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Saturday    

Gaza City: Two are killed in a new Israeli air strike on central Gaza today, raising the death toll to 42 according to the emergency services in the territory said.

Beijing: China's new leader formally takes over as the country's Military Chief, presiding over the first meeting of the powerful 11-member Military Commission, the highest body of the country's defence command structure.

New York: An operative, who on the direction of the terror group's leaders in conspired to bomb the city's subway systems, Times Square and New York Stock Exchange in one of the most serious plots since the 9/11 attacks, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.    

Sunday    

Gaza City: Israel pounds Gaza enclave with a barrage of missiles for a fifth day today, killing at least 23 people, including women and children, targeting media houses and the home of a official, and threatening to "send Gaza back to the Middle Ages".

Phnom Penh: India expects continuity and stability in its relations with China, its largest trading partner, after the once-in-a-decade leadership change in the Communist nation, says Commerce Minister .

Monday    

Gaza City: Israeli bombardment on the narrow continues for a sixth day despite calls for a truce, flattening Gaza's police headquarters and taking the Palestinian death toll to over 100.

Yangon: President urges Myanmar to hasten its "remarkable" reforms on a historic visit during which he was feted by huge crowds and met at the home where she was long locked up.

Phnom Penh: The new Chinese leadership will give great importance to relations with India, outgoing Premier tells Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the two appreciated working with each other over the last eight years, in what was most likely their last meeting.

Almaty/Houston: Record-setting Indian-American astronaut along with two fellow cosmonauts safely return to Earth from the ISS touching down on the steppes of Kazakhstan, after spending four months in orbit.

Tuesday    

Gaza City: Fresh exchange of fire between Israel and Hamas continues unabated amid intensified international diplomatic efforts, with Egypt saying that Israeli "aggression" would end today, as a week of incessant raids claimed at least 122 Palestinian lives.

Islamabad: President confirms Pakistan's ratification of a landmark visa agreement signed with India in September that will benefit several categories of travellers, including businessmen and senior citizens.

Wednesday

Cairo: Israel and Palestinian group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, agree on a ceasefire to end a week-long violence in which at least 150 people have been killed.

New York: A white supremacist, who killed  Six Sikhs at a gurdwara in the US state of Wisconsin in August, had acted alone and there was no evidence that the attack was part of any ongoing threat to the community, the FBI has said, concluding its probe into the tragic incident.

Islamabad: In a cautious reaction to the hanging of , Pakistan says that it condemned terrorism "in all its forms" and was willing to cooperate with other countries to eliminate it.

Thursday

Gaza City: Hamas leaders in Gaza declared victory over Israel today, and thousands of flag-waving supporters rallied in celebration as the battered territory entered its first day of calm under an Egyptian-brokered truce that ended the worst cross-border fighting in four years.

Islamabad: The Pakistani threaten to target Indians "anywhere" in retaliation for the execution of Ajmal Kasab and demanded that India should return the body of the LeT militant involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks to his family.

Friday

Cairo: Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi assures his supporters that the country was on a path of "freedom and democracy" even as thousands of people stage rival rallies across the polarised nation to both support and oppose his move to assume sweeping powers.

London: A third man of Indian origin is charged with attacking 'Operation Blue Star' hero K S Brar here, British police said, a day after announcing the arrest of two more people, including a woman, in connection with the assault on the retired General.

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