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‘End communication blackout in Kashmir’

PTI Washington Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal along with another American lawmaker has asked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to press India to immediately end the communications blockade in Kashmir and release those who have been detained. In a letter to Pompeo dated September 11, Jayapal, the first and the only Indian-American Congresswoman in the House of Representatives, and Congressman …

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Pakistan’s polio eradication programme a failure: WHO

IANS Islamabad The World Health Organisation’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has declared Pakistan’s polio eradication programme a failure.  According to a Pakistani media report, the experts associated with the programme have expressed serious concern over the revelations of many new polio cases in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, describing the situation in the province as a major obstacle towards polio eradication in …

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China launches three new satellites

PTI Beijing China successfully launched three satellites, including a resource satellite, on Thursday into planned orbits which will help in disaster prevention, urban construction and monitor polar regions and global climate change.  The resource satellite and two small satellites were launched on a Long March-4B carrier rocket at 11.26 am local time from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in north …

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UK announces 2-year post-study work visa

PTI London In a move that addresses a long-standing demand to boost Indian student numbers choosing British universities, the UK government on Wednesday announced a new two-year post-study work visa route for all international students. The new ‘graduate route’, to be in place by next year, will be open to all overseas nationals who have valid UK immigration status as …

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N Korea again tests ‘super-large’ rocket launcher: KCNA

AFP Seoul North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised a fresh test of a “super-large multiple rocket launcher” system, state media said Wednesday — the latest in a series of provocations by Pyongyang. South Korea’s military said Tuesday that the North had launched “unidentified projectiles” from the Kaechon area in South Pyongan province. They flew approximately 330 kilometres (205 …

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US designates TTP chief Mehsud as global terrorist

PTI Washington/Islamabad The US has slapped sanctions on the chief of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Noor Wali Mehsud and designated him as a global terrorist, as the Trump administration unveiled new tools to pursue terror suspects, their financiers and supporters globally. Mehsud was designated as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the US Department of State on Tuesday, on …

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Support for terror groups from beyond Afghan borders must end: India

PTI United Nations In a veiled reference to Pakistan, India has told the UN Security Council that the support and safe havens enjoyed by terror groups like the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, LeT and JeM from “beyond Afghanistan’s borders” must be addressed to fight the scourge of terrorism and ensure peace in the war-torn country. Peace and reconciliation cannot go …

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UK Parliament suspension ruled unlawful; govt to appeal

PTI London In yet another blow to his leadership, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend the Parliament from this week until mid-October was ruled “unlawful” by Scotland’s highest court on Wednesday.  A panel of three judges at the Court of Session in Scotland found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging Johnson’s move, which …

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Pakistan asks UNHRC to probe into situation in Kashmir

PTI Geneva Pakistan on Tuesday demanded an international investigation by the UN Human Rights Council into the situation in Kashmir and urged the world rights body not to remain “indifferent” after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Addressing the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) here, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, leading the Pakistani delegation, said …

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Afghan peace talks with Taliban are dead: Trump

PTI Washington President Donald Trump has said the Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban are “dead”, saying the United States had hit the group harder in the last four days than anytime in 10 years. “They (talks with the Taliban) are dead. As far as I’m concerned, they’re dead,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. The President …

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