Thursday, 16 August 2018

Asia

Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul comes under attack by insurgents

KABUL: Eyewitnesses have claimed that insurgents have entered the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital, the Afghan media reported. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior Spokesperson Najib Danish confirmed the attack. Security forces have cordoned off the area under attack, the interior ministry spokesperson stated. Sources claim that heavy gunfire can be ...

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Pakistan becomes visa-free for many foreign tourists

ISLAMABAD: Encouraged by the positive response from foreign tourist organisations and backpackers, Pakistan has now decided to allow tourists from 24 countries to visit the country without visas. According to an official statement issued here on Friday by Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior group, tourists from the UK, the US, China, ...

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Pakistan should not behave like an enemy towards Israel: Netanyahu

MUMBAI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjanmin Netanyahu has stressed that his country is not an enemy of Pakistan, and the South Asian nation should adapt its attitude to that effect. The Israeli PM is currently on a visit to India, where he has been busy signing bilateral military and trade agreements ...

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52 people killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

At least 52 people have been burned to death after a passenger bus caught fire in western Kazakhstan, authorities confirmed. Only five people managed to escape the deadly blaze. The deadly incident took place on a highway in the Aktobe region of Kazakhstan, spokesman for the Interior Ministry Emergencies Committee ...

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China says it doesn’t need Taiwan’s permission to open new air route

BEIJING/TAIPEI: China said that it does not need Taiwan’s permission to open new air routes, after the self-ruled island complained that a new route over the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the two posed a security and safety risk, reported Reuters. Beijing has taken an increasingly hostile stance toward Taiwan ...

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India test-fires intercontinental missile

NEW DELHI: India tested its longest-range intercontinental missile on Thursday, the defense ministry said, part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent against neighboring Pakistan and China. The 5,000-km range (3,107-mile) Agni missile was tested from an island in India’s eastern coast in the Bay of Bengal, the ministry said ...

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Afghan army to collapse in six months without US help: Ghani

WASHINGTON: President Ashraf Ghani has said that the Afghan National Army will not last more than six months without US support and the Afghan government will also collapse. Mr Ghani acknowledged his government’s almost absolute dependence on Washington in an interview to a television show CBS 60 Minutes, broadcast earlier ...

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Israel-India spike missile deal back on, says Netanyahu

TEL AVIV: A missile deal with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. that the Indian government had cancelled is back on the table, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Netanyahu’s comment to Israeli reporters covering his state visit to India comes several weeks after word that the Indian defence ministry’s $500 ...

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Indian police record statement of farmer nine years after his death

MUMBAI: A police officer in Indian state of Madhya Pradesh recorded “statement” of a farmer nine years after his death while probing a case related to land scam. According to Indian media, The blunder was exposed when the Deputy Superintendent of Police submitted the death certificate along with the “statement” ...

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Netanyahu disappointed by ally Modi’s Jerusalem rejection

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he was “disappointed” by India´s refusal to back recognition of Jerusalem as his country´s capital but would not let it spoil his landmark visit to the Asian giant. Netanyahu also vowed that Israel would “catch up” with the killers of a Jewish ...

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