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Musk’s Starlink satellite nearly crashed into European probe

IANS London The European Space Agency (ESA) has somehow averted a cosmic crash by protecting one of its satellites from colliding with an SpaceX satellite part of Elon Musk’s mega “Starlink” constellation. In a series of tweets, ESA informed that it had to perform an emergency ‘collision avoidance manoeuvre’ to stop its Aeolus Earth observation probe from smashing into one …

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1 in 3 young people victims of cyberbullying: Unicef

IANS United Nations One in every three young people have reported been a victim of cyberbullying, according to a survey conducted by the UN Children’s Fund in 30 countries. More than 170,000 people between the ages of 13 and 24 participated anonymously in the UNICEF poll, which showed that one in five young people had skipped classes due to internet …

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Pak collected $30mn from expats through ‘Pakistan Banao Certificate’

IANS Islamabad Pakistan’’s Imran Khan government has collected around $30 million under the ‘’Pakistan Banao Certificate (PBC) from the country’’s diaspora living abroad, Pakistani media reported. Launched earlier this year with an aim to generate investment and revive the economy, the ‘’Pakistan Banao Certificate’’ are meant for sale to overseas Pakistanis, said reports. According to Finance Ministry spokesperson Umar Hameed, …

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Ex-envoys warn of civil war in Afghanistan if all US troops leave

IANS Kabul Nine former US ambassadors have warned that Afghanistan could collapse in a “total civil war” if US President Donald Trump withdraws all American forces before the Afghanistan administration and the Taliban conclude a peace settlement. “A major troop withdrawal must be contingent on final peace,” the nine former diplomats wrote on the website of the Atlantic Council, a …

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Iran says to stick to nuclear deal for US$ 15 bn oil credit

AFP    Tehran Iran said Wednesday it will resume full compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal if it can sell its oil or get a US$ 15-billion credit line guaranteed by future crude sales. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi expressed doubt, however, that such a plan could be agreed before a looming deadline set by Iran to further scale back …

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Pakistan lacks proof on ‘genocide’ in Kashmir, says its ICJ lawyer

AGENCIES Islamabad  In an embarrassment to Pakistan, its lawyer at the International Court of Justice  Khawar Qureshi has said that it would be “extremely difficult” for his country to prove the charge of genocide in Kashmir for want of evidence. Qureshi’s statement comes at a time when Pakistan is blatantly threatening to approach the ICJ against India over Kashmir after …

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India, Maldives sign treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters

PTI Male India and Maldives on Tuesday signed a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid discussed ongoing cooperation in various fields and ways to further strengthen the bilateral ties. Jaishankar, who is in the Maldives to attend the 4th edition of the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC), …

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Eight primary school children killed in knife attack by ex-convict in China

PTI Beijing Eight students of a primary school in central China were killed and two others injured in a brutal knife attack carried out by an ex-convict, state-run media reported on Tuesday, in the third such assault on school children this year. The incident happened at around 8 am on Monday at Chaoyangpo grade school in the town of Baiyangping …

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Call for reform in Pak’s ‘harsh’ blasphemy law

PTI Islamabad Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was freed from death row by the Supreme Court in a high-profile sacrilege case last year that polarised the society, has called for reforms in the country’s “harsh” blasphemy law, according to a media report. Bibi was the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. Under …

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Israeli PM cancels planned day-long visit to India on Sep 9

PTI Jerusalem Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday cancelled a planned day-long visit to India on September 9 to meet his counterpart Narendra Modi, citing scheduling issues due to an unprecedented repeat polls in Israel. A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said the two leaders spoke over phone and they “agreed that due to scheduling constraints, the prime …

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