Saturday, 29 February 2020

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Sweden tells India to restore free movement in Kashmir

STOCKHOLM: Ahead of its delegation’s arrival, Sweden has sent a strong message to India asking it to lift the restrictions in Indian-Kashmir which has been in lockdown since August 5 when the government revoked Article 370 from its constitution. The Swedish Royal couple King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Foreign Minister ...

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IS behind French army helicopter crash

PARIS: Islamic State claimed Thursday that its West African branch was responsible for a helicopter collision in northern Mali this week in which more than a dozen French soldiers were killed, said the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist content online. The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) ...

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Iraqi forces gun down another 28 protesters

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 28 protesters after demonstrators stormed and torched an Iranian consulate overnight, in what could mark a turning point in the uprising against the authorities. At least 24 people died when troops opened fire on demonstrators who blocked a bridge in the southern ...

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Forty years on, New Zealand apologizes for Antarctic plane disaster

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on Thursday for the then-government’s handling of a plane crash in Antarctica 40 years ago that took the lives of 257 people in the country’s worst peacetime disaster. On 28 November 1979, Air New Zealand flight 901 was on a sightseeing tour ...

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Iraqi protesters torch Iranian consulate amid deadly protests

NAJAF: Iraqi protesters torched the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf on Wednesday in a dramatic escalation of anti-government demonstrations that have left more than 350 people dead. Tall flames and thick clouds of smoke rose from the entrance of the consulate in the southern city, AFP s ...

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15 killed in roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan

Fifteen people were killed in a roadside bomb attack in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province, according to an Afghanistan presidential spokesman. Siddik Siddiki said the bomb was detonated as a civilian vehicle was passed it. He claimed the bomb was placed by the Taliban. The Taliban has not ...

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Rescuers work through the night as Albanian quake toll hits 25

THUMANE: Emergency crews found three more bodies on Wednesday morning as they used drones, dogs and heavy machinery to search through the wreckage left by Albania’s worst earthquake in decades, bringing the death toll to at least 25. In the town of Thumane, close to the center of Tuesday’s quake, ...

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Death toll from protests in Iran climbs to 143: Amnesty

TEHRAN: At least 143 people in Iran have been killed since protests broke out earlier this month over the government’s decision to raise fuel prices, Amnesty International said. The human rights organization said in a report that it believes the death toll is significantly higher and is continuing to investigate. ...

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Carrie Lam promises ‘open mind’ after Hong Kong election rout

HONG KONG’s leader Carrie Lam has said the government will “seriously reflect” after local elections saw massive gains by pro-democracy candidates. Seventeen of the 18 district councils are now controlled by pro-democracy councillors, according to local media. The election, the first since the wave of anti-Beijing protests began, saw an ...

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