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Hong Kong officer hit by arrow as activists vow to ‘squeeze economy’

Hong Kong: A police officer was struck in the leg by an arrow shot by a Hong Kong activist on Sunday, the city’s force said, as fierce clashes raged at a university which has become a fulcrum of pro-democracy protests. Images showed the arrow embedded in the calf of the police officer, who was working with the force’s media liasion …

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Protests erupt in Iran over fuel price hike

IANS Tehran Protests have erupted across Iran after the country began rationing on the purchase of gasoline and substantially increased the price of fuel in a move aimed at assisting the needy, media reports said. The National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) said in a statement late Thursday that the price of a litre of regular gasoline had gone …

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Pak court allows ailing Sharif to travel abroad for treatment

PTI Lahore In a major relief to Pakistan’s ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, a court on Saturday allowed him to travel abroad for four weeks and ordered the Imran Khan government to remove his name from the Exit Control List without any conditions. The Lahore High Court, in its order seen as a setback to the government, also said …

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Britain’s Prince Andrew has ‘no recollection’ of Epstein sex accuser

AFP London Britain’s Prince Andrew has said he does not remember meeting Virginia Roberts, one of disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims, who claims she was forced to have sex with the royal. But Andrew admitted in an interview with the BBC due to be broadcast on Saturday that his decision to remain friends with Epstein after he was …

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China deploys PLA troops in Hong Kong

PTI Beijing China on Saturday deployed its troops in Hong Kong for the first time since the unprecedented pro-democracy protests began in the former British colony more than five months ago over a proposed extradition law, with soldiers in plain clothes clearing the roadblocks. Soldiers from the Hong Kong Garrison of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) — the world’s largest military …

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Car bomb kills 19 in northern Syria

AFP Beirut A car bomb killed 19 people, 13 of them civilians, in the Turkish-controlled town of Al-Bab in northern Syria on Saturday, a war monitor said. The bomb, which struck a bus and taxi station in the town, also wounded 33 people, some of them seriously, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Turkey and its Syrian proxies …

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‘India seeks Israel’s help to ensure tap water to every Indian by 2024’

Tel Aviv: India is seeking Israel’s help to ensure functional tap-water to every Indian household by 2024 with a senior minister visiting the country next week to fulfill the government’s mission, India’s envoy here has said. During his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore will be spent in the coming years …

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US Congressional Commission’s hearing on Kashmir nearly fizzles out

Washington: A US Congressional Commission’s hearing on human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir nearly fizzled out as only four of the 84 members of the panel turned up for the hearing, the second such meeting by an American panel after India abrogated Article 370 to revoke the special status of that state. Republicans refused to attend the hearing held …

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China objects to Rajnath Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh

Beijing: China on Friday objected to the visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Arunachal Pradesh, saying the Chinese government never acknowledged the “so-called” northeast Indian state, which it claims to be a part of South Tibet. Singh visited Tawang on Thursday for the ‘Maitree Diwas’ celebrations to boost civil-military friendship in the region bordering China. Reacting to the visit, …

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Ousted ambassador to testify in Trump impeachment probe

Washington: The House will hear from a singular witness Friday in the Trump impeachment hearings: Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine who was targeted by the President’s allies in a “smear” campaign now central to the inquiry. The career diplomat, who served both Republican and Democratic presidents, is expected to relay her striking story of being suddenly recalled …

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