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UNSC calls Pulwama attack heinous and cowardly, demands justice and accountability

NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has condemned the February 14 attack in Pulwama and rebuffed India’s efforts to implicate Pakistan. Despite India’s accusations against Pakistan, the UN statement did not mention Pakistan, dealing a blow to India’s efforts to isolate Pakistan. "The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide...

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Two youth martyred by Indian occupational forces

Two Kashmiri youth were martyred by Indian forces in the Budgam district of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Wednesday. According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth were martyred during a search and cordon operation in Chadoora area of the district. The fresh spate of violence comes as a two-day shutdown is being observed in the valley against India’s intentions to...

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World court to rule on Iran’s billions frozen in US

The International Court of Justice on Wednesday will give its decision on a bid by Iran to recover $2 billion in frozen assets that the United States says must be paid to terror victims. The US Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that Iran must give the cash to survivors and relatives of victims of attacks blamed on Tehran, including the...

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Ex-Afghan president Sibghatullah Mujadidi passes away at 93

An Afghan mujahideen commander who fought the Soviets and rose to become the country's first president after the Red Army retreated has died aged 93, his family said on Tuesday. Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, who commanded a mujahideen faction during the decade-long insurgency against the Soviet occupiers, passed away late on Monday in a Kabul hospital after a long illness. Prominent Afghans,...

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17 causalities in Delhi hotel inferno

At least 17 people died when a fire ripped through a budget hotel in Delhi on Tuesday, with victims including a woman and a child who reportedly jumped from a window to escape the blaze. Images showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of the Indian capital....

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US Muslim lawmaker Omar sorry for tweet that sparked anti-Semitism row

WASHINGTON: Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in the US Congress, "unequivocally" apologized Monday after suggesting US support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobby group. The Minnesota freshman has faced criticism for weeks over her positions on the Jewish state, but it boiled over late Sunday after she reacted to a Republican critic...

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Israel warns Iran this could be last anniversary, trump labels it 40 years of failure

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Monday that this year could be the last time it celebrates the anniversary of its Islamic revolution if it attacks Israel. "I do not ignore the threats of the Iranian regime but neither am I intimidated by them," Netanyahu said in a statement and video issued by his office as Iran celebrated...

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Martyrdom anniversary of Maqbool Butt observed today

The 35th Martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri freedom leader Muhammad Maqbool Butt observed on Monday on both sides of the Line of Control with the firm determination to continue the struggle till achievement of right to self-determination. He was hanged on 11th February 1984 in Tihar Jail of New Delhi and was buried within the jail premises. Seminars, rallies and...

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Saudis oblivious about remains of Khashoggi’s body: official

Riyadh does not know the location of dissident Jamal Khashoggi´s body, despite having detained the Saudi team that murdered him, a high-ranking foreign affairs official in the kingdom said in an interview broadcast Sunday. The dissident journalist was dismembered after his murder October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but his remains have yet to be found. Adel al-Jubeir,...

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Saudi investments to aid cash-strapped Pakistan

DUBAI: A record investment package being prepared by Saudi Arabia for Pakistan will likely provide welcome relief for its cash-strapped Muslim ally, while also addressing regional geopolitical challenges, analysts say. At the heart of the investment is a reported $10 billion refinery and oil complex in the strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea, the ultimate destination for the massive...

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Trump says his meeting with North Korea’s Kim will be held in Hanoi

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet for a second much-anticipated summit in Hanoi, as preparations kick into high gear for the peace talks. Trump announced the exact location on Twitter — only the country, Vietnam, was previously known — for the follow-on to the leaders’ summit in Singapore last year as he...

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Occupied Kashmir Shut down over martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru

RINAGAR: A complete shutdown is being observed in occupied Kashmir today to mark the sixth martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri leader Muhammad Afzal Guru who was hanged by Indian authorities in 2013. The call for the shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, according to Kashmir Media Service....

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Zalmay Khalilzad seeks peace deal with Taliban before July vote

WASHINGTON: The United States is hoping Afghanistan can strike a peace agreement including the Taliban before elections scheduled for July, the US envoy for Afghan peace said on Friday. "It will be better for Afghanistan if we could get a peace agreement before the election, which is scheduled in July," Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, said, adding...

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Avalanches kill 1, trap 11 people under snow in IoK

Heavy snow has caused avalanches in the Himalayan region of Kashmir that have trapped 11 people and killed one, officials said Friday. Rescue operations were being hampered on Friday for people trapped at a fire brigade station at southern Banihal area overnight, said top police officer S.P. Pani. Trapped under the snow are six policemen, two firefighters and two prisoners....

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Evidence shows Khashoggi murder planned, carried out by Saudi officials: UN

GENEVA: A United Nations-led inquiry into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Thursday that evidence pointed to a brutal crime “planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia”. Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur for the extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions, said Saudi officials had “seriously undermined” and delayed Turkey’s efforts to investigate the crime scene...

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Trump says Democrat probes into him should ‘never be allowed’

WASHINGTON DC: US President Donald Trump lashed out on Thursday at Democrats for investigating his dealings with Russia, saying his opponents are “going nuts.” “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!” Trump tweeted. PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019 He said that an expansion of the...

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Taliban claims talk with Afghan politicians ‘successful’

MOSCOW: The Taliban on Wednesday hailed unprecedented talks with Afghan politicians as "very successful", despite disagreements over women's rights and the group's demand for an Islamic constitution in the war-torn country. The extraordinary two-day gathering in Moscow saw Taliban leaders stand shoulder-to-shoulder with former president Hamid Karzai, who called the insurgents his "brothers" as both sides agreed to seek lasting...

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