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China praises Sushma Swaraj’s contribution to Sino-India ties

Beijing: China on Wednesday condoled the demise of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and recalled her important contributions in the development of bilateral relations. The senior BJP leader passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 67. “Madam Sushma Swaraj is a senior Indian politician,” Hua Chunying, Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in written …

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‘Reorganisation of J&K is internal matter of India’

Washington: The reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter of India and it will have no impact on relations with other countries, India’s envoy to the US has said. The Indian Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into …

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Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist

Mecca: More than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf. Crowds of worshippers have already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar. “It’s the first time I’ve …

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Imran warns of India-Pak war

Islamabad/Jammu: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday expressed apprehension that Pulwama-like attacks can follow the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, which could trigger a conventional war between Pakistan and India. “This will be a war that no one will win and the implications will be global,” he warned while addressing a rare joint sitting of Parliament …

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China opposes UT status to Ladakh

Beijing/ Washington: Asking India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, China on Tuesday said they should avoid actions that “unilaterally” change the status quo and exacerbate tensions between them as it voiced “serious concern” over the situation in Kashmir. China also expressed its opposition to India’s move to create a separate Union territory of Ladakh. The US is also “closely following” …

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UK calls for calm as British MPs divided over Article 370 revocation

London: The UK government on Tuesday said that it was monitoring the situation in Kashmir closely and called for calm as the country’s parliamentarians echoed some of the wider divisions over the India’s decision to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian government on Monday revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu …

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India trying to make Kashmir another Palestine: Pak Minister

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry has said that India was trying “to turn Kashmir into another Palestine” and that Islamabad “must be ready to fight if a war is imposed”. His made the remarks a day after the Indian government scrapped Article 370 that gave special status for Jammu and Kashmir and decided to split the state into …

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Philippines declares dengue epidemic as deaths surge

Manila: The Philippines has declared a “national dengue epidemic” after at least 622 people died due to the mosquito-borne disease this year. At least 146,000 cases were recorded from January to July 20, a 98 per cent increase on the same period last year, according to the Health Department. The epidemic has been declared so that officials can identify areas …

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9 held over explosions in Bangkok during ASEAN summit

Bangkok: Nine suspects have so far been arrested over a series of explosions late last week in Bangkok during meetings of Southeast Asian Foreign Ministers and international counterparts, the government said on Tuesday. “At this time, nine people have been arrested and the investigation will go on,” Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said during a press conference. Several small-scale homemade explosives …

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If US wants talks, it must lift sanctions: Iran President

Tehran: If Washington wants negotiations with Tehran, it must lift all the sanctions against the Islamic republic, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. The US sanctions against Iran “violate human rights and amount to a crime”, Rouhani was quoted as saying by state TV. With the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, the US sincerity in its repeated offers of …

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