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Six dead in Kashmir violence ahead of polls: Indian officials

Six people were killed in mounting violence ahead of local elections in Kashmir as Indian authorities imposed a curfew and suspended mobile internet services in the disputed territory on Thursday. There were at least four separate shootings in the restive Himalayan region, where an armed insurgency against Indian rule has raged for three decades, costing tens of thousands of lives. ...

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Netherlands foil ‘major terrorist attack’

Police in the Netherlands have arrested seven men over an alleged plot to carry out what they describe as a major terrorist attack involving guns and explosives.   Police say the men were trying to source AK47s, hand grenades and bomb materials to carry out their attack.  The men, aged between 21 and 34, were arrested on Thursday.   Three ...

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Canada revoke Suu Kyi’s honorary citizenship

Canada lawmakers have unanimously passed a motion to strip Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship.   More and more Canadian politicians have been calling on Ottawa to revoke the honour bestowed on the de facto Myanmar leader in 2007 over her complicity in the brutal crackdown of the Rohingya people.  A United Nations fact-finding mission recently found ...

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New UN panel to prepare indictments over Myanmar atrocities

The UN Human Rights Council voted Thursday to set up a panel to prepare criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya minority.   The top UN rights body voted to “establish an ongoing independent mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of the most serious international crimes and violations of international law ...

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Turkey’s Erdogan heads to Germany on bridge-building visit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is heading to Germany for a visit aimed at reducing tensions between the two NATO allies at a time when Turkey’s economic troubles are causing growing concerns and Europe needs Ankara’s support in reducing the flow of migrants. The trip, which runs Thursday to Saturday, is Erdogan’s first formal state visit to Germany, where the ...

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In Oman, 10 members of single family die in house fire

Police in Oman say 10 members of a single family have died after suffocating in a fire at their home in the sultanate. The Royal Oman Police said on Twitter on Thursday that the fire happened at a home in the village of Khor al-Hamam in the country’s Saham region.   Omani civil defense officials say firefighters found the dead ...

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Congo to boycott UN meetings about the country

Congo says it has decided to boycott two planned UN events focusing on the central African nation because it was not consulted on the agenda or expected outcome. Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi is the top adviser to Congo President Joseph Kabila and he told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the government was informed that the meetings had been canceled.   ...

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India’s top court limits use of gov’t identification number

New Delhi, Sep 26 : India’s top court has upheld the government’s policy of issuing a 12-digit identification number to every Indian, but says it can’t be made mandatory for services such as bank accounts, cellphone connections or school admissions. The Supreme Court says the government can use it for tax purposes and providing benefits under welfare schemes like subsidized ...

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45 trekkers missing in India’s northern state after heavy snowfall

At least 45 people who had gone for trekking in upper reaches of northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh were reported missing, local media said Tuesday. The trekkers included 35 students from India’s Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee.   The group had gone for trekking in mountainous Lahaul-Spiti district. They were reported to be missing after heavy snowfall hit ...

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