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War kills more than 100,000 babies a year, says Save the Children

MUNICH: At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said on Friday. In the 10 worst-hit countries, a conservative estimate of 550,000 infants died as a result of fighting between 2013 and 2017. They succumbed to war and its effects, among them hunger, damage...

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US House passes bills to end shutdown, ignoring Trump veto threat

WASHINGTON: The new US House Democratic majority on Thursday approved two measures that would end a two-week partial government shutdown, but an impasse remains as the bills provide no money for President Donald Trump's border wall. Trump has threatened a veto of the legislation that would fund homeland security operations until February 8 and several other agencies through September because...

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Trump mocks Indian PM for library in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, suggesting it was of no use. Trump brought up India´s aid during a rambling press appearance at a cabinet meeting as he defended his push for the United States to invest less overseas. While stating that he got along with Modi,...

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One dead, 15 injured after women enter flashpoint India temple

One person was killed and at least 15 injured in violence across southern India´s Kerala state which broke out after two women defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism´s holiest temples, police said Thursday. Clashes were reported across the state after the two women activists, escorted by police, entered the Sabarimala temple in a surprise pre-dawn operation on Wednesday. The...

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Indian father and son battle for billion-dollar empire

Vijaypat Singhania thought he was keeping his billion-dollar Indian textile empire in the family when he gifted control of the Raymond Group to his son Gautam three years ago. But their relationship has disintegrated spectacularly since, with the father accusing the son of cheating him out of a exclusive apartment and of unceremoniously kicking him out of the company offices....

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Tear gas fired as dozens of migrants try illegal crossing to US

US Border Patrol agents used tear gas and pepper spray to counter rock-throwing migrants when a group of about 150 tried to illegally cross the border from Mexico, leading to 25 arrests, the agency said on Tuesday. It is the second time since November that border officers have used tear gas during an attempted mass migrant crossing in the San...

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Afghan Taliban says ‘post-occupation’ discussed with Iran

The Taliban discussed Afghanistan s "post-occupation situation" with Iran in their latest meeting, the group said Tuesday, as Tehran makes a more concerted and open push for peace ahead of a possible US drawdown. The remarks come after Iran confirmed Monday that the Taliban had visited Tehran for a second round of talks in just a few days that are...

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North Korea’s Kim says ready to meet Trump but warns of ‘new path’

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed on Tuesday his resolve to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula but warned he may have to take an alternative path if the United States continued to force Pyongyang into unilateral action. In his New Year address, Kim said he was willing to meet US President Donald Trump again at any time to...

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Iran says Afghan Taliban were in Tehran for peace talks

TEHRAN: Iran said Monday that the Afghan Taliban have visited Tehran for a second round of peace talks in just a few days aimed at bringing an end to 17 years of conflict. Iran has made a more concerted and open push for peace in neighbouring Afghanistan since US President Donald Trump indicated there would be a significant withdrawal of...

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Bangladesh’s PM Hasina wins third straight term; opposition cries foul

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won a third straight term, sealing a landslide with almost all the seats in parliament, officials said on Monday, while the opposition rejected the result as rigged and called for a fresh vote. Hasina’s win in Sunday’s general election follows a decade in power in which she has been credited with improving the economy...

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Two killed as Bangladeshis cast votes after violent campaign

DHAKA: Two people were killed in election-related violence in Bangladesh Sunday as voting began following a campaign marred by deadly clashes and a crackdown on the opposition by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina´s government. One man died when police opened fire on opposition supporters who authorities said had attacked a polling station, while an activist for the ruling Awami League party...

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Bangladesh PM expected to win third term as vote begins

DHAKA, Bangladesh Voting began Sunday in Bangladesh’s contentious parliamentary elections, seen as a referendum on what critics call Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s increasingly authoritarian rule. Hasina’s main rival is former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, deemed ineligible by a court from running for office because she is in prison for corruption. The two...

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Bangladesh shuts down high-speed mobile internet on election eve

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s telecoms regulator has ordered mobile operators to shut down high-speed mobile internet services until midnight on Sunday, the day of a national election. The measure is effective immediately, a spokesman for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said on Saturday. “The decision has been taken to prevent rumors and propaganda surrounding the vote,” Zakir Hussain Khan said.

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Four more youth embrace martyrdom in IoK: KMS

SRINAGAR: On Saturday, according to Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops martyred four more youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district. The youth were killed during a cordon and search operation in Rajpora area of the district. Residents took to the streets in the area and staged forceful demonstrations against the killing of the youth. In retaliation the, Indian occupying troops...

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Moscow says will host Putin-Erdogan-Rouhani summit early 2019

Moscow will host the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey early next year to discuss the Syrian conflict, Russia's deputy foreign minister said on Friday, after the United States announced it was withdrawing troops from the country. “It's our turn to host the summit... around the first week of the year. This will depend on the schedules of the presidents,”...

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King Salman orders Saudi Cabinet shakeup after Khashoggi’s killing

Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a wide-ranging overhaul of top government posts on Thursday, including naming a new foreign minister, following international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi nearly three months ago. He also ordered a shakeup of the kingdom's two supreme councils that oversee matters related to the economy and security, respectively. Both councils are headed...

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Iran in talks with Afghan Taliban

TEHRAN: Iran has met with the Afghan Taliban, a top Iranian security official said Wednesday according to the Tasnim news agency, just days after the militants attended reconciliation talks in the UAE. Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, made the announcement while on a visit to the Afghan capital Kabul, several Iranian agencies reported. “The Afghan government...

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