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June 15, 2002

Karzai, Loya Jirga delegates wrangle
The delegates insist they have the right to approve members of a broad-based government, but supporters of Karzai say he must make the final decision.

June 14, 2002

Bush says US not intimidated by Pakistan blast
"They [the terrorists] claim they're religious people and they blow up Muslims. They have no regard for individual life," Bush told reporters during a visit to Houston, Texas.

US shuts diplomatic missions in Pakistan
The embassy and American Centre were closed immediately after the blast, as were the consulates in Lahore and Peshawar.

Al Qaeda terrorists may be in Kashmir: Straw
The terrorists may have 'infiltrated themselves' into the valley through the northern parts Pakistan, the British foreign secretary said.

US pressed India to lift overflight ban
Flights restriction pertaining to Pakistan has resulted in a decrease in the activities of the ISI in India, a government official told rediff.com

US 'facilitator', not 'mediator': Powell
'We just don't want to see an end to the current crisis and then wait for the same problem to raise the crisis again at some point in the future. So we will stay engaged,' the secretary of state said.

DIASPORA
Britain to knight NRI Gulam Noon
Noon, whose Indian 'ready meals' empire is worth an estimated 50 million, will be knighted for 'services to industry'.

Fish store owner among merchants in credit card rip-off
Eight South Asian merchants from Jackson Heights area of Queens, New York, have been arrested and charged with ripping off credit card companies for over $ 5 million.

Pakistan arrest accomplice of 'dirty bomber'
An Al Qaeda terrorist was arrested in the US recently for allegedly planning to explode a radioactive 'dirty' bomb.

June 13, 2002

Loya Jirga elects Karzai head of state
The chairman of the Loya Jirga, Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, said Karzai, a Pashtoon, won 1,295 votes from a total of 1,575 ballots cast.

Only bilateral solution to Indo-Pak issues: US
The two nations need to have diplomatic relations and ways of communicating to each other, US Defence Secretary Rumsfeld said.

Rumsfeld's comment vindicates us: Abdullah
The defence secretary had said on Wednesday that Al Qaeda fighters were operating near the LoC.

Powell wants permanent solution
The US secretary of state said world leaders do not want to see Indo-Pak tensions reduced temporarily, only to rise again.

June 12, 2002

Al Qaeda operating near LoC: Rumsfeld
'I don't have any hard evidence of who, how many or where,' the US defence secretary said when asked if the Al Qaeda was influencing events in J&K.

India has taken constructive steps: Rumsfeld
The defence secretary said the Indian leadership had demonstrated 'their concern' in seeing that the issues were resolved in an 'appropriate way'.

G-8 may not send envoy to India, Pakistan
The Group of Eight nations has been planning to send Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham to help defuse Indo-Pak tension.

Bush signs $ 4.6 billion Bio-terror Bill
The US president said the post-September 11 anthrax attacks were an incredible tragedy to a lot of people in America, 'and it sent a warning that we needed and have heeded'.

June 11, 2002

Sikh officer charges NYPD with discrimination
Americ Singh Rathour (25) alleged that he was discriminated against by the police department for failing to take off his turban and trim his beard.

Indian to head top IMF department
Anoop Singh, the current Director of Special Operations in the International Monetary Fund, has been designated as the Director of IMF's Western Hemisphere Department.

June 10, 2002

US foils Al Qaeda terrorist's 'dirty bomb' plot
'We have disrupted an unfolding terrorist plot to attack the United States by exploding a radioactive dirty bomb,' Attorney General John Ashcroft said.

June 8, 2002

Stop infiltration, US congressmen tell Musharraf
'If Musharraf is serious about averting a war, he needs to match his words with deeds,' Benjamin Gilman, chairman of the House International Relations Subcommittee, said.

US travel notice is ill-advised: Larry Pressler
In an exclusive interaction with rediff.com in Bangalore on Saturday, the former US senator said he did not agree with the advisory as it was going to hurt the cordial and growing relations with India.

June 7, 2002

INDO-PAK STANDOFF
Indian spy plane shot down: Pak
A military statement said Pakistan Air Force jets shot down the aircraft and its wreckage fell close to the town of Raja Jang, south of Lahore.

Training camps for ultras shut: Report
A senior Lashkar-e-Tayiba commander reportedly said the process of winding up the camps started after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's speech on January 12.

Infiltration is down considerably: US
Whether the decrease is on a 'permanent basis' is not yet clear, a state department spokesman said.

Tensions have lessened: Armitage
The US deputy secretary of state said Pakistan President Musharraf had promised to put an end to cross-border infiltration.

Joint patrolling proposal evolutionary: Jaswant
The foreign minister told Armitage that India was committed to moving on the path of peace.

Armitage in India with specific ideas: Officials
India is ready to intensify sharing of intelligence inputs with the international community, but would not give in to the Western suggestion of foreign troops to patrol the LoC, they said.

Five killed, 16 hurt in shelling along LoC
Three civilians were killed and seven injured when Pakistani troops targeted Jhallas area of Poonch district on Friday morning.

US wants India to pursue joint patrol idea
Pakistan is ready to discuss the idea if India comes up with a proposal along with a signal to resume comprehensive talks.

Pak must give up 'all terrorism': Ackerman
The former co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans said President Musharraf seems not to have learned the lesson of September 11 'that terrorism, any terrorism, is unacceptable'.

UK offers troops for joint patrol with US
Defence Secretary Geoffrey Hoon is likely to table a formal proposal during his visit to the subcontinent next week.

Al Qaeda plans to kill Musharraf: Report
An intelligence report said they were trying to kill the president to precipitate an Indo-Pak conflict, The Washington Times reported.

US lawmakers as Pakistan to end terror
Members of the House International Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia said Pakistan should also halt infiltration if tensions with India have to be defused.

Indo-Pak tiff spikes Bollywood show in UK
From India With Love was due to feature appearances by Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Preity Zinta in London and Manchester.

June 5, 2002

McDonald's issues formal apology to vegetarians
The fast-food giant also agreed to pay $10 million to different organisations that promote vegetarianism.

June 4, 2002

Egypt warned about Sept 11 attacks: Mubarak
The Egyptian president in an interview to New York Times said Egyptian intelligence officials had no indication what the target would be and the magnitude of the coming attack.

June 3, 2002

'Top Taliban officials held reunion'
They met at the funeral of a former anti-Soviet guerrilla fighter in the Jalozai Afghan refugee camp, about 20 km outside of Peshawar, Newsweek magazine said in its latest issue.

UK: Minor fire in Buckingham palace
Hundreds of people, including pop stars and technicians, had been rehearsing for a jubilee concert slated for Monday night when the incident occurred.

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