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Saturday

Washington: Neil Armstrong, the legendary US astronaut who in 1969 became the first man to set foot on the moon, dies at the age of 82.

Washington/Islamabad: Badruddin Haqqani, the key operational commander of the al-Qaeda linked Haqqani network, and top Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah are believed to have been killed in US drone and air strikes in the tribal region of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Sunday

Townsville (Australia): Unmukt Chand leads from the front with a magnificent hundred as India Under-19 lifts their third World Cup title after beating formidable defending champions Australia by six wickets in the final.

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities have sent two requests to India to allow defence lawyers to cross-examine key witnesses in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case, saying any failure to do so could allow the accused in the country to go scot free.

Monday

Kandahar: Taliban Islamist insurgents behead 17 civilians, including two women, who were holding a party with music in a southern Afghanistan village, officials say.

New Delhi: Ahead of the NAM Ministerial meeting, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna holds bilateral talks with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi during which the two deliberate on the situation in Syria besides focussing on trade and economy.

Tuesday

Tehran: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives here to attend the 16th on a visit that will also see him holding bilateral talks with the top Iranian leadership and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

Tehran: Notwithstanding US pressure to reduce its oil dependence on Iran, India says it will continue to remain the biggest buyer of crude oil from the sanction-hit country and its companies will find ways to work around the financial restrictions imposed on oil purchases.

Wednesday

Tampa (Florida): officially clinches the Republican Party's nomination to challenge incumbent US President Barack Obama in the November 6 polls, as his wife makes an impassionate appeal to voters telling them "You can trust Mitt."

Washington: In a contradiction of the official version of Osama bin Laden's killing, a firsthand blow-by-blow account claims that the al Qaeda leader was shot in the head by a SEAL bullet when he looked out of his bedroom door into the hallway, and not killed inside the room.

Thursday

Tehran: A host of key issues like the worsening situation in Syria, Iran's nuclear programme and other matters of global concern are set to dominate the agenda of the Non-Aligned Movement's Summit which opens here.

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari says Pakistan and India must make "determined efforts and maintain focus" to steer their dialogue process in a productive and result- oriented manner.

Friday

Tampa: Republican White House challenger Mitt Romney vows to act tough with nations like Iran and China if elected, as he blasts his rival Barack Obama for failing to deliver and declares it was time for a "new leadership" in America.

New York: At least three people are killed after a gunman in body armour enters a New Jersey shopping plaza and opens fire on workers before turning the weapon on himself.

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