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India’s Modi awarded UAE medal amid Kashmir crackdown

Photo: In this photo released by the state-run WAM news agency, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center right, walks with Khaldoon Khalifa al-Mubarak, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, center left, after arriving in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Dubai, Aug 24 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the United Arab Emirates’ ...

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India’s ex-Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dies at 66

Photo: In this Oct. 7, 2016 file photo, India’s then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks during a panel discussion at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings at IMF headquarters in Washington. Jaitley, India’s former finance minister and a key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term in office, has died in a New Delhi hospital. He was 66. New Delhi, ...

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France halts Brazil trade deal over Amazon fires

Photo: In this Aug 15, 2019 satellite image provided by Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies, shows fires burning in the State of Rondonia, Brazil, in the upper Amazon River basin. Paris, Aug 23 : In a sharp escalation of tensions with Brazil, France is accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and says it now ...

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France’s Macron, soccer stars unite against Amazon fires

Paris, Aug 23 : Rarely have French President Emmanuel Macron and superstar soccer players including Cristiano Ronaldo been on the same page, but when it comes to the fires that are devastating the Amazon, they’re uniting in sounding the alarm. Five-time world player of the year Ronaldo beat Macron to the punch with his tweet urging action on the Amazon ...

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Ethnic alliance says 30 Myanmar army troops killed

The alliance of ethnic armed groups fighting the Myanmar military in northern Shan State said it killed 30 government soldiers in separate clashes in northern Shan State on August 20, but the Myanmar Army rejected the report as “impossible”, Mayanmar online news portal Irrawaddy reports. Most of the clashes—nine—occurred in Kutkai Township on the highway from Lashio to Muse, according ...

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Matter related to Jammu and Kashmir internal issue of India: Dhaka

Photo: Pakistani Kashmiris protest against India, in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Dhaka, Aug 21 : Bangladesh has described the matter related to Jammu and Kashmir as an internal issue of India. “Bangladesh maintains that the abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian Government is an internal issue of India,” said the Ministry of Foreign ...

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Die-hard Hong Kong protesters defend tactics as unity cracks

Photo: A 33-year-old self-described “front line” protester, adjusts his gas mask stands along with other demonstrators in Tai Po, on Hong Kong’s outskirts. Hong Kong,  Aug 20 : On a recent sweltering Saturday, a day now reserved for protest in Hong Kong, a demonstrator named Wayne stepped past a row of plastic barricades, lifted a pair of binoculars and squinted. ...

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Trump speaks with leader of Pakistan

Photo: Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, center, watches a parade with Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and President Arif Alvi, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Islamabad, Aug 20 : The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, on the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric with India. Earlier in the ...

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Kashmir schools reopen, teachers at work but few students turn up

Teachers reported to work in many schools in Kashmir as restrictions were eased further on Monday but not many students were seen. Officials said the government has made necessary arrangements for opening of 190 primary schools in Srinagar city as security forces remained deployed in most of the Valley. But all private schools in the city remained shut for the ...

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At least 46 killed by heavy rainfall in Sudan

Cairo, Aug 19 : A Sudanese health official says flooding triggered by heavy rains has killed at least 46 people in the past two months and destroyed thousands of houses across the country. Acting deputy health minister Suliman Abdel-Gabar also said Sunday that around 100 people have been injured since June 14. The rainfall has affected 16 of Sudan’s 18 ...

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