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S Korea urges North not to send leaflets amid high tensions

AP Seoul South Korea on Monday urged North Korea to scrap a plan to launch propaganda leaflets across the border, after the North said it’s ready to float 12 million leaflets in what would be the largest such psychological campaign against its southern rival. Animosities on the Korean Peninsula rose sharply last week, after North Korea destroyed an inter-Korean liaison …

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US in talks with India, China to resolve ‘very tough’ stand-off

Washington: Amidst the “very tough” standoff at the China-India border, US President Donald Trump has said that his administration is talking to both countries to “help them” resolve their ongoing tensions. Trump’s comments came in the backdrop of the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese armies in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15 in which 20 …

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Two killed in US cities shootings

Washington: At least two people were killed in shooting incidents that took place in the US cities of Minneapolis and Seattle, police said. In Minneapolis, the city’s police force tweeted early Sunday morning that some 11 people who were injured in the shooting have been hospitalised, without giving any further details of the incident, reports 10 WBNS news. In an …

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3 stabbed to death in UK terrorist attack

London: UK counter-terrorism officers on Sunday declared a stabbing rampage by a Libyan-origin man in a park in the English town of Reading that left three people dead as a terrorist attack. The local Thames Valley Police had initially launched a murder inquiry and said it was keeping an open mind on the motive behind the knife rampage in a …

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India is the pharmacy of the world: SCO Secy-Gen

Beijing: India is playing the role as the “pharmacy of the world” during the COVID-19 pandemic with its vast experience and deep knowledge in medicine, setting the tone for many regional and global initiatives, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary-General Vladimir Norov has said. India has so far supplied medicines to 133 countries in the fight against COVID-19, which shows India’s generosity, …

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Pompeo calls China ‘rogue actor’; slams Communist Party

Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticised the Chinese Army for “escalating” the border tension with India and militarising the strategic South China Sea as he described the ruling Communist Party of China as a “rogue actor.” In a scathing attack on the Chinese government, the top American diplomat said that the Communist Party of China (CPC) wants …

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Protesters topple Confederate general statue in Washington

Washington: Protesters toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the nation’s capital and set it on fire on Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the United States, amid continuing anti-racism demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Cheering demonstrators jumped up and down as the 11-foot (3.4-meter) statue of Albert Pike — wrapped …

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Pope Francis praises Italian doctors, nurses; calls them heroes

Rome: Pope Francis welcomed doctors and nurses from the coronavirus-ravaged region of Lombardy to the Vatican on Saturday to thank them for their selfless work and “heroic” sacrifice. Francis dedicated one of his first post-lockdown audiences to Italy’s front-line medical and civil protection personnel, telling the delegation that their example of professional competence and compassion would help Italy forge a …

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Indian crew stranded on cruise in UK appeal for repatriation

London: Hundreds of Indian crew aboard cruise ships docked on the UK coast have appealed for repatriation to India amid the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. UK port authorities boarded the Astoria cruise ship at Tilbury port in Essex near London along with five others earlier this week amid concerns for the welfare of crew members.  The All India Seafarer and General …

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China acted against India when world is distracted with COVID-19, says US official

Washington: China opening multiple fronts like the one on India border may be because of Beijing’s assessment that the world is distracted due to COVID-19 pandemic and it may advantage of it, a top American diplomat said Thursday. Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell made the remark, adding the Trump administration is closely watching the Indo-China …

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