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Indian troops martyr 10 youth in IoK’s Pulwama district

SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred ten youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district on Saturday, the Kashmir Media Service reported. Three of the youth were killed during a cordon and search operation launched by the troops in the Kharpora Sirnoo area of the district. The killing sparked protests by residents resulting in clashes between the demonstrators and the Indian forces. The India troops...

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New Caledonians ordered to shelters in tsunami alert after big quake

NOUMEA: A shallow and powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off New Caledonia Wednesday prompting a tsunami alert and evacuations on the Pacific island, authorities said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that tsunami waves had been "observed" in the region but did not say where. Residents of New Caledonia, which lies north of New Zealand, received text messages directing them to...

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Hassan Rouhani threatens to cut off Gulf oil

TEHRAN: Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani struck a defiant stance against US sanctions on Tuesday, renewing his threat to cut off international oil sales from the Gulf. "America should know... it is not capable of preventing the export of Iran´s oil," Rouhani said at a televised rally in Semnan province. "If it ever tries to do so... no oil will be...

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani orders probe of sex abuse on women’s football team

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Tuesday called for an investigation into claims of sexual abuse against the national women´s football team, calling the allegations "shocking" and vowing to act immediately. The president´s call comes days after the Guardian newspaper broke a story about allegations of sexual and physical abuse of members of the women´s team by male officials, including the president...

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Emmanuel Macron to calm fiery protesters by halting fuel tax hikes

PARIS: The French government plans to announce Tuesday the suspension of fuel tax increases slated for January in a bid to quell the fierce protests which have ballooned into the deepest crisis of Emmanuel Macron´s presidency, sources said. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will also unveil other measures to help boost the living standards of low-income households, the government sources told...

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Woman set on fire in India after complaining of attempted assault

NEW DELHI: Two men accused of trying to molest a 20-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh set her on fire two days later after she lodged a complaint with police, authorities and her family said. Women in India have struggled to secure prosecution for sexual attacks in the face of widespread police indifference, rights activists say. The woman was in a...

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I will never accept violence, Macron says after Paris protests

BUENOS AIRES: French President Emmanuel Macron denounced protesters against him as chaos-seekers, as the growing demonstrations first triggered by planned fuel price hikes turned Paris violent. "I will never accept violence," Macron told a news conference at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires amid the massive "yellow vest" demonstrations. "No cause justifies that authorities are attacked, that businesses are plundered,...

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China, US declare 90-day halt to new tariffs, says White House

BUENOS AIRES: China and the United States have agreed to halt additional tariffs as both nations engage in new trade negotiations with the goal of reaching an agreement within 90 days, the White House said on Saturday after President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held high-stakes talks in Argentina. Trump agreed not to boost tariffs on $200 billion...

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Five key moments from the G20

Global leaders hunkered down for what threatened to be a fractious two-day summit in Buenos Aires with deep disagreements evident over world trade and climate change. But it wasn´t all doom and gloom. Here are five moments from the first day of the summit Friday: That handshake All eyes were on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and how his...

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Former US president George HW Bush dead at 94

Former US president George HW Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War, has died at age 94, his family announced late Friday. Tributes quickly poured in for the former US leader, a decorated war pilot and onetime CIA chief who also saw his son George follow in his footsteps to the Oval Office. Bush´s passing...

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Donald Trump ex-counsel pleads guilty to lying over Russia deal

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to Congress over the ongoing Russia investigation in connection with a Moscow real-estate deal and Russian contacts pursued during the 2016 election. As Democrats decried the plea as evidence that Trump's associates were willing to lie about his business dealings, Trump sought to deflect mounting political...

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MBS, Narendra Modi meet in Argentina as India looks to find new avenues for oil import

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed the kingdom's willingness to provide for all of India's oil and petroleum product needs during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Buenos Aires, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday. According to SPA, the two leaders met at the residence of the Saudi crown prince — known by his initials...

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Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump will meet at G20 summit as planned

MOSCOW: A meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin will take place at this week's G20 summit as planned, the Kremlin said Thursday, despite US threats to cancel over Moscow's tensions with Ukraine. "Washington has confirmed the meeting," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. Peskov said the meeting in Argentina would start around noon on Saturday with...

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At least 10 killed in attack at UK security firm’s Kabul compound

KABUL: At least 10 people were killed after a massive blast outside a British security company´s compound in Kabul late Wednesday, officials said, with the attack claimed by the Taliban in the latest violence to target the Afghan capital. The interior ministry and police both said the blast had been a car bomb targeting a compound which houses G4S, a...

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Car Bomb Hits Afghan Capital Kabul As Ghani Outlines Peace Plans

KABUL: A car bomb exploded near to a security contractors compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of smoke into the night sky and officials reported gunfire in the wake of the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility and no word on casualties. A senior security official said the blast happened close to...

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PM Modi will not participate in SAARC summit: Sushma Swaraj

New-Delhi: On Wednesday,  Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that there  will be no dialogue with Pakistan  in a rebuff to Pakistan a day after Islamabad said it would invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the SAARC summit. She also said the Kartarpur corridor initiative was not linked to the dialogue process with Pakistan. Swaraj's statement came hours before...

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Blast kills 22 near China factory in Olympic city

BEIJING: An explosion and fire near a chemical factory left at least 22 people dead and 22 others injured on Wednesday in a northern China city that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, authorities said. The charred and smoking remains of trucks and cars were scattered on a road as firefighters worked at the scene, according to images posted by...

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