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Quake of magnitude 7.5 shakes East Timor, Australia

DILI: A powerful, deep 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coasts of East Timor and Indonesia on Monday, and was felt as far away as Australia, but authorities said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami. Strong shaking caused alarm in the East Timor capital of Dili prompting people to run out of their houses, a Reuters...

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PM Khan congratulates Narendra Modi on election victory

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday congratulated incumbent Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his re-election as premier for a second consecutive term. In a tweet, PM said I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look[ing] forward to working with him for peace, progress, and prosperity in South Asia, he added. https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1131526476828893184 Modi,...

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Indian elections 2019: Modi close to be elected PM consecutively

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: India began counting hundreds of millions of votes in its general election on Thursday, with a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party taking an early lead, TV channels and India’s Election Commission said. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is expected to surpass the 272 seats needed to...

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FM Qureshi, Swaraj had informal meeting at SCO foreign ministers moot

BISHKEK: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday had an informal meeting with Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj during the meeting of Foreign Ministers Council of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Speaking after the informal meeting, FM Qureshi said he cleared it to Swaraj that Pakistan wants resolution of all issues [with India] through dialogues. "We are ready for...

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Rahul Gandhi terms Indian exit polls predicting Modi victory ‘fake’

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday dismissed "fake" Indian exit polls predicting a clear election victory for his opponent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day before the scheduled release of results. A slew of exit polls released after the world's largest election ended on Sunday projected that Modi and his allies would return to power with between 282 and 313...

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Six die in Indonesian post-election unrest

JAKARTA: Demonstrations over the outcome of last month’s presidential election gripped the heart of Indonesia’s capital on Wednesday after an overnight face-off between police and protesters in which Jakarta’s governor said six people were killed. The riots followed an announcement on Tuesday by the General Election Commission (KPU) confirming that President Joko Widodo had beaten his challenger, former general Prabowo...

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Iran’s Rouhani rejects talks with Washington

DUBAI/LONDON: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected talks with the United States on Tuesday, after President Donald Trump said Iran would call and ask for negotiations “if and when they are ever ready”. Tehran and Washington have escalated rhetoric against each other in recent weeks as the United States has tightened sanctions with what it says is the goal of pushing...

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Politician, family members among 11 killed in India ambush

GUWAHATI: Eleven people, including a lawmaker and four of his family, were killed in an ambush by tribal separatists in the eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, a senior police official said on Tuesday. Heavily armed militants fired automatic weapons at the five-vehicle convoy of Tirong Aboh, a member of the legislative assembly for the state seat of Khonsa, in...

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Christchurch mosque attacker charged with terrorism

WELLINGTON: New Zealand police said on Tuesday they were charging the man accused of murder in shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March with engaging in a terrorist act. Tuesday’s charge under terrorism suppression legislation was filed against Brenton Tarrant, police said. “The charge will allege that a terrorist act was carried out in Christchurch on 15 March 2019,” Commissioner...

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UN probe sought by Kashmir group over Human Rights Violations

A prominent rights group in occupied Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by Indian forces who have faced a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region. The Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) on Monday released a detailed report saying that the Indian...

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Exit Polls: Narendra Modi’s party confident of new India election victory

Exit polls from India's marathon election showed an "overwhelming" vote in favour of a new term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his party said on Monday as shares and the Indian currency surged on expectations of a new term. While opposition parties refused to give in and the country faces a nerve-jangling three day wait until the official count begins,...

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If Tehran attacks, it will be ‘official end of Iran’: Donald Trump

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran on Sunday, tweeting that a conflict would be the “official end” of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with “all strength” and said it was up to Iran to avoid war. The heightened rhetoric follows last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets and the firing...

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India´s marathon vote ends, Modi on tenterhooks over second term

KOLKATA: Voting ended Sunday in India´s most acrimonious election in decades that will decide whether Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a second term in power. As the final polling booths closed, a huge security cordon was thrown around the voting machines and boxes of paper ballots used for the world´s biggest election before the official count starts on...

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Five foreign tourists killed in plane crash in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA: Five foreigners including the pilot died on Saturday when their private plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras, local authorities said. Officials gave conflicting accounts of the victims’ nationalities. Armed forces spokesman Jose Domingo Meza said four of the victims were from the United States...

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Donald Trump denies dispute reports with top aides over Iran policy

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday denied friction with his hawkish foreign policy advisers on Iran, specifically giving statements of support to White House national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump called “bullshit” a variety of news reports that he had chafed at his advisers and privately expressed concerns that they were trying to...

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In first for Asia: Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage

TAIPEI: Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. Lawmakers of the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) backed the bill, which passed 66 to 27, although the measure could complicate President Tsai Ing-wen's bid to win a second...

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India martyrs five Kashmiris in State sponsored terrorism

SRINAGAR: Indian troops, in their latest act of state terrorism, martyred five Kashmiri youth in Pulwama and Baramulla districts of occupied Kashmir on Thursday, Kashmir Media Service reported. The youth identified as Naseer Pandit, Umar Mir and Khalid Ahmed were martyred during a cordon and search operation in Dalipora area of Pulwama district in the wee hours of the morning....

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