and minister of economy and finance Luis Miguel Castilla quarreled over a disagreement about raising ministers' salaries.

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