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Hafiz Saeed’s trial in terror financing case begins in Lahore

Lahore: The much-awaited trial of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed began here on Friday with a witness testifying against him in the anti-terrorism court which also indicted the JuD chief in another case of terror financing, amidst intense international pressure on Pakistan to bring him to justice.  The anti-terrorism court (ATC) Lahore indicted Saeed and three of his top …

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Trump picks Indian-American computer scientist to lead NSF

Washington: US President Donald Trump has picked Indian-American computer scientist Sethuraman Panchanathan to lead the prestigious National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a US government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan brings to this …

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Iran’s Rouhani slams ‘irrational’ US nuclear deal withdrawal

Tokyo: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday slammed the “irrational” withdrawal of the United States from the multinational nuclear deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme, as he met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. Rouhani’s trip to Japan comes after deadly protests last month over petroleum price hikes in Iran, where the economy has been hit by Washington-imposed sanctions. “I …

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US House impeaches Trump

Washington: Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, charging the unfazed US President with abuse of power and obstructing Congress, making him the third president to face the ignominy of a bruising Senate trial, months before he stands for re-election. After some 11 hours of fierce arguments between Opposition Democrats and the ruling Republicans over Trump’s …

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India, US to work for free, open Indo-Pacific region

Washington: India and the US have reaffirmed their commitment to work together in support of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific where Washington says China was engaged in “unfair and predatory” economic activities, posing a risk to those very freedoms. The resource-rich Indo-Pacific region is where China has been trying to spread its influence. The US has been pushing for …

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State of emergency as bushfires rage in Australia

Buxton: A state of emergency was declared in Australia’s most populated region on Thursday as an unprecedented heatwave fanned out-of-control bushfires, destroying homes and smothering huge areas with a toxic smoke. As thousands of firefighters battled blazes, temperatures neared 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in some places and authorities warned the extreme weather conditions could get even worse. Australia …

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Sikh taxi driver brutally assaulted in US

New York: A 57-year-old Indian-origin Sikh taxi driver has been brutally assaulted and hit with a with a barbeque grill cover in the head in front of his home in the US state of California, media reports said, second such attack in less than a fortnight. Baljeet Singh Sidhu, who works as a mail carrier and a Uber driver, was …

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US gives ‘narrow exemption’ to India for Afghan aid

Washington: The US has provided a rare exemption to India from sanctions on the Chabahar port in Iran as it recognises that the strategic project is a lifeline for war-torn Afghanistan to get humanitarian supplies from India, according to a senior Trump administration official. The Chabahar port — being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan — is considered a …

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US House of Representatives meets to impeach Trump

Washington: Donald Trump, who is set to become the third US President to be impeached, has attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and accused the Democrats of an “unprecedented and unconstitutional” abuse of power as he described himself as a victim of an “illegal, partisan attempted coup”. Lawmakers opened debate on Wednesday and were poised to approve two impeachment charges against …

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India should take urgent action to tackle air pollution: WHO

Madrid: India should take “urgent action” to tackle air pollution as the levels of toxic air in many cities of the country are much higher than the recommended guidelines, which could have a major impact on people’s health, WHO Director Maria Neira said.  Several studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Science and Environment and others published …

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