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Gaza, MH17 tragedies mar Id fervour

Afghan refugees and Pakistani men offer Id ul-Fitr prayers at the end of Ramzan on the outskirts of Peshawar on Monday. AFP

Muslims in Asia marked a grim Id ul-Fitr on Monday, overshadowed by several air tragedies, including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, and conflicts in Gaza and Pakistan.

Three killed in Pakistan blasphemy row

Pakistani police officials gather beside the smoke-charred house of an Ahmadi Muslim resident. AFP

An angry mob in Pakistan torched an Ahmadi Muslim minority neighbourhood killing a woman and two girls in a row over blasphemy, the police said Monday, in the latest attack on one of the country’s mos

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson linked to new racial slur

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Britain’s broadcasting watchdog criticised the BBC on Monday after Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of motoring programme Top Gear, used an “offensive racial term” in an episode on Myanmar.

Tribute bid for 1.1 million Commonwealth Wealth WWI dead

The Royal British Legion on Monday launched a campaign for each of the 1,117,077 Commonwealth troops killed in World War I to be individually remembered a century on.

Kiev wrests control of part of crash site

Ukraine’s Army on Monday seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, insurgents said.

UN: MH17 downing ‘war crime’

Clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church take part in a march marking the 1026th anniversary of the Day of Baptism of Kievan. AFP

Black boxes show crash caused by rocket shrapnel; MH17 victims may never be found: Cops

17, including 3 civilians, killed in Iraq Army anti-jihadi raid

An Iraqi government raid on jihadi targets in a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad killed 17 people on Monday, including at least three civilians, medical and tribal sources said.

Massive oil depot blaze threatens Tripoli

Firefighters on Monday failed to extinguish a blaze at an oil depot on the outskirts of Tripoli, sparking fears of a huge fireball that could cause carnage over a wide area.

Blood-soaked Gaza marks sombre Id

“Ramzan is supposed to be a month of holiness, not a month of battles,” Abeer said. “How do I feel? I feel like any woman who has to bury her son on Id. What am I supposed to do?”

Proteas draw match, win series

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A gritty South African tail fought off Sri Lanka’s spinners to snatch a nerve-jangling draw in the second Test and seal a historic 1-0 series win.Chasing a target of 369, the visitors were reeling at

In Gurez, at the upper edge of northern Kashmir Valley, a serene calm prevails along the Line of Control. The undulating rhythms of the Kishanganga river that rolls through bowl-shaped valleys surrounded by the Himalayas on all four sides put Switzerland to shame.

Besides controlling food inflation, the most challenging task before Narendra Modi is to create jobs for millions of young men and women, some of whom were responsible for his resounding victory in the elections. It is one thing to promise jobs and another to actually create them.