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Afghan grand council sets recommendations for Taliban talks

AP Kabul An Afghan grand council on Thursday agreed on several recommendations for peace talks with the Taliban, after four days of meetings in Kabul meant to hammer out a common strategy for future negotiations. President Ashraf Ghani had convened the council of more than 3,200 participants, known as Loya Jirga, earlier in the week. Though the gathering is consultative …

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Anger as Paris protesters accused of storming famed hospital

AFP Paris The French government on Thursday accused radicals of storming a famed Paris hospital during a fiery May Day, in an incident that risks further raising tensions between authorities and a nationwide protest movement. Doctors at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital — where Diana, Princess of Wales died in 1997 after a car crash in Paris — also said protesters had …

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Musharraf hearing adjourned till June 12

PTI Islamabad Pakistan’s former military dictator Pervez Musharraf did not turn up for the treason trial against him on Thursday citing deteriorating health and a special court accepted his plea to postpone the hearing until after Ramazan, according to a media report. The former president’s lawyer Salman Safdar, in an application on behalf of Musharraf, stated that despite strong willingness …

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One dead, 46 hurt in Venezuela May Day clashes

AFP Caracas May Day clashes between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in Caracas left a woman dead and 46 people injured on Wednesday, with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally demonstrators against President Nicolas Maduro. Jurubith Rausseo, 27, died at a clinic after being hit by a “bullet in the head during (a) demonstration,” the non-governmental Venezuelan Observatory …

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‘‘Sanctity, credibility’ of UN sanctions body preserved with Azhar’s listing’

PTI United Nations With the blacklisting of JeM chief Masood Azhar, the “sanctity and credibility” of the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee have been preserved, according to Indonesia’s envoy to the UN and Chair of the committee Dian Triansyah Djani. The Indonesian Permanent Representative, who assumed the Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council for the month of May, thanked …

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Japan welcomes Emperor Naruhito, new Reiwa era begins

Tokyo: Japan on Wednesday welcomed its new Emperor Naruhito who pledged to fulfil his role as a “symbol of the state and unity” and said he would follow the course charted by his father at a ceremony to formally recognise his accession to the throne.

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UN designates JeM chief Azhar as global terrorist

United Nations: In a huge diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday designated Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief, a decade after New Delhi approached the world body for the first time on the issue.

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Found no objection after studying revised materials: China

Beijing: China, which lifted its technical hold on listing JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, said on Wednesday that it took the decision after it found no objection to the listing proposal by the US, the UK and France following a careful study of the revised materials.

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US, France hail Azhar’s listing as global terrorist

United Nations/Paris: The US and France on Wednesday welcomed the designation of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by the UN. The US also sought “sustained actions” from Pakistan against terrorism, consistent with its international obligations.

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“Leave my country alone”, Lankan Prez to Baghdadi

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday asked Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to “leave my country alone” after the dreaded Islamic State leader claimed the massive suicide bombings in the island nation was a revenge attack for the fall of the Syrian town of Baghuz, the terror group’s final bastion.

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