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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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Opposition secures 20 seats in Moscow local polls

IANS Moscow A “smart vote” strategy devised by the leader of Russia’s extra-parliamentary opposition, Alexey Navalny, to wrest power from the official United Russia party in the local polls has secured them 20 seats in Moscow’s Legislative Assembly. Navalny tweeted late Sunday that those seats were a “fantastic” result of smart voting, and thanked everyone for their support, reports Efe …

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Amazon fires could have catastrophic impact: UN official

IANS Geneva The fires that are ravaging the Amazon rainforest could have a “catastrophic impact on humanity as a whole”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned on Monday. Speaking at the start of a session of the Human Rights Council here, Bachelet said that the total death toll and harm done in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay …

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No-deal Brexit will be failure: Johnson

​IANS Dublin Visiting UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said that a no-deal Brexit would be a “failure” that both the British and Irish governments would be responsible for but reiterated that it was essential for the country to leave the EU by October 31. Johnson is in Dublin for his first face-to-face meeting with Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) …

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Pak doctors plan to cross LoC to reach Kashmir

IANS Islamabad A team of over 75 Pakistani doctors along with nurses and paramedics were planning to cross the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday to provide aid and support to the people of Kashmir, a media report said. The team had reached Muzaffarabad on Sunday evening and they were expecting over 100 additional doctors to join them on Monday, …

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Hong Kong protesters urge Trump to ‘liberate’ their city

Hong Kong: Demonstrators in Hong Kong marched to the US Embassy on Sunday, urging President Donald Trump to “liberate” their city as they press for more democratic freedom in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Thousands of people converged at a park in central Hong Kong, chanting “Resist Beijing, Liberate Hong Kong.” Many of them, clad in black shirts and wearing masks, …

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NASA ready to jointly explore solar system with ISRO

Washington: NASA has lauded Chandrayaan-2, saying India’s moon mission has “inspired” the US space agency which is keen to jointly explore the solar system with ISRO. ISRO Chairman K Sivan said on Sunday that the Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module has been located on the lunar surface and it must have been a hard-landing, admitting that the planned soft-landing was not successful. …

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Atomic watchdog chief in Iran for high-level talks

Tehran: Acting head of the UN atomic watchdog, Cornel Feruta, arrived in Tehran on Sunday for high-level talks with Iranian officials, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. The International Atomic Energy Agency official’s visit comes a day after Iran announced its latest step in reducing its commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal. The Romanian diplomat was to meet Iran’s Atomic …

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UK minister quits government over PM’s Brexit stance

London: Minister Amber Rudd has quit the cabinet and surrendered the Conservative whip saying she cannot “stand by” while “moderate Conservatives are expelled”. The work and pensions secretary said she no longer believed leaving the EU with a deal was the government’s “main objective”, said a BBC News report on Sunday. Rudd described the sacking of 21 Tory MPs on …

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Trump cancels secret talks with Taliban over Kabul attack

Washington: President Donald Trump has cancelled a “secret” summit with Taliban leaders and his Afghan counterpart after the insurgent group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 others, dealing a body blow to protracted negotiations that were nearing a peace deal to end America’s longest war.  In a series of tweets on …

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