Friday, 20 September 2019

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Gantz rejects Netanyahu’s call for unity government

WEST BANK: Benny Gantz, leader of the center-left Blue and White party, rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to form a government. In the first party meeting since Tuesday’s parliamentary elections, Gantz said he is now the leader of the largest party in Israel. “I want to establish a ...

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US will delay some US tariffs on Chinese goods: Trump

WASHINGTON: The US will delay by two weeks a bump in tariffs on Chinese goods that were set to go into effect Oct. 1, President Donald Trump announced. The decision, Trump said, was made as a concession to Beijing as it prepares to celebrate at the start of October the ...

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Meeting with Rouhani possible at UN assembly: Trump

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump signaled for a possible meeting with his Iranian counterpart at the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York. Asked whether it is possible to meet with Hassan Rouhani, Trump told reporters: “Sure, anything is possible.” “They would like to be able to solve their problem. ...

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Kashmir in lockdown a military prison: Indian activists

SRINAGAR: The entire state of Kashmir is currently a prison and under military control, a fact-finding team of Indian activists who visited the region since the imposition of a lockdown said. In their report “Kashmir Caged” released at the Press Club of India, they said people expressed pain, anger, and ...

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UN conference to combat terrorism kicks off in Nairobi

NAIROBI: African counter-terrorism must be holistic, well-funded, underpinned by respect for human rights, and most importantly backed by strong political will to defeat terrorism, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. Guterres addressed the official opening of the African Regional High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to ...

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Spain’s Sagrada Familia gets building permit after 137 years

Construction of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia may have started 137 years ago, but the emblematic basilica only got a building permit… on Friday. The Spanish seaside city council awarded the license to a committee in charge of finishing construction of the Catholic temple for 4.6 million euros ($5.2 million), Janet Sanz, ...

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Vietnamese man jailed for plotting terror attack

HANOI: A Vietnamese man has been sentenced to six years in jail for terrorism and weapons possession after he was convicted for smuggling a cache of guns into the country from Cambodia, a court official said. Terror-related crimes are rare in the one-party communist state, where a hardline administration in ...

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Rise in attacks on Afghan schools alarming: UNICEF

KABUL: A latest UNICEF report has pointed out alarming rise in the attacks on schools in the war-torn Afghanistan. The report released on Tuesday has counted around 200 attacks on schools last year alone, thereby cutting children’s access to education amid worsening security situation. Attacks on schools have surged from ...

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Dozens missing in collapse at Myanmar jade mine

NAY PYI TAW: More than 50 people went missing after a landslide hit major jade mining area in the country’s northern Kachin state, an official said. The accident occurred near Maw Wun kalay village in Hpakant Township when a mud-filter pond, situated in an old mining site, collapsed last night ...

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Journalist killed in ‘terrorist attack’ in Northern Ireland

LONDON: A 29-year-old journalist was killed night in Northern Ireland in a “terrorist incident,” local police said. Lyra McKee, who had been observing a police operation in the Creggan area of the city of Londonderry, was shot dead, according to the police. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the shooting ...

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