Thursday, 27 February 2020

Asia

Duterte’s fierce rival stripped of ‘drug czar’ post

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sacked “drug czar” Leni Robredo, just weeks after her appointment. Duterte’s spokesman cited a number of reasons for her removal, including the lack of trust. Ms Robredo, the country’s vice-president, is an outspoken critic of Mr Duterte’s controversial war on drugs. After being appointed, ...

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United States backs sustained Indian role in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The United States said Thursday that it supported continued Indian involvement in Afghanistan, even as President Donald Trump looks to withdraw troops. India is one of the most enthusiastic backers of Afghanistan s government, contributing more than $3 billion since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban, who harbored ...

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Clean cooking still a challenge in Nepal: World Bank

KATHMANDU: Despite progress in the quality of electricity access in recent years, clean cooking remains a challenge for Nepal, as firewood, which is polluting and causes a myriad of heath issues particularly for women and children, remains the most widely used source of cooking fuel, states a first-of-its-kind national survey ...

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Pakistani bride wears tomato jewellery

KARACHI: Ditching the traditional choice of gold and diamond jewellery, this bride from Pakistan decided to go with accessories made of tomatoes on her special day. A video of her speaking to a television channel has gone viral on social media. The clip of the interview was tweeted by Pakistani ...

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Lanka’s new president may struggle to form government

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, may struggle to consolidate his victory. With many executive powers clipped and the opposition in control of a powerful Parliament, the former defense official who inspires respect but also fear may have difficulty assembling a government. Rajapaksa, who is credited with helping ...

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Afghan airstrike takes out 14 Taliban militants

KUNDUZ: At least 14 Taliban militants, including a militants’ divisional commander, were killed in an airstrike carried out by Afghan Air Force in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province, police said. The sortie was launched late Monday by Afghan Air Force against a hideout belonging to Taliban militants in Qarluq, an area ...

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Pakistani politician asks Modi for Indian asylum, financial help

Altaf Hussain, the founder of MQM, who has been charged with a terrorism offence, has requested Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help by giving asylum and financial help to him and his companions, a media report said on Sunday. On October 10, Hussain was charged by the UK’s Crown ...

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