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Ukraine court releases MH17 ‘suspect’ pending trial

AFP Kiev A court in Ukraine on Thursday released from pre-trial detention a man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, amid speculation he might be used in a prisoner swap with Russia.  Ukraine captured Vladimir Tsemakh, accused of fighting for pro-Russian separatists, in June, but he is believed to be a person of interest in the downing …

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China didn’t influence bill withdrawal: HK leader

IANS Hong Kong Hong Kongs beleaguered leader said on Thursday that Beijing played no role in her surprise decision to withdraw a contentious extradition bill, but that the Chinese authorities had given her “respect” and “support”. At a press briefing, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Beijing had “respected my view”, “supported me all the way” and respected the …

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Iran to provide details of latest nuclear move Saturday

AFP Tehran Iran will announce details Saturday of its latest scaling back of its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal in response to sweeping US sanctions, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. Atomic energy organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi will hold a news conference to set out the details of Iran’s third cut to its nuclear commitments since May, ISNA said …

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Musk’s Starlink satellite nearly crashed into European probe

IANS London The European Space Agency (ESA) has somehow averted a cosmic crash by protecting one of its satellites from colliding with an SpaceX satellite part of Elon Musk’s mega “Starlink” constellation. In a series of tweets, ESA informed that it had to perform an emergency ‘collision avoidance manoeuvre’ to stop its Aeolus Earth observation probe from smashing into one …

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1 in 3 young people victims of cyberbullying: Unicef

IANS United Nations One in every three young people have reported been a victim of cyberbullying, according to a survey conducted by the UN Children’s Fund in 30 countries. More than 170,000 people between the ages of 13 and 24 participated anonymously in the UNICEF poll, which showed that one in five young people had skipped classes due to internet …

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Pak collected $30mn from expats through ‘Pakistan Banao Certificate’

IANS Islamabad Pakistan’’s Imran Khan government has collected around $30 million under the ‘’Pakistan Banao Certificate (PBC) from the country’’s diaspora living abroad, Pakistani media reported. Launched earlier this year with an aim to generate investment and revive the economy, the ‘’Pakistan Banao Certificate’’ are meant for sale to overseas Pakistanis, said reports. According to Finance Ministry spokesperson Umar Hameed, …

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Ex-envoys warn of civil war in Afghanistan if all US troops leave

IANS Kabul Nine former US ambassadors have warned that Afghanistan could collapse in a “total civil war” if US President Donald Trump withdraws all American forces before the Afghanistan administration and the Taliban conclude a peace settlement. “A major troop withdrawal must be contingent on final peace,” the nine former diplomats wrote on the website of the Atlantic Council, a …

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Iran says to stick to nuclear deal for US$ 15 bn oil credit

AFP    Tehran Iran said Wednesday it will resume full compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal if it can sell its oil or get a US$ 15-billion credit line guaranteed by future crude sales. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi expressed doubt, however, that such a plan could be agreed before a looming deadline set by Iran to further scale back …

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Pakistan lacks proof on ‘genocide’ in Kashmir, says its ICJ lawyer

AGENCIES Islamabad  In an embarrassment to Pakistan, its lawyer at the International Court of Justice  Khawar Qureshi has said that it would be “extremely difficult” for his country to prove the charge of genocide in Kashmir for want of evidence. Qureshi’s statement comes at a time when Pakistan is blatantly threatening to approach the ICJ against India over Kashmir after …

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India, Maldives sign treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters

PTI Male India and Maldives on Tuesday signed a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid discussed ongoing cooperation in various fields and ways to further strengthen the bilateral ties. Jaishankar, who is in the Maldives to attend the 4th edition of the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC), …

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