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 Ask Osama to leave, clerics tell Taliban
Islamabad Sept. 20. The gathering of religious leaders (ulema) in Afghanistan has asked the Taliban regime to "encourage" the most wanted man by the U.S., Osama bin Laden, to leave the country voluntarily, but at the time of his choice and for his preferred destination.

Turn him in: U.S.
Washington, Sept. 20. The White House today demanded Afghanistan's ruling Taliban to turn over ``to responsible authorities'' the Saudi dissident, Osama bin Laden, Washington's prime suspect in last week's terror strikes.

Opportunity to refashion Indo-Pak. thinking: Bush
Washington, Sept. 20. The U.S. President, Mr. George W. Bush, has said that last week's tragedy had provided an ``interesting opportunity'' to Washington as far as the foreign policy in West Asia and South Asia were concerned.

Taliban recalls fighters from Kashmir: Jaswant
New Delhi, Sept. 20. Kashmir is a definite target of the Taliban's international terror network, the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, citing Intelligence reports, told a press conference here today. The Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, had exhorted his ``fighters'' in Kashmir to return to Afghanistan for a confrontation with the U.S.

T.N. CM case: SC order today
New Delhi, Sept. 20. The Supreme Court will pronounce orders on Friday on a batch of petitions challenging the appointment of Ms. Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by the then Governor, Ms. Fathima Beevi on May 14.

By-elections peaceful
New Delhi, Sept. 20. An estimated 60 per cent of the electorate today cast ballots in the bypolls to two Lok Sabha and seven Assembly seats spread over six States, which passed off peacefully barring isolated incidents of bogus voting in the Sabarkantha parliamentary constituency in Gujarat.


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