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UAE snaps ties with Taliban
Manama (Bahrain), Sept. 22. The United Arab Emirates today cut diplomatic ties with the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, asked them to close its embassy in Abu Dhabi within 24 hours and repatriate the staff.

U.S. planes in Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Sept. 22. U.S. military aircraft have landed at a military airport in the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan, close to Afghanistan, an Uzbek military official requesting anonymity told AFP today.

 U.S. military might moves closer to Afghanistan
Washington, Sept. 22. The Bush administration is moving additional military and operational hardware closer to Afghanistan. The Defence Secretary, Mr. Donald Rumsfeld, has signed orders for sending more support aircraft to the area.

Taliban downs spyplane, copter
Islamabad, Sept. 22. Afghanistan's ruling Taliban today said it had downed an unmanned spy plane and a helicopter in areas where opposition forces reported sweeping advances.

Sattar calls up Jaswant Singh
Islamabad, Sept. 22. In what appears to be an attempt to mollify New Delhi over the remarks made by the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, three days ago, the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Sattar, today telephoned the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, and exchanged notes on the emerging situation in the world after the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington.

'We won't add to Pak.'s woes'
New Delhi, Sept. 22. India today said it was not interested in adding to Pakistan's current difficulties and stepped up its efforts to reach out to the world leaders.

War against terrorism includes J&K too: Powell
London, Sept. 22. The impending U.S.-led assault on terrorism would be targeted at terrorist actions anywhere in the world, including Jammu and Kashmir, the U.S. Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell, has said.

Plan to prop up Taliban rivals
New Delhi, Sept. 22. Visualising a key role for the Taliban opposition in a global campaign against terrorism, India, Russia and Iran have activated their consultations on ways to bring stability to Afghanistan.

One for BJP, one for Congress
New Delhi, Sept. 22. The BJP and the Congress today bagged one parliamentary seat each in Rajasthan and Gujarat retaining Tonk (SC) and Sabarkantha constituencies respectively as the Assam Chief Minister, Mr. Tarun Gogoi, won the Titabor Assembly seat in the by-elections held in six States on Thursday.

Russia cautions U.S. on Pak.
Moscow, Sept. 22. The Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin, has cautioned Washington against bending Pakistan too hard to support U.S. strikes in Afghanistan.


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