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US pushing ties to brink of ´Cold War´ over coronavirus pandemic, says China

BEIJING: China said Sunday that its relations with the United States were "on the brink of a new Cold War," fuelled partly by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and pitched the global economy into a massive downturn. Fresh tensions between Beijing and Washington emerged as virus restrictions continued to shape and remake lives...

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US pushing ties to brink of ´Cold War´ over coronavirus pandemic, says China

BEIJING: China said Sunday that its relations with the United States were "on the brink of a new Cold War," fuelled partly by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and pitched the global economy into a massive downturn. Fresh tensions between Beijing and Washington emerged as virus restrictions continued to shape and remake lives...

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India-China standoff deepens at eastern Laddakh with troop accumulation

The standoff between India and China at the disputed eastern Laddakh border area intensified with Indian media reports claiming both sides are increasing their troops in the area. As per a report by ThePrint, Beijing has also beefed up its security on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC)by locating an estimated 1,200 to 1,300 troops near the Pangong Lake....

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Taliban, president Ghani announce three-day Eid ceasefire

The Taliban have announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government which will go into effect during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays starting today Sunday after months of months of fighting. President Ashraf Ghani swiftly welcomed the insurgents' offer and ordered his forces to also comply, while the US envoy to Afghanistan hailed the deal as a "momentous opportunity." https://twitter.com/ashrafghani/status/1264272518166298627 Taliban spokesman...

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India seeks help of Pakistan, Iran for help in fighting locust swarm

ISLAMABAD: India has issued a brief request to Pakistan for cooperation in the fight against a massive locust outbreak which it claims is migrating to India from breeding areas in Balochistan as well as Punjab. India has taken up the matter with Pakistan as well as Iran, which has also been severely affected by the locust swarm, and offered pesticides...

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Global leaders from express sorrow, share grief over PIA plane crash

Leaders from across the globe showed solidarity and extended condolences soon after a crash took place near Karachi Airport on Friday. Ninety-nine people were aboard the Airbus A-320 aircraft when it crashed, according to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) chief Arshad Malik. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the news from Pakistan is "devastating" and termed it a "terrible tragedy"....

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22 killed as ‘super cyclone’ ravages Bangladesh, India

At least 22 people died as the fiercest cyclone to hit parts of Bangladesh and eastern India this century sent trees flying and flattened houses, with millions crammed into shelters despite the risk of coronavirus. Millions were left without power after Cyclone Amphan, packing winds of around 150 kilometres per hour, carried away electricity pylons, walls and roofs, officials said on Thursday...

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OIC condemns India’s new domicile law in occupied Kashmir, terming it a violation of UNSC resolutions

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday denounced India's news domicile law in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK), calling it a violation of UN Security Council resolutions. "The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been following with deep concern the unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 and subsequent measures to alter the demographics of and undermine...

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‘Super cyclone’ roars towards Bangladesh, India

Several million people were taking shelter and praying for the best on Wednesday as the Bay of Bengal's fiercest cyclone in decades roared towards Bangladesh and eastern India, with forecasts of a potentially devastating and deadly storm surge. Authorities have scrambled to evacuate low lying areas in the path of Amphan, which is only the second "super cyclone" to form...

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Tens of thousands evacuated as India, Bangladesh brace for super cyclone amid coronavirus pandemic

Authorities in eastern India and Bangladesh were scrambling on Tuesday to move tens of thousands of villagers away from coasts expected to suffer widespread damage from a super cyclone, a task complicated by the battle against the coronavirus. India faces one of its biggest storms in about a decade, the weather office said, as the super cyclone Amphan, equivalent to...

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Taliban claim bomb attack that killed seven Afghan intelligence personnel

GHAZNI: Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on an Afghan intelligence agency post on Monday that killed at least seven personnel by a car bomb in the eastern province of Ghazni. "The terrorists have used a humvee in their attack. They have targeted the National Directorate of Security unit in Ghazni city," Wahidullah Jumazada, spokesman for the province's governor...

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China welcomes outstanding people from across the world: President Xi writes to Pakistani students

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote back to Pakistani students studying in Beijing, telling them that the country welcomes "outstanding young people" from across the world. Xi wrote back to Pakistani students of the University of Science and Technology in Beijing who had earlier thanked him for the support and help they received from the university. The students had expressed their...

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Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead at Tel Aviv residence

HERZLIYA: The Chinese ambassador to Israel was found dead on Sunday at his home in the outskirts of Tel Aviv, police said. Du Wei, the 57-year-old envoy, who had arrived in Israel in mid-February, was found dead in his home in Herzliya, north of the city, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, adding that police were investigating. Du's wife and son were...

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India has always supported traitors in Afghanistan, Taliban leader says

WASHINGTON: India should speak with the Taliban if it feels that it will help the peace process, Pakistan's envoy to Washington said on Saturday, but a senior Taliban leader seems to have dismissed the idea, saying India has supported "traitors" in the past. In an interview with The Hindu, an Indian newspaper, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said it...

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In Qatar, failing to wear a mask in public can land you in prison for three years

Fighting one of the highest infection rates in the world, Qatar has made it mandatory for people to wear face masks in public or be ready to face a three-year imprisonment sentence. More than 30,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the tiny Gulf country -- 1.1 percent of the 2.75 million population -- although just 15 people have...

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Afghan President Ghani, rival Abdullah Abdullah sign power-sharing deal to end feud

After months of dispute, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday to end the fued that had plunged the country into political crisis. "Doctor Abdullah will lead the National Reconciliation High Commission and members of his team will be included in the cabinet," Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for Ghani, wrote on Twitter. The...

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Brazil surpasses Spain, Italy in coronavirus cases

Brazil overtook Spain and Italy in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, making it the fourth-largest outbreak in the world. The country's total number of cases rose to 233,142 after authorities logged 14,919 new cases, according to data form Brazil's Health Ministry. A total of 15,633 people have died due to the coronavirus in the country so far,...

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