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Italian troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan

Italian troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan as NATO winds up its combat mission. Some will remain to help train the Afghan army but there are concerns that more violence is on the way after foreign troops withdraw. Dec 19, 2014
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India mourns death of children in Peshawar school attack along with Pak

Amritsar/ Bengaluru, Dec 19 (ANI): People in ancestral village of Pakistan Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif in India mourned the death of school children who were killed in a grisly attack by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Peshawar city. At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into the school in Peshawar city and opened fire, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. People of Jati Umra village in Punjab state prayed for peace of departed souls. Sharif also lifted a moratorium on the death penalty on Wednesday in wake of the incident. Meanwhile, people Bengaluru also paid tribute to the victims through a candlelight vigil. The Afghanistan Taliban have also condemned the attack. Dec 19, 2014
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Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid visits Rajghat to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Bangladesh's President Abdul Hamid, who is in India on a six-day official tour to strengthen and expand bilateral relations between the two countries, paid homage to father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial, Rajghat, in New Delhi. He was accompanied by Indian and Bangladesh's delegates to the memorial where he paid floral tributes. Hamid is scheduled to visit places of historical and cultural importance both in and outside Delhi. This is the first visit by a ceremonial Head of State of Bangladesh since 1972. The Bangladeshi President is expected to meet President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and other senior leaders. Mukherjee had paid a state visit to Bangladesh in March 2013. Dec 19, 2014
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Former militant Abdul Munaf in fray for Kashmir polls

Rajouri, Dec 19 (ANI): As Kashmir is holding polls to elect its legislature, a former militant, Abdul Munaf, is in the fray contesting as an independent candidate. Munaf is contesting polls from 82 Dharhal constituency, which comes under Rajouri district of the state. Munaf, who picked up the gun to revolt against the state, is a reformed man. He said he was dissatisfied with his life when he joined the militant ranks. He now wants to work for the welfare of the people. Locals say it is too early to predict political future of Munaf, adding his decision to contest polls has gone down well with them. Dec 19, 2014

Candle-lit vigil for victims of Pakistan school massacre

A candle-lit vigil was held in Islamabad after 148 people, including 132 children, were massacred by the Taliban at a school in Peshawar. Students at the vigil spoke of the need to defy the militants and return to school. Dec 19, 2014
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First Etihad superjumbo flight in December

The first flight of Etihad Airways' long-awaited Airbus A380 superjumbo will take place later in December, the Abu Dhabi carrier said Thursday, also announcing its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner route. Dec 19, 2014
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EU leader wants 'tough, responsible' Russia strategy

As they arrived for an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, European leaders took a tough line on the troubles faced by the Russian economy, saying EU sanctions on Moscow were justified given its role in the Ukraine conflict. Dec 19, 2014
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Roma families near Paris face expulsion before Christmas

Just days before Christmas, forty Roma families living in a camp near Paris face the threat of expulsion. Local authorities gave the families 48 hours to leave the camp on 4 December, leaving them anxiously awaiting their fate. Dec 19, 2014
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Serbs cut ribbon on Chinese-built bridge over Danube

The Chinese and Serbian prime ministers inaugurated Thursday a brand new, multi-million-euro bridge over the Danube, described as the first major Chinese-built infrastructure project in Europe. Dec 19, 2014