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Will not sit idle till Masood Azhar is brought to justice: India at UN
NEW YORK, Sep 17 (Agencies): Hoping that the UN would soon designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist, India has said that New Delhi will not sit idle till the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed leader is brought to justice. "If I were to use a term, the matter is what we would call in judicial terms sub-judice. Currently the matter is with a UN committee. We hope that the committee will be able to fulfill its role in designating Masood Azhar who we have tried for quite some time but have not succeeded yet," India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said. "However, we would like to make it very clear, we will pursue Masood Azhar so that the ends of justice are met," he said at Saturday's news conference in response to a question on India's effort towards terrorist designation o...
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Pak PM to attend UNGA session
ISLAMABAD, Sep 16 (Agencies): Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is set to attend the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said here. On the sidelines of the UNGA, Abbasi will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the ministry said late Friday. This is Abbasi's first visit to New York since he assumed office in July after the Pakistan Supreme Court removed his predecessor Nawaz Sharif over corruption charges, reports Xinhua news agency. The Prime Minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will interact with the US Pakistan Business Council. He will also have extensive interaction with the international media. "Pakistan is a great advocate of mult...
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London terror attack: IED blast rips through underground tube, scores suffer burn injuries
London, Sep 15 (Agencies): Several passengers were 'badly burned' following an explosion on a London Underground train at Parsons Green station in West London on Friday morning. The incident is now being treated as a terror attack. “London train incident being treated as `terrorism`,” said the UK police. The police said they are aware of an incident at Parsons Green station in West London and that officers are in attendance.The British Transport Police tweeted, "We're aware of an incident at #ParsonsGreen station. Officers are at the scene. The station is closed. More information as we get it." Meanwhile, the London Ambulance tweeted: Twitter handle Rigs tweeted: ‘Explosion on Parsons Green district line train. Fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out open door.’ severe ...
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Pak SC dismisses Sharif’s review plea against disqualification
ISLAMABAD, Sep 15 (Agencies): In a body blow to Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s Supreme Court today dismissed the review petitions filed by the ousted prime minister and his family, challenging his disqualification in the Panama Papers scandal. Sharif, his children and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had filed separate petitions challenging the apex courts landmark verdict on July 28 in which the 67-year-old leader was disqualified from continuing in office. It was also ordered that corruption cases be filed against him and his children -- Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Nawaz -- son-in-law Mohammad Safdar and Dar. A five-member bench of the court headed by justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa heard the review petitions. It was the same panel which had disqualified Sharif. "All these review petitions are di...
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Storm Jose likely to strengthen into hurricane: National Hurricane Center
Washington, Sep 15 (Agencies): Tropical storm Jose is expected to strengthen into a hurricane later on Friday, bringing "high surfs and life threatening rip currents" along sections of the United States east coast, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm is about 500 miles (800 km) south-southwest of Bermuda, packing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph), the NHC said. "Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 8 miles per hour (13 km per hour). A gradual turn toward the north is expected later today and on Saturday," the Miami-based weather forecaster said in its latest advisory....
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Qatar ready to talk to end Gulf crisis: Sheikh Tamim
Berlin, Sep 15 (Agencies): Qatar is ready to sit at the negotiating table to try to end a dispute with its Gulf Arab neighbours, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday in Berlin. "As you know we have had a siege of more than 100 days against Qatar," al-Thani told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. "We spoke about Qatar`s readiness to sit at the table to solve this issue." Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5, accusing the major gas-exporting Gulf state of financing terrorism and cozying up to their arch-rival Iran. Doha denies the charges. Merkel said she was concerned that there was still no solution to the crisis, adding she supported efforts by Kuwait and the United States to ...
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London Underground terror attack: Donald Trump blasts 'loser terrorists', calls for tough action
Washington, Sep 15 (Agencies):: Condemning the London terror attack, United States President Donald Trump called for a tough action on the attack and said that those responsible were 'sick and demented people'. "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!" the US President tweeted. "Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!," POTUS said in an another tweet. "The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!" he added, also giving no details. An explosion on a London Underground train on Friday was caused by an "improvised explosive device," British police sa...
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Typhoon tears across Vietnam, skirting key coffee region
Ha Tinh, Sep 15 (Agencies): Typhoon Doksuri tore a destructive path across central Vietnam on Friday, flooding hundreds of thousands of homes, whipping off roofs and knocking out power in the country`s most powerful storm in years. One man was killed when he slipped as he was trying to shore up his restaurant, media said. Another drowned in heavy rain that preceded the arrival of the storm on Thursday. Nearly 80,000 people had been evacuated from Vietnam`s densely populated coastal strip in preparation for Doksuri. Winds exceeded 130 km (80 miles) per hour, according to Vietnam`s meteorological agency. "It looks terrible, worse than war time," said Tran Thi Hong, principal of the Ky Xuan kindergarten in Ha Tinh province, which lost its entire roof in the storm. "I could just cry, it to...
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World leaders accuse Pakistan of state-sponsored terrorism at UNHRC conference
Geneva, Sep 15 (Agencies): Israeli Minister of Science Technology and Space, Yakoov Peri and Fulvio Martuschiello, Member of European Parliament, have accused Pakistan of state-sponsored terrorism at the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Yakoov Peri expressed strong opinion on Pakistan supporting and sponsoring terror groups, at the conference on application of state-sponsored terrorism in South Asia, which was organised by the South Asian Democratic Forum on Thursday. Peri emphasised that the Pakistan army and the government have been supporting terror groups such as the Al-Qaeda and its chief Osama Bin Laden was found in Pakistan. They also funded and supported the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Another world leader, Martuschiello underlined that the European Un...
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Massive manhunt launched after IED explosions wound 22 in terror attack
London, Sep 15 (Agencies): : An explosion on an underground train at Parsons Green Station? in London on Friday left several commuters injured. The Scotland Yard described it as a "terrorist incident". Mayor Sadiq Khan urges London citizens to remain calm and vigilant "As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism," he said in a statement. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn expresses condolence on Parsons Green terror attack, tweets: "Thoughts with those injured in Parsons Green terrorist incident, and thanks to police, ambulance staff and firefighters who are responding." Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn expresses condolence on Parsons Green terror attack, tweets: "Thoughts with those injured in Parsons Green terrorist incident, and ...
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Eight dead at Florida nursing home, governor pledges full investigation
Miami, Sep 14 (Agencies): Eight residents died at a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma and the state governor vowed a full investigation Wednesday into what he called an "unfathomable" event. The nursing home deaths brought the total number of storm-related fatalities in Florida to 20 and illustrated the urgency of restoring electricity to millions of people across the southern state. Around 115 residents of the retirement home in Hollywood, north of Miami, were immediately evacuated after a nearby hospital began receiving patients suffering from heat-related problems. Three of those who died were in their nineties, including 99-year-old Albertina Vega. The youngest was 70, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner's office. "It's a sad event...
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Malaysia Travel: 5 Best Places to see in Johor
MALAYSIA, sep 14 (Agencies) Located in the southern end of Malaysia, the state of Johor isn't on many people's minds when planning a southeast Asian trip. But with a good list of destinations and just a small strait separating it from the more popular Singapore, this is a place worth adding to your bucket list. With AirAsia planning to start flights from Kolkata to Johor Bahru from November 2017, we thought we'd take a look at the southern city in Malaysia and why you need to visit it. The state of Johor, lying right at the southern tip of Malaysia, is closely connected to Singapore, which lies right at the other end of the Straits of Johor. And its capital city, Johor Bahru, lies right by the strait, although the neighbor on the other side grabs most of the spotlight. Singapore is prob...
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Donald Trump blocks Chinese acquisition of US semiconductor firm
Washington, Sep 14 (Agencies): President Donald Trump on Wednesday blocked attempts by a Chinese state-owned firm to acquire an American semiconductor manufacturer on national security concerns, drawing a rebuke from Beijing. The acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a publicly-traded Oregon company, by Chinese-owned Canyon Bridge Fund could endanger the US government`s use of sensitive products the company produces, the Treasury Department said in a statement. The Trump administration has adopted an aggressive stance towards China on trade and national security matters, launching wide-ranging investigations into the national security ramifications of Beijing`s trade in aluminum and steel. Trump has the authority to block foreign investments he deems national security threa...
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Saudi pilot killed in Yemen operation against Al-Qaeda
Riyadh, Sep 14 (Agencies): A Saudi pilot was killed in Yemen while providing air support for an operation against Al-Qaeda militants, a Saudi-led coalition backing the government said on Thursday. The Saudi Royal Air Force plane crashed in the southern province of Abyan on Wednesday night "due to a technical failure," coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki told the official Saudi Press Agency. On the ground, coalition-backed Yemeni forces managed to drive Al-Qaeda militants from Abyan`s Wadea district on Thursday, symbolic as the birthplace of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Abyan was a no-go zone for pro-government troops for months after Al-Qaeda fighters regrouped there following a similar offensive in neighboring Shabwa province last month. Security sources told AFP the jih...
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ICJ to resume hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case
ISLAMABAD, Sep 13 (Agencies): The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to resume on Wednesday hearing in the case of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death by Pakistan. The judicial body of the United Nations had earlier fixed time limits for the filing of the initial pleadings in the case. The court had fixed June 13, 2017, September 13 and December 13 as dates for India to file its documents and for Pakistan to file counter-documents. The order was made after taking into account the views of the parties, said an ICJ statement. Jadhav was awarded capital sentence by a Pakistan military court for espionage. India challenged the verdict in the top UN court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide Jadhav with consular access wh...
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China says 'pleased' at India-Japan rail cooperation
BEIJING, Sep 13 (Agencies): As New Delhi and Tokyo take forward their cooperation in building India`s first bullet train, China on Wednesday said it is pleased at the development, and added that Beijing is ready to promote such infrastructure cooperation with New Delhi, including in railways. "China is pleased to see the infrastructure cooperation among regional countries, including the high-speed railway," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. "And we stand ready to promote cooperation with India and other regional countries to promote regional development," he added. "As to the railway cooperation, I can tell you that it is part of political cooperation between China and India." The Foreign Ministry`s reaction comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting...
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Rahul's latest gaffe - 'Number of seats in Lok Sabha is 546'
Berkeley, Sep 12 (Agencies): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had a slip of the tongue while addressing the students at the University of California in Berkeley. Speaking on 'India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward', the Amethi MP got the number of seats in the Lok Sabha wrong. The number of seats in the Lower House was 546, not 545, Rahul Gandhi said while interacting with the students at the Berkely University. The Congress Lok Sabha MP from Amethi has a history of making several bloopers and becoming a laughing stock in the social media. This time was no different, the Twitterrati didn't spare the Gandhi scion, who himself just cannot go through an event without making innocent gaffes. Earlier in August, the Congress vice president while inaugurating the first 'Indira can...
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Ready for talks to reopen Nathu La pass China after Doklam stand-off resolved
BEIJING, Sep 12 (Agencies): Days after the peaceful resolution of the Doklam stand-off with India, China on Tuesday said that it is ready for talks to re-open the Nath La pass for Indian pilgrims. China had closed the Nathu La pass in mid June over the military stand-off on Doklam. "China is ready to keep communication with Indian side in regard to opening of the pass and other issues concerning the pilgrimage by Indians," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said here. While the over two-month standoff was resolved last month, the pass through which many Indian pilgrims go to Kailash Mansarovar in China's Tibet remained shut. After nearly 72 days, India and China decided to withdraw troops from the Sikkim border, signalling a peaceful resolution of the Doklam stand-off....
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