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Afghan Taliban name a new leader, but peace talks delayed

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Omar's longtime deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government had been postponed. | Video

Taliban sources - Afghan Taliban appoint Mansour as leader

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Afghan Taliban have appointed Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as leader of the insurgency, two Afghan commanders present at a meeting of the militant movement's most senior figures said on Thursday, following reports that Mullah Omar is dead.

Top News, World, 5:16pm IST

Afghan peace talks postponed amid reports of Mullah Omar's death - Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - A second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban militants due to be held in Pakistan have been postponed amid reports of the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death, the Pakistani foreign office said Thursday.

World, 5:04pm IST

Taliban leader, who Afghanistan says is dead, a pious enigma

KABUL - One of the most wanted men in the world for over a decade, Mullah Omar was also one of the most elusive.

World, 29 Jul 2015

Taliban capture district in Afghanistan's Helmand province

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's Taliban have captured a district in the southern province of Helmand that foreign troops struggled to secure for years, in the latest setback for Afghan government forces now largely battling the militants on their own.

World, 10:53am IST

Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills 30

LUMLE, Nepal - Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit, home ministry officials said.

Top News, World, 6:50pm IST

Pakistan police say kill leader of banned sectarian group

LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistani police killed the leader of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, his two sons and 11 others on Wednesday in a shootout after gunmen attacked a police convoy and freed him as he was being moved, police said.

Top News, World, 29 Jul 2015

Gadhimai temple bans five-yearly mass animal sacrifice - pressure group

KATHMANDU - A temple in southern Nepal known for the mass slaughter of animals at a festival there every five years has indefinitely banned animal sacrifice, India's Humane Society International said on Tuesday.

World, Top News 28 Jul 2015

White House says believes reports of Taliban leader's death are 'credible'

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Wednesday it was aware of reports of the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar and believes the reports are "credible."

World, 29 Jul 2015

Rajapaksa "ready for struggle" in Sri Lanka comeback bid

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa vowed on Tuesday to reclaim power in a general election, eight months after he was ousted as president, saying he was "ready for struggle" against an international war crimes investigation.

Top News, World, 28 Jul 2015
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What not to ask Tabu

Tabu, whose latest role is that of a ruthless police officer investigating her son’s disappearance in the Bollywood remake of Malayalam film "Drishyam" (Visual), is tired of answering questions about her career choices.

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