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Taliban attack kills 10 police in northern Afghanistan

AFP Kabul At least 10 policemen were killed when Taliban fighters attacked an outpost in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday, as fighting raged across the country despite ongoing talks between Washington and the militant group. The multi-pronged assault took place in Khwaja Alwan district of Baghlan province early Tuesday, said the provincial police spokesman Ahmad Jawed Basharat. “The Taliban …

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Global airlines suspend flights to nCoV-hit China

PTI London/New Delhi A number of global airlines, including Air India, British Airways, Lufthansa, Lion Air and Indigo airline on Wednesday suspended their flights to Chinese cities as Beijing struggled to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus within the country. The coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei province, in December and it has now spread …

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Big Ben won’t chime on Brexit day

IANS London The Big Ben will not chime on the day the UK is set to exit the European Union (EU), after efforts failed to persuade the House of Commons to allow the famous bell to ring on Friday night. ‘Stand Up 4 Brexit’ organisers and Conservative MP Mark Francois, admitted on Monday that they had failed to get the …

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Netanyahu withdraws immunity from prosecution request

PTI Jerusalem Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday announced that he was withdrawing his request for parliamentary immunity in the three graft cases against him to stop the “dirty game” over the issue, paving the way for legal proceedings against him to go forward. The Israeli leader made his decision public through a Facebook Post from Washington, where he …

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Pakistan arrests 4 boys for temple vandalism

PTI Karachi Four boys have been arrested in Pakistan for their alleged involvement in vandalising a temple in Sindh province with a Hindu minister seeking blasphemy charges against the minors, a media report said on Tuesday. The boys, aged 15, 13, 13 and 12, have confessed to the crime and said that they carried out the act to steal money …

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Health personnel arrive in Wuhan as coronavirus toll reaches 106

IANS Beijing Thousands of health personnel on Tuesday arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, as the death toll due to the disease has increased to 106 in the Asian giant, with 4,275 confirmed cases. More than 4,100 doctors from various parts of China have arrived in Wuhan, with another 1,800 expected to …

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Trump ignores critics, to unveil Israel-Palestinian peace plan

AFP Washington President Donald Trump on Tuesday will ignore accusations — led by the Palestinians themselves — of pro-Israeli bias and unveil what he says is a peace plan capable of solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Long held secret, the plan will finally be aired jointly by Trump and visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. Given that it …

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Defense resumes in key impeachment week

Washington: President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial enters a pivotal week as his defense team resumes its case and senators face a critical vote on whether to hear witnesses or proceed directly to a vote that is widely expected to end in his acquittal.  The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  Those decisions on …

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Difficult to assess number of Indians stuck in Wuhan

Beijing: India is finding it hard to assess the exact number of Indians stranded in central China’s Wuhan city which has been placed under a lockdown, following the outbreak of the contagious novel coronavirus. The death toll in China due to the 2019-nCoV has increased to 80 and around 3,000 people have tested positive for the virus, and some 6,000 …

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Pak anti-terrorism court sentences 2 JuD members

Lahore: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Monday sentenced two members of the outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) to 15 days in jail in terror financing case. “The Anti-Terrorism Court Lahore convicted JuD members – Haji Iqbal and Muhammad Haris – in terror financing case registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA),” a court official said. The court sentenced them to “15 …

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