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Malaysia Airlines flies over Syria now

Malaysia Airlines re-routed a Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight over Syrian airspace on Sunday after its usual route over Ukraine was closed, flight tracking data showed on Monday.

MH17 kin to get $5,000 as initial help: Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines said on Monday it would make an initial payment of $5,000 to families of passengers aboard its crashed flight MH17 as a goodwill gesture.

Father distraught as PIO son dead

Jijar Singh Sandhu, 71, father of Sanjid Singh, Malaysia Airlines crew member who was onboard at crashed -AP

Ten-year-old Hans Singh Sandhu seems to have grown up overnight after his father Sanjid Singh Sandhu, a steward on board the ill-fated Flight MH17, was killed.

Imran Khan is not majority’s pick for Prime Minister post

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Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan is not the majority’s choice for the Prime Minister’s post although his party is the most popular, survey reports said.

China special envoy to Kabul praises Pakistan, ISI

China’s new special envoy to Afghanistan on Monday gave a clean chit to Pakistan and its powerful spy agency ISI amid allegations that they backed terrorist outfits.

China CPC in ideology crackdown

China’s ruling Communist Party has demanded that government officials be prevented from “being disoriented and losing themselves” to the influence of Western ideals, a newspaper with close ties to the

McDonald’s, KFC face food safety scandal

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McDonald’s and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare on Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.

Muslims pushed by FBI to plot terror: Human Rights

The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published on Monday.

Gaza toll hits 556, world calls for truce

Children of Major Amotz Greenberg, a 45-year-old Israeli reserve soldier killed fighting a group of Palestinian militants. AFP

UN chief Ban Ki-moon Ban arrives in Cairo for truce talks; 7 Israeli soldiers killed in clashes; Hamas claims capture of soldier

Much as I am tempted to see the fuss over Ved Pratap Vaidik’s posturing as a warning against busybodies and meddlers, wholesale condemnation of what is known as Track Two diplomacy might be unfair.

There is considerable speculation about when the Planning Commission will be reconstituted and who will occupy the largest room in Yojana Bhavan.