Thursday, 20 February 2020

Asia

China tests first home-built aircraft carrier

BEIJING: China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier started sea trials yesterday, state media said  a landmark in Beijing’s ambitious plans to modernize its navy as the Asian giant presses its claims in disputed regional waters. The carrier, known only as “Type 001A,” set out for the trials from a port ...

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North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear test site

SEOUL: North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with President Donald Trump next month. Trump welcomed the “gracious gesture.” In a statement carried by state media, North ...

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US defe­nce attaché bid to fly out of Pakistan foiled

ISLAMABAD: US defe­nce attaché Col Joseph Hall involved in a fatal road accident was on Saturday stopped from flying out on an American military aircraft by the Federal Inves­tigation Agency (FIA). Col Hall had reached Nur Khan Air Base for boarding the aircraft that had come to take him but ...

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Suicide bombers attack Indonesian churches, at least 11 dead

JAKARTA: Suicide bombers suspected to be from an Islamic State-inspired group killed at least 11 people and wounded 40 in attacks on Christians attending Sunday morning services at three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, security officials said. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence ...

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In Tit-for-Tat, Pakistan to Impose Restrictions on US Diplomats

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan imposed travel restrictions Friday on U.S. diplomats in a response that could strain relations between the two nations. Under the new restrictions, U.S. diplomats are restricted from movements in the country and will no longer receive special treatment at airports. The diplomats will also be unable to use ...

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Indian Woman kills husband, cuts body in three parts

GOA: Four people, including a woman, were arrested by police in the Indian state of Goa for allegedly killing a man and then disposing of the body in a forest area after cutting it into pieces, an official said. The woman, identified as Kalpana Bassu (31), killed her husband Basauraj ...

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Pakistan envoy in UK Syed Ibne Abbas calls on Jeremy Corbyn

LONDON: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the UK Syed Ibne Abbas called on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the British Parliament today. The meeting was attended by Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Kate Hollern MP, besides senior members of Mr Corbyn’s office. The two sides discussed a wide range of ...

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Lightning strikes kill dozens across Bangladesh

DHAKA: Dozens of Bangladeshis were killed in lightning strikes as pre-monsoon thunderstorms wreaked havoc across the South Asian country, an official said Thursday. Farmers harvesting rice in open fields made up the majority of victims, Iftekharul Islam, a director at Bangladesh’s disaster management department, told AFP. “In the last 24 ...

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Mahathir re-elected as Malaysia’s PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad has never lost an election campaign. He maintained that record and created another one on Thursday when, at 92, he was set to be sworn in as the world’s oldest elected leader. “Yes, yes, I am still alive,” a sprightly looking Mahathir said at a ...

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