Sunday, 18 August 2019

Asia

Afghanistan announces Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a ceasefire with Taliban from Monday to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday, despite the heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central city of Ghazni. “The conditional ceasefire will start tomorrow and it will continue as long as the Taliban preserves ...

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India flood crisis mounts as 324 confirmed dead

KOCHI: The death toll from floods that have triggered landslides and sent torrents sweeping through villages in the Indian state of Kerala trebled Friday to 324, authorities said, amid warnings of worse weather to come. Hundreds of troops and local fishermen are staging desperate rescue attempts with helicopters and boats ...

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Imran Khan becomes Pakistan PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani MPs have elected former cricket legend Imran Khan as the country’s new prime minister, paving the way for him to form a coalition government. Mr Khan, 65, saw his party sweep to victory in a July 25 general election promising to fight corruption and lift millions of people ...

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Severe monsoon flooding kills 79 in southern India

KERALA: Officials said Thursday nearly 80 people have died from flooding in a southern state of India. Twelve deaths were reported in Kerala state on Thursday alone, bringing the total number of deaths from flooding to 79 since Aug. 8, the Indo-Asian News Service reported. The entire state of Kerala ...

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Former Indian prime minister Vajpayee passes away

NEW DELHI: Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died Thursday, sparking tributes from across the political spectrum as current leader Narendra Modi mourned the “irreplaceable loss” of the respected statesman. The 93-year-old had battled poor health for years but his condition deteriorated sharply in recent days, with doctors placing ...

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3-year-old dies in Thailand after being left in school van

BANGKOK: A three-year-old kindergartener died after she was left behind in a hot school van in Thailand, police said Thursday after arresting the driver. The girl was discovered Wednesday afternoon after her mother went to pick her up at the end of school in the southern province of Pattani and ...

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Malaysia court rules N. Korea assassination trial can proceed

KUALA LUMPUR: The murder trial of two women accused of assassinating the half-brother of North Korea’s leader can proceed, a Malaysian court ruled, in a blow to their families who insist the pair were tricked into carrying out the dramatic hit. After hearing the prosecution case, the judge said there ...

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Malala returns to UK after trip to Pakistan

LAHORE: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Monday ended her first visit to Pakistan since being shot in 2012 by Taliban militants who tried to kill her for promoting girls’ education in the country’s northwestern area. A smiling Yousafzai was seen with her parents at Benazir Bhutto International Airport ...

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Sharif’s London empire is worth £32 million: UK paper

LONDON: In its latest report on the properties owned by the ‘super rich’ family of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, a UK paper on Sunday revealed that the assets Sharif family owned in London were estimated at at least £32 million. One of the most priced property of them is ...

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Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations in London

This year marked 70 years since Pakistan’s inception and the country has certainly come a long way in making its place among the comity of nations. Despite all the socio-economic and political challenges faced by the state, it has managed to stand tall and survived a great deal of crises ...

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