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‘Pakistan wants resumption of talks with India’

PTI   ISLAMABAD Pakistan Thursday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s congratulatory phone call to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and said it wants resumption of bilateral talks which were halted in 2015. On Monday, Prime Minister Modi telephoned Khan to congratulate him on his party’s victory in the general elections and hoped that “Pakistan and India will work to open ... Read More »

Pope declares death penalty ‘inadmissible’ in all cases

IANS   VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has decided to change the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on death penalty, by declaring it as “inadmissible” and encouraging his Bishops across the world to push for its abolition, the Vatican said on Thursday. The Catechism of the Church, which sums up the teachings, previously stated that death penalty could be used in some ... Read More »

China, Asean agree on draft South China Sea code of conduct

IANS SINGAPORE China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have agreed on a draft code of conduct that will lay the foundation for talks over the disputed South China Sea, the Foreign Ministers of Singapore and China announced on Thursday. The agreement came at the annual ministerial meeting between China and Asean member states in Singapore, Channel News ... Read More »

97 injured as Mexican plane crashes at airport in hail storm

AFP   DURANGO An Aeromexico flight crashed on takeoff during a heavy hail storm in northern Mexico, engulfing the plane in flames and injuring 97 people, officials said. The Embraer 190 aircraft, which was operating between Durango and Mexico City and crashed around 3:00 pm local time (20:00 GMT), was carrying “88 adults, nine minors, two infants, two pilots and ... Read More »

US judge blocks release of 3D gun blueprints amid uproar

AFP   CHICAGO A US judge has temporarily blocked the online publication of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms, in a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement President Donald Trump’s administration had reached with the company releasing the digital documents. Eight states and the District of Columbia, which houses the capital Washington, had filed a lawsuit against the federal government, calling its ... Read More »

Thieves steal royal jewels from Sweden cathedral, escape by boat

IANS   STOCKHOLM Police in Sweden were intensifying a manhunt on Wednesday for at least two thieves who swiped priceless crown jewels from a 13th century cathedral in a sleepy town outside Stockholm before making a getaway aboard a speedboat. The suspects staged the heist at Strägnäs cathedral, one of the oldest diocese in Sweden, at around noon on Tuesday ... Read More »

UAE launches amnesty prog for foreign workers overstaying permits

PTI DUBAI The UAE Wednesday launched a landmark three-month visa amnesty programme which will benefit hundreds of illegal foreign workers, including Indians, overstaying their permits by allowing them to leave the country without penalties and giving them six months to find a job. The UAE is home to 2.8 million Indian expatriates, the largest expatriate community in the country. Professionally ... Read More »

Imran Khan considering inviting Modi for his oath ceremony

PTI Lahore Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering inviting the leaders of the SAARC countries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his oath taking ceremony as the premier next month, a party official said Tuesday. The PTI, led by 65-year-old Khan, has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the July 25 elections, but it is ... Read More »

Nepal should adopt ‘Look South’ policy to access sea connectivity: Ram Madhav

PTI Kathmandu Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Ram Madhav Tuesday urged Nepal to adopt the “Look South” policy through which the landlocked country can have access to the Indian Ocean for better sea connectivity. Madhav, also the director of think tank India Foundation, said that Oceans can play a vital role in Nepal’s development if it pays attention to water ... Read More »

Malaysia’s civil aviation chief quits over Flight 370 lapses

AP Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s civil aviation chief said Tuesday he has resigned to take responsibility after an independent investigative report highlighted shortcomings in the air traffic control center during Flight 370’s disappearance four years ago. The report released Monday raised the possibility that the jet may have been hijacked even though there was no conclusive evidence of why the plane ... Read More »