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Slain scribe Khashoggi’s sons forgive Saudi killers

Dubai: The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to the five government agents convicted of his murder who’d been sentenced to execution. “We, the sons of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce that we forgive those who killed our father as we seek reward from God Almighty,” wrote …

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Cyclone Amphan was more destructive than Cyclone Aila: UN

United Nations: Cyclone Amphan, which has killed 77 people and left thousands homeless in West Bengal, is now considered even more destructive than Cyclone Aila which slammed southern Bangladesh and eastern India in 2009, the UN has said. Cyclone Amphan, the strongest to hit the region in nearly two decades, made landfall on Wednesday evening. It has battered several parts …

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US official calls Sino-India border tension as ‘China’s provocative behaviour’

PTI Washington The US has backed India amidst a flare-up of border tensions with China with a top diplomat describing Beijing’s aggression as “not always rhetorical” and accusing it of continuing with its “provocative and disturbing behaviour” to try to shift the status quo. Alice G Wells, the senior US diplomat for South and Central Asia, said China’s border tensions …

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US to sell $180 mn worth torpedoes to Taiwan; China irked

REUTERS Taipei The U.S government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, further souring already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory. The United States, like most countries, has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is bound by law to provide the democratic island with …

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Possibility of US sanctions still a reality in Indo-Russia missile deal

PTI Washington The possibility of US sanctions on India for buying the multi-billion dollar S-400 missile system from Russia remains on the table, a top American diplomat has said, asserting that New Delhi will have to make a strategic commitment to technologies and platforms. In October 2018, India signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units …

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UNICEF warns 19 mn children at risk of cyclone Amphan aftermath

PTI United Nations At least 19 million children in parts of Bangladesh and India are at “imminent risk” from flash flooding and heavy rain as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall and the state of West Bengal is expected to take a direct hit from the powerful storm, the UN’s children agency has warned. The extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan made a …

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US topping world COVID cases is ‘badge of honour’, says Trump

Washington: President Donald Trump has said it is a “badge of honour” for America to “lead” the world with 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases since it means the US is testing more people for the disease that has killed over 300,000 people across the world. The US has 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and over 91,000 deaths, both the world’s …

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Taiwan President rejects Beijing rule; China says ‘reunification’ inevitable

Taipei: Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its “one country, two systems” offer of autonomy , President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, strongly rejecting China’s sovereignty claims and likely setting the stage for an ever worsening of ties. China responded that “reunification” was inevitable and that it would never tolerate Taiwan’s independence. In a speech after being sworn …

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Over 60 mn people may fall into ‘extreme poverty’ due to coronavirus: WB

Washington: The coronavirus pandemic is expected to put over 60 million people into extreme poverty globally, the World Bank has said as it announced emergency operations worth USD 160 billion in 100 developing countries to fight the deadly virus. “The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty — erasing much …

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Coronavirus likely to drive down declining US births more

New York: US births continued to fall last year, leading to the fewest number of newborns in 35 years. The decline is the latest sign of a prolonged national “baby bust” that’s been going on for more than a decade. And some experts believe the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy will suppress the numbers further. “This unpredictable …

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