Tuesday, 17 September 2019

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US to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The US would reportedly withdraw nearly 5,000 troops from five bases in Afghanistan within five months under a draft peace deal with the Taliban, yet the Trump administration and military officials reportedly remain in disagreement over whether to keep a CIA presence. The deal, which took months of negotiations, ...

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Iran voices optimism over nuclear deal after talks with France

PARIS: Iran and France have moved closer in their views on the future of Tehran’s nuclear deal with the west after talks between the countries’ presidents, the Iranian government has said. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, spoke for two hours by telephone, a spokesman ...

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Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru

LIMA: Archeologists in Peru say the 227 bodies they have unearthed from a site used by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture is the biggest-ever discovery of sacrificed children. Archeologists have been digging since last year at the huge sacrificial site in Huanchaco, a beachside tourist town north of the capital Lima. ...

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Four European countries lose measles-free status

LONDON: Measles has returned to four European nations previously seen as free of the illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease is no longer considered eradicated in Albania, the Czech Republic, Greece and the UK. “We are backsliding, we are on the wrong track,” said Kate O’Brien ...

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Overweight Nepal Army officers lose benefits

KATMANDU: The Nepali Army has taken action against seven of its officers after they failed to lose weight, a media report said. Among the seven, the Army denied three of them promotion and four were not allowed to take part in UN missions as their body mass index was too ...

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China rotates new batch of troops into Hong Kong

HONG KONG: China rotated troops in its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison in Hong Kong, days before protesters planned to hold a march calling for full democracy for the Chinese-ruled city after three months of sometimes violent demonstrations. Chinese state media described the troop movement in the early hours as ...

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Bangladeshis Break Silence Over Sex Abuse in Madrasas

DHAKA: Former Bangladeshi students are turning to social media to detail allegations of “rampant” sex abuse at the hands of teachers and older pupils in Islamic schools, breaking their silence on a taboo topic in the conservative country. Child abuse in madrasas has long gone unreported in Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority ...

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UN Security Council still has a role to play in Kashmir, British MP

LONDON: British Member of Parliament Barrister Imran Hussain said that while the meeting held by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on the Kashmir issue earlier this month was a “welcome” development, the council still had a role to play to take the dispute to its logical end. “The fact that this ...

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