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Pak violated its obligations in Jadhav’s case: ICJ Prez tells UNGA

United Nations: Pakistan violated its obligations under the Vienna Convention in the arrest and detention of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Judge Abduylqawi Yusuf told the UN General Assembly here. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial …

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Envoy’s visit to Arunachal in ‘support for Indian sovereignty’: US

Washington: The US has said that the visit of its envoy to India to Arunachal Pradesh highlighted America’s “support for Indian sovereignty”, a remark that could rile China, which claims most of the northeastern state as its own. US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster on Monday visited the border town of Tawang in the state to participate in the Tawang …

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Elaborate security arrangements to control ‘Azadi March’ protesters: Pak

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities placed dozens of shipping containers along the main entry points to Islamabad and deployed Army personnel to control the sea of protesters expected to converge here on Thursday as part of the “Azadi March” demanding Prime Minister Imran Khan’s resignation, accusing him of “rigging” the 2018 general elections. Right-wing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman …

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3rd strong quake this month kills 5 in southern Philippines

Kidapawan (Philippines): The third strong earthquake this month killed five people Thursday, injured several others and destroyed buildings that were already damaged by the earlier shaking in a devastated region in the southern Philippines, officials said. Several cities and towns in the quake-hit area suspended school classes and office work due to fear of more tremors. Many residents may have …

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North Korea fires unidentified projectiles: South’s military

Seoul: North Korea fired two projectiles on Thursday, the South’s military said, with nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington at a deadlock. The weapons were launched from South Pyongan province in an easterly direction over the sea, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, without specifying the type of device involved. “We are maintaining readiness and monitoring in case of additional …

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Philippines earthquake toll rises to 7, 400 injured

Manila: The death toll in earthquake that has struck Mindanao island in the southern Philippines, climbed to seven and the number of injured was around 400, the authorities said on Wednesday. The epicentre of the quake, which hit on Tuesday, was situated around 25 km from Tulunam, Cotabato province, the same region that was hit by a 6.4-magnitude tremor around …

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Armenian mass killing was a genocide: US House

Washington: Stepping into a fraught historical debate particularly at this tense moment between the US and Turkey, the US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognising the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I as a genocide. The issue is highly sensitive and comes at a time of difficult bilateral relations with Turkey, …

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Hundreds of koalas feared dead in Australian wildfires

Canberra: (AP) Conservationists fear hundreds of koalas have perished in wildfires that have razed prime habitat on Australia’s east coast. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital President Sue Ashton said she hoped wildlife carers would be allowed to begin their search of the fire zone for survivors on Thursday. The fire was started by a lightning strike on Friday in a forest …

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Democrats unveil Trump impeachment procedure

Washington: The Democratic Party, which controls the US House of Representatives, has unveiled a resolution setting out the next steps in their impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump. President Trump, a Republican, is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating unsubstantiated corruption claims against his political rival, Joe Biden, and his son who worked with Ukrainian gas company Burisma. …

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Sadako Ogata, first female UN refugee chief, dies at 92

Tokyo: Japan’s Sadako Ogata, the first woman to head the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR, has died at the age of 92, Japan’s foreign aid agency said Tuesday. Ogata was widely respected for her efforts to help refugees and internally displaced people around the world and emphasised making visits to conflict zones during her tenure from 1991-2002. She worked to help …

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