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Powerful quake rocks central Indonesia

JAKARTA: A shallow undersea earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude struck off East Nusa Tenggara province of central Indonesia on Tuesday, but there was no tsunami alert issued, the country’s meteorology and geophysics agency said. The tremor was the main shock of a series of quakes that hit the region on Tuesday. ...

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Pakistan, Abu Dhabi sign agreement on $3b aid package

The Pakistan and United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement to grant a $3 billion loan to Islamabad. The agreement has been signed by the State Bank of Pakistan Governor Tariq Bajwa and the Abu Dhabi Development Fund chairperson. The funds will be transferred to Pakistan in three installments. In ...

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Indian-origin man jailed in Singapore for bomb hoax call

SINGAPORE: An Indian-origin man has been jailed for four months over 2004 hoax call about a bomb at the house of late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Ganesan Singaravel, now 61, was sentenced on Monday after he pleaded guilty to an offence under the Telecommunications Act, The New newspaper ...

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Indonesian Wife burns husband after he denies sharing password

JAKARTA: An Indonesian woman set her husband ablaze after he refused to share his mobile password with her, reported multiple local media outlets. Dedi Purnama, 26, was busy repairing the roof tiles of his house when Ilham Cahyani, his 25-year-old wife, asked for his phone’s password. This led to an ...

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Pakistan arrests top Taliban figure

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has arrested a senior member of the Afghan Taliban in a bid to put pressure on the militant group amid talks with the US, the media reported. Hafez Mohibullah, who served as Religious Affairs Minister when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan until 2001, was held in Peshawar, the BBC ...

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UNGA president Maria Fernanda commends Pakistan’s efforts in facilitating the peace process in Afghanistan

UN/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s efforts in facilitating the peace process in Afghanistan were commended by United Nations General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés. Garcés held a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the foreign ministry on Friday. This is her first visit to any Asian country after assuming charge. “I ...

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Bangladesh refuses to take back its prisoners in Pakistani jails

DHAKA: Bangladesh refused to accept its citizens in Pakistani jails by saying they are not citizens of Bangladesh. 12 Bangladeshi who completed their terms in jail for travelling without legal documents and staying in Pakistan after the expiry of visa are waiting for their country to take them back. However, ...

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China sentences Canadian to death for drug smuggling

BEIJING: A court in China has sentenced a Canadian to death for drug smuggling, a verdict likely to reignite a diplomatic row between the two countries. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was originally given a 15-year jail term in 2018 but after an appeal the court said the sentence was too lenient. ...

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Malaysian millionaire under pressure ‘to stop being a transgender’

LONDON: A Malaysian millionaire hit back at conservative leaders after feeling pressure to ‘change back’ from being a transgender woman. Cosmetics mogul Safiey Ilias turned down an invitation to have tea last week with Mufti Datuk Seri Zulkifli Mohamad, according to Daily Mail. According to Ilias, previous meetings with other religious ...

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