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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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First Arab on ISS returns to Earth

Almaty (Kazakhstan): A three-man crew including an Emirati who became the first Arab to reach the International Space Station returned to Earth safely on Thursday and were in good shape, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said. Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates touched down in the Kazakh steppes at 1059 GMT along with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos …

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New Brexit offer: Boris offers EU Irish backstop alternative

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday unveiled his alternative to the controversial Irish backstop clause in the withdrawal agreement with the European Union (EU) as a final offer to the economic bloc to avert a no-deal Brexit on October 31. Johnson’s proposals would see the UK territory of Northern Ireland effectively stay within the EU single market for …

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N Korea may have fired ballistic missile: South

Seoul: North Korea may have fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, a move that came just hours after Pyongyang said it would resume nuclear talks with the US, reports said. South Korean officials said a missile launched near the port of Wonsan flew about 450 km and reached an altitude of 910 km, before landing in the Sea of …

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Doval meets Saudi Crown Prince, discusses Kashmir

Riyadh: In an effort to counter Islamabad’s strident anti-India propaganda on Kashmir, India has reached out to Saudi Arabia, days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the kingdom on way to the UNGA. Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held one-on-one talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and discussed Kashmir, and explained India’s position on it. Crown …

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