Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Asia

Sri Lankan police chief, ex-defence secretary arrested over bombings

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police arrested their own chief and the former defence secretary for failing to prevent attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 people in April, a police spokesperson said. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and former secretary ...

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FBI violated Pak laws by secretly recording Motiwala, UK court told

LONDON: A Pakistani law expert has told the Westminster Magistrates’ Court that secret recording of Karachi businessman Jabir Motiwala on Pakistani soil by three Pakistani-American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents was violation of Pakistan’s laws and the country’s sovereignty. Barrister Rehan Kayani, a Karachi based lawyer, was giving evidence ...

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Prince William, Wife Kate Announce Pakistan Visit

LONDON: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate will visit Pakistan later this year on the first royal trip to the country in more than a decade, Kensington Palace announced on Sunday. Pakistan has battled homegrown militants for more than a decade, with tens of thousands of people killed, but ...

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Mob arrested in India for attacking female officer

TELUGU: Sixteen men have been arrested after a female forest official was brutally beaten with sticks by a mob as police officers watched in the southern Indian state of Telangana. The mob, led by a member of the state’s ruling party, was protesting against a tree plantation drive on Sunday. ...

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Hong Kong police retake parliament from protesters

HONG KONG police fired tear gas Tuesday to regain control of the city’s parliament after thousands of protesters occupied and ransacked the assembly in an unprecedented display of defiance on the anniversary of the territory’s handover to China. The financial hub has been rocked by three weeks of huge demonstrations ...

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At least 8 election commission employees killed in Afghanistan

KABUL: Taliban killed eight election commission employees inside a district center in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, officials said on Sunday. The employees of the Independent Election Commission were stationed at the government office in Maruf district to register voters when fighters of the hardline extremist group launched an attack. ...

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Bangladesh ‘Tree Man’ Wants Hands Amputated To Relieve Pain

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi known as the “Tree Man” because of bark-like growths on his body said Monday he wanted his hands amputated to relieve him of unbearable pain. Abul Bajandar has had 25 operations since 2016 to remove growths from his hands and feet caused by a rare syndrome. Doctors ...

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UN slams Taliban’s threat against Afghan media

UNITED NATIONS: The head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan has denounced the Taliban for publicly threatening to turn media outlets in the war-torn country into military targets, stressing freedom of the press is critical and civilians should never be deliberately targeted with violence. Noting that “words must never ...

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India arrests two after women’s heads shaved for resisting rape

BIHAR: Two people have been arrested in India’s Bihar state after a group of men shaved the heads of two women as “punishment” for resisting rape. The group, which included a local official, ambushed the mother and daughter in their home with the intent of raping them, police said. When ...

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EU, Pakistan signed new Strategic Engagement Plan

BRUSSELS – Pakistan and the European Union (EU) signed the new Strategic Engagement Plan for cooperation in areas, including trade, peace and security and anti-money laundering. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini inked the agreement at a ceremony ...

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