Friday, 28 February 2020

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Pakistani politician asks Modi for Indian asylum, financial help

Altaf Hussain, the founder of MQM, who has been charged with a terrorism offence, has requested Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help by giving asylum and financial help to him and his companions, a media report said on Sunday. On October 10, Hussain was charged by the UK’s Crown ...

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Hong Kong police seal off university amid fears of crackdown

HONG KONG police on Monday trapped hundreds of protesters inside a major university, sealing off roads in the area after almost two straight days of standoffs that have raised fears of a bloody showdown with both sides refusing to back down. Hundreds of defiant protesters inside Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University ...

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Iran issues warning to gasoline-petrol protesters

TEHRAN: Iran’s Interior Minister has warned security officials will step up action against protesters taking to the streets over a new petrol policy. Protests have erupted across Iran after the government unexpectedly announced it was rationing petrol and increasing its price. At least one person has been killed and others ...

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Death toll in Bolivia unrest rises to 23

Four more people were killed in Bolivia over the past few days, bringing the death toll from the political unrest to at least 23, according to several reports. The turmoil began in October, when President Evo Morales won a controversial fourth term in office. Protesters took to the streets claiming ...

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3 women drown rescuing dogs in Slovakia floods

BRATISLAVA: Three women drowned in a flash flood as they tried to rescue dogs from an inundated animal shelter in central Slovakia, the prime minister said. The women had responded to an emergency appeal issued Wednesday in the town of Revuca after heavy rain caused a river to burst its ...

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Hong Kong condemns attack on justice secretary as protests paralyze city

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government condemned on Friday an attack by a “violent mob” on the city’s justice secretary in London, the first direct altercation between demonstrators and a government minister during months of often violent protests. Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, who was in London to promote Hong ...

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Two killed in California school shooting, teen in custody

SANTA CLARITA: A teenage boy gunned down fellow students at a California high school on his 16th birthday, killing two and wounding another three before turning the pistol on himself. The gunman was taken into custody in “grave” condition, police said, as officers stormed Saugus High School in Santa Clarita ...

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4.8 million unauthorized migrants lived in Europe in ’17

WASHINGTON: Between 3.9 million and 4.8 million unauthorized immigrants lived in Europe in 2017, mainly recently arrived young men, numbers slightly lower from the previous year, the PEW Research Center said. The figures “accounted for less than one percent of Europe’s total population of more than 500 million,” Pew said. ...

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Saudi backpedals on video labelling feminism ‘extremism’

RIYADH: Saudi authorities have distanced themselves from an official video that sparked controversy after it branded feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas. Saudi Arabia’s state security agency posted the animated video on Twitter last weekend at a time when de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seeking to ...

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