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North Korea fires two ‘unidentified projectiles’: Seoul

AFP Seoul North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on “foolish” calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It was the sixth round of launches in recent weeks in protest at ongoing joint military drills between Seoul and the US. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has described the …

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UN to promote and protect environmental and human rights

IANS Geneva As threats to individuals and communities defending their environmental and land rights intensify in many parts of the world, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Rights Office have prioritised efforts to promote and protect environmental and human rights with the signing of a new cooperation agreement on Friday. The heads of the two UN bodies …

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Indians celebrating I-Day in London attacked

IANS London Indians and people of Indian origin gathered outside the Indian High Commission in London to celebrate the 73rd Independence Day of India were abused, and pelted with eggs and water bottles by Pakistan-sponsored protesters, who included separatist Sikhs. Vijay Chauthaiwale, BJP’s In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Department, termed the happenings outside the Indian High Commission “quite deplorable”. He said that …

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UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir today

AGENCIES United Nations/Islamabad The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold a rare meeting on Kashmir after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, sparking a row with Pakistan, diplomats told AFP Thursday. The meeting will take place behind closed doors on Friday morning, the diplomats said. Poland, which currently holds the council’s rotating presidency, has listed the …

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Starvation likely killed Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia, no sign of foul play

AFP Seremban (Malaysia) A vulnerable Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian rainforest resort likely starved and died of internal bleeding, with no immediate sign of foul play, police said Thursday. Nora Quoirin, 15, is thought to have died two or three days ago after a week in the jungle, and there was no indication she was abducted or assaulted, …

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Seized Iran oil tanker, Indian crew released in Gibraltar

PTI London An Iranian oil supertanker, its Indian captain and three other Indian crewmembers have all been released on Thursday by authorities in Gibraltar, despite a last-minute claim on the vessel by the US department of justice. “I am grateful and thankful for my release. And I am grateful to all who have facilitated my release in my legal team,” …

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Powerful Japan storm turns deadly, snarls holiday travel

AFP Tokyo A powerful tropical storm lashed Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that claimed at least one life, prompted warnings of landslides and flooding, and sparked evacuation advisories and travel chaos at a peak holiday period. Severe Tropical Storm Krosa — one notch below a typhoon — slammed into the southern Hiroshima region, packing wind gusts …

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Indians abroad celebrate Independence Day

PTI Beijing/Melbourne/Islamabad Thousands of Indians across the world on Thursday proudly celebrated India’s 73rd Independence Day with the tricolour fluttering high and the national anthem reverberating at Indian missions abroad. Indians in Australia, China, Pakistan, the UAE, Nepal, Singapore, Israel, Indonesia and several other countries marked the day with hoisting of the national flag and singing of patriotic songs. In …

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Captain hailed hero after bird strike disables Russian plane

AP Moscow The captain of a Russian passenger jet was hailed as a hero Thursday for landing his plane in a cornfield after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff, causing both engines to malfunction. While dozens of people sought medical assistance, only one was hospitalized. The event drew comparisons to the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson,” …

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Indian delegation prepares the ground for Modi visit to Russia

IANS Vladivostok (Russia) Russia expects the upcoming visit of Prime Minister  Narendra Modi here will result in increased economic cooperation between the two countries,  amid India’s declaration that it will step up investment in this country. Ahead of Modi’s visit to attend the Eastern Economic Forum to be held here from  September 4 to 6, Union Minister of Trade and …

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