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Needed stability for Sino-India ties in turbulent 2019

Beijing: Buoyed by the bonhomie generated by the two informal summits between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, India-China relations managed to maintain a “sound momentum” in 2019, notwithstanding the serious differences over issues like Kashmir and the UN designation of a terror group leader based in Pakistan.  “China is willing to work with India to build a …

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Saudi FM to visit Pak over Malaysia summit pull-out

Islamabad: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal will visit Pakistan on Thursday in what appears to be a damage control exercise by Riyadh to address the growing criticism against the Gulf Kingdom after Islamabad pulled out of the Kuala Lumpur summit of Muslim nations under what Turkey termed Saudi threats, a media report said on Wednesday. Pakistan faced huge domestic …

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In efforts to defuse Indo-Pak tensions post-Pulwama attack: Wang

Beijing: China had supported the efforts of India and Pakistan to defuse tensions and manage their differences through dialogue following the deadly Pulwama terror attack, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, highlighting behind-the-scenes role played by Beijing. After the attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad in February that killed 40 CRPF personnel, India carried out air strikes against the biggest …

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India, Pak enmity main reason why SAARC is not prospering: Bangladesh

Dhaka: Enmity between India and Pakistan is one of the main reasons why SAARC is not prospering, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen has said, while expressing optimism about other regional initiatives such as the BIMSTEC and the BBIN. His remarks comes following India and Pakistan blaming each other over the lack of cooperation and coordination among the South …

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Notre Dame will not host Xmas mass for first time in 213 years

IANS: For the first time in 213 years there will be no Christmas mass at Notre Dame here. Since 1803, the iconic gothic cathedral has hosted a Christmas mass but the devastating inferno of 15 April has put the tradition on hold, Efe news reported. Instead the mass officiated by Dean Patrick Chauvet has moved to the church of Saint …

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Bethlehem welcomes pilgrims for Christmas celebrations

Bethlehem: The biblical city of Bethlehem, revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus, was preparing Monday to welcome pilgrims from around the world to celebrate Christmas in the Holy Land. The “little town” in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is planning festivities in and around the Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born. …

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Jayapal added to list of US lawmakers to meet Jaishankar without Engel’s approval: Sources

Washington: Congressman Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was not aware of the inclusion of non-member Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and two others to the list of lawmakers to meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar here last week, sources said. During his visit to Washington for the 2+2 US-India dialogue, Jaishankar refused to meet Indian-American Jayapal, who introduced …

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Five sentenced to death over Khashoggi murder

Riyadh: Five people have been sentenced to death over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but two top figures investigated over the killing have been exonerated, Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said Monday. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was murdered in October last year in what Riyadh called a “rogue” operation, tipping the kingdom into one of its worst diplomatic crises …

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2 dead, over 65,000 affected by SL heavy rains

Colombo: Two people were killed and over 65,000 affected by days of heavy rains and strong winds across Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Centre said in a statement on Monday. Over 17,000 people were evacuated to safer shelters while over 1,500 houses were partially or fully damaged in over 13 districts, Xinhua news agency reported. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday …

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US soldier is killed in Afghanistan; Taliban claim attack

Kabul: An American service member was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, the US military said, without providing further details, while the Taliban claimed they were behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the US soldier. The latest fatality brings the number of US deaths in Afghanistan this year to 20. There have also been three non-combat …

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