Friday, 22 February 2019

Asia

At least 40 Indian Police men killed in Kashmir

PULWAMA: At least 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed and several injured after a suspected militant drove an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday, ANI reported. This was one of the worst terror strikes in the state since the ...

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Bangladesh proposes safe zone in Myanmar for Rohingya refugees

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has called on Russia, China and India to help the country tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis. In an interview with Anadolu news agency, Momen said his government has proposed to establish a safe zone in Rakhine state in Myanmar from where the refugees ...

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Leicester: Indian-origin man jailed for burqa-clad robbery

LONDON: An Indian-origin robber who dressed up in a burqa to steal from a jewellery store while threatening a shop worker with a knife in the city of Leicester has been jailed for over four years behind bars. Imtiaz Patel, 42, had pleaded guilty to the knife-point robbery and possession ...

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Gay Muslim Indonesian comic strip vanishes after outrage

MANILA: An Instagram account that published comic strips about the struggles of a gay Muslim in Indonesia vanished from the site Wednesday after it sparked a backlash in the country. The government initially said the social media giant had responded to a demand to remove the “pornographic” content. But later ...

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India’s triple talaq bill unlikely to get parliament nod

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government is keen to get parliamentary approval for the triple talaq bill but there is no certainty that it will clear the Rajya Sabha hurdle in the remaining two days of the budget session and the measure may again be implemented through an ordinance. Opposition ...

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British Sikhs to invest millions in Pakistan

LONDON/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s leading business group and British Sikh Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to make a commitment of working together in the development of the infrastructure for the Kartarpur Corridor and other sites of religious importance in Pakistan for Sikh pilgrims. Signed between British Sikh Association and ...

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Thai princess excluded from list of candidates to run for PM in election

BANGKOK: Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana Mahidol has been excluded by the Election Commission from a list of candidates to run for the post of prime minister in the upcoming election in March. In a statement released on Monday, the Election Commission said that Princess Ubolratana, sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, has ...

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Iran slams US as huge crowds mark 40 years since revolution

TEHRAN: Iran’s President on Monday blasted a US “conspiracy” against the country as vast crowds marked 40 years since the Islamic revolution at a time of heightened tensions with Washington. “The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran… means that the enemy will never reach its ...

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French tourist arrested for flying drone over Myanmar parliament

NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar authorities arrested a French tourist for allegedly flying a drone over the country’s parliament in the capital of Naypyidaw, the French embassy in Myanmar confirmed Monday. The embassy said it was working with local police to provide consular services for the man, identified by police as 27-year-old Arthur ...

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Acting Pentagon chief arrives in Afghanistan

KABUL: Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit Monday as the United States seeks to support the Kabul government while negotiating peace with the Taliban. Shanahan will meet President Ashraf Ghani, whose government was not part of major talks between US and Taliban officials last ...

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