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       HEADLINES: Sexual assault: Case against vicar                                              Fourth standard boy dies of food poisoning                                              Rice also from Bengal, to reach Kerala by March 10                                              Seven killed, 30 injured as bus falls into canal in Krishna district                                              Mahershala Ali creates history; becomes first Muslim to win Oscar                                              Moonlight wins best picture in historic La La gaffe                                              Man who intervened in US shooting says 'happy to risk my life'                                              'PIA captain, others asked to explain 'overloading' incident'                                              Last letters: From Mosul schoolboys to Islamic State 'martyrs'                                              Kohli named captain of the year at ESPNcricinfo Awards                                              India's Jitu-Heena win mixed event for 10m air pistol                                              Kaumudi Facebook
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         China to build first underwater platform in South China Sea    
 
 
BEIJING: China will build its first long-term underwater observation platform in the resource-rich South China Sea, whereit has territorial disputes with many south- East Asian countries including Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

 
         Reports from Kansas 'disturbing': White House on US shooting    
 
 
WASHINGTON: The White House has said that the early reports coming from Kansas, where an Indian engineer was shot dead and another injured in an apparent hate crime, were "disturbing".

 
         No mechanism to stop uploading of obscene contents: Govt to SC    
 
 
NEW DELHI: The government today raised its hands before the Supreme Court and conceded that as of now there is "no mechanism" to prevent uploading of obscene contents like videos of sexual violence on websites, before these are uploaded. The submission came before a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit which asked "what is the stand of the government", after internet service provider Google said there cannot be a "reasonable prevention" before such contents are uploaded on webs

 
         Last letters: From Mosul schoolboys to Islamic State 'martyrs'    
 
 
REUTERS: "My dear family, please forgive me," reads the handwritten letter discarded in the dusty halls of an Islamic State training compound in eastern Mosul. "Don't be sad and don't wear the black clothes (of mourning). I asked to get married and you did not marry me off. So, by God, I will marry the 72 virgins in paradise." They were schoolboy Alaa Abd al-Akeedi's parting words before he set off from the compound to end his life in a suicide bomb attack against Iraqi security forces

 
         'PIA captain, others asked to explain 'overloading' incident'    
 
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's ailing national carrier, PIA has issued show-cause notices to a pilot and two others officials for allowing seven extra passengers on a flight to Saudi Arabia last month in a serious violation of air safety regulations, according to a media report today.

 
         Man who intervened in US shooting says 'happy to risk my life'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: The American who was injured while intervening in the shooting that killed an Indian and injured another in an apparent hate crime in the US has said he was more than happy to risk his life to save others' lives.

 
         Moonlight wins best picture in historic La La gaffe    
 
 
LOS ANGELES: Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" - not, as it turned out, "La La Land" - won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the "La La Land" producers were in mid-speech.

 
         Mahershala Ali creates history; becomes first Muslim to win Oscar    
 
 
LOS ANGELES: Mahershala Ali made history by becoming the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar as he was honoured with the best supporting actor trophy for his riveting turn as an empathetic drug dealer, who takes a fatherless young boy under his wing in "Moonlight.

 
         PIA had seven passengers standing during Karachi-Madina flight    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) allowed seven passengers to travel standing in the aisles all the way to Saudi Arabia last month, prompting a probe into the serious breach of security regulations by Pakistan’s loss-making national carrier, according to media reports.

 
         Wife of Srinivas Kuchibhotla asks can Trump protect us    
 
 
HOUSTON: The grieving wife of the Indian engineer shot dead in an apparent hate crime by a navy veteran in Kansas City has demanded an answer from the US government what it would do to stop hate crimes against the minorities.

 
         Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy    
 
 
VATICAN: Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question. One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope's clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12.

 
         Muhammad Ali's son detained at airport: 'Are you Muslim?'    
 
 
FORT LAUDERDALE: A lawyer says the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport. Chris Mancini tells the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky that 44-year-old Muhammad Ali Jr and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the second wife of Muhammad Ali, arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on February 7 after returning from Jamaica. Mancini says officials questioned Ali Jr for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "Where di

 
         India's concerns over CPEC 'unwarranted': Chinese state media    
 
 
BEIJING: India's concerns over sovereignty relating to the USD 46-billion CPEC is "unwarranted", Chinese state media today said, asking New Delhi to take an "objective and more pragmatic" view of China's ambitious Silk Road project. The comments in an oped piece in Global Times comes after Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on February 22 co-chaired the upgraded India-China Strategic Dialogue in Beijing. After the dialogue, Jaishankar told reporters that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

 
         Kansas shooting victim:'I just did what was right thing to do'    
 
 
HOUSTON: A 24-year-old American who is being hailed as a hero for trying to stop a shooter who killed an Indian in Kansas City, today said it was "actually the right thing to do". Ian Grillot hid behind a table when the 51-year-old gunman, Adam Purinton, started shooting hurling racial slurs following an altercation at Austins Bar and Grill killing an Indian techie and critically injuring other.

 
         Punish Pakistan to prevent it from undermining US interests: expert    
 
WASHINGTON: The Trump administration, which is formulating its Af-Pak policy, should suspend Pakistan's non-NATO ally status and cease military aid and assistance payments to it to prevent Islamabad from undermining America's interests, a former top Pentagon official has said. "As the first step, the Trump administration should suspend Pakistan's non-NATO ally status and cease military aid and assistance payments," Christopher D Kolenda, a Pentagon senior advisor from 2009-2014, said in

 
         China says talks positive, skips reference to NSG,Azhar issues    
 
 
BEIJING: China said today that the strategic dialogue with India was of "positive significance" to ties as "extensive agreements" were reached but skirted any reference to the persisting differences over issues like India's NSG bid and efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.

 
         8 killed, 35 injured in Lahore bomb blast    
 
 
LAHORE: At least eight persons were killed and 35 others injured today in a powerful bomb blast in a posh defence locality here, the second such incident in the city this month as Pakistan witnesses a surge in terror attacks. Panic gripped the Defence Housing Authority a little before noon when the loud explosion resonated across Z-Block. "Eight persons have been killed and 35 suffered injuries," officials said.

 
         Kim autopsy 'illegal and immoral': North Korean state media    
 
 
SEOUL: Pyongyang's state media today blasted Malaysia for an "illegal and immoral" autopsy on a man believed be the half-brother of North Korea's leader, breaking a 10-day silence on the airport assassination. "Malaysia is obliged to hand his body to the DPRK (North Korea) side as it made an autopsy and forensic examination of it in an illegal and immoral manner", the North's Korean Jurists Commitee said, in comments carried by KCNA. Malaysia has not released the corpse "under the

 
         India, China hold strategic dialogue    
 
 
BEIJING: China and India today held their upgraded strategic dialogue to shore up bilateral ties amid hectic parleys to resolve differences over Beijing's reluctance to support India's NSG bid as well as a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar. Just before the dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Welcoming Jaishankar, co-chair of the dialogue, Wang said China and India are two major developing countries and emerging markets besides important nat

 
         Muslim-Americans raise USD 55,000 to repair Jewish cemetery    
 
 
WASHINGTON: In a demonstration of solidarity, an online donation drive by Muslim Americans to help repair a vandalised Jewish cemetery has raised more than USD 55,000 - almost three times its target.

 
         Trump's immigration plans could impact 3 lakh Indian-Americans    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Nearly 300,000 Indian-Americans are likely to be impacted by the Trump administration's sweeping plans that put the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

 
         India, China hold strategic dialogue    
 
BEIJING: China and India today held their upgraded strategic dialogue to shore up bilateral ties amid hectic parleys to resolve differences over Beijing's reluctance to support India's NSG bid as well as a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar. Just before the dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Welcoming Jaishankar, co-chair of the dialogue, Wang said China and India are two major developing countries and emerging markets besides important nat

 
         Hafiz Saeed can pose a serious threat to Pak: Defence Minister    
 
 
LAHORE: Pakistan has said Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who has been listed under an anti-terrorism law, can pose a "serious threat" to the nation, and was thus placed under house arrest in the country's "larger interest". The acknowledgement of the danger the Mumbai attacks mastermind poses came from Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif during an international security conference in Munich, Germany.

 
         7 killed, 14 injured in suicide blast outside Pak court    
 
 
PESHAWAR: At least seven persons were killed and 14 injured in a suicide blast and firing by terrorists outside a court in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today. Security forces killed three suicide attackers outside the court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district, police said. The three attackers attempted to enter the court premises in Tangi town through the main gate. They opened fire and threw grenades, prompting retaliatory fire by security forces deployed there. One bomber

 
         Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libya beach: Red Crescent    
 
 
TRIPOLI: The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said today.

 
         Pak cancels licenses of weapons issued to Saeed and his aides    
 
 
LAHORE: Pakistan has cancelled the licenses of 44 weapons issued to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other members of his organisations, citing security reasons.

 
         Pak army rejects report on Bajwa's 'read book on India' advice    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: After days of silence, Pakistan Army today dismissed as "disinformation" a media report that said army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa urged officers to read a book about how India succeeded in keeping the military out of politics. The Nation newspaper reported on February 12 that Bajwa addressed a gathering of senior army officers of Rawalpindi Garrison in the General Headquarters in December and recommended 'Army and Nation: The Military and Indian Democracy Since Independence' w

 
         South Sudan declares famine in parts of war-torn country    
 
 
JUBA: South Sudan's government said today that the country's over three-year war has led to famine in parts of the nation, while nearly five million people -- half the population -- is going hungry.

 
         US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil    
 
 
BAGHDAD: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders. Mattis' arrived on an unannounced visit in Iraq as the battle to oust Islamic State militants from western Mosul moved into its second day, and as the Pentagon considers ways to accelerate the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria.

 
         Pak shrine victims' bodies desecrated, Sindh CM vows action    
 
 
KARACHI: Pakistan authorities today were left embarrassed after body parts of some of the victims of the suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine which claimed 88 lives were found dumped in a garbage, sparking protests from relatives.

 
 
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