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Modi inaugurates Kishanganga dam in Jammu Kashmir; Pakistan protests

SRINAGAR: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on Saturday a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, amid protests from Pakistan, which says the project on a river flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies. The 330MW Kishanganga hydropower station, work on which started in 2009, is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the...

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Modi inaugurates Kishanganga dam in Jammu Kashmir; Pakistan protests

SRINAGAR: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on Saturday a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, amid protests from Pakistan, which says the project on a river flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies. The 330MW Kishanganga hydropower station, work on which started in 2009, is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the...

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Erdogan to hold election rally in Bosnia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold an election rally in Sarajevo Sunday for expatriate Turks, an event that has stirred controversy in Bosnia. Sarajevo was chosen for the rally after several European Union countries, including Germany, banned such rallies in the campaign for last year's referendum on a new system enhancing the powers of the Turkish presidency. The decision...

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Texas school shooter ‘nonemotional’ says lawyer

SANTA FE, TEXAS: The 17-year-old student charged with killing 10 people when he opened fire in an art class at his Houston-area high school appeared “weirdly nonemotional” on the morning after the rampage, one of his lawyers said on Saturday. The teenager, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with capital murder and is being held without...

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Cuba mourns after 107 killed in airliner crash

HAVANA: Cuba began two days of national mourning Saturday for victims of the crash of a state airways plane that killed all but three of its 110 passengers and crew. A Boeing 737 plane crashed on Friday shortly after taking off from Havana’s main airport on a domestic flight, with over 100 people feared dead or injured, Reuters witnesses and officials...

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At least eight dead in US high school shooting

Chicago,United States: At least eight people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on Friday, as President Donald Trump expressed "heartbreak" over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The incident took place at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of...

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Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for Ramadan after protesters killed

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has taken the rare decision to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire holy month of Ramadan after Israel killed some 60 Palestinian protesters in the enclave this week. The decision was made "to alleviate the suffering" of residents in the Palestinian territory, Sisi said on Facebook late Thursday. The Rafah crossing...

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Gina Haspel designated as first woman CIA director

WASHINGTON:  The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday to be director of the CIA, ending a bruising confirmation fight centered on her ties to the spy agency’s past use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques. Haspel, who will be the first woman to lead the CIA, is a 33-year veteran at the agency currently serving as its acting...

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Russian media outlets speculate about ‘possible death’ of Saudi crown prince Salman

Web Desk: The apparent disappearance of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the public eye has led several international media outlets to wonder if one of the most powerful men in the kingdom might have been killed during an attempted coup last month. It is believed that he had been injured in the attack and shifted to an undisclosed...

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India declares conditional ceasefire in Kashmir during Ramadan

Indian government on Wednesday announced a conditional ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir against militants during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. “Decision (has been) taken to help peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment,” the Indian Home Ministry announced on its official Twitter account, using an alternate spelling for Ramadan. However, the statement mentioned that the Indian forces...

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North Korea suspends talks with South, warns on Trump-Kim summit following air drills

SEOUL: North Korea suspended high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday due to US-South Korean military exercises and warned that a summit next month between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump could be in jeopardy. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency called the US-South Korean “Max Thunder” air combat drills, which it said involved...

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Turkey and Israel expel ambassadors over Gaza violence

ANKARA: Turkey and Israel expelled each other’s senior diplomats on Tuesday in a dispute over the killing by Israeli forces of 60 Palestinians a day earlier during protests on the Gaza border Turkey told Israel’s ambassador to leave the country on Tuesday after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border against the opening of the U.S....

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Gaza toll rises to 60 as fresh protests against Israel gather

Palestinians were gathering Tuesday for fresh protests along the Gaza border, a day after Israeli forces killed dozens there as the US embassy opened in Jerusalem on what was the conflict's bloodiest day in years. Palestinians on Tuesday marked the Nakba, or "catastrophe", commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's...

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North Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons: top defector

SEOUL: North Korea will never completely give up its nuclear weapons, a top defector said ahead of leader Kim Jong Un’s landmark summit with US President Donald Trump next month. The current whirlwind of diplomacy and negotiations will not end with "a sincere and complete disarmament" but with "a reduced North Korean nuclear threat", said Thae Yong-ho, who fled his...

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Nisar differs with Nawaz, says India remained stubborn related to Mumbai Attacks probe

ISLAMABAD: Former Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan has spoken out after his party leader and ousted premier Nawaz Sharif allegedly took the line of Indian narrative, saying that 'State' was complacent enough, which could not stop 'non state actors' from executing 'Mumbai Attack', in 2008. However today, in a statement he released did not condemn Nawaz, but for records...

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BJP refuses ‘ceasefire’ appeal by CM Mehbooba Mufti for Ramzan in disputed IoK

PDP ally BJP today opposed the idea of unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir by the Centre. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti yesterday said that the all-party meeting, called to discuss the situation in Kashmir, had agreed that the Centre should consider announcing a ceasefire in Kashmir during the forthcoming holy Muslim month of Ramadan. But the BJP chief spokesperson for Jammu and...

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Trump says Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Singapore on June 12. "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" Trump said in a tweeted announcement. The location and date of the summit -- the first ever between a sitting US...

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