Monday, 2 August 2021

Asia

China ‘strongly condemns’ G7 rights criticism

Image: GETTY BEIJING – China on Thursday said it “strongly condemns” a statement by the Group of Seven nations that accused Beijing of rights abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong. The G7 made “unfounded accusations against China and openly intervened in China’s internal affairs”, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman ...

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Corona scare at G7 after Indian delegates test positive

G7 Flags LONDON – The Group of Seven foreign ministers’ meeting in London was hit by a Covid-19 scare on Wednesday when India’s foreign minister and his entire team said they were self-isolating after two delegation members tested positive. Britain is hosting the three-day meeting – the first such G7 ...

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4 FC soldiers martyred in terrorist attack on Pak-Afghan border

AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI Four Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were martyred while six others were injured after terrorists ambushed them during a fencing activity at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the troops were moving for fencing activity along the border in the Manzakai ...

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UK PM announces 1 billion pounds trade deals with India

PTI LONDON/NEW DELHI – Ahead of the virtual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (May 4, 2021), British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced one billion pounds of trade deals that include an investment of 240 million pounds by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII).  Boris Johnson said, ...

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India grieves 200,000 dead with many more probably uncounted

AP Photo NEW DELHI – Three days after his coronavirus symptoms appeared, Rajendra Karan struggled to breathe. Instead of waiting for an ambulance, his son drove him to a government hospital in Lucknow, the capital of India’s largest state. But the hospital wouldn’t let him in without a registration slip ...

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NATO says Afghanistan withdrawal has begun

AFP / File Photo BRUSSELS – NATO has started the withdrawal of its mission from Afghanistan following a decision by President Joe Biden to bring US forces home, an alliance official said Thursday. Members of the US-backed alliance agreed this month to wrap up their 9,600-strong mission in Afghanistan after ...

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26 killed after quake rocks Indonesia’s Java island

JAKARTA – At least 26 people were killed after a 6.0 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s main Java island, its disaster agency said Saturday, as the country reels from a cyclone disaster in another part of the archipelago. The afternoon quake hit offshore about 45 kilometres southwest ...

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Indian troops shoot dead 4 in fresh election bloodshed

KOLKATA – Five people were killed in fresh election bloodshed in the Indian state of West Bengal on Saturday, including four shot dead by paramilitary troops “in self-defence”, officials said. West Bengal in eastern India has seen thousands killed in decades of political violence, and the current state election campaign ...

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US climate envoy Kerry praises but prods coal-hungry India

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. File/AFP US climate envoy John Kerry has praised India as a “world leader” in renewable energy but said during a visit to the fossil fuel-dependent nation that the globe needs to phase out coal faster. India is the world’s third-biggest emitter of ...

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