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Hong Kong subway to remain closed amid protests

SPUTNIK Moscow The Hong Kong subway will remain shut on Saturday following a new wave of protests, sparked by the city government’s decision to outlaw wearing masks in public, Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) announced. On Friday, the Hong Kong government has enacted the Emergency Regulations Ordinance, banning the wearing masks at public meetings and processions, prompting a massive …

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Pak PM did not meet Afghan delegation: Top aide

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan did not meet a high-level Afghan Taliban delegation to discuss the revival of the stalled peace process in Afghanistan, his top aide said on Friday, dismissing reports of the meeting in the local and international media as “not true”. Several local and international media outlets had reported that Prime Minister Khan and the Taliban …

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Pichai meets Ivanka Trump

San Francisco: Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Ivanka Trump have announced an initiative to provide 250,000 training opportunities over the next five years for the US citizens to learn new-age technology skills. Pichai made the announcement with Ivanka Trump at a round-table event in Dallas on Thursday, reports CNET. The Google CEO, in the line of US President Donald Trump’s fire over the tech …

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‘EU open but unconvinced with Johnson’s Brexit plans’

Brussels: President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has said that the European Union (EU) was “open but not convinced” by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new proposals for a Brexit deal with the bloc. Tusk made the comments on Thursday after speaking to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and also hours after Johnson said he had made a “genuine attempt to …

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Hong Kong leader announces ban on protester face masks

Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s leader announced a ban Friday on protesters wearing face masks, invoking colonial-era emergency powers, in a bid to quell months of violent anti-government unrest. Chief executive Carrie Lam said she had made the order under the Emergency Regulations Ordinances, a sweeping law that grants her the ability to make any law during a time of emergency …

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Article 370 was a mistake, says senior Indian lawyer

London: Senior Indian lawyer Harish Salve has endorsed India’s decision to revoke Article 370 to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, saying the government has cut the Gordian Knot. He described Pakistan’s reaction to the move as a sign of “complete bankruptcy” because Kashmir is an integral part of India where they were “squatting”. Tensions between the two …

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India-Pak nuclear war may kill up to 125 million people: Study

Washington: A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, in less than a week, kill 50-125 million people — more than the death toll during all six years of World War II, and lead to global climate catastrophe, according to researchers in the US.  A study by researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and Rutgers University examined how such …

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Johnson sets out defence of new Brexit plan

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met his senior ministers on Thursday before setting out on a delicate mission to convince sceptical EU leaders to back his new Brexit plan. Johnson is racing against time and facing headwinds across European capitals as he tries to rally support for a new approach to settling the three-and-a-half-year crisis. His failure to get …

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Facebook suffers legal blow in EU over hate speech

Luxembourg: Facebook on Wednesday was dealt a major blow in the EU’s top court, which ruled that national courts in Europe can order online platforms to remove defamatory content worldwide. The decision will be seen as a victory for EU regulators, who are ambitious to see US tech giants meet tightened European standards over hate speech and offensive content. Last …

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Satellite images show activity around Iranian-flagged tanker

Dubai: Satellite images released on Thursday show that a once-detained Iranian-flagged oil tanker sitting off the coast of Syria has been approached by a smaller Iranian tanker, an indication the ship could be preparing to transfer its cargo. Images released by Maxar Technologies show the Jasmine alongside the Adrian Darya 1 on Wednesday, with mooring lines between them and a …

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