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US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency

IANS   WASHINGTON The US has decided to end all funding for the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), tasked with supporting Palestinian refugees and called for a large reduction in the number of these refugees. The Donald Trump administration would come up with a formal announcement in the next few weeks, a senior administration ... Read More »

Over 1,540 migrants perished in Mediterranean in 2018: UN

IANS ROME A total 1,549 people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean since the beginning of 2018, compared to 2,434 during the same time in 2017, the UN migration agency has said. More than 68,000 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 29 August, 28,579 of whom landed in Spain, the leading destination this year, the International Organisation for ... Read More »

No change in H-1B visa policy: US

PTI   Washington There is no change in the US’ H-1B visa policy which is currently undergoing a review to ensure that it does not disadvantage US workers or wages, a senior Trump administration official has said ahead of next week’s 2+2 Dialogue during which India is expected to raise the issue of the work visa popular among Indian IT ... Read More »

2 hurt in Amsterdam station stabbing, attacker shot: Police

AFP   The Hague Two people were hurt during a stabbing incident at Amsterdam’s busy Central Station today morning before the alleged attacker was shot and wounded, Dutch police said. “A suspect has been shot after a stabbing incident at Amsterdam Central Station,” Dutch police said on Twitter, indicating that the station had been evacuated and closed off to all ... Read More »

S Korea’s Moon to send special envoy to N Korea next week: Yonhap

AFP   Seoul South Korean President Moon Jae-in will send a special envoy to Pyongyang next Wednesday to discuss plans to hold a summit with the North’s Kim Jong Un and nuclear disarmament, local media said Friday. The unnamed envoy will visit the North’s capital city on September 5, Yonhap news agency said, citing a presidential spokesman. Seoul proposed the ... Read More »

Pakistan rally ends after Dutch lawmaker cancels cartoon contest

AP ISLAMABAD Thousands of Pakistan’s hard-line Islamists have called off their rally after reaching near Islamabad following the cancellation of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest by a Dutch lawmaker. The far-right opposition politician Geert Wilders said on Thursday he cancelled the cartoon contest following death threats and concerns other people could be put at risk Thousands of Pakistan’s hardline Islamists ... Read More »

US strongly objects over India’s arms purchase from Russia

PTI   Washington The Pentagon has ruled out an automatic waiver for India from the punitive US sanctions over its weapons purchase from Russia, saying Washington has concerns over the nearly US$ 5 billion missile defence system deal, ahead of the first 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi next week. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) waiver is intended ... Read More »

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot reveals signs of water: NASA

PTI   WASHINGTON NASA scientists peering deep inside Jupiter’s Great Red Spot — a storm that has been raging on the planet for over 350 years — have detected signs of water above the planet’s deepest clouds. The pressure of the water combined with their measurements of another oxygen-bearing gas, carbon monoxide, imply that Jupiter has two to nine times ... Read More »

Hamas expects cease-fire deal with Israel soon

IANS Gaza The Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar in the Gaza Strip said the prospect of an Egyptian-sponsored cease-fire agreement with Israel will be decided in two weeks. The remarks by Sinwar came during a four-hour meeting with writers and political analysts at his office in Gaza City on Wednesday, Xinhua reported, quoting website Palestine Now. “In two weeks, the prospect ... Read More »

India, Pakistan hold talks on Indus Waters Treaty

LAHORE: India and Pakistan Wednesday commenced crucial talks on various aspects of the Indus Waters Treaty here, the first bilateral engagement since Prime Minister Imran Khan took office. Please like & share: Read More »