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G7 warns against Libra launch until risks ‘adequately addressed’

Washington: Facebook should not launch its global digital currency Libra until proper regulations are in place to handle the potential risks, the Group of Seven said Thursday. And France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that a currency like Libra could undermine sovereign nations’ control over their exchange rates. “It’s a matter of democracy, not just a simple economic question,” …

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Kashmiri Pandits brief US lawmakers on situation in J&K

Washington: Ahead of the next week’s Congressional hearing on human rights situation in South Asia, Kashmiri Pandits residing in various parts of the US held a briefing for US lawmakers and their aides on ground realties in the Valley and violations of their rights for the past several decades. Indian American Congressman Ro Khanna, Congressmen Mike Thompson, Zoe Lofgren, Mark …

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India calls for steps to promote fair, ethical recruitment of migrants

Dubai: India has called on the member states of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) for taking steps to promote fair and ethical recruitment of migrants as well as safe and legal migration. In his address at the Ministerial Consultation of ADD held on October 16-17 in Dubai, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan spoke about the ongoing efforts …

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Officials: blast at Afghan mosque kills 62

Kabul: An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered to offer Friday players, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, said the militant attack wounded 36 others. He said it was not immediately clear if the mosque was attacked by a suicide …

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In a first, Mexico deports 311 Indians

Mexico City: In a first, Mexico’s migration authorities deported 311 Indians, including a woman, from various parts of the country amidst its stepped up efforts to check people illegally crossing its borders following pressure from the US. According to a press release issued by the National Migration Institute (INM), the Indian nationals, who did not have a condition of regular …

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Northern Irish rejection threatens Brexit deal as EU leaders meet

BRUSSELS: Britain’s efforts to agree an amicable divorce from the European Union were hanging by a thread Thursday as leaders headed to Brussels for a crunch summit. EU and UK negotiators had worked overnight on a compromise withdrawal deal that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hoped to present to his counterparts. But, as dawn broke over Brussels, Northern Ireland’s Democratic …

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Fuel tanker explosion kills two in southern Nigeria

Abuja: Nigerian presidency confirmed on Thursday two people were killed in a fuel tanker explosion which wreaked havoc in the southern state of Anambra. A woman and her child were confirmed killed as the tanker fell and spilled its content on a busy road in Onitsha, a commercial city of Anambra, according to a statement from the presidency. “I am …

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Strong quake leaves many dead in Philippines island

Manila: At least five people were killed and 60 injured after a magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit the island of Mindanao, southern Philippines, local media reported Thursday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) registered the earthquake on Wednesday at 7.37 pm local time (11.37 GMT) at magnitude-6.3 at a depth of 15 km. The quake was followed by some 246 …

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Hong Kong protest leader Jimmy Sham ‘attacked with hammers’

Hong Kong:  The leader of one of Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy groups, Jimmy Sham was attacked with hammers. Photographs on social media showed Jimmy Sham of the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) lying in the street, covered in blood, the BBC reported on Thursday. Afterwards, the activist said he “remained committed to the ideal of peaceful non-violence”. Mass protests in …

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Kurds accuse Turkey of using banned incendiary weapons

Beirut: The embattled Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria on Thursday accused Turkey of resorting to banned weapons such as napalm and white phosphorus munitions. The use of such weapons since the start of the cross-border assault by Turkey and its Syrian proxies could not immediately be confirmed independently. In a statement issued eight days into the deadly offensive, the Kurdish …

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