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Peace deal hits first roadblock over Taliban prisoners release

Kabul: Afghanistan’s president said Sunday that he will not free thousands of Taliban prisoners ahead of all-Afghan power-sharing talks set for next week, publicly disagreeing with a timetable for a speedy prisoner release laid out just a day earlier in ...

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Luxembourg becomes first country with free public transport

Luxembourg: Luxembourg on Saturday, February 29 became the first country in the world to offer free public transport, as the small and wealthy EU country tries to help less-well-off workers and reduce road traffic. Some cities elsewhere have already taken ...

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Iran says new virus has killed 43 with 593 cases confirmed

An Iran Health Ministry spokesman says the new coronavirus has killed 43 people amid 593 confirmed cases in the Islamic Republic. Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour gave the new figure Saturday. Jahanpour urged people to stay away from mass gatherings and limit ...

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Indian man among 5 gangsters jailed for online fraud in UK

London: An Indian national is among a gang of five men jailed by a UK court for a total of over 30 years for an online fraud conspiracy involving a 10-million pounds payment diversion scam. Satish Kotinadhuni, 44, was arrested ...

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Passport not mandatory for foreigners to apply for Indian citizenship

Kolkata: Foreigners can apply for Indian citizenship without a valid passport from the country of origin if they can furnish proper reasons for not possessing one, the Calcutta High Court has ruled. Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya disposed of a petition by ...

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Turkey says it destroyed ‘chemical warfare facility’ in Syria

Istanbul: A Turkish official said Saturday that Turkey destroyed a chemical warfare facility in northwest Syria after dozens of its soldiers were killed by Syrian regime fire. The Turkish army destroyed overnight “a chemical warfare facility, located some 13 kilometres ...

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UN rights chief slams Pakistan for failing to reign in violence on minorities

Even as a debate is underway in India over religious freedom owing to the contentious citizenship law protests, the UN Human Rights chief has flagged violent attacks on minorities in neighbouring Pakistan. Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for ...

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Malaysian king summons Mahathir Mohamad , who’s keen to become PM again

Malaysia’s king summoned Mahathir Mohamad to the palace Thursday, fuelling talks he may have majority support to return as the next Prime Minister after his abrupt resignation and the collapse of his ruling coalition this week. Mahathir didn’t speak to ...

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Bernie slams Trump’s diplomatic comments on Delhi violence

Washington:  A day after US lawmakers reacted sharply to the violence in the Indian capital, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders here accused US President Donald Trump of failing on the issue of human rights.   Slamming the US president, Sanders ...

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Nawaz Sharif declared absconder’ by Pakistan govt for violating bail terms: Report

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been declared an “absconder” by the government for violating the bail requirements by not presenting his medical report from his doctors in London, according to a media report on Wednesday. Sharif, 70, left ...

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Maldives hires Amal Clooney to fight for Rohingya muslims at UN court

Colombo, Sri Lanka: The luxury tourist destination of the Maldives has hired prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to represent it at the UN’s highest court in seeking justice for Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims. The Maldivian government said Wednesday it ...

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White house asks Congress for 2.5 billion dollars to fight COVID-19: reports

Washington: The White House plans to spend a total of $2.5 billion fighting the deadly new coronavirus as infections mushroom around the globe, US media reported Monday. In a request to Congress, President Donald Trump’s administration asked for $1.8 billion in ...

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World’s oldest man, who said secret was smiling, passes away at 112

Tokyo: A Japanese man who received his certificate as the world’s oldest man with a raised fist and big smiles earlier this month has died at 112. Guinness World Records had given the certificate to Chitetsu Watanabe on Feb. 12. The ...

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Kuwait, Bahrain confirm first COVID-19 cases

Dubai: Kuwait and Bahrain confirmed on Monday their first novel coronavirus cases, health ministries in the two Gulf states announced, adding all had come from Iran. Kuwait reported three infections and Bahrain one. “Tests conducted on those coming from the ...

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