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US welcomes Pak-India dialogue over facilitating Sikh pilgrims via Kartarpur corridor project

WASHINGTON: United States Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, in a recent press briefing, welcomed the initiative of the Kartarpur Corridor between Pakistan and India for facilitating Sikh pilgrims. Ortagus, while responding to a journalist who asked U.S. comments on the Kartarpur Corridor between Pakistan and India, stated that it ‘was certainly a good news report’. She added anything that...

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Strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolts eastern Indonesia

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of North Maluku province in eastern Indonesia Sunday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake was 150 kilometres (92 miles) northwest of the coastal town of Ternate at a depth of 37 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was felt in Ternate but residents were unconcerned,...

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Syrian force declares victory over Daesh

BEIRUT: Daesh has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the end of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. The SDF declared the “total elimination of (the) so-called caliphate”, Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office, wrote on...

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Blast at Chinese chemical plant kills 47

YANCHENG: An explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China has killed 47 people and injured more than 600, state media said on Friday, the latest casualties in a series of industrial accidents that has angered the public. The blast occurred on Thursday at the Chenjiagang Industrial Park in the city of Yancheng, in Jiangsu province, and the fire was...

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Azaan broadcast across NZ as world marks a week since Christchurch massacre

CHRISTCHURCH: The Azaan was heard across New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people martyred by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago.  New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led thousands of mourners gathered at a park in front of the Al Noor Mosque, where most of the victims died, for a prayer followed by two minutes of...

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Ferry capsize kills nearly 80 in Iraq’s Mosul

MOSUL: At least 79 people died when an overloaded ferry carrying families on an outing sank in the Tigris river in Mosul in northern Iraq, medical sources told Reuters on Thursday. Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim, said the head of Mosul’s Civil Defence Authority Husam Khalil. He said the ferry...

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South Korea arrests two for spy cameras that livestreamed 1,600 motel guests

SEOUL: South Korean police have arrested two men for using illegal spy cameras at motels to film and livestream videos of about 1,600 guests, raking in about 7 million won ($6,200) over the past three months, police said on Wednesday. Illicit filming has surged in South Korea with growing use of mobile devices. Its pop music industry is reeling from...

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Six killed in Chinese pesticide plant explosion

BEIJING: A huge explosion rocked a chemical plant in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens as it knocked down factory buildings and sent a huge plume of smoke skyward, officials and state media said. The blast occurred at around 2:50pm (0650 GMT) at a facility run by Tianjiayi Chemical in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, city...

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Trump’s border wall money may come at expense of schools for military kids

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Defense is proposing to pay for President Donald Trump’s much-debated border wall by shifting funds away from projects that include $1.2 billion for schools, childcare centers and other facilities for military children, according to a list it has provided to lawmakers. The Pentagon gave Congress a list on Monday that included $12.8 billion of construction...

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3 explosions target shrine in Kabul, says Afghan official

Three explosions have struck near a Shia shrine and cemetery in western Kabul as people gathered there to mark the holiday of Nauroz, the Persian New Year, an Afghan official said on Thursday. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said Shia worshippers had come to the Karti Sakhi shrine in the Afghan capital when...

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Less than a week: NZ bans types of semi-automatic weapons after terrorist attack

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country’s worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday. Ardern said she expects the new laws to be in place by April 11 and buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons. “Now, six days...

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Trump gets a U.S. SC victory on immigration detention

WASHINGTON: The Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed the U.S. government’s authority to detain immigrants awaiting deportation anytime - potentially even years - after they have completed prison terms for criminal convictions, handing President Donald Trump a victory as he pursues hardline immigration policies. The court ruled 5-4 along ideological lines, with its conservative justices in the majority and its liberal...

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Bardot brands French Indian Ocean islanders as ‘savages’

Paris: The veteran French actress Brigitte Bardot sparked an outcry Tuesday by branding the population of the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion as "degenerate savages". "The natives have kept their savage genes," the animal rights campaigner wrote in an open letter attacking the islanders for their treatment of animals. https://twitter.com/brigitte_bardot/status/1107588871364186113 The 84-year-old, who has been convicted five times for...

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Trump calls top aide Conway’s spouse ‘husband from hell’ in Twitter brawl

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump refused to let go of his feud with White House aide Kellyanne Conway’s spouse on Wednesday, calling George Conway a “husband from hell” and prompting Conway to renew his accusation that Trump is mentally unfit for his office. “The president seems determined to prove the point I’ve been making,” Conway told Reuters in response...

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Norway opens first ever European under water restaurant

BAALY: Europe’s first underwater restaurant opens in Norway on Wednesday with more than 7,000 customers booked in to eat among the fish. Situated on the southern tip of Norway, the restaurant looks like a large concrete tube partly submerged in the North Sea. It is called Under, which also means “wonder” in Norwegian. It was designed by Norwegian architecture firm...

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Man losses job, deported from UAE for ‘celebrating’ New Zealand terror attack

A Company in the United Arab Emirates said an employee was fired and deported after he allegedly celebrated the mass killing of Muslims in New Zealand last week. At least 50 people were killed and dozens wounded by a lone gunman at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday in what is the country's worst modern mass shooting. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a...

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NZ PM announces Azaan to be broadcast nationally in solidarity with Muslims

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that the nation will observe two minutes of silence on Friday to mark one week since the deadly attack. Ardern said that they were planning for the memorial service which would be held in Christchurch, adding that the government wants to involve the rest of New Zealand. Speaking to media on her...

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