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Pakistan and Iran on Friday agreed to deploy additional forces along their border and to initiate joint efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of a suicide attack that killed 42 people....

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October 24, 2009 3:03:20 am

Pak,Iran to increase border forces

Islamabad: Pakistan and Iran on Friday agreed to deploy additional forces along their border and to initiate joint efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of a suicide attack that killed 42 people,including senior officers of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The decision to increase forces along the frontier to control the illegal movement of militants and curb terrorist activities was made at a meeting here between visiting Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar and his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik.

Thai king appears after illness

Thailand’s 81-year-old king made his first public appearance on Friday after more than a month in hospital,with hundreds of well-wishers surrounding his electric wheelchair as he visited statues of his parents.

Sarkozy’s son wins board post

PARIS: French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s son was elected to the board of the organisation that runs France’s most important business district on Friday after a dramatic withdrawal of his bid for the top spot amid fierce assusations of favoritism. The 23-year-old Jean Sarkozy had been the leading candidate to head EPAD,a quasi-governmental organisation overseeing real estate and the administration of La Defense,the neighbourhood of skyscrapers west of Paris . He withdrew that bid on Thursday night after two weeks of cries of favoritism — and vows not to back down.

NATO leaders discuss McChrystal strategy

BRATISLAVA: NATO defence ministers gave their broad endorsement on Friday to the counter-insurgency strategy for Afghanistan laid out by Gen Stanley A McChrystal,increasing pressure on the Obama administration and on their own governments to commit more military and civilian resources for the mission to succeed. “What we did today was to discuss General McChrystal’s overall assessment,his overall approach,” said NATO’s Secretary General,Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

H1N1 fear: 2,500 Iraq schools shut down

BAGHDAD: Fear of H1N1 flu virus has prompted nearly 2,500 school closings throughout Iraq,in what some health officials have called an overreaction or panic. Many parents are keeping their children home from school or sending them out wearing surgical masks,and some have complained that the Health Ministry has not provided them with enough information about the disease. “It’s one of the side effects of democracy,” said Jaleel Al Shimari,general manager of the Baghdad Health Directorate for the Karkh section,who described most of the school closings as unauthorised.

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