Sunday , 17 February 2019

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Militants torch 12 schools in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan

IANS   ISLAMABAD Twelve schools, mostly all-girl institutions, were burnt down on Friday in Pakistan’s Gilgit Baltistan region in a series of coordinated attacks by unidentified militants, police said. The attackers torched the schools between 2.30 am and 3 am, said Abdul Waheed, the Police Commissioner of Diamer district where the attacks took place, the Pakistani media reported. “We don’t ... Read More »

35 killed in Afghan Shia mosque attack

IANS   AFGHANISTAN At least 35 people were killed and more than 70 others wounded after two explosions ripped through a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s Gardez city on Friday, the media reported. The blasts took place at 1.30 pm when people were offering Friday prayers inside Imam-e-Zaman Mosque in Police District 2. Gardez is the capital of eastern province of ... Read More »

India, Kazakhstan agree to boost trade, defence cooperation

IANS ASTANA India and Kazakhstan agreed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of trade and defence and security following delegation-level talks headed by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov here on Friday. “We covered the full range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest,” Sushma Swaraj said while addressing the media following ... Read More »

‘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 »