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Erdogan ‘sorry’ for downing of Russian jet

Kremlin says Turkish leader pledges to repair diplomatic relations after November incident near Turkey-Syria border. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is “sorry” for the downing of a Russian military jet near the country’s border with Syria last year, and that there was no deliberate intention in carrying …

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India launches 20 satellites in single mission

The rocket carries the highest number of satellites on a single Indian mission and the third highest in history. India has successfully launched a rocket carrying a record 20 satellites, as its space agency looks to grab a larger slice of the lucrative commercial space market. The rocket carries the …

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India offers Afghanistan defence cooperation

India has promised full support for boosting Afghanistan’s defence capabilities to preserve its unity and territorial integrity. The Indian ambassador to the UN held out the assurance during a Security Council debate on Afghanistan on Tuesday night. Syed Akbaruddinwarned the security situation in Afghanistan, if not contained, would pose serious …

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Pakistan grants Rs 300 million to madrassa linked to Afghan Taliban

Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated Rs 300 million in its budget to a madrassa known as the ‘University of Jihad’ and having top Afghan Taliban leaders among its alumni, including its former chief Mullah Omar. “I am proudly announcing that Darul Uloom Haqqania Nowshera will get Rs 300 million to …

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Take sustained action against Haqqanis, Pakistan told

The security situation in Afghanistan continues to be dominated by a resilient insurgency, the Pentagon acknowledged on Friday but asserted local forces remained in control of major population centres and key lines of communication. Afghan security forces continued to deny the Taliban strategic ground throughout the country, the Pentagon told …

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