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Indian Supreme Court orders Modi govt to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Narendra Modi led government to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi issued these orders while hearing a petition filed by child rights expert Enakshi Ganguly and Professor Shanta Sinha, first Chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR), stating that there have been reports about the...

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Roadside bomb kills 11 in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed at least 11 people travelling in a truck in the southern Kandahar province, provincial officials said on Monday. Ahmad Sadeq Essa, a deputy army spokesman in Kandahar, said that around 35 other civilians were wounded in the explosion. Yousof Younosi, a provincial council member in Kandahar, said that women and children were among those...

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Floods, landslides leave people dead across Nepal, India

Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 43 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the Himalayan border in India, officials said on Sunday. At least 24 others are missing in Nepal, either swept by swollen rivers or buried by mudslides since delayed monsoon rains began pounding the region Friday,...

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Pakistan joins call with US, Russia and China seeking peace in Afghanistan, ceasefire

WASHINGTON: Pakistan joined the United States, Russia and China at a consultation meeting in Beijing on Friday and agreed to continue joint efforts for realizing a political settlement in Afghanistan to bring peace and stability to the region. “China, Russia and the United States welcomed Pakistan joining the consultation and believe that Pakistan can play an important role in facilitating...

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Suicide bomber kills five at wedding party in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL: A suicide bomber on foot targeted a wedding party in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring 40, local officials said. Atahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province’s governor, said a boy set off his explosives inside the house of a pro-government militia commander in Pacheragam district. Khogyani said 40 wounded men...

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China denounces UN human rights letter on ethnic minorities’ treatment as ‘slander’

BEIJING: China on Thursday labelled as "slander" a letter sent to top United Nations officials by more than 20 countries condemning Beijing's treatment of ethnic minorities, especially the Uighurs. An estimated one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are held in internment camps in the northwest region of Xinjiang — a system that Beijing defends as necessary to counter religious extremism...

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Fierce storms hit Greece killing six foreign nationals

ATHENS: Six foreign nationals, including two children, were killed and more than 100 other people injured after gale-force winds, rain and hailstorms struck northern Greece late on Wednesday, uprooting trees and collapsing roofs, authorities said. Television footage showed strong winds sweeping through a restaurant in the Halkidiki peninsula, a region popular with tourists in the summer. Streets in towns in...

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US envoy meets Taliban post Afghan talks

DOHA: Washington's top negotiator with the Taliban held fresh talks with the militants Tuesday after the group took part in an Afghan summit aimed at forging a "roadmap to peace". "I had a meeting with the Taliban this morning. Headed to China now and then will return to Washington to report and consult on the #AfghanPeaceProcess," US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad...

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Trump again says Indian tariffs on US goods unacceptable

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump repeated his complaints on Tuesday that India’s tariffs on U.S. products were unacceptable but he did not indicate whether he would take any further action in the trade row between the two nations. “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!” Trump tweeted. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1148573632869875712 There was no...

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All-Afghan conference brings peace one step forward

All-Afghan talks that brought together Afghanistan's warring sides ended on Tuesday with a statement that appeared to push the country a step closer to peace, by laying down the outlines of a roadmap for the country's future and ending nearly 18 years of war. Washington's Peace Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has said he is hoping for a final agreement by Sept...

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Afghan opponents meet seeking to secure peace

DOHA: Dozens of powerful Afghans including bitter rivals will meet with the Taliban in Doha Sunday, amid separate talks between the US and the insurgents seeking to end 18 years of war. Stakes are high for both sets of talks. Washington has said it wants to seal a political deal with the Taliban ahead of Afghan presidential polls due in...

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Taliban bomb kills 14 as peace talks held in Qatar

KABUL: A Taliban attack on a government security compound in central Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least eight security personnel and six civilians, and wounded more than 180, officials said, as rival Afghan groups met in Qatar to discuss peace. Taliban fighters detonated a car bomb in Ghazni city near an office of Afghanistan’s main intelligence service, the National Directorate...

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Tunisian government bans Niqab in govt offices for “security reasons”

TUNIS: Prime Minister Youssef Chahed decided on Friday to ban the niqab Muslim face covering for women in Tunisian government offices "for security reasons", his office said. It said Chahed signed a government circular "banning access to public administrations and institutions to anyone with their face covered... for security reasons". The ban on the niqab, which covers the entire face...

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Iran could consider talks with US only if sanctions lifted, Khamenei permits: minister

DUBAI: Iran’s intelligence minister has said Tehran and Washington could hold talks only if the United States ended its sanctions and Iran’s top authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave his approval, state news agency IRNA reported on Thursday. “Holding talks with America can be reviewed by Iran only if (US President Donald) Trump lifts the sanctions and our supreme leader gives...

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Rahul Gandhi steps down as Congress president

Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called serving the Congress Party "an honour" as he resigned as the leader of India's main opposition party, saying he owed "the country and my organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love". "I was born a Congressman, this party has always been with me and is my life's blood and forever that way it shall...

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Heavy rains in India kill 27, cripple financial capital

MUMBAI: Monsoon rains caused wall collapses that killed 27 people in India on Tuesday, as a second day of bad weather disrupted rail and air traffic in the financial capital Mumbai, prompting officials to shut schools and offices, though markets were open. During every monsoon season, which runs from June to September, India experiences fatal incidents of building and wall...

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Gun battle rages in Afghan capital after powerful blast injures 65

KABUL: Afghan security forces were battling gunmen on Monday who had forced their way into a building in the capital, Kabul, after a bomb-laden truck exploded near a defense ministry compound during rush hour, injuring at least 65 people, authorities said. At least three gunmen entered a building around the defense ministry after the explosives were detonated near the ministry’s...

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