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INDIA

Militants storm army camp

At least three heavily armed militants yesterday stormed an army camp in the nation’s portion of Kashmir, wounding an officer and a civilian worker as intense firing set barracks and a vehicle on fire, the army said. The fighting raged close to the heavily militarized line of control dividing Kashmir with Pakistan, said an army officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters. He said the militants used grenades and gunfire to attack the camp, located about 150km northwest of the area’s main city of Srinagar. The camp houses the army’s headquarters in the frontier region. There was no independent confirmation of the incident. No rebel group fighting the government immediately issued any statement.

JAPAN

UN urges over refugees

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres yesterday said that Tokyo should be doing more to help with the global catastrophe of asylum seekers. Guterres said that he hoped Japan could admit more refugees, especially Syrians, on a “humanitarian basis.” He said the nation also needs to improve its asylum system and do a better job of integrating the refugees it accepts into its society. Guterres spoke at an event where Japanese apparel company Fast Retailing announced a partnership with the commission to expand the firm’s support for refugees, which includes internships, and donations of funds and of recycled clothing.

AFGHANISTAN

Rescue operation launched

Security forces yesterday launched an operation to rescue 18 people who Taliban insurgents captured after their helicopter made an emergency landing in territory under militant control, the Ministry of Defense said. The Taliban said they had shot the helicopter down and captured 15 people. The MI-17 helicopter owned by a private foreign company made an emergency landing in the northern province of Faryab on Tuesday after it developed a technical problem, the ministry said. “The insurgents then attacked and as a result two soldiers and one member of the crew were killed ... 18 people were captured,” the ministry said in a statement. “Security forces have started a clearance operation to free the captives.”

VATICAN CITY

Pope leaves for Africa

Pope Francis yesterday flew out of Rome bound for Kenya on the first leg of a landmark trip to Africa that is fraught with security risks. The 78-year-old pontiff, the third pope to visit the continent, is also to visit Uganda and the troubled Central African Republic (CAR) on a six-day trip. The final leg of the tour, in the CAR, could yet be curtailed or canceled depending on security conditions in a nation that has been wracked by sectarian conflict in recent years. A densely packed schedule will see the pope visit, among others, a shanty town in Kenya, a major Catholic shrine to Christian martyrs in Uganda and both a mosque and a refugee camp in the CAR. Officials say a last-minute change of program will only happen if Francis is made aware of a precise threat that could endanger the thousands of believers expected to come and see him, many of whom will be traveling long distances from neighbouring countries. The pope is due to be welcomed in Kenya by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. In a speech at the presidential residence State House, Francis is expected to address questions of corruption.

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