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At Least 11 Dead In Indonesia’s Floods And Landslide

New Delhi: At least 11 people have died in severe floods and landslides in the east of Indonesia's main island of Java.

A landslide killed nine people at Pacitan in East Javaprovince and two people died in floods triggered by heavy rain in the same area, according to an official.

Thousands of homes were flooded and 4,000 people forced to evacuate them, said a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency.

The extreme weather will continue to hit the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, the spokesman added, warning people to be prepared for floods, landslides and tornados.

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Zimbabwe Back To Normal, Say Country’s Forces

New Delhi: Zimbabwe's security forces have reported incidents of looting and illegal occupation of farms and houses following the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe and the inauguration of his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

However, the military and police also said in a joint statement that the "situation in our country has returned to normalcy" after a crisis during which the military staged a takeover and huge crowds demonstrated against Mugabe at the end of his 37-year rule.

Police, largely absent from the streets of the capital, Harare, during the tumultuous leadership transition, will assume its role "as stipulated in the constitution" and conduct joint patrols with the military, including in the central business district, the statement said.

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Pakistan Judge Slams Government, Army For Deal With Protesters; Apprehends Threat To His Life

New Delhi: A top Pakistani court has snubbed the government and the country's powerful military for the role assigned to the army as the "mediator" in striking a deal with the hardline religious groups to end their prolonged sit-in in Islamabad and several other cities.

According to official sources, Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid resigned as part of an agreement reached between the government and the protesters overnight. The protesters then called off the three weeks long protests.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court (IH) heard the case about the protests that claimed the lives of six people and injured over 100 others.

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Iran Warns It Would Increase Missile Range If Threatened By Europe

New Delhi: The deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has warned Europe that if it threatens Tehran, the Guards will increase the range of missiles to above 2,000 kilometres. 

France has called for an "uncompromising" dialogue with Iran about its ballistic missile programme and a possible negotiation over the issue separate from Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran has repeatedly said its missile programme is defensive and not negotiable.

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Trump Admin Strongly Objects To Release Of Hafiz Saeed, Warns Pakistan Of Repercussions

New Delhi: The United States has  come down heavily on Pakistanfor the release of its state-coddled Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Hafiz Saeed, warning that there will be "repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan's global reputation" if he is not immediately re-arrested and prosecuted.

In an extraordinarily strong statement on the subject, the White House just stopped short of calling Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, saying the country's failure to prosecute or charge Saeed, "sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan's commitment to combatting international terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil."