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Would Trump offer to mediate on Kashmir issue, a big question

Washington: US President Donald Trump is encouraging a reduction in tensions between India and Pakistan, the White House said on Friday, emphasising that any successful dialogue between the two neighbours would be possible only if Pakistan cracks down on terrorists and extremists on its territory. “I think what you’ll hear from the President is very much encouraging a reduction in …

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Indian nationals still on cruise ship to be tested for coronavirus: Embassy

Tokyo: Indians, who are still on board a cruise ship moored off the Japanese coast, will be tested for the novel coronavirus infection along with others on the vessel by the Japanese authorities, the Indian embassy said on Saturday as all the healthy passengers deboarded after the quarantine period ended. The last batch of passengers showing no signs of the …

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Second coronavirus death sparks fears, lockdown in Italian towns

Codogno (Italy): Streets were deserted and residents warned to keep out of an emergency room on Saturday in an Italian town placed under lockdown as a second death from coronavirus sparked fears throughout the region. “No entry” read the sign on the emergency room in the small town of Codogno with a population of 15,000 where three people have already …

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Afghans mark start of week-long partial truce amid isolated attacks

Kabul: A week-long, partial truce came into effect across Afghanistan on Saturday, with jubilant civilians celebrating in the streets to mark a potentially historic turning point in the war, even as isolated attacks threatened to undermine the process. The Taliban, US and Afghan forces have all agreed to a so-called “reduction in violence” which, if it holds, will be only …

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Iran says two more deaths among 13 new coronavirus cases

Tehran: Iran’s health ministry Friday reported two more deaths among 13 new cases of coronavirus in the Islamic republic, bringing the total number of deaths to four and infections to 18. “Thirteen new cases have been confirmed,” ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on Twitter. “Unfortunately two of them have lost their lives.” The COVID-19 outbreak first appeared in Iran on …

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Another virus hotspot surfaces in China: prisons

Beijing: More than 500 cases of the new coronavirus have been detected in prisons across China, authorities said Friday, prompting the sacking of a slew of officials. Hubei, the hard-hit central province where the virus emerged late last year, said Friday that 271 cases were reported by its prisons on Thursday, including 220 that had previously not been known to …

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SL committee proposes immediate burqa ban

Colombo: A Sri Lankan Parliament committee on national security has proposed the immediate ban on the burqa and also suspend registration of political parties on ethnic and religious basis, the media reported. The proposals featured in a special report presented to Parliament on Thursday to resolve 14 controversial issues following the April 2019 Easter Attack, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported. …

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9 killed in suspected far-right attack in Germany

AGENCIES Hanau A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb overnight in attacks that appear to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said Thursday. The gunman first attacked a hookah bar in central Hanau at about 10 pm on Wednesday, killing several people before heading about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) west …

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India ranks 77th on sustainability, 131st in child flourishing index rankings: UN

PTI United Nations India ranked 77th on a sustainability index that takes into account per capita carbon emissions and ability of children in a nation to live healthy lives and was placed 131st on a ranking that measures the best chance at survival and well-being for children, according to a UN-backed report. The report was released on Wednesday by a …

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Iran announces 3 new cases of coronavirus after 2 deaths

AGENCIES Tehran Iran said on Thursday that three more people have been infected with the new coronavirus that originated in central China, following an announcement the day before that two people had died of the illness caused by the virus in the Iranian city of Qom. All schools and universities, including religious Shiite seminaries, were shut down in the holy …

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