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US resumes talks with Taliban in Doha: US source

DOHA: Washington resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar Saturday, a US source said, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America´s longest war. In September, the United States and the Taliban had appeared on the verge of signing a deal that would have seen Washington begin withdrawing thousands of troops in return for...

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US ‘very concerned’ about reports of detentions, restrictions in Kashmir

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday said that it was “very concerned” about reports of detentions and restrictions imposed in Indian occupied Kashmir. Speaking to the media, US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said, “The US is watching the situation in Jammu and Kashmir closely. We continue to call for calm and restraint, including on rhetoric.” Ortagus said the US...

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India to receive Spice 2000 bombs from Israel

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will receive Spice 2000 bombs from Israel by the second week of September. According to the Indian media reports, IAF will also receive Mark 84 warhead and bombs which can destroy buildings completely. India is receiving these weapons systems as part of a deal signed with Israel worth INR 300 crores. It is expected that...

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At least 23 killed in fire at Mexico bar

WASHINGTON: At least 23 people were killed after a fire broke out in a bar in southern Mexico Tuesday night, NBC News reported, with authorities investigating a possible arson attack. Thirteen others were left seriously injured following the blaze in the southern port city of Coatzacoalcos, NBC said, citing a statement from the state attorney general´s office. The office condemned...

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Indian SC issues notices to PM Modi govt on petitions regarding Article 370

NEW DELHI: The Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday referred petitions related to the abrogation of the special status for occupied Kashmir to a five-judge constitution bench for hearing in the first week of October. Notices were also issued to Indian federal government on the petitions challenging Article 370. The Indian Supreme Court also allowed CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury...

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Iran’s Rouhani tells US to lift sanctions first then talk

TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday told the United States to "take the first step" by lifting all sanctions against Iran, a day after US President Donald Trump said he was open to meeting. "The step is to retreat from sanctions. You must retreat from all illegal, unjust and wrong sanctions against the nation of Iran," Rouhani said in a speech...

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All issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral: Modi during meeting with Trump

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that all issues between India and Pakistan were "bilateral in nature". He made the remark during a meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in France, ANI reported. Modi said, "all issues between India & Pakistan are bilateral in nature, that is why we don't bother...

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Pakistani staff safe as blast near consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad injures four: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani staff were safe after a bomb exploded Sunday night near the Pakistani consulate in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said. At least four people were injured in the late-night bomb blast, television channels reported. According to Dr Faisal, "IED exploded outside holding area of our Consulate General in Jalalabad. All Pakistani staff are safe....

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Continue fight for freedom, Gilani’s message to Kashmiri people

Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has appealed to the people of occupied Kashmir to continue their resistance against Indian brutality without losing courage. Gilani, in his first statement received by Kashmir Media Service from house arrest since the abolishing of occupied Kashmir’s special status by India on August 5, said there is no other alternative but...

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Modi awarded highest civilian award by UAE

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the United Arab Emirates’ highest civilian honour during a visit on Saturday to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he faces criticism over stripping occupied Kashmir of its autonomy. The induction of Modi into the Order of Zayed shows the importance the UAE places on India, the world’s third-largest...

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Rahul Gandhi and other Indian political leaders sent back from Srinagar airport

NEW DELHI:  Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and 11 leaders of other opposition parties who landed today at Srinagar airport were sent back to Delhi, news agency ANI reported. Restrictions have been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir since the Indian government withdrew special status from the state and divided it into two union territories earlier this month. According to reports in Indian...

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Hurriyat leaders call for protest after Friday prayers in occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat leaders in Indian occupied Kashmir have urged people to defy a curfew and join a mass march after Friday prayers against New Delhi's move to revoke the region’s autonomy. Indian occupied Kashmir has been under curfew and lockdown since August 5 after the Indian government abolished Article 370, which granted special status to the valley. The curfew and...

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Genocide Watch issues alert for Occupied Kashmir

US based organisation Genocide Watch has issued an alert and urged the United Nations and its members to warn India not to commit genocide in Indian occupied Kashmir. Occupied Kashmir has been under curfew and lockdown since August 5 after the Indian government scrapped Article 370, which granted special status to the valley. The curfew and lockdown has led to...

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Pakistan done very little in terrorism fight: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that other countries must assume the battle against Islamic extremist militant groups as the US negotiates a withdrawal from Afghanistan. He singled out India and Pakistan as frontline countries that are doing little to nothing to fight militant groups. “Look, India's right there, they are not fighting it, we're fighting it. Pakistan...

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Brazil’s president blames NGOs for Amazon fire

SAO PAULO: Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused non-governmental organisations of setting wildfires in the Amazon rainforest to damage his government’s image after he cut their funding. Bolsonaro, who has shocked environmentalists with plans to open the Amazon to business interests, said NGOs could be behind the record number of wildfires this year, although he presented no evidence...

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‘We won’t give an inch’: India faces defiance in ‘Kashmir’s Gaza’

Young men sit beside a pile of rocks and a bonfire, protecting the only entrance to a besieged neighbourhood they call "Kashmir's Gaza" as a mosque loudspeaker broadcasts slogans of liberation. In an act of defiance against New Delhi's controversial decision to withdraw occupied Kashmir's special status and integrate it fully into India, Soura neighbourhood on the outskirts of Srinagar...

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Emmanuel Macron to discuss Indian occupied Kashmir with Narendra Modi

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss tensions in occupied Kashmir with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the two meet in Paris this week, a French official said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also weighed in on Indian occupied Kashmir Tuesday telling Modi in a phone call that the issue was one for India and Pakistan...

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