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 U.S. jets bomb Kabul airport
Washington, Oct. 14. The Bush administration has opened the second week of air strikes against targets in Afghanistan with American planes and jets blasting select areas, mainly in Kabul and Kandahar. The Kabul airport, the Taliban Military Academy and an artillery garrison were the primary targets. Specific targets around Jalalabad, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif have also been hit.

One killed in Pak. violence
Islamabad, Oct. 14. There is renewed violence in Pakistan in protest against the U.S.-led military campaign against Afghanistan with one person being killed and 10 injured on the outskirts of Jacobabad town in the Sind province today as activists of a religious party attempted to march towards an airfield reportedly placed at the disposal of the U.S.

Bush rejects Taliban's offer on Osama
Islamabad, Oct. 14. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Taliban, Mr. Haji Abdul Kabir, tonight made a conditional offer to the U.S. for handing over Osama bin Laden to a ``third country'' if the U.S. was prepared to provide the necessary evidence about involvement of Osama or any of his associates in the September 11 attacks.

Fernandes is right person for Defence: Jaswant Singh
New Delhi, Oct. 14. There seems to be a strong probability of the Samata Party leader, Mr. George Fernandes, getting back the Defence Minister's job tomorrow despite the recent comment of the Venkataswami Commission that the Tehelka tapes were genuine. The other contender for the Defence portfolio is the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and Centre's interlocutor in Kashmir, Mr. K.C. Pant.

Sonia warns PM about 'perilous' situation
New Delhi, Oct. 14. The ``perilous situation'' of war and conflict in our neighbourhood calls for the exercise of ``extreme caution and wisdom'' on India's part if it wishes to avoid a ``major communal conflagration'' here, the Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, has said in a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee.

Don't back India on Kashmir,Al-Qaeda tells U.S.
London, Oct. 14. For the first time, Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda terrorist network has brought Kashmir into its current conflict with the U.S. and its allies by demanding that they stop supporting India on the issue.

''Terrorists' designs exposed''
New Delhi, Oct. 14. India today described the statement by the Al-Qaeda as yet another illustration of Kashmir being a target of its international terror network.

More anthrax cases in U.S.
Washington, Oct. 14. A third state in the U.S. has a person confirmed for exposure to anthrax and authorities are looking at every possible way to come to grips with a problem that goes beyond the realm of health into apprehension. In Nevada, a letter postmarked in Malaysia has tested positive for anthrax spores.


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