Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Asia

Kabul ‘concerned’ about US-Taliban deal, seeks clarification

KABUL: The Afghan government expressed doubts about a prospective deal between the US and the Taliban, saying officials need more information about the risks it poses. US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul this week, when he shared with Afghan officials an agreement “in principle” that Washington has forged ...

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Hong Kong leader announces withdrawal of extradition bill

HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of an extradition bill that triggered months of unrest and threw the Chinese-ruled city into its worst crisis in decades, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The announcement, in an internal meeting with pro- establishment lawmakers ...

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Indian forces foil Muharram procession, baton-charge Kashmiris

SRINAGAR: Indian security forces baton-charged a Muharram procession in Indian controlled Kashmir as the draconian military curfew in the valley entered its 31st day. According to reports, several people were injured as the Indian forces also shelled the Muharram procession. Meanwhile, protests and demonstrations against the India occupation of the ...

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Indian citizenship list leaves 1.9m people stateless

ASSAM: India has published the final version of a list which effectively strips about 1.9 million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, the ...

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US to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The US would reportedly withdraw nearly 5,000 troops from five bases in Afghanistan within five months under a draft peace deal with the Taliban, yet the Trump administration and military officials reportedly remain in disagreement over whether to keep a CIA presence. The deal, which took months of negotiations, ...

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Overweight Nepal Army officers lose benefits

KATMANDU: The Nepali Army has taken action against seven of its officers after they failed to lose weight, a media report said. Among the seven, the Army denied three of them promotion and four were not allowed to take part in UN missions as their body mass index was too ...

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China rotates new batch of troops into Hong Kong

HONG KONG: China rotated troops in its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison in Hong Kong, days before protesters planned to hold a march calling for full democracy for the Chinese-ruled city after three months of sometimes violent demonstrations. Chinese state media described the troop movement in the early hours as ...

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