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Iran’s Rouhani warns Macron of looming nuclear step

Tehran: President Hassan Rouhani spoke with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, warning him Iran would take the next step in reducing its nuclear commitments unless Europe lives up to its own undertakings. Tensions have spiked in the Gulf since May last year when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers — known …

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Hong Kong reels from worst clashes in months as protesters battle police

Hong Kong: Hong Kong was reeling Sunday from some of the worst clashes to rock the city in months after hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurled petrol bombs at police who fired tear gas and deployed water cannon, before making mass arrests inside train stations. Police had banned a planned demonstration in the financial hub on security grounds, but tens of thousands …

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North Korea berates Pompeo, says hopes for talks fading

AP Seoul A senior North Korean diplomat on Saturday berated US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his comments describing North Korean behaviour as “rogue” and said Pyongyang’s hopes for talks with Washington are fading. In a statement carried by state media, North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Pompeo’s “thoughtless” comments increased North Korean people’s animosity …

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North Korea berates Pompeo, says hopes for talks fading

AP Seoul A senior North Korean diplomat on Saturday berated US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his comments describing North Korean behaviour as “rogue” and said Pyongyang’s hopes for talks with Washington are fading. In a statement carried by state media, North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Pompeo’s “thoughtless” comments increased North Korean people’s animosity …

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‘Abducted’ Sikh girl in Pak returns to family, 8 held

IANS Islamabad A Sikh girl who was allegedly abducted and forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan has returned home to her family and the police have arrested eight people in connection with the incident, it has emerged. The girl, identified as 19-year old Jagjit Kaur, was allegedly kidnapped and forced to marry a Muslim man in Pakistan.  The Indian Ministry …

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Police fire water cannon, tear gas at HK protesters

AFP Hong Kong Police fired water cannon and tear gas at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters massed outside the city’s parliament on Saturday, as demonstrators defied a ban on rallying, the arrests of leading activists and rising threats from China, to take to the streets for a 13th straight weekend. Police had banned the demonstration on security grounds, and then organisers …

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Anti-Brexit campaigner goes to court over Parliament suspension

PTI London A prominent Indian-origin campaigner, who had mounted a successful legal challenge to prevent former British premier Theresa May triggering the Brexit without Parliament’s approval, has filed an urgent judicial review application over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament. Gina Miller branded as cowardly Johnson’s announcement that Parliament would be suspended from the week of September 9 …

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Discussed with Rajnath Singh future steps needed: US Defence Secy

PTI Washington US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday said that he has discussed with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh the future steps needed to be taken by the two strategic partners to work more closely. Esper, who took office last month, had his first conversation with Singh over telephone on August 20. “We had a very warm conversation. We …

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Pak to hold technical meeting on opening of Kartarpur Corridor

PTI Islamabad Pakistan on Thursday said that a technical meeting on the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor will be held on August 30 at the Zero Point. The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit …

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No decision yet on closure of airspace with India: Pak

PTI Islamabad Pakistan on Thursday said it could order the closure of its airspace for India “at a time of its choosing”, but so far no decision has been taken yet.  Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal during a media briefing on Thursday said the issue had been discussed at the highest level.  “It is one of the many options that …

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