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Modi visits Ladakh where ‘violent face-off’ with Chinese troops took place

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into the Ladakh on Friday, officials said, weeks after Indian and Chinese troops clashed in the valley leading to a escalation of tension. Modi, who has been under pressure to respond to what India deems Chinese incursions, met troops at a base in Ladakh’s Nimu area, pictures from Reuters partner ANI showed. Officials said...

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Modi visits Ladakh where ‘violent face-off’ with Chinese troops took place

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into the Ladakh on Friday, officials said, weeks after Indian and Chinese troops clashed in the valley leading to a escalation of tension. Modi, who has been under pressure to respond to what India deems Chinese incursions, met troops at a base in Ladakh’s Nimu area, pictures from Reuters partner ANI showed. Officials said...

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24 shot to death in attack on drug rehab center in Mexico

Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said. Police in the north-central state of Guanajuato said the attack occurred in the city of Irapuato. Three of the seven wounded were reported in serious condition. Apparently the attackers shot everyone at the rehab center. State...

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Airbus cuts 15,000 jobs as coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on aviation industry

Aerospace giant Airbus has announced it will cut 15,000 jobs within a year as the company deals with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Airbus is moving swiftly to counter damage caused by a 40% slump in its 55-billion-euro ($61.8 billion) jet business following the pandemic, balancing belt-tightening against aid offered by European governments and future priorities. But it faces...

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Gas explosion at medical clinic kills 19 in Iran

TEHRAN: A gas explosion at a clinic in northern Tehran on Tuesday killed at least 19 people, Iran's semi-official news agency ISNA reported. The blast at Sina At'har health centre caused damage to buildings in the vicinity and sent a plume of thick black smoke into the night sky, state television reported. "An explosion was reported at 20:56 (1626 GMT) followed by...

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Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over killing of Gen Qassem Soleimani: report

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, according to the Fars news agency. On January 3, a US Drone strike in Iraq killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force. Washington blamed...

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Nepal PM says India hatching plans to oust him for releasing new map

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has alleged India was hatching plans to oust him from office after his government released a new map for the country which included key Indian territories. Oli while addressing a function on Sunday said, “Plots are being hatched to topple me for releasing the country’s new map and getting it adopted through Parliament.” He...

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Vietnam grounds Pakistani pilots over dubious licence concerns

Vietnam’s aviation authority said on Monday it had grounded all Pakistani pilots working for local airlines, amid concern from global regulators that some pilots may have been using “dubious” licences. The issue of dubious licenses drew global attention after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan in the National Assembly declared that 150 pilots of the national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines,...

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China sent martial artists, mountain climbers to India border before Ladakh clash

China's state media reported that it reinforced its troops at the Ladakh border with martial arts fighters and mountain climbers, before the deadly clash between Chinese and Indian troops that saw 20 Indian soldiers killed and others captured. Tensions are common between the two nuclear-armed neighbours in the mountainous border terrain, but this month's fighting was their deadliest encounter in...

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Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill American troops: NYT

WASHINGTON: A new report by the New York Times has alleged that Russia offered bounties to Afghan militants last year to kill American troops and other coalition forces. Citing officials briefed on the matter, the Times said the United States determined months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe had offered rewards for successful attacks last year. Militants, or...

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Int’l Day in Support of Victims of Torture: PM Khan condemns Indian atrocities in IoK

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan slammed Indian atrocities and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir Friday as the world marked the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Taking to Twitter, the prime minister called on the global community to take note of the torture and inhumane treatment faced by the people of occupied Kashmir at the hands of the...

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Ladakh border clash caused by India, says Chinese defence ministry

Beijing said that the border clash between China and India which resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers, was caused by the Indian side. The Indian actions violated a consensus between the two countries and were a unilateral provocation, the Chinese defence ministry said on Wednesday from its social media account. The June 15 battle, reportedly fought with fists,...

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Hajj 2020 to be observed with ‘around 1,000 pilgrims’: minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will allow around 1,000 pilgrims residing in the kingdom to perform the Hajj this year, a minister said Tuesday, after it was announced the ritual would be scaled back due to coronavirus. "The number of pilgrims will be around 1,000, maybe less, maybe a little more," Hajj Minister Mohammad Benten told reporters. "The number won't be in...

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Indian and Chinese military agree to disengage on disputed Himalayan border: sources

Indian and Chinese military commanders have agreed to disengage forces facing off over a disputed stretch of border where a clash last week left 20 Indian soldiers dead, an Indian government source in New Delhi said on Tuesday. Speaking in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the two sides had agreed to take measures to ease tensions. “There was...

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India no longer ‘weak’, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh amid border tensions with China

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Sunday the country will no longer compromise on its " national pride" and that the country was not 'weak' anymore, as its border tensions with China continue to rise. Singh, while addressing a virtual rally in occupied Kashmir, stated that the Indian government will not keep the parliament or anyone in the dark about...

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Coronavirus pandemic: Fear mounts in New Delhi as hospital beds run out

In New Delhi, Ashwani Jain succumbed to the coronavirus in an ambulance as his family pleaded with several hospitals to take him in as a deadly shortage of hospital beds rise in the Indian capital. "They don't care whether we live or die," said his 20-year-old daughter Kashish, whose uncle, Abhishek, sat with Ashwani in the back of the vehicle...

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International Criminal Court condemns US sanctions order

THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court has condemned the Trump administrations decision to authorise sanctions against court staff, saying it amounted to an unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law and the courts judicial proceedings. An executive order by US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday authorises sanctions against ICC staff investigating American troops and intelligence officials and...

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