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US Congressional Commission’s hearing on Kashmir nearly fizzles out

Washington: A US Congressional Commission’s hearing on human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir nearly fizzled out as only four of the 84 members of the panel turned up for the hearing, the second such meeting by an American panel after India abrogated Article 370 to revoke the special status of that state. Republicans refused to attend the hearing held …

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China objects to Rajnath Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh

Beijing: China on Friday objected to the visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Arunachal Pradesh, saying the Chinese government never acknowledged the “so-called” northeast Indian state, which it claims to be a part of South Tibet. Singh visited Tawang on Thursday for the ‘Maitree Diwas’ celebrations to boost civil-military friendship in the region bordering China. Reacting to the visit, …

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Ousted ambassador to testify in Trump impeachment probe

Washington: The House will hear from a singular witness Friday in the Trump impeachment hearings: Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine who was targeted by the President’s allies in a “smear” campaign now central to the inquiry. The career diplomat, who served both Republican and Democratic presidents, is expected to relay her striking story of being suddenly recalled …

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Exceptionally high tides continue to batter Venice

Venice: Exceptionally high tides have continued to batter the Italian city of Venice and by early Friday morning St Mark’s Square was completely flooded and inaccessible. The City Hall’s High Water Information Centre recorded at 8.15 am. a 131 cm rise in water levels, meaning St Mark Square, the lowest point in the city standing at 80 cm from sea …

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Israel, Islamic Jihad cease fire after heavy Gaza fighting

Gaza City: Israel and the militant Islamic Jihad group in Gaza reached a cease-fire on Thursday to end the heaviest Gaza fighting in months that killed at least 34 Palestinians and paralyzed parts of Israel. Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Berim said the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5.30 am. An Israeli military spokesman tweeted that the Gaza operation “is …

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Clashes as acting Bolivia leader aims to end power vacuum

La Paz: Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Anez moved Wednesday to fill the power vacuum left by the resignation of Evo Morales, who said he was ready to return from exile in Mexico to “pacify” the country, as riot police clashed with his supporters and one was killed.  Anez, a 52-year-old deputy senate speaker before proclaiming herself acting president on Tuesday …

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Venice flooded by highest tide in more than 50 years

Calabria (Italy): Venice has been hit by its highest tide in more than 50 years, leaving much of the Italian city under water and at least two persons dead, a media report said. The flooding was the second highest in the city’s history, and the mayor has put the blame on climate change, Sky News reported. Officials said the tide …

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Schools closed as protests out chokehold on Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Hong Kong authorities ordered schools and universities closed Thursday as protesters challenging China’s rule brought parts of the city to a near standstill by barricading roads and disrupting public transport links. Six months of anti-government political action have morphed from peaceful mass rallies into a so-called “blossom everywhere” campaign of violent hit-and-run confrontations with police by groups of …

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FBI report shows 200% hike in anti-Sikh hate crimes

Washington: Anti-Sikh hate crime in the US increased by 200 per cent since 2017, making Sikhs the third most commonly targeted religious group in America, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) annual report for hate crime in 2018 has showed. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Americans experience an average of 2,50,000 hate crimes per year. But the latest …

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Indian wins ‘BRICS-Young Innovator Prize’

Rio De Janeiro: Ravi Prakash, an Indian PhD scholar has won the US$ 25,000 BRICS-Young Innovator Prize for inventing an affordable indigenous milk chilling unit for smaller and marginal rural dairy farmers. Prakash, PhD scholar of ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Bangalore, was a part of 21-member delegation sent to Brazil by the Department of Science and Technology for the …

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