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Give up arms or get killed

India's top military commander in Kashmir yesterday told mothers to get their militant sons to surrender or see them dead, as security forces intensified a crackdown in the disputed region after a suicide bomber killed 40 paramilitary police.

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200 families trapped by IS in Syria: UN rights chief

Some 200 families are trapped in a shrinking area of Syria controlled by Islamic State, whose forces are stopping many from fleeing, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said yesterday, calling for the families' safe passage.

'Afghan peace talks will be affected'

Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan yesterday said that peace talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban militants would be affected if India resorted to violence against Pakistan in response to a deadly bombing in the Kashmir region.

Bernie Sanders to run for US president

Bernie Sanders to run for US president

Senator Bernie Sanders yesterday launched his second bid for the White House, taking direct aim at Donald Trump in an announcement that calls the US president a "pathological liar."

BITS OF HISTORY (FEBRUARY 19)

2003: A Russian-built Il-76 military transport plane carrying members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard including 18 aircrew smashed into a mountainside in southeastern Iran killing all 276 aboard.

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