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US subcommittee to meet post UNGA session on Kashmir: Congressman Sherman

CALIFORNIA: Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia Brad Sherman on Saturday said the hearing on the issue of Indian occupied Kashmir will take place after the United Nations General Assembly session. Speaking to a private news channel, the Congressman said, “We are waiting by then [after Congress reconvenes] so that we can get high-level participation of from high-level state...

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UN appeals to India, Pakistan to exercise restraint as tensions rise in Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has appealed to India and Pakistan to exercise "maximum restraint" amid escalating tensions between the two countries along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region. "The UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan observed and reported an increase in military activity at the Line of Control in recent days," UN Secretary-General's...

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Seven more Kashmiris martyred by Indian forces in IoK

SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred seven more Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Sunday, Kashmir Media Service reported. The latest deaths come as a state of fright and horror gripped the Himalayan territory after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government called in tens of thousands of additional troops and ordered tourists to evacuate the...

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Indian forces martyr three Kashmiri in IOK

SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred three more Kashmiri youth in Baramulla and Shopian districts of Occupied Kashmir on Saturday in the latest acts of Indian state terrorism. The latest deaths came as a state of fear and panic gripped the Himalayan terrority after the Hindu nationalist Baharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government called in tens of thousands of additional troops and ordered...

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Anxious tourists flee Occupied Kashmir as India calls in additional troops

SRINAGAR: Thousands of tourists and students scrambled to get places on planes and buses leaving Indian Occupied Kashmir on Saturday after the Indian government warned of the threat of "terror" attacks but politicians raised fears of government scrapping the region's special status. The Jammu and Kashmir state government said late Friday that tourists should leave "immediately" because of new intelligence...

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Donald Trump offers again mediation over Kashmir dispute

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has again offered to mediate between Pakistan and India on the Kashmir dispute. “If they [Pakistan and India] wanted somebody to intervene or to help them,” Trump said in response to a question from a reporter at the White House about his earlier offer to mediate the Kashmir issue, “I spoke with Pakistan about that,...

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US puts sanctions on Iranian FM Javad Zarif

The United States has imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the latest move by Washington in its "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran. The Treasury Department said on Wednesday that it was imposing sanctions on Zarif for acting on behalf of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "Javad Zarif implements the reckless agenda of Iran's Supreme Leader, and...

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Afghanistan highway blast kills at least 34 on bus

KABUL: An explosion on Wednesday hit a bus traveling on a highway between two key cities in western Afghanistan, killing at least 34 passengers, including children, and injuring 17, officials said. Security has been deteriorating across Afghanistan, with the Taliban and Daesh fighters mounting near-daily attacks on Afghan forces, government employees and civilians. The blast on the highway linking the...

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Donald Trump wants forces reduced in Afghanistan by next US election: Pompeo

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump wants combat forces reduced in Afghanistan by the next US presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, introducing a timeline to Washington’s plan for cutting troop numbers there. Trump’s South Asia strategy, unveiled in August 2017, called for an open-ended deployment of US forces with the goal of compelling the Taliban to...

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Multiple victims reported in shooting at California garlic festival

SACRAMENTO: Police and ambulances raced to a shooting at a food festival in California on Sunday, and video posted on social media showed people at the event running for cover as shots rang out. Few details were immediately available, but police said there were casualties and that the scene remained active. NBC Bay Area reported that ambulance crews were told...

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China, Turkey support Pakistan on Kashmir issue

ISLAMABAD: A week after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s highly successful visit to Washington, China and Turkey on Friday express their support for the international community’s efforts to seek a peaceful resolution to the longstanding Kashmir dispute. Beijing especially supported US President Donald Trump’s recent offer of mediation between Pakistan and India in the Kashmir issue. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua...

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Russia police arrest hundreds at Moscow rally for fair elections

Russian police arrested more than 300 people as they gathered in Moscow on Saturday to demand free and fair elections, a monitor said, following a crackdown on the opposition. The rally comes a week after the capital's biggest demonstration in years when some 22,000 people protested the authorities' decision to block opposition candidates from standing for the city council in...

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Donald Trump announces controversial asylum deal with Guatemala

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump announced Friday that a "landmark" asylum agreement has been reached with Guatemala, as the United States ratchets up pressure on its southern neighbors to stem the flow of migrants towards its border. The White House said Guatemala would now be considered a "safe third country," meaning that US-bound migrants who enter Guatemala would be required to...

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PTA Chairman suggests govt to block social media websites over blasphemous content

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman retired Maj Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa on Friday told a Senate panel that the government should either increase the body's "technical capabilities" or block social media websites in the country in order to stop the circulation of "blasphemous content". While briefing the Senate Special Committee to examine purported grievances, Bajwa said: "[Dealing with] blasphemous content...

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PM Imran, President Trump meeting successful: US State Department

WASHINGTON: US Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that it is time to build upon the successful meeting of Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump. The US State Dept spokesman was giving a daily briefing in which she said that PM Imran promised to urge Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government, calling it an important...

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Two explosions rock Afghan capital after bus blast

KABUL: Two explosions went off in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday, minutes after a bus carrying government employees was hit by a blast, killing five people, government officials said. “One explosion occurred near the bus blast site and the second hit the eastern part of the city,” said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the interior ministry. Casualties were feared,...

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Kashmir mediation offer: Trump ‘doesn’t make things up’, says adviser

Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow has strongly denied that US President Donald Trump "made up" the claim that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to mediate with Pakistan on the decades-long Kashmir dispute. After welcoming Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on Monday, the US president had offered to mediate between India and Pakistan...

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