DINA for the issue of June 25, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

June 25, 2014 | Sha’baan 26, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Number of IDPs may reach 600,000: Baloch

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: The government officially announced on Tuesday that 450,681 internally displaced persons (IDPs) had been registered so far and that the number could reach to 600,000 as the military operation progressed in North Waziristan.
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Uruguay enter second round, eliminate Italy

From the Newspaper

NATAL: Uruguay dumped ten-man Italy out of the World Cup with a dramatic 1-0 victory on Tuesday.

Uruguay captain Diego Godin rose high to thump home an 81st-minute header to settle a gritty Group D battle in Natal. The victory saw Italy knocked out in the first round for the second straight World Cup.

Back-channel talks with India revived

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: Pakistan and India have revived back-channel talks following a meeting between their prime ministers in New Delhi last month, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani said on Tuesday.

He said that Pakistan desired an uninterrupted peace process with India that would address the causes of all outstanding disputes and “not just symptoms”.

Woman dies in shooting at plane

Zulfiqar Ali

PESHAWAR: A woman passenger was killed while a steward and another passenger were injured when a PIA flight coming from Riyadh came under fire during landing here on Tuesday night.

The body was taken to the Combined Military Hospital.

47 suspected militants killed in N. Waziristan, Khyber

From the Newspaper

PESHAWAR/LANDI KOTAL: Mili­tary planes pounded Taliban hideouts in North Waziristan and Khyber tribal agencies on Tuesday, killing 47 militants and destroying 23 hideouts, according to a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The claim could not be verified from independent sources and witnesses said that six members of a family were also killed in the air strike in Khyber Agency.

Boko Haram abducts another 60 women, girls

AFP

MAIDUGURI: Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted more than 60 women and girls, some as young as three, in the latest kidnappings in northeast Nigeria over two months since they took away more than 200 schoolgirls.

Analysts said the kidnapping, which happened during a raid on Kummabza village in the Damboa district of Borno state, could be an attempt by the Islamist group to refocus attention on its demands for the release of militant fighters.

Decision in Bangladesh ‘war crimes’ trial delayed

Agencies

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Tuesday delayed a verdict against the top leader of an Islamist party charged with war crimes after the defendant became ill.

A special tribunal was set to deliver the verdict for Jamaat-i-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, who faces 16 charges, including genocide, murder, torture, rape and destruction of property during the war in 1971.

US urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse

Reuters

ARBIL: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged leaders of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country.

Security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country’s biggest oil refinery on Tuesday and militants launched an attack on one of its largest air bases less than 100km from the capital.

Ukraine helicopter downed by rebel fire

Reuters

KIEV: Rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter carrying technicians who had been installing equipment to monitor violations of a peace plan in Ukraine’s rebellious east on Tuesday, killing all nine people on board, a military spokesman said.

The technicians had been returning after setting up specialised equipment when their Mi-8 cargo helicopter was struck by a rebel missile near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine, government forces spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov said.

Alarm greets Modi’s order for destruction of historical files

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Controll­ing historical memory yields useful dividends in politics. Destroying historical evidence is a time-tested strategy of autocrats, clai­med academics and other assorted protesters here on Tuesday after Indian prime minister got hundreds of thousands of “historically relevant” files destroyed.

Times of India said on Mr Modi’s directive the Indian home ministry has gone on ‘a cleanliness drive’ and, in less than a month, destroyed nearly 1,500,000 files that had gathered dust for years.

British PM’s former aide found guilty in phone-hacking case

AFP

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron’s former media chief Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking on Tuesday but one-time Rupert Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks was acquitted in a dramatic end to the News of the World trial.

Cameron issued a sombre televised apology for hiring Coulson, showing how toxic the scandal remains nearly three years after News Corp boss Murdoch was forced to shut down the Sunday tabloid in disgrace.

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