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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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India suggests co-deployment of troops in UN operations

PTI United Nations India has suggested co-deployment of peacekeepers from different countries as a way to overcome the caveats placed by some nations how their troops and equipment can be deployed in UN operations that hobble the missions. India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said that “innovative options such as co-deployment of peacekeepers from different countries engender a genuine spirit of …

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Hundreds evacuated due to bushfires in Australia

IANS Canberra Some 400 people have been evacuated from their homes in Australia due to at least 130 bushfires that are still ravaging the area, authorities said on Tuesday. Queensland’s acting premier, Jackie Trad, said it was “nothing short of a miracle” that so far, only material damages have been reported and there have been no casualties, reports Efe news. …

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UN rights chief asks India to ease lockdown in Kashmir

PTI Geneva UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Monday expressed “deep concern” over the impact of restrictions in Kashmir, and asked India to ease the current lockdowns to ensure people’s access to basic services. Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also asked Pakistan and India to ensure that the human rights of the Kashmiri people are respected …

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Malaysia air quality drops to unhealthy levels

IANS Kuala Lumpur The air quality in several areas of Malaysia dropped to unhealthy levels on Monday, according to disaster management authorities. Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee of Malaysia said Sarikei town recorded an Air Pollution Index (API) reading of 206 on Monday compared to 193 on Sunday, according to state news agency Bernama. According to the country’s air quality …

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