Friday, 20 September 2019

Asia

Trump once again offers to mediate ‘explosive’ Kashmir standoff

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump offered to mediate the “explosive” situation in Kashmir amid mounting international concern over a flare-up in violence between India and Pakistan in the divided region. Speaking a day after phone calls with the premiers of both countries, Trump said he was happy to try and ...

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Pakistan to take Kashmir dispute with India to International Court of Justice

ISLAMABAD: The government announced it would take the Kashmir dispute with India to the International Court of Justice, after New Delhi revoked special status for occupied Kashmir earlier this month, to the fury of Islamabad. “We have decided to take Kashmir case to the International Court of Justice,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood ...

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Trump stresses need to reduce India-Pakistan ‘tensions’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump spoke with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging a reduction of tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the disputed Kashmir region. “The president conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and maintaining peace in the region,” White ...

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UN rights chief ‘troubled’ by new Sri Lanka army chief

GENEVA: UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she is “deeply troubled” by Sri Lanka’s appointment of an accused war criminal as army chief, as global concern mounts over the nomination. Major General Shavendra Silva, 55, was elevated to the army’s second-highest position of chief of staff in January before his ...

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Hong Kong leader hopes peaceful rally presages ‘return to calm’

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said she hoped “calm” will prevail after a massive weekend march passed without clashes between police and demonstrators, but again refused to give ground to protester demands. Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the heart of the city on Sunday in ...

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Talks now only on Azad Kashmir: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: Tension between India and Pakistan continues to rise, with Sunday seeing rhetoric being exchanged between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh who upped the ante by first threatening to revoke the no first nuclear strike policy and now of only holding bilateral talks on ...

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10,000 homeless after fire razes Bangladesh slum

DHAKA: At least 10,000 people are homeless after a massive fire swept through a crowded slum in the Bangladesh capital and destroyed thousands of shanties, officials said. The fire broke out at in Dhaka’s Mirpur neighbourhood late on Friday and razed around 2,000 mostly tin shacks, fire services official Ershad Hossain ...

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Singapore to bolster coastal defences against rising sea levels

SINGAPORE: Singapore needs at least $72 billion to build defences against rising sea levels, its leader said Sunday as the low-lying city-state gears up against the impact of climate change. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described climate change as “one of the gravest challenges facing humankind” and said the Southeast ...

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