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US President Donald Trump to raise concerns over CAA, nudge PM Narendra Modi to ensure equality

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will raise the issue of religious freedom in India during his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week, a senior administration official said, a sensitive subject for the Indian government. Modi’s government has faced large scale-protests at home and criticism abroad for enacting a citizenship law that is seen as discriminating against Muslims and has...

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Four police killed in Paris stabbing, attacker shot dead

A man wielding a knife stabbed and killed four officers at the police headquarters in the heart of central Paris on Thursday, before being shot dead. The premises were cordoned off after the lunchtime attack in the historic centre of Paris, usually thronged with tourists, and dozens of police and emergency vehicles had converged at the scene, AFP journalists reported....

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Taliban attack kills at least 11 policemen

BALKH: At least 11 policemen were killed and over a dozen captured on Tuesday when Taliban fighters stormed their headquarters in northern Afghanistan, officials said. A column of more than 400 Taliban fighters on motorbikes attacked Shortepa district police headquarters in Balkh province in the early hours, triggering a lengthy gunfight, provincial spokesman Munir Farhad told AFP. "Eleven policemen were...

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China celebrates 70 years as President Xi commends the ‘Chinese dream’

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping declared Tuesday that "no force" can shake China as he oversaw a massive military celebration of 70 years of Communist Party rule, shadowed by a day of protest in seething Hong Kong that threatened to steal the spotlight. Standing on the Tiananmen Rostrum where Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the People´s Republic of China on October...

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Saudi crown prince prefers a non-military solution of tensions with Iran

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's crown prince said in an interview aired on Sunday that war with Iran would devastate the global economy and he prefers a non-military solution to tensions with his regional rival. "If the world does not take a strong and firm action to deter Iran, we will see further escalations that will threaten world interests," Saudi Crown Prince...

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Afghans vote in presidential election amid deadly violence

Afghans voted in presidential elections amid tight security on Saturday, even as insurgents attacked polling centres in a series of blasts and clashes across the country that left at least two people dead. The first-round vote marks the culmination of a bloody election campaign that despite a large field of candidates is seen as a close race between President Ashraf...

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Four Kashmiris martyred by Indian forces as restrictions tighten

Indian security forces martyred four kashmiris in occupied valley on Saturday, police said, as the disputed Muslim-majority territory simmers under a lockdown imposed by New Delhi after it revoked its constitutional autonomy in August. Three were martyred in the Batote market area of Jammu where, according to officials. Another Kashmiri was martyre in an 'encounter' in Kangan in the north...

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I get all the responsibility because it happened under my watch: MBS on Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said he bears responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year by Saudi operatives “because it happened under my watch”, according to a PBS documentary to be broadcast next week. Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, has not spoken publicly about the killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The CIA and...

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UK parliament to sit tomorrow after court ruling on ‘illegal’ suspension

LONDON: In a setback for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the suspension of parliament was illegal. Shortly after, the speaker of Britain’s House of Commons said parliament will resume its deliberations tomorrow (Wednesday). Speaker John Bercow said there will be full scope for emergency debates following the Supreme Court’s ruling that the government’s...

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At least 35 people at wedding party killed during nearby Afghan army raid

HELMAND/KABUL: At least 35 civilians attending a wedding party were killed and 13 others wounded by explosions and gunfire during a raid by the United States-backed Afghan government forces on a nearby militant hideout, two officials in southern Helmand province said on Monday. The officials said the house being used by the Taliban to train suicide bombers was located adjacent...

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PM Khan meets founder of Kashmir Study Group in New York

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in New York to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on Saturday met with the founder the Kashmir Study Group Farooq Kathwari. The premier asked Kathwari to continue informing the world about India's illegal occupation and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir so that they could see...

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Iran issues ‘battlefield’ warning as US deploys troops

Any country that attacks Iran will become the “main battlefield”, the Revolutionary Guards warned on Saturday after Washington ordered reinforcements to the Gulf following attacks on Saudi oil installations it blames on Tehran. Tensions escalated between arch-foes Iran and the United States after last weekend's attacks on Saudi energy giant Aramco's Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oilfield halved the kingdom's...

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Donald Drump to meet PM Imran and Modi on Monday, Tuesday respectively

US President Donald Trump will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday (September 23) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (September 24) in New York. According to reports in the Indian media, the meetings with the Pakistani and Indian premiers would be held in New York on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly,...

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Truck bomb kills at least 20 in southern Afghanistan

KABUL: A powerful early morning suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 90 others, an official said. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, which destroyed part of the hospital in Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province, and left a fleet of ambulances broken and battered....

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Saudi oil attack triggers Trump to ‘substantially increase’ Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced what he said would be substantial new sanctions against Iran in the first response to what officials say was likely Iranian involvement in an attack on Saudi oil facilities. "I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!" Trump said in a tweet....

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Trump says he will meet with PM Khan, Indian PM Modi soon

WASHINGTON, DC: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he is looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month. Talking to reporters on Monday, Trump had insisted that a lot of progress has been made towards reducing tension between India and Pakistan. Trump said, "I'll see Prime Minister Modi and I...

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Israel’s Netanyahu fights for record fifth term

JERUSALEM: Israel voted in its second election in five months on Tuesday that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's term as the country's longest-serving prime minister despite corruption allegations against him. The stakes could not be much higher for the 69-year-old right-wing leader who, as in April polls, faces a strong challenge from ex-military chief Benny Gantz...

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