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  • Friday, 15 Aug 2003

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali called for peace with nuclear rival India yesterday, but said key differences between the two countries must be resolved. 

“Our forefathers did not lay the foundation of a new country to create enmity,” Jamali said at an Independence Day ceremony ahead of India's celebration today. 

“I will also say to Bharat (India), if it wants to see the region free from the clutches of hardship, it has to settle its fundamental differences with Pakistan. – Reuters 


GAUHATI (India): Suspected separatist rebels blew up a bridge on the main highway in India's northeast yesterday, killing six produce merchants and farmers travelling on a bus, police said. 

The attack also injured 15 people. 

At least 11 separatist groups have called for a strike during the celebrations marking India's independence from Britain in 1947. – AFP  


BANGKOK: Thailand barred Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy from entering the country, where he was to address a news conference yesterday, saying post election uncertainty in Cambodia made his visit “inappropriate.'' 

Sam Rainsy arrived in Bangkok from Singapore on Wednesday night but was denied a visa, said Eng Chhay Eang, the secretary general of the Sam Rainsy Party. – AP 


TOKYO: A 49-year-old Japanese man was arrested yesterday for chopping off the little finger of his daughter's 47-year-old boyfriend in a yakuza gangster style action after learning about their affair, police said. 

Yoshihiro Suematsu was also suspected of trying to extort one million yen (RM31,920) from the boyfriend. – AFP  

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