Tuesday, 17 September 2019

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Kabul ‘concerned’ about US-Taliban deal, seeks clarification

KABUL: The Afghan government expressed doubts about a prospective deal between the US and the Taliban, saying officials need more information about the risks it poses. US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul this week, when he shared with Afghan officials an agreement “in principle” that Washington has forged ...

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Meeting with Rouhani possible at UN assembly: Trump

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump signaled for a possible meeting with his Iranian counterpart at the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York. Asked whether it is possible to meet with Hassan Rouhani, Trump told reporters: “Sure, anything is possible.” “They would like to be able to solve their problem. ...

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Iran gives Europe two months to save nuclear deal

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani gave European powers another two months to save a 2015 nuclear deal, but warned that Tehran was still preparing for further significant breaches of the agreement if diplomatic efforts failed. His statement came as Iranian officials appeared to give a guarded welcome to a French ...

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Hong Kong leader announces withdrawal of extradition bill

HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of an extradition bill that triggered months of unrest and threw the Chinese-ruled city into its worst crisis in decades, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The announcement, in an internal meeting with pro- establishment lawmakers ...

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Risk of no-deal Brexit has increased: EU

BRUSSELS: The risk of Britain crashing out of the EU without a divorce deal to cushion the blow has increased, the bloc warned Wednesday, as political turmoil raged in London. “The short time remaining and the political situation in the United Kingdom have increased the risk that the United Kingdom ...

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25 confirmed dead in boat fire in California

SANTA BARBARA:At least 25 people were confirmed dead and nine others still missing after a tragic boat fire near an island off the Southern California coast. The dive-boat Conception, far out to sea in the middle of the night, became fully engulfed in flames as 30 passengers on a recreational ...

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Indian forces foil Muharram procession, baton-charge Kashmiris

SRINAGAR: Indian security forces baton-charged a Muharram procession in Indian controlled Kashmir as the draconian military curfew in the valley entered its 31st day. According to reports, several people were injured as the Indian forces also shelled the Muharram procession. Meanwhile, protests and demonstrations against the India occupation of the ...

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Protest leaders detained ahead of Moscow elections

MOSCOW: Russian police detained the leaders of recent anti-government protests in a wave of arrests ahead of local elections on Sunday. Ilya Azar, a journalist and protest organiser, was facing up to 30 days in jail following his arrest late on Monday, which sparked fierce controversy after police left his ...

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Indian citizenship list leaves 1.9m people stateless

ASSAM: India has published the final version of a list which effectively strips about 1.9 million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, the ...

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