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‘Howdy, Modi’ event in Houston sold out

Houston: “Howdy, Modi!”, the community event to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here next month has been sold out with over 50,000 people registering for the programme, the organisers said. “Howdy”, short for ‘How do you do?’, is a friendly greeting commonly used in southwestern United States. Over 50,000 supporters have already registered for the mega community summit …

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No complete withdrawal from Afghanistan: Trump

Washington: President Donald Trump has indicated that the US forces will not completely withdraw from warn-torn Afghanistan and America will have “somebody there” to make sure that Taliban does not regain control. During the presidential election campaign in 2016, Trump had pledged to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and end America’s longest war. The Trump administration has intensified its efforts …

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China hails 3-year extension of Pak Army chief Gen Bajwa’s term

Beijing: China on Wednesday welcomed the extension of Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s term for another three years, saying he is an “old friend” of the Chinese government who has made “robust” contributions to the bilateral relations.  General Bajwa, 58, who was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016, …

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France says Kashmir bilateral issue between India and Pakistan

Paris: France has said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, asking them to resolve their differences over it through political dialogue and refrain from any step likely to aggravate tensions. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s remarks came as his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi called him on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Kashmir after …

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Australia’s Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Melbourne: Disgraced Cardinal George Pell was sent back to jail on Wednesday after an Australian court quashed the most senior Catholic cleric’s appeal against convictions for child sex abuse, a landmark decision cheered by the victims and welcomed by the Prime Minister. Once the Vatican’s third-ranking official, Pell, 78, will continue his six-year sentence for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys …

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Pakistan to approach ICJ over Kashmir

Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday said it will approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the Kashmir issue, weeks after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “An in-principle decision has been taken to take the issue of Kashmir to the International Court of Justice,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told ARY News TV. Prime Minister Imran Khan …

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Boris issues backstop ultimatum to EU over Brexit

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued an ultimatum to the European Union over what he has branded an “anti-democratic” Irish border backstop, which must be scrapped to negotiate a new deal before the October 31 Brexit deadline. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday, Johnson reiterated his “highest priority” was to achieve an agreement …

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Epstein signed will 2 days before jailhouse suicide

New York: Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a long battle over the financier’s fortune. Court papers filed last week in the US Virgin Islands list no details of beneficiaries but valued the estate at more than $577 million, …

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Indian preacher sorry to Malaysians for race remarks

Kuala Lumpur: A controversial Indian Islamic preacher apologised Tuesday for making comments about race in multi-ethnic Malaysia which sparked calls for his expulsion, a day after being questioned by police. Zakir Naik, a radical television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an “inside job”, left India in 2016 and moved to largely Muslim Malaysia, where he was granted permanent …

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Trump asks Imran to ‘moderate’ his rhetoric with India

Washington: US President Donald Trump has asked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to “moderate” his rhetoric with India over Kashmir, as he underlined the need of exercising restraint by both sides and avoid escalation of the “tough situation” in the region. Trump on Monday spoke separately to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Khan in his bid to …

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