Friday, 20 September 2019

Asia

Singapore seizes 8.8 tonnes elephant ivory, pangolin scales

SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities have seized 8.8 tonnes (8,800kg) of elephant ivory, its largest ever seizure to date. Authorities estimate that the tusks, valued at $12.9m (£10.4m), have come from nearly 300 African elephants. Some 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales valued at $35.7m were also seized. It is believed to have ...

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India denies Modi asked Trump to mediate Kashmir issue

NEW DELHI: India’s foreign minister was forced to issue a strenuous denial to an infuriated opposition in parliament on Tuesday, after US President Donald Trump said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited him to mediate in the conflict with Pakistan over Kashmir. While Pakistan has often sought third-party mediation in ...

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President Trump likely to restore $1.3 billion aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump hinted at the possibility of restoring $1.3 billion aid to its strategic ally Pakistan, which was suspended last year. The US president spoke about the possibility of restoring aid during after he met with PM Pakistan Imran Khan at the White House. President Trump said that ...

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Hong Kong on security alert amid wave of protests

HONG KONG: Tens of thousands marched in sweltering heat in Hong Kong yesterday as anti-government protests show no sign of let-up. Yesterday’s rally is the seventh weekend in-a-row that residents have come out en-masse. Large protests began last month in opposition to a contentious extradition bill that would have allowed ...

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At least 12 dead in Taliban attack on Afgan police HQ

KANDAHAR: At least 12 people were killed and scores more wounded when the Taliban attacked a police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar, officials and the insurgents said. The assault comes amid a series of peace talks between Washington and the Taliban that both sides say are making progress, ...

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Similar drama since 2001: India on Hafiz Saeed arrest

NEW DELHI: India has dismissed the latest arrest of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba founder Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan as yet another “drama” – just a day after United States President Donald Trump tweeted to claim credit for it. After a ten year search, the so-called “mastermind” of the Mumbai Terror attacks has been arrested ...

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Kartarpur Corridor: US encourages Pakistan-India talks

WASHINGTON: United States Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, in a recent press briefing, welcomed the initiative of the Kartarpur Corridor between Pakistan and India for facilitating Sikh pilgrims. Ortagus, while responding to a journalist who asked U.S. comments on the Kartarpur Corridor between Pakistan and India, stated that it ...

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LONDON: Conjoined Pakistani twins separated in rare surgery

LONDON: Two-year-old twins joined at the head have undergone successful surgery at a British hospital to separate their skulls, brains and blood vessels, doctors said on Tuesday. The highly complex surgery involved multiple operations on Safa and Marwa Ullah, who were born in Pakistan in January 2017 with a condition ...

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Clashes break out as Hong Kong protesters escalate fight in suburbs

HONG KONG: Tens of thousands rallied in a large Hong Kong suburb on Sunday, driven by abiding anger at the government’s handling of an extradition bill that has revived fears of China tightening its grip over the former British colony and eroding its freedoms. Clashes broke out as protesters hurled ...

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