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US, North Korea talks end abruptly without deal

AFP   HANOI The US-North Korea nuclear summit in Hanoi ended abruptly without a deal Thursday, with President Donald Trump saying he had decided to “walk” in the face of Kim Jong Un’s demands to drop sanctions. The much-anticipated second meeting between the two leaders was supposed to build on their historic first summit in Singapore, but they failed to …

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Pak ready to make peace with India

PTI   ISLAMABAD Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday cautioned against any “miscalculation” in case of an escalation between the two nuclear-armed countries and offered to defuse tensions through talks. “Our action was only intended to convey that if you can come into our country, we can do the same. Two of their MiGs were shot down (in the ensuing …

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Nepal’s Minister among seven killed in helicopter crash

PTI   Kathmandu Nepal’s Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari and six others were killed Wednesday when a private helicopter crashed in eastern Nepal’s mountainous Taplejung district, the latest aviation accident in the Himalayan nation. Besides the 39-year-old tourism minister, the Air Dynasty helicopter was carrying Nepal’s prominent aviation and hospitality entrepreneur Ang Tsering Sherpa, Prime Minister’s personal aide …

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Trump-Kim handshake, optimism to kick off nuclear summit

AFP   Hanoi US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their second summit Wednesday and predicted successful talks with the totalitarian state over its nuclear weapons. Trump foresaw a “very successful” summit as the pair greeted each other at the luxury Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi to follow up …

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France to bring proposal to ban Masood Azhar

PTI   United Nations France is working on a proposal to ban the chief of the UN-proscribed Jaish-e Muhammad (JeM) Masood Azhar and could move it in the Sanctions Committee after it assumes the Presidency of the powerful UN Security Council next month, sources said. The rotating monthly Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council (UNSC) will go from Equatorial …

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Pak vows vengeance

PTI   JAMMU/ISLAMABAD Five Army soldiers were injured and two houses damaged as Pakistani Army resorted to heavy mortar shelling on 55 forward areas in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts on Tuesday, officials said, hours after IAF jets struck a JeM terror camp across the line of control. The Pakistani Army used heavy weaponry, firing 120-mm mortar targeting civilian hamlets …

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China advises Pak, India to excercise ‘restraint’

PTI   Beijing China on Tuesday urged India and Pakistan to “exercise restraint” and asked New Delhi to carry out its fight against terrorism through international cooperation, hours after Indian fighter jets struck Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest camp in Pakistan in a pre-dawn attack. When asked for China’s response to India’s air strikes on terrorist camps in Pakistan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman …

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Australia wants ‘urgent and meaningful’ action against terrorists by Pakistan

PTI   Melbourne Australia on Tuesday urged India and Pakistan to “exercise restraint” and engage in dialogue to ensure issues are resolved peacefully even as it asked Islamabad to take “urgent and meaningful” action against terrorist groups including JeM operating from its soil. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne’s statement came hours after Indian fighter jets struck Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s biggest …

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Assad meets Iran supreme leader in Tehran

PTI Tehran Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on his first visit to the Islamic republic since the start of the Syrian conflict. During talks on Monday, Assad expressed his gratitude to Iran for all that it has done for Syria during the nearly eight-year war, the Syrian presidency said. The leaders “reviewed the fraternal …

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Indian docu shines at Oscars

PTI   LOS ANGELES A film on menstruation, set in rural India, titled ‘Period. End of Sentence’, has won the Oscar in the documentary short subject category at the 91st Academy Awards. Award-winning filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi has directed the short film, which has been co-produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment. The film came into being as a part …

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