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Armed men attack church in Pak., kill 17
Islamabad, Oct. 28. A group of persons opened indiscriminate fire in a church at Bahawalpur in Punjab province today, killing 17 persons, including a policeman outside the church.

Security forces storm mosque
Srinagar, Oct. 28. Security forces today stormed a mosque in Budgam district of central Kashmir to flush out a militant holed up in the shrine, official sources said.

 Air raids kill 13 civilians
Kabul, Oct. 28. American airstrikes, meant to ``punish'' the Taliban, spilled over into residential areas of the Afghan capital today, killing 13 civilians. The mis-directed raids were the second such fatal error in as many days, coming only 12 hours after the apparent stray bombardment behind the opposition military alliance's battle lines north of Kabul on Saturday.

 Pak. for resuming talks on 'Agra format'
Islamabad, Oct. 28. The Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, today expressed a desire for resumption of dialogue with India ``by reviving the format'' agreed upon at the Agra Summit in July.

U.N. envoy in Pakistan
Islamabad, Oct. 28. The U.N. Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, arrived in Pakistan today to seek Afghan views on forming a broad-based government to replace the Taliban. The former Algerian minister, who quit the mediation role two years ago in frustration but has now been named chief envoy for Afghanistan, will continue on to Iran later in the week, U.N. officials said.

Koshiari may be Uttaranchal CM
New Delhi, Oct. 28. The Uttaranchal Power Minister, Mr. Bhagat Singh Koshiari, appears to have emerged as the dark horse and is likely to be the new Chief Minister of the State.

Deendar ban upheld
New Delhi, Oct. 28. The Centre's decision to ban the Deendar Anjuman as an unlawful association during April this year has been upheld by a tribunal.

7 policemen gunned down
Guwahati, Oct. 28. Seven policemen were killed and four others injured when unidentified militants opened fire on them in lower Assam's Dhubri district on Saturday night, the police said here today.

Quake rocks Afghanistan
New Delhi, Oct. 28. A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 on the Richter scale rocked the Hindukush mountains in Afghanistan early today, the meteorological department said here

U.S. flags burnt
Jaipur, Oct. 28. Over 25,000 people, affiliated to the Rajasthan Muslim Forum, today offered a pro-Afghanistan namaz and burnt American flags in the city protesting the U.S. attacks on Afghanistan.


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