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Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza in response to rockets’ firing

Jerusalem : The Israeli military said on Sunday that it carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, hours after three rockets were fired by militants in the besieged enclave. A military spokesperson said in a statement that overnight, Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters struck several sites belonging to the Islamic Hamas movement, reports Xinhua news agency. Among the sites …

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Hong Kong police arrest 11, seize ‘large amount of weapons’

Moscow: Hong Kong police say they arrested 11 people and confiscated a large amount of weapons, including a firearm and ammunition, in a raid ahead of a large rally on Sunday.”This morning, police mounted an operation and arrested 8 males and 3 females? A large amount of weapons, including one firearm and over a hundred bullets were seized. Intelligence suggested …

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Make selection of UN peacekeepers more stringent: India

IANS United Nations India has called for making the selection of peacekeepers for UN operations more stringent, emphasising professional competence in order to make them more effective. “India believes that even while broad participation in peacekeeping is important to enhance global solidarity, there can be no substitute for professional competence of those engaged in all aspects of this global enterprise,” …

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Climate crisis threatening child rights: Unicef

IANS Madrid The climate crisis is threatening to roll back progress on child rights without sufficient urgent investment in solutions that benefit the most vulnerable children, the Unicef said on Saturday as the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) enters its second week. Around 160 million children live in areas experiencing high levels of drought — and by 2040, one in …

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US post office to be named after slain Sikh police officer

IANS Houston A Democratic Congresswoman has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to name a post office in Houston after Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, the first Sikh Deputy in Texas’s Harris County who was shot dead while on duty in September. The bill introduced by Texas Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher on Thursday said that the post office located at 315 …

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India’s data localisation plan should not stymie growth in transactions: Mnuchin

PTI Washington The US wants India to ensure that its data localisation plan does not “stymie growth” and American financial transaction companies are treated “fairly”, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said. Mnuchin also insisted that America has no problem if countries want to have local data for regulatory purposes as long as they do not eliminate it outside the country. …

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France readies for 2nd day of biggest national strike

IANS Paris Widespread travel disruption was expected to continue in France for a second day on Friday as the largest nationwide strike, called to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms, continues. As the strike began on Thursday, more than 800,000 people took to the streets, with violent clashes reported in a number of cities, the BBC reported. Widespread rail cancellations …

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Iranian regime could have ‘murdered over 1000’ people

PTI Washington Iranian security forces may have killed more than 1,000 people since protests over a steep hike in petrol prices erupted last month, the US has claimed, urging the international community to stand united with America against the regime’s “abhorrent and unacceptable” treatment of its people.  Violent protests broke out in Iran on November 15 after the government hiked …

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Greta Thunberg reaches Madrid for climate activists’ march

AP Madrid Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in Madrid Friday to join thousands of other young people in a march to demand world leaders take real action against climate change. The Spanish capital is hosting a two-week, United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at streamlining the rules on global carbon markets and agreeing on how poor countries should be compensated for destruction …

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Most victims of Sudan fire tragedy belonged to Tamil Nadu, Bihar: Embassy

Khartoum: Most of the Indian victims hospitalised or reported missing after the massive LPG tanker blast at a ceramics factory in Sudan belonged to Tamil Nadu and Bihar states while authorities are trying to ascertain the details about the 18 Indians killed in the tragedy. The Indian Embassy has issued a detailed list of the Indians who were hospitalised, went …

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