Thursday, 19 September 2019

Asia

Rocket attacks on Kabul airport after Mattis arrives

KABUL: At least 20 rockets landed near the Kabul international airport on Wednesday hours after US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital. Kabul airport Chief Yaqub Rassouli said the rockets hit the Air Force hangars in the northern part. The missiles were fired from Deh Sabz district ...

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Indian fireworks factory blast kills nine

NEW DELHI: A blaze at an illegal fireworks factory in eastern India killed nine workers who were stocking up ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali next month, police said Monday. The fire broke out at the factory in Jharkhand state late Sunday after an explosion. “The unit was being ...

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Rohingya in Bangladesh need ‘massive’ assistance: UN

UNITED NATIONS: Bangladesh needs “massive international assistance” to feed and shelter the 436,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, the head of the UN refugee agency said Sunday. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said there were “immense” challenges after visiting the overflowing camps around Cox’s Bazar ...

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UK state minister Greg Hands for trade policy visits GSK Pakistan

LONDON/KARACHI: Pakistan is a vibrant economy, open for business. I want to see more of Britain’s leading companies doing business, creating jobs and supporting economic growth in both the UK and Pakistan,” said UK’s Minister of State for Trade Policy Greg Hands. As a part of his three-day visit to ...

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Sri Lanka probes ‘longest saree’ wedding for using kids

COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan couple is under investigation for deploying hundreds of school children to carry the train of the bride’s saree during a wedding ceremony, authorities said. About 250 students of a state-owned school carried the train of the 3.2-kilometre (two-mile) long saree worn by the bride as she and ...

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British PM Theresa May pays tribute to Benazir at UN

UNITED NATIONS: British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the United Nations General Assembly the other day and paid tribute to Benazir Bhutto on the tenth year of her death anniversary. In her address, British PM said, “This year is the tenth anniversary of the death of the woman who introduced ...

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Pakistan tells UN won’t be ‘scapegoat’ in Afghan war

  NEW YORK: Pakistan refuses to be a “scapegoat” for Afghanistan’s bloodshed or to fight wars for others, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the United Nations. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Abbasi did not explicitly criticize US President Donald Trump’s new strategy on Afghanistan but made clear his displeasure with ...

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Asif Zardari killed Benazir Ali Bhutto, says Pervez Musharraf

LAHORE: Former military strongman Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has accused Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supremo Asif Ali Zardari of carrying out the murder of his wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. In a video message, Musharraf said he was sending out this message as Zardari had personally called him out ...

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Indian-origin UK MP lobbying for direct flights between Amritsar and UK

JALANDHAR: After raising the issue of resumption of direct flights between Amritsar and UK with ministers in the Indian government and Punjab government, Slough MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi is now lobbying with airlines in UK and urging them to start the direct flights. During his meetings with the senior officials ...

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