Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Asia

UN Secretary General urges India, Pakistan to defuse tensions

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions and offered to help broker a solution if both sides agree to UN mediation. Pakistan and India have been locked in a diplomatic clash following a suicide attack on ...

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China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

BEIJING: The Iranian foreign minister’s passionate defense of his country’s interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him “a famous person” in China, his Chinese counterpart told him on Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is ...

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India ends police protection for Kashmir separatist leaders

Indian authorities withdrew police protection for five separatist leaders in Kashmir on Sunday amid mounting fallout from a suicide bombing that killed 41 soldiers in the disputed region. New Delhi has vowed to retaliate after a van packed with explosives ripped through a convoy transporting 2,500 soldiers across the Indian-administered ...

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Pakistan recalls envoy from New Delhi

ISLAMABAD: In the wake of the Pulwama attack and baseless allegations from New Delhi, which killed at least 44 Indian security personnel in Kashmir, Pakistan on Monday recalled its high commissioner from India. According to the Foreign Office (FO), the envoy has been recalled to Islamabad for ‘consultations’. Suhail Mahmood left ...

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Saudi crown prince signs $20 billion in agreements with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia usher in a new era of bilateral relationship by signing investment deals worth more than $20 billion during visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who arrived in Islamabad on Sunday. The unprecedented Saudi investment is seen as a ‘game changer’ and major boost ...

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Bangladesh slum fire kills at least eight

DHAKA: A fire gutted more than 200 slum houses in the Bangladeshi port of Chittagong on Sunday, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 50, police and fire fighters said. A fire official said the fire may have been caused by a short circuit. Bangladesh is an impoverished ...

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UK Chancellor’s Beijing trip scrapped amid Def Sec’s China remarks: Reports

LONDON: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson warned that Beijing was “developing its modern military capability and its commercial power” while announcing the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was being deployed to Asia. The show-of-strength move and accusations that Beijing is disputing the waters in the region have prompted criticism from China. ...

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India warns Pakistan of ‘strong response’ to Kashmir attack

SRINAGAR: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised a “strong response” to a car bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir that killed at least 42 paramilitary personnel, with New Delhi calling for “the complete isolation of Pakistan” for harbouring the armed group behind the devastating attack. “We will give a befitting reply,” Modi ...

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