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FGN20 PAK-BLAST-PROBE Pak security agencies identify key person behind blast outside Hafiz Saeed's house, arrest 3 more persons Lahore: Pakistani security agencies have identified the key person behind the car bomb blast outside the house of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind and chief of the banned Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Saeed here and arrested three more persons in connection with the case, officials said on Saturday.

FGN18 PAK-US-IMRAN KHAN Pakistan seeks ‘civilised’ and ‘even-handed’ relationship with US like the one that exists between America and India: Imran Khan Islamabad: Pakistan is seeking a 'civilised' and 'even-handed' relationship with Washington like the one that existed between the US and the UK or with India 'right now', Prime Minister Imran Khan has said, underlining the role Islamabad could play in the region, including in Afghanistan after America leaves the war-torn country.

FGN19 US-AFGHAN-LD BIDEN 'We're going to stick with you': US President Biden assures Afghan leaders Washington: President Joe Biden has told his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani that the people of Afghanistan 'are going to have to decide their future' but assured him that the US is going to 'stick with you' even after the American troops leave the war-torn nation by September.

FGN13 US-INDIA-TIES India is 'incredibly important' partner to United States in the region and globally: WH Washington: India is an 'incredibly important' partner to the US in the region and globally, the White House has said, underlining that America is working with the country on wide-ranging issues like economic, strategic and security.

FGN12 UN-INDIA-TERRORISM There are countries 'clearly guilty' of aiding terrorism, wilfully providing safe havens to terrorists: India United Nations: India has told the UN that it has been a victim of terrorism, especially from across the border, over the last several decades and that there are countries “clearly guilty” of aiding, supporting terrorist activities and offering safe havens to militants, a thinly-veiled reference to Pakistan.

FGN9 VIRUS-WHO-DELTA-VARIANT Delta the 'most transmissible' of variants identified so far, spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations: WHO chief United Nations/Geneva: The Delta variant of COVID-19, identified in at least 85 countries, is the “most transmissible” of the variants identified so far and is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned.

FGN15 SINGAPORE-MINISTER-MINORITY-PM Singaporeans should work hard to change attitudes of race bias for PM: Senior minister Singapore: Singaporeans should work hard to change attitudes of race bias in their choice for a prime minister, according to a senior leader here who said he would look forward to the day when Singapore has a premier from the minority community/race. PTI PMS PMS

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