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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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George Floyd case: US police officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder

MINNEAPOLIS: US police officer Derek Chauvin, who pinned an unarmed black man with his knee to the throat before the latter died, was on Friday arrested and charged with murder in the latest development in the George Floyd case. The prosecutor's announcement of Chauvin — the Minneapolis police officer who killed Floyd — being charged came after three nights of...

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EU human rights subcommittee denounces India’s arrest of human rights activists

BRUSSELS: The chairperson of the Subcommittee of Human Rights of the European Parliament, in a letter to Indian Home Minister Amit Shah, has condemned the arrest of human rights defenders under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. In her letter, Maria Arena said the European body has been closely following the arrests of human rights defenders Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha...

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Trump warns of military action as protests against George Floyd’s killing continue in Minnesota

United States President Donald Trump on Friday warned that he would "send in the National Guard and get the job done right" if protests in Minnesota were not curbed. He was referring to ongoing demonstrations against the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after Minneapolis police arrested him on Monday on suspicion of using a counterfeit banknote....

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US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule

The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is considerably ahead of schedule, an official told AFP on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump reiterated calls for the Pentagon to bring troops home. The developments came as questions loomed over the next phase of Afghanistan's long war following a historic, three-day ceasefire that led to a major drop in civilian casualties. The truce, which the...

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China’s parliament approves Hong Kong national security bill

China's parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved directly imposing national security legislation on Hong Kong to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in a city roiled last year by months of anti-government protests. The National People's Congress voted 2,878 to 1 in favour of the decision to empower its standing committee to draft the legislation, with six abstentions. The legislators...

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US decreases troops presence in Afghanistan to nearly 8,600 before schedule

US and NATO officials have said the number of troops in Afghanistan are down to 8,600, after a February deal between Washington and Taliban agreed to reduce American forces in the country. A key provision of the February 29 agreement between the Taliban and the United States — to which the Afghan government was not a party — involved a US commitment...

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Sun aligns directly over Holy Kaaba enabling Muslims to spot Qibla

Muslims all over the world on Wednesday were able to spot the Qibla simply by facing the sun as it passes over the top of the Holy Kaaba at Makkah. According to astronomers, the sun will pass directly over the top of the Holy Kaaba in Makkah at 2:18 pm Pakistan standard time. The sun passes directly over the Kaaba...

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Indian border security officials claim capture of another ‘spy pigeon from Pakistan’ in IoK

Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) claimed on Monday to have captured another "Pakistani spy pigeon" and handed it over to police in Indian occupied Kashmir, NDTV reported. The pigeon, "with a prominent pink patch and a tag on its leg", was logged at the police station as a "suspected Pakistani spy", said NDTV. The report said that the pigeon is being suspected of...

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US pushing ties to brink of ´Cold War´ over coronavirus pandemic, says China

BEIJING: China said Sunday that its relations with the United States were "on the brink of a new Cold War," fuelled partly by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and pitched the global economy into a massive downturn. Fresh tensions between Beijing and Washington emerged as virus restrictions continued to shape and remake lives...

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India-China standoff deepens at eastern Laddakh with troop accumulation

The standoff between India and China at the disputed eastern Laddakh border area intensified with Indian media reports claiming both sides are increasing their troops in the area. As per a report by ThePrint, Beijing has also beefed up its security on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC)by locating an estimated 1,200 to 1,300 troops near the Pangong Lake....

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Taliban, president Ghani announce three-day Eid ceasefire

The Taliban have announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government which will go into effect during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays starting today Sunday after months of months of fighting. President Ashraf Ghani swiftly welcomed the insurgents' offer and ordered his forces to also comply, while the US envoy to Afghanistan hailed the deal as a "momentous opportunity." https://twitter.com/ashrafghani/status/1264272518166298627 Taliban spokesman...

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India seeks help of Pakistan, Iran for help in fighting locust swarm

ISLAMABAD: India has issued a brief request to Pakistan for cooperation in the fight against a massive locust outbreak which it claims is migrating to India from breeding areas in Balochistan as well as Punjab. India has taken up the matter with Pakistan as well as Iran, which has also been severely affected by the locust swarm, and offered pesticides...

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Global leaders from express sorrow, share grief over PIA plane crash

Leaders from across the globe showed solidarity and extended condolences soon after a crash took place near Karachi Airport on Friday. Ninety-nine people were aboard the Airbus A-320 aircraft when it crashed, according to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) chief Arshad Malik. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the news from Pakistan is "devastating" and termed it a "terrible tragedy"....

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22 killed as ‘super cyclone’ ravages Bangladesh, India

At least 22 people died as the fiercest cyclone to hit parts of Bangladesh and eastern India this century sent trees flying and flattened houses, with millions crammed into shelters despite the risk of coronavirus. Millions were left without power after Cyclone Amphan, packing winds of around 150 kilometres per hour, carried away electricity pylons, walls and roofs, officials said on Thursday...

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OIC condemns India’s new domicile law in occupied Kashmir, terming it a violation of UNSC resolutions

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday denounced India's news domicile law in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK), calling it a violation of UN Security Council resolutions. "The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been following with deep concern the unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 and subsequent measures to alter the demographics of and undermine...

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‘Super cyclone’ roars towards Bangladesh, India

Several million people were taking shelter and praying for the best on Wednesday as the Bay of Bengal's fiercest cyclone in decades roared towards Bangladesh and eastern India, with forecasts of a potentially devastating and deadly storm surge. Authorities have scrambled to evacuate low lying areas in the path of Amphan, which is only the second "super cyclone" to form...

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