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* Terror-free Pakistan must for fresh talks, Modi tells Xi Jinping

June 14 (NIE) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin separately on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek but not with his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan.
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* Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: Iran calls US accusation 'unfounded'

June 14 (BBC) Iran says it "categorically rejects" US claims that it is behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had blamed Iran for the "unprovoked attacks" on Thursday.
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* Ghazni's ancient tower collapses in Afghanistan

June 14 (BBC) An ancient tower in the Afghan city of Ghazni has collapsed, raising questions over the government's ability to protect the country's artefacts. Footage uploaded to social media shows a fort in the old city crumbling. The tower was one of dozens already destroyed in the city. Officials blamed heavy rain, but some critics accuse the government of negligence.
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* Christchurch attack: Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty to all charges

June 14 (BBC) The main suspect in the Christchurch attacks in March, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Brenton Tarrant is charged with the murder of 51 people, 40 counts of attempted murder and one terrorism charge in New Zealand's deadliest peace time mass shooting.
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