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Legislation moved to bring India at par with NATO allies

PTI          Washington Two top American lawmakers have moved a legislation in the Senate, seeking key amendment in the country’s Arms Control Export Act to bring India at par with the US’ NATO allies — Israel, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea — when it comes to sale of high-tech military items. The necessary amendment to the US Arms Control …

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Massive demonstration chokes Hong Kong as extradition anger boils

Hong Kong: Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in central Hong Kong Sunday against a reviled extradition law, the latest huge demonstration to pile pressure on the city’s embattled leader, despite her weekend climbdown. The enormous show of force saw protesters chanting “Scrap the evil law!” as they marched through the streets calling for the resignation of chief executive Carrie …

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Trump stirs up feud with London Mayor over attacks in city

London: US President Donald Trump has further stirred up his ongoing feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan by blaming the Pakistani-origin Labour leader a “disaster”, blaming him for a recent spate of stabbings and street violence in the UK capital.  Trump and Khan have repeatedly clashed ever since the mayor questioned the red carpet being rolled out for the US …

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Damaged tanker arrives at UAE amid increased tensions

Dubai: A damaged Japanese tanker arrived Sunday at a UAE anchorage site after it was rocked by explosions in Gulf waters as Saudi Arabia accused arch-rival Iran of being behind the attack. The Kokuka Courageous was carrying highly flammable methanol through the Gulf of Oman on Thursday when it came under attack along with the Norwegian-operated Front Altair — the …

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Pakistan to hang mentally ill convict on June 18

Islamabad: A Pakistan court has ordered the execution of a mentally ill convict on June 18, according to a human rights law firm. In a statement released on Saturday, he firm, Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), has urged the government to halt the execution of 36-year-old Ghulam Abbas and conduct further evaluation, reports Dawn news. Imprisoned in 2004, Abbas was sentenced …

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7th round of US-Taliban peace talks next week in Doha

Kabul: The seventh round of peace talks between US negotiators and Taliban members will take place next week in Doha, sources said, adding that this time, the two sides are likely to agree on one or two of the four key issues under debate, the media reported. The US forces withdrawal from Afghanistan, counter-terrorism assurances, a ceasefire and direct talks …

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Terrorism ‘gravest threat’ people face in Asia: Jaishankar

Jaishankar holds bilateral talks with Iranian counterpart, Vietnam’s VP PTI Dushanbe Terrorism poses the “gravest threat” to the people in Asia and terrorists and their victims must never be equated, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here on Saturday. Addressing the fifth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit in the Tajik capital, Jaishankar said that …

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Jaishankar holds bilateral talks with Iranian counterpart, Vietnam’s VP

PTI Dushanbe External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Saturday held bilateral talks with his Iranian counterpart and Vietnam’s vice president here and discussed issues of mutual interest and regional developments. Jaishankar met  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Vietnam Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh on the sidelines of the fifth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia …

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World War II bomb deactivated in Berlin

IANS Berlin Bomb disposal squads on Saturday deactivated a 100-kg explosive dating back to the World War II that had been found in Berlins lexanderplatz square. Police announced at 1 am that they successfully detonated the bomb in a controlled explosion, reports EFE news. The bomb was found on Friday evening at a construction site nearby a commercial area located …

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Greenland loses over 2 bn tonnes of ice in a day

IANS New York In a sign that this year could once again set records for loss in Greenland ice, researchers have found that the island’s ice sheet lost more than two gigatonnes (a gigaton is equal to one billion tonnes) of ice in just a day this week due to a widespread melting event. “Yesterday (13th June), we calculate #Greenland …

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