Thursday, 22 August 2019

Asia

Venice bans large cruise ships from historic centre

PARIS: Large cruise ships are to be banned from entering Venice’s historic centre, the Italian government says. Ships weighing more than 1,000 tonnes will be rerouted away from certain waterways from September. The move follows an accident in June in which a ship collided with a dock, injuring five people. ...

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Imran Khan discusses ‘serious situation in Kashmir’ with Boris Johnson

LONDON: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday telephoned his UK counterpart, Boris Johnson, during which a discussion on the “serious situation in Kashmir” was held, Johnson’s Downing Street office said in a statement. Both leaders agreed on the “importance of maintaining dialogue”, the statement added. The prime minister congratulated PM Johnson on ...

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Pakistan to downgrade diplomatic relations with India, take Kashmir matter to UN

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Wednesday it will “downgrade” diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with arch-rival India after New Delhi stripped its portion of the contested Kashmir region of special status. Neighbours China and Pakistan, which both claim parts of the region, have voiced fierce opposition to India’s move dropping a constitutional ...

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Hundreds protest in Dhaka over India’s Kashmir stance

DHAKA: Hundreds of Bangladeshi protesters took to the streets of Dhaka on to protest neighboring India s decision to scrap special status for Kashmir. Many of those joining the protest outside Bangladesh s national mosque were members of the Islamist political party Islami Andolan Bangladesh. Leading party member Maulana Zakaria ...

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Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passes away

NEW DELHI: Former Indian external affairs minister and Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday. According to Indian media reports, she had been admitted to hospital in a critical condition after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday evening. She was 67. Swaraj, who was for the ...

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Amnesty signals danger of unrest in region as India isolates Kashmir

SRI NAGAR: Amnesty International, a global rights group, has cautioned India that its decision to amend the status of the Jammu and Kashmir would pave way for an increase in violence. In a statement, Amnesty International asserted that “the unilateral decision” made by India without consulting stakeholders “amidst a clampdown ...

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Hong Kong airport cancels 100 flights amid ongoing protests

The Hong Kong International Airport canceled more than 100 flights on Monday morning, according to a statement issued by one of the world’s busiest airports. “Potential circumstances on Monday, 5 August might affect airport operation. The Airport Authority advises passengers to check with their airlines for the latest flight information, ...

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Indian government ends Kashmir’s special status

NEW DELHI: Amid escalating tension in occupied Kashmir following deployment of tens of thousands of additional troops, the Indian government on Monday has ended special status of the valley while scrapping articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution. In a malicious attempt to turn Muslim majority into minority in Kashmir, ...

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US woman infuriated over bail granted to rape convict in India

NEW DELHI: A US woman, who was sexually assaulted by an Indian politician’s nephew in New Delhi back in 2013, has now come out against the “corrupt” Indian legal system for granting him bail and claiming that the country does not support women who go through the tragic ordeal. The victim ...

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