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Dutch firm on Iraq troop withdrawal
AMSTERDAM, JAN. 17.The 1,400 Dutch troops stationed in the south of Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition will withdraw as planned on March 15, said the Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, on Monday. Last week, Mr. Balkenende said his ...

Welfare cuts rolled back as protests surge in Russia
MOSCOW, JAN. 17. Local authorities bowed to pensioners' demands to restore some state benefits as protests against welfare cuts continued to surge in Russia. A new wave of protests swept on Monday across Russia, from St. Petersburg in the West ...

Marines will not stay "longer than needed"
COLOMBO, JAN. 17. The U.S. Marines who are deployed in Sri Lanka for humanitarian relief operations will not stay longer than required, said the visiting Deputy Secretary of Defence, Paul Wolfowitz, here today. "We don't want to stay here ...

U.S. operatives in Iran?
WASHINGTON, JAN. 17. Teams of U.S. commandos have entered Iran searching for hidden sites that could be working on developing nuclear weapons, The New Yorker magazine reports in today's edition. The Government of the President, George W ...

Many injured in train crash
Bangkok: Two subway trains collided in Bangkok early morning on Monday, injuring at least 200 persons and halting the metro services six months after it was inaugurated, Thailand's Transport Minister said. The Transport Minister Suriya ...

``Joint survey of Sir Creek completed ahead of schedule''
ISLAMABAD, JAN. 17. India and Pakistan have ``successfully and expeditiously'' completed the joint survey of the Sir Creek area. The Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman, Masood Khan, told a weekly news conference here that the survey, which ...

Sri Lankan Minister lauds India for relief
COLOMBO, JAN. 17. The Sri Lankan Health Minister, Nimal Siripala De Silva, today described India as the island-nation's "closest friend" and a "tower of strength," particularly in its post-tsunami relief operations. Accepting the latest ...

No request for extraditing Jaish leader: Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, JAN. 17. Pakistan today said that there was no request from India seeking the extradition of Masood Azar, chief of the twice-banned Jaish-e-Mohammad and one of the three persons released by New Delhi in exchange for the freedom of the ...

India, Malaysia set up group on economic pact
SINGAPORE, JAN. 17. India and Malaysia today set up a Joint Study Group (JSG) with a political mandate and detailed terms of reference to fashion a bilateral economic pact. The decisions on these lines were taken during talks in Kuala Lumpur ...

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India, Singapore to carry out joint army exercise next month
SINGAPORE, JAN. 17.India and Singapore on Monday signed an accord for carrying out joint army exercise in India next month. Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Indian High Commissioner Alok Prasad and Chief of Army Desmond Kuek, ...



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