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Pak. wants Taliban to hand over Osama
Islamabad, Sept. 16. An official delegation of the Pakistan military Government is leaving for Kandahar tomorrow for a meeting with the Taliban chief, Mullah Mohammad Omar, to persuade him to hand over the fugitive Saudi billionaire, Osama bin Laden, to avoid possible retaliation from the United States.

Osama again denies role in attacks
Islamabad, Sept. 16. The Saudi dissident, Osama bin Laden, wanted by the United States in connection with the terrorist attacks, has once again ``categorically denied'' his involvement even as the Taliban chief, Mullah Omar, ruled out handing him over.

Cheney, Rumsfeld warn Afghanistan
Washington, Sept. 16. The U.S. Vice-President, Mr. Dick Cheney, today warned fugitive terrorist Osama bin Laden and nations supporting him that they faced the ``full wrath'' of the United States.

Bush calls up Vajpayee
New Delhi, Sept. 16. The U.S. President, Mr. George Bush, tonight spoke to the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, over telephone and discussed with him the situation arising out of the terrorist strikes of September 11 in New York and Washington.

Indian shot dead
New York, Sept. 16. A 52-year-old Indian of Sikh denomination and a Pakistani were shot dead in Arizona and Texas in continuing attacks on ethnic immigrants, following last week's terrorist strikes in the U.S. Four gunmen drove up in two pick-up trucks to the gas filling station owned by Balbir Singh Sodhi at Mesa in Arizona and shot him dead last night, possibly mistaking him for an Arab.

India for concerted action
New Delhi, Sept. 16. India does not support any hasty military action in Afghanistan and would like the campaign against international terrorism to be a collective exercise by world's democracies.

U.S. told to reject Pak. ploy
New Delhi, Sept. 16. In defining a global campaign against terrorism, the U.S. should clearly reject Pakistan's ``bargaining tactics'', former Indian envoy, Mr. Naresh Chandra, associated with the turnaround in Indo-U.S. ties said.

Imphal NRI dead in WTC crash
New York, Sept. 16. Jupiter Yamben, a Non-Resident Indian from Imphal was killed when one of the towers of World Trade Center collapsed following the terrorist attacks in the U.S.

Tiff with preachers: 5 remanded
Gangtok, Sept. 16. A Sikkim court on Saturday remanded to 15 days' judicial custody five persons, including two school teachers, arrested on September 12, after an altercation with a group of Christian preachers, led by a senior official, at Khamdong in east district, police said today.


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