Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Asia

US defence chief Jim Mattis arrives in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: US defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Pakistan Monday as Washington pressures its wayward ally to eliminate militant safe havens, days after Pakistani authorities freed an alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Mattis landed at an air force base in the garrison city of Rawalpindi bordering Islamabad, according ...

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Sadiq Khan: London and Mumbai have similar personalities

MUMBAI/LONDON: The similar personalities of London and Mumbai should pave the way for greater interaction between the two cities, their first ethnic minority mayor, Sadiq Khan, said in the city. Khan proposed stronger ties in trade, films production and filming, improving air quality, and tackling climate change. “London and Mumbai ...

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Swaraj visits Tehran ahead of inauguration of Chabahar Port

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday made a previously unannounced stopover at Tehran on her way back from Russia and held a luncheon meeting with her Iranian counterpart Javed Zarif, a day before the inauguration of the strategically-important Chabahar port. Swaraj was returning from the Russian city ...

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Pakistan was not aware of Osama presence in Abbottabad: Obama

NEW DELHI: Former United States president Barack Obama said that there is no evidence that the Pakistan government was aware of the presence of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He said this while addressing the 15th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit at Hyatt Regency in New Delhi. “We had ...

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16 dead, 100 missing as cyclone hits India, Sri Lanka

NEW DELHI: A powerful cyclone has killed at least 16 people across India and Sri Lanka, uprooting trees and cutting power for millions amid warnings Friday that the storm would intensify. Disaster officials said nine people were killed in India and seven in neighbouring Sri Lanka, most crushed by trees ...

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Pope enjoys a rickshaw ride in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature enjoyed a rickshaw ride during a visit to St Mary’s Cathedral in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Friday. Around 100,000 Bangladeshi Catholics crammed into a park in central Dhaka, cheering and chanting “viva il papa” (“long live the pope”) as Francis was driven through the ...

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No change in Pakistan behaviour despite Trump tough line, says US general

WASHINGTON: Acknowledging that Pakistanis have “been engaged in a very tough fight against extremism inside their own country,” top US general in Afghanistan John Nicholson said he had not seen any significant changes from Islamabad. Members of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network still hide out on the Pakistan side of the ...

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US think tank rules out possibility of Indo-Pak nuclear war

KARACHI: A US-based think tank has ruled out the possibility of an all-out nuclear war between nuclear-armed states in Asia. Atlantic Council in its new report, ‘Asia in the Second Nuclear Age’ maintained that Pakistan, China and India, despite being enmeshed in a complex rivalry, “are stakeholders in the existing international order, and are committed to an ...

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Pope Francis to meet Myanmar’s Suu Kyi amid Rohingya crackdown

YANGON: Pope Francis will be meeting with leaders of Myanmar’s different religious communities at the Catholic archbishop’s residence in Yangon. He arrived in the country on Monday and is scheduled to meet separately Tuesday with the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital. Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist with ...

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