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Afghanistan to release 600 Taliban prisoners in bid to push for peace talks

KABUL: Afghan authorities on Thursday said it will release 600 prisoners it had deemed "too dangerous" in the hope of getting peace talks going, a day after they had refused to release the captives. Disagreement over about 600 prisoners from a total of 5,000 the Taliban want released has prevented the launch of US-brokered peace talks aimed at ending nearly...

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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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Afghan ministry says four killed, several wounded in Kabul mosque blast

KABUL: A blast in a Kabul mosque during Friday prayers killed at least four people and wounded many more, Afghanistan’s interior ministry said on Friday. “Explosives placed inside the Shir Shah-E-Suri Mosque exploded during Friday prayers,” said a Ministry of Interior statement, adding that the West Kabul mosque’s Imam was among those killed. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the...

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Iran sentences informant convicted of spying on Soleimani for CIA

DUBAI: Iranian judiciary announced on Tuesday that one of its citizens who provided information to US and Israeli intelligence agencies regarding the whereabouts of Iran’s slain Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani has been sentenced to death. On January 3, a US drone strike in Iraq killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. Washington blamed Soleimani for masterminding attacks...

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New Zealand declares itself coronavirus free, PM Ardern says ‘did a little dance’

WELLINGTON: New Zealand health authorities on Monday announced that the country had no active cases of COVID-19 cases after the country´s final patient was given the all-clear and released from isolation. The milestone was "really good news" and an achievement the whole of New Zealand could take heart from, health department director-general Ashley Bloomfield said. "Having no active cases for...

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India-China talks on border strains end inconclusively: report

The recently held India-China talks on border tensions remained inconclusive, according to Indian media, with both sides agreeing to carry on "military and diplomatic engagements" to improve relations. A statement from India's External Affairs Ministry (EAM) said that both sides agreed on the need to peacefully resolve the border dispute. A report in The Hindustan Times said that those in the know...

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French forces kill leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali

French forces have killed the leader of militant group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdel, in northern Mali, France's defence minister said. Droukdel was killed on Thursday near the Algerian border, where the group has bases from which it has carried out attacks and abductions of Westerners in the sub-Saharan Sahel zone, Defence Minister Florence Parly said...

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Biden clinches Democratic nomination for 2020 race against Trump

Joe Biden said on Friday that he had secured the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination and face Donald Trump in November's US presidential election. "Folks, tonight we secured the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination," the former vice president said on Twitter. https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1269107491708850176 "I'm going to spend every day fighting to earn your vote so that,...

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Trump trying to ‘divide’ America: ex-Pentagon chief Mattis

Former Pentagon chief Jim Mattis issued a stinging rebuke of his erstwhile boss Donald Trump on Wednesday, accusing the president of trying to "divide" America and failing to provide "mature leadership" as the country reels from days of protests. Mattis, who resigned in December 2018 over Trump's ordering of a full troop withdrawal from Syria, also voiced support for the...

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Murder charges filed against all four officers in George Floyd’s death

Authorities have upgraded murder charges against the former Minneapolis police officer who pinned George Floyd to the ground by his neck to second-degree murder while charging three other former officers who were at the scene with aiding and abetting the killing. The May 25 death of George Floyd — who had been accused of trying to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit...

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George Floyd death: Violence erupts at US protests after Trump vows to bring in military

President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to use the US military to halt protests over the death of a black man in police custody, before law enforcement officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas to clear demonstrators and allow the president to walk to a church and pose for pictures. But as darkness fell hours after the president’s remarks in...

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With over 5,000 deaths, India becomes 7th worst-hit nation by coronavirus

Amid the surging coronavirus cases and deaths, India became the 7th most-affected country out of the 10 worst-hit nations from COVID-19 with an increase of 8,392 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the nation-wide tally to 1,90,535 to date. The country saw the spike in cases after the government eased lockdown conditions to allow free movement of people and...

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Masjid-e-Nabawi, Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque reopen to public after coronavirus closure

Saudi Arabia reopened the doors of Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madinah on Sunday as the Kingdom continued with its phased plan to ease coronavirus restrictions, reported Arab News. Worshippers entered Masjid-e-Nabawi or the Prophet’s Mosque, as it is also known, for group prayers, with a limit of 40% capacity, starting from Fajr prayers on Sunday. The government has issued precautionary measures including the...

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George Floyd death: Curfews and clashes in US as protests rage across country

MINNEAPOLIS: Protests continued across the United States on Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets over the the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white police offical knelt on his neck. Los Angeles, Atlanta and Philadelphia were among several cities to order people to stay indoors after thousands took to streets nationwide to protest...

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