Social media blackout in Pak amid anti-France protests

Islamabad, April 16 (IANS) Pakistan on Friday blocked social media platforms amid fears that activists of a radical Islamist group might use the technology to stoke violent protests against last year’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in France. Followers of far-right Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a group that supports the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, have blocked […]

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Asean summit on Myanmar set for April 24

Jakarta, April 16 (IANS) Leaders of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) are expected to meet in the Indonesian capital Jakarta next week to discuss the political crisis in Myanmar following the February 1 military coup, an official source said on Friday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for a summit of the 10-member Asean […]

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S.Korean Prez picks new PM in Cabinet reshuffle

Seoul, April 16 (IANS) South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday nominated former Interior Minister Kim Boo-kyum as the new Prime Minister during a cabinet reshuffle, the presidential Blue House said. Kim will become the third Prime Minister of the Moon government, which was inaugurated in May 2017, if the nomination is approved in the […]

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EU urges Israel not to obstruct Palestinian polls

Ramallah, April 16 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has urged Israel not to obstruct the upcoming Palestinian elections. Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, the EU representative in Palestine, said on Thursday that the bloc continues its contact with the Israeli government to allow the legislative elections to be held in the Palestinian territories “without interruption or […]

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Ghani, Blinken meet in Kabul

Kabul, April 16 (IANS) A day after US President Joe Biden announced the unconditional withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by September which will end the 20-year old war, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and visiting American Secretary of State Antony Blinken exchanged views on the decision and the war on terrorism. During the meeting held […]

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Israel to lift outdoor mask mandate

Tel Aviv, April 16 (IANS) The rules to enforce wearing of masks outdoors in Israel will be lifted starting Sunday, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said. Edelstein said in a statement on Thursday that he had instructed the Ministry’s Director-General, Hezi Levi, to sign an order to cancel the restriction, reports Xinhua news agency. The decision […]

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CPEC SEZ to create over 200K job opportunities for Pak

Islamabad, April 16 (IANS) A special economic zone (SEZ) being constructed in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will create over 200,000 job opportunities for the locals, a top official said. Chief Executive Officer of the state-owned Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company, Javed Khattak told the media on […]

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N.Korea slams Japan’s move on nuclear wastewater

Seoul, April 16 (IANS) North Korea has slammed Japan’s decision to discharge radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean as a “threat to human existence” and demanded its immediate withdrawal to prevent a “new catastrophe for the humanity”, state media reported. In a statement on Thursday, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said: “Japan is […]

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Pak withdraws customs duty on cotton yarn import

Islamabad, April 15 (IANS) The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of Pakistan has approved to withdraw customs duty on import of cotton yarn till June 30 to facilitate the textile sector, the Finance Ministry here said. The top economic body took the step “to ensure smooth supply of cotton and cotton yarns to the value-added industry, […]

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Syria rejects accusation of chemical weapons use

Damascus, April 15 (IANS) The Syrian Foreign Ministry has denied an accusation by a global watchdog about the use of chemical weapons against the population in the country’s northwestern region. In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry slammed the “misleading” report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which said that “the […]

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Imran holds virtual summit with Uzbek Prez

Islamabad, April 15 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international issues during a virtual summit with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, according to the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad. During the wide-ranging talks on Wednesday, Khan underlined the importance of enhancing political and diplomatic linkages; fast tracking trade and economic cooperation; […]

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Cyclone-related deaths in Indonesia reach 181

Jakarta, April 15 (IANS) The death toll from the tropical cyclone Seroja that recently hit Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province has indreased to 181, while 47 people remain missing, according to the latest official data. At a virtual press conference held by the country’s disaster mitigation agency on Wednesday afternoon, the province’s deputy governor Josef […]

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Pak Army chief, Blinken discuss Afghan peace process

Islamabad, April 15 (IANS) Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the Afghan peace process, the military in Islamabad confirmed. In a statement, the military said that during a phone call on Wednesday, Blinken and Bajwa discussed matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including […]

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Pakistan bans Islamic party after violent protests

Islamabad, April 14 (IANS) The Pakistan government has decided to impose a ban on the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan under the anti-terrorism law. Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed announced on Wednesday that the file will be taken to the Federal Cabinet for approval, adding that the decision was taken on the request of the Punjab government. “They […]

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Fresh Covid cases back over 700 in S.Korea

Seoul, April 14 (IANS) South Korea’s daily new Covid-19 cases rebounded to over 700 on Wednesday, the most in over three months, as health authorities are looking at the option of raising social distancing rules to contain the virus resurgence. The country reported 731 more Covid-19 cases, including 714 local infections, raising the total caseload […]

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S.Korea regrets Japan’s decision on dumping radioactive water

Seoul, April 14 (IANS) South Korea expressed strong regret on Tuesday over Japan’s decision to dump radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. Koo Yoon-cheol, chief of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, said during an emergency vice-ministerial meeting that the South Korean government “expresses strong regret and […]

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Iran urges closer defence cooperation with Russia

Tehran, April 14 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday called for boosting defence cooperation with Russia, Tasnim news agency reported. Considering the termination of a UN arms embargo on Iran in October last year, Iran expects expansion of military and defence cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, Rouhani said in a meeting with visiting Russian […]

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Lavrov to discuss n-deal, cyberattack in Iran

Tehran, April 13 (IANS) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Tehran on Tuesday during which he will hold talks with Iranian leaders on topics including how to salvage a nuclear agreement with world powers and the recent cyberattack on a facility. He met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and is due to hold […]

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Maldives tourism arrivals cross 330K in March

Male, April 13 (IANS) Monthly tourism arrivals have been on the rise in the Maldives, with over 330,000 tourists visiting the island nation between January and March, the Ministry of Tourism revealed on Tuesday. Data from the Ministry of Tourism showed that 109,585 tourists arrived in March, up from 96,882 tourist arrivals in February, and […]

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Japan to release Fukushima water into sea amid oppn (Ld)

Tokyo, April 13 (IANS) The Japanese government on Tuesday announced its decision to start releasing radioactive water accumulated at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea after treatment, amid domestic and international opposition. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet made the decision on Tuesday morning, which comes a decade after the nation’s worst-ever atomic disaster […]

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Gaza Strip to tighten measures during Ramadan

Gaza, April 13 (IANS) The Islamic Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip, has decided to tighten the precautionary measures during the upcoming Islamic holy month of Ramadan in an effort to curb Covid-19 spread. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday that traffic all over the Gaza Strip will be banned […]

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Police install light machine gun posts in Dhaka

By Sumi KhanDhaka, April 13 (IANS) Additional police have been deployed, while light machine gun posts were also installed following an order by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) following a militant attack threat, a top official said on Tuesday. Harun-Ur-Rashid, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dhaka’s Tejgaon Zone, told IANS that any attack either carried out […]

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Cyclone-related deaths in Indonesia reach 179

Jakarta, April 13 (IANS) The death toll from the floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province has increased to 179 with 45 still missing, the National Disaster Management Agency said. “We have been able to reach all the affected areas and there are no more isolated villages,” East […]

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Japan to dump Fukushima contaminated water into sea

Tokyo, April 13 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday that his government has decided to discharge contaminated radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power into the Pacific Ocean amid domestic and international opposition. Suga made the announcement after convening a meeting to formalise plans to release the radioactive water accumulated […]

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Philippines receives more Sinovac vaccines

Manila, April 13 (IANS) The Philippines received the second batch of Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccines purchased from China. The Philippine Airlines, which flew the vaccines to Manila, handed over the shipment to Carlito Galvez, the official in charge of the Philippines’ vaccine procurement efforts, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. The Philippines is ramping up […]

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Iran blames Israel for attack on nuke facility

Tehran, April 12 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday described the cyberattack on the Natanz nuclear facility as an act of terrorism and blamed Israel for it. The plant in central Iran produces, among other things, new centrifuges for uranium enrichment, dpa news agency reported. “The Zionists want to sabotage Iran’s nuclear […]

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B’desh imposes week-long air travel ban

Dhaka, April 12 (IANS) Bangladesh has announced plans to ban all international and domestic flights for a week from Wednesday, coinciding with yet another lockdown to counter a spike in new coronavirus cass. All international passenger flights to and from Bangladesh will remain suspended from April 14 to 20, dpa news agency quoted the Civil […]

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Iran urges S.Korea to unfreeze bank assets

Tehran, April 12 (IANS) Iran’s First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri called on South Korea to unfreeze Tehran’s assets in its banks as soon as possible. Blocking Iran’s foreign exchange assets in the South Korean’s banks has marred the image of the country among the Iranian people, Jahangiri said in a joint press conference with visiting Prime […]

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Struggling against Iran huge task: Netanyahu

Tel Aviv, April 12 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that struggling against Iran is “a huge task”. He made the remarks on Sunday hours after Iran announced that a blackout at its underground Natanz nuclear facility was an act of “nuclear terrorism”, reports Xinhua news agency “The struggle against Iran and its proxies […]

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5 IS militants killed in Iraq airstrike

Baghdad, April 12 (IANS) Five Islamic State (IS) terrorists were killed in an airstrike in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, the military said. A statement by the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said the airstrike on Sunday killed the five terrorists and also destroyed four hideouts near Himreen lake in the […]

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Houthis launch drone attacks at Saudi airport, airbase

Sanaa, April 12 (IANS) Yemen’s Houthi militia said they launched bomb-laden drone attacks towards the Jizan Airport and King Khalid Airbase in southwestern Saudi Arabia. “The attacks targeted aircraft hangars in Jizan Airport (in Jizan city) and King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait city,” Houthi military spokesman Yehya Sarea said in a statement on Sunday […]

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Iranian parliament files charges against president

Tehran, April 11 (IANS) The Iranian parliament has filed charges against President Hassan Rouhani, in an intensifying power struggle between hardliners and moderates in the country. The deputies accuse him of having disregarded laws passed by parliament. Citing the Fars news agency, DPA reported on Sunday that 190 of the 235 lawmakers present voted in […]

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12 injured in B’desh mosque attack

By Sumi KhanDhaka, April 10 (IANS) At least 12 people were injured in an attack staged by members of the Hefazat-e-Islam militant outfit at a mosque in Bangladesh’s Gaibandha district. Police claimed the incident in Sundarganj area took place on Friday afternoon due to a conflict over the Silamoni mosque’s management committee. Motlob Uddin, the […]

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Iranian FM urges US to return to n-deal

Tehran, April 10 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged the US to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and lift all sanctions against Tehran. “Iran proposes logical path to full JCPOA compliance: the US, which caused this crisis, should return to full compliance […]

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Tehran’s famous bazaar to shut due to Covid

Tehran, April 10 (IANS) The historical Grand Bazaar of Tehran, a major hub for Iran’s economy, will be closed for two weeks following the sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country. The authorities on Friday also announced the suspension of other businesses, excluding the suppliers of basic services and commodities, for […]

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Cyclone-related deaths in Indonesia reaches 167

Jakarta, April 10 (IANS) The death toll from the floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province has increased to 167 with 45 still missing, the National Disaster Management Agency said. The agency’s head Doni Monardo said 165 dead victims were reported in East Nusa Tenggara province and two […]

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Hamas slams Israel for rejecting ICC probe

Gaza, April 10 (IANS) The Islamic Hamas movement has condemned Israel for refusing to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the investigation into the alleged war crimes in Palestine. Hamas spokesman in Gaza Hazem Qassem said in a statement on Friday that the refusal to cooperate with the ICC reflects the Israeli logic […]

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Bangladesh contemplates full lockdown

Dhaka, April 10 (IANS) The Bangladesh’s government is contemplating imposing a “full lockdown” for one week from April 14 in an effort to curb the recent resurgence of new Covid-19 cases, a Minister announced. Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader’s announcement on Friday came after the government on Monday enforced a one-week lockdown, but […]

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Pak approves China’s Sinovac vax for emergency use

Islamabad, April 10 (IANS) Amid te ongoing third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved China’s Sinovac vaccine against the virus for emergency use, the National Institute of Health in Islamabad announced. According to a statement released by DRAP, the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac […]

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Cautious optimism prevails in India-Pak ties

By Hamza AmeerIslamabad, April 9 (IANS) Pakistan and India relations may have hit a small bump with the recent decision by the Imran Khan-led government to refrain from importing cotton and sugar from New Delhi and reopening the trade, a decision approved and then disapproved within 24 hours after deference by the Economic Coordination Committee […]

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S.Korea to extend tightened quarantine measures

Seoul, April 9 (IANS) South Korea on Friday announced its decision to extend the tightened quarantine measures for three more weeks amid an resurgence of new Covid-19 cases. Under the country’s five-tier social-distancing guidelines, the third-highest Level 2 will be kept in place until May 2 in the Seoul metropolitan area, with the Level 1.5 […]

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Malay oppn chief to again run for PM

Kuala Lumpur, April 9 (IANS) Long-time aspirant Anwar Ibrahim will again try to be Prime Minister whenever parliamentary elections next take place, Malaysia’s opposition alliance announced on Friday. The former deputy premier, who was twice jailed on charges of corruption and sodomy, “will lead the 15th general election campaign”, according to Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of […]

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Malay oppn chief to again run for PM

Kuala Lumpur, April 9 (IANS) Long-time aspirant Anwar Ibrahim will again try to be Prime Minister whenever parliamentary elections next take place, Malaysia’s opposition alliance announced on Friday. The former deputy premier, who was twice jailed on charges of corruption and sodomy, “will lead the 15th general election campaign”, according to Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of […]

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Myanmar state of emergency could be extended

Nay Pyi Taw, April 9 (IANS) The Myanmar military’s spokesman Zaw Min Tun said the one-year state of emergency imposed by the junta during its February 1 coup could be extended, thereby pushing back potential elections. He did not give a clear timeline for elections, but said the state of emergency could be extended for […]

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Yemeni forces claim killing Houthi rebels

Sanaa, April 9 (IANS) Yemeni government forces claimed to have killed and injured dozens of Houthi rebels following an offensive launched in the country’s oil-rich province of Marib. “The national army forces managed to defeat the terrorist Houthi militia after launching a well-planned military attack and shelling on several rebel-held locations in Marib,” Xinhua news […]

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Syria urges UNSC to prevent Israeli attacks

Damascus, April 9 (IANS) The Syrian Foreign Ministry has urged the UN Security Council to take “decisive and immediate measures to prevent the repetition of Israeli attacks on the Syrian territory”. In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry highlighted the need to hold Israel accountable for its “terrorism and crimes committed against the Syrian and […]

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Syria, Russia discuss ways to mitigate sanctions’ impact

Damascus, April 9 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad discussed ways to mitigate the impact of the Western sanctions on the country with Alexander Lavrentiev, Russia’s special representative for Damascus. The two sides on Thursday expressed their determination to intensify the efforts to overcome the difficulties caused by the policies of some Western countries against Syria […]

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Israel to reject ICC war crimes probe

Tel Aviv, April 9 (IANS) The Israeli government Israel said that it will formally reject the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into possible war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel will formally respond to a notification from the ICC with a letter to clarify that it will not cooperate with the investigation, Xinhua news […]

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10,242 arrested over HK social unrest

Hong Kong, April 9 (IANS) The Hong Kong government’s Department of Justice said that 10,242 people have been arrested between June 9, 2019 and February 28, 2021 over the social unrest in city, of which 2,521 are undergoing judicial proceedings. In a statement on Thursday, the Security Bureau said that the 2,521 people, about 720 […]

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Indonesia floods toll climbs to 165

Jakarta, April 9 (IANS) The death toll from the floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province has increased to 165 with 45 still missing, the National Disaster Management Agency said. “Two died in Bima district, West Nusa Tenggara province, and 163 others in East Nusa Tenggara province,” the […]

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Israel remembers Holocaust victims

Tel Aviv, April 8 (IANS) Israel paused on Thursday to mourn the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during the Second World War on Holocaust Remembrance Day. At about 10 a.m., sirens went off nationwide for two minutes while pedestrians paused and drivers pulled their cars over on streets and highways, reports dpa news […]

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Private Pak importers rush for Russian vax

Islamabad, April 8 (IANS) Private importers in Pakistan are negotiating to procure more of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for commercial sale. AGP Pharma, a pharmaceutical company based in the southern city of Karachi that imported 50,000 doses of Sputnik V, said on Thursday they were trying to get their hands on more. “Our negotiations are […]

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US urges India, Pak to hold table talks

By Hamza AmeerIslamabad, April 8 (IANS) The US Department of State has called on both India and Pakistan to hold direct talks and resolve pending issues with an aim to normalise relations. Refraining to comment on the recent approval and then cancellation by Pakistan to import sugar and cotton from India, State Department spokesperson Ned […]

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Israel strikes near Damascus injure 4 soldiers

Damascus, April 8 (IANS) A fresh Israeli missile attack targeted positions near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday, injuring four soldiers and causing widespread damage. Citing a military source, the state media said that the attack was launched by Israeli warplanes flying over neighbouring Lebanon, and the Syrian air defences responded to the attack, […]

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Palestine condemns Israeli move to build settlement units

Ramallah, April 8 (IANS) Palestine has condemned Israel’s decision to build 540 new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Har Homa, south of East Jerusalem. Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh “condemned and rejected” the decision, reports Xinhua news agency “It violates all UN Resolutions that condemn settlements, especially Resolution 2334 which affirmed that […]

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8,000 killed by landmines in Yemen’s civil war

Sanaa, April 8 (IANS) Landmines laid by the Houthi group during the years-long civil war in Yemen killed nearly 8,000 people so far, state-run news agency Saba reported. According to the Saba news agency, the mines and explosives planted by the Houthi militia caused a major humanitarian disaster in Yemen, killing more than 8,000 people, […]

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Hefazat preacher arrested in B’desh

By Sumi KhanDhaka, April 8 (IANS) Rafiqul Islam Madani, a preacher of the Hefazat-e-Islam militant outfit in Bangladesh, has been arrested on charges of anti-state speech and inciting chaos. The 28-year-old Madani, also known as ‘Shishu Bokta’ or child preacher, was arrested on Wednesday night by a team of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the […]

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N-deal with Iran doesn’t bind Israel: Netanyahu

Tel Aviv, April 8 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the US that a possible future nuclear agreement with Iran will not obligate the Jewish state. The remark was made on Wednesday during Israel’s national ceremony to mark its Holocaust Remembrance Day, reports Xinhua news agency. “To our closest friends, I say: Make no […]

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60 IS militants killed in Iraq airstrikes

Baghdad, April 8 (IANS) A total of 60 Islamic State (IS) terrorists were killed in airstrikes in a mountainous area in Iraq’s Salahudin province, the military said. The Iraqi aircraft, in coordination with the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), conducted airstrikes on IS hideouts on March 25 in Himreen mountain range, Xinhua news agency quoted Yahia Rasoul, […]

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Egyptian FM visits Lebanon

Beirut, April 8 (IANS) Visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Lebanese President Michel Aoun here during which he affirmed Cairo’s “solidarity with Lebanon and its support for efforts to form a new government”. During their meeting at the Baabda Palace on Wednesday, Shoukry delivered a “message of solidarity” from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to […]

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IS frees 46 people in Syrian desert

Damascus, April 8 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) has released 46 people out of the 59 the terror group abducted 24 hours ago in the Syrian desert region, a war monitor reported. The IS militants on Wednesday released 46 and kept 13 people in captivity after capturing them in the desert region in the eastern […]

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Pak, Russia vow to boost bilateral ties

Islamabad, April 8 (IANS) Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi here during which the two sides agreed to strengthen bilateral ties and deepen cooperation. Lavrov arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday for a two-day visit to discuss bilateral and regional matters, reports Xinhua news […]

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Cambodia bans inter-provincial travel for 2 weeks

Phnom Penh, April 8 (IANS) Cambodia has imposed a two week ban on inter-provincial travel after the country witnessed an increase in the number of new coronavirus cases. The ban took effect from Wednesday with the exception for vehicles transporting goods, officials, healthcare workers, armed forces members and patients, Xinhua news agency quoted Prime Minister […]

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Indonesia floods: Death toll climbs to 138

Jakarta, April 8 (IANS) The death toll from the floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province has increased to 138, the National Disaster Management Agency said. The agency’s head Doni Monardo said that the deaths were reported in the districts of East Flores (67), Alor (25), Lembata (32), […]

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Japanese prefecture declares medical emergency

Tokyo, April 7 (IANS) Japan’s Osaka on Wednesday declared a state of medical emergency as hospitals in the western prefecture were overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Osaka reported 878 new infections on Wednesday, the largest daily spike since the outset of the outbreak, reports dpa news agency. The surge is attributed to more contagious variants […]

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Chile postpones landmark elections

Santiago, April 7 (IANS) Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced that this week’s landmark polls to elect for councillors, mayors and, for the first time ever, regional governors and members of a constituent assembly to draft a new Constitution, will be postponed till May 15-16 due to a Covid-19 resurgence. In a speech at the government […]

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Pak passes 15K Covid deaths

Islamabad, April 7 (IANS) Pakistan on Wednesday passed the grim milestone of 15,000 Covid-19-related deaths as the country struggles to contain the spread of the virus amid a third wave of the pandemic. The death toll now stands at 15,026, with 102 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. The […]

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59 killed in 24 hours in Afghanistan

Kabul, April 7 (IANS) At least 59 people were killed in insurgent activities and clashes in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, a local independent war monitoring group said on Wednesday. “Within the past 24 hours, our team has documented 59 deaths, including eight civilians, nine Afghan National Defense and Security Forces members, and 42 […]

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Nepal starts administering Chinese vax

Kathmandu, April 7 (IANS) Nepal on Wednesday started administering Chinese Covid-19 vaccines amid a resurgence of new cases int he Himalayan nation. A batch of the vaccines developed by Sinopharm was delivered to Nepal late last month, reports Xinhua news agency. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the Chinese vaccines are being administered […]

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Palestinian factions accuse Israel of poll interference

Ramallah, April 7 (IANS) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas-led Fatah party and the Islamic Hamas movement have accused Israel of interfering in the upcoming legislative elections scheduled for May 22. Jamal Muheisen, member of the Fatah Central Committee, said a statement issued on Tuesday that Israel is interfering in the Palestinian elections by arresting candidates in […]

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Pak to approach IMF for 2nd bailout package

By Hamzah AmeerIslamabad, April 7 (IANS) In a major decision aimed at curbing the worsening financial and economic situation of Pakistan due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that his government will reach out to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) again, seeking a second relief package. The announcement by the premier […]

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50 dead in suspected cholera outbreak in Nigeria

Abuja, April 7 (IANS) At least 50 people have been killed in a suspected cholera outbreak this year in Nigeria, local health authorities confirmed. Some eight states across the country had reported the suspected cholera outbreak, Xinhua news agency quotedthe Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), which is currently monitoring the situation and coordinating the […]

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Indonesia floods: Death toll climbs to 117

Jakarta, April 7 (IANS) The death toll from floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Cyclone Seroja in Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara rose to 117, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Tuesday. “The number of bodies that have been found is 117, while 76 people are still missing,” the agency’s head Doni Monardo […]

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Pakistan keeps most schools shut

Islamabad, April 6 (IANS) Pakistani authorities announced on Tuesday that most schools would remain closed for another three weeks as thousands of children were infected with Covid-19 amid a third of wave of the pandemic. Students from grades one to eight will remain at home until April 28 before the situation is reviewed again, dpa […]

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Tropical cyclone Seroja kills 128 in Indonesia

Jakarta, April 6 (IANS) At least 128 people were killed and 72 others remain unaccounted for due to floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in the Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said on Tuesday. The National Disaster Management Agency’s spokesman Raditya Jati said in a statement that eight […]

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34 IS militants killed in 3-month Iraq operation

Baghdad, April 6 (IANS) At least 34 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed and 99 others arrested during a three-month security operation in the country against the terror group, the military said. Yahia Rasoul, spokesman of the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi forces, said in a statement on Monday that the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) conducted 109 […]

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Iran reports 13,890 new Covid-19 cases

Tehran, April 6 (IANS) Iran’s health ministry on Monday reported 13,890 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours amid the spread of the mutated strain, raising the total number in the country to 1,945,964. Earlier in the day, the Iranian health minister announced that cities expect the resurgence of one of the “most terrible” […]

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Landslides, floods kill over 100 in Indonesia

Jakarta, April 5 (IANS) More than 100 people were killed and dozens are missing after floods and landslides hit East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia, officials and media reports said on Monday. Volcanic debris from Mount Lewotolo engulfed homes on Sunday following heavy rain, killing 20 people and leaving more than 60 missing, Thomas Ola, […]

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Iran receives 1st batch of COVAX jabs

Tehran, April 5 (IANS) The first consignment of jabs allocated to Iran under the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) program has arrived in Tehran, the country’s Food and Drug Administration said on Monday. The shipment, including over 700,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, was shipped to Iran on Sunday night, Xinhua […]

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Ex-Malay PM denied adjournment of hearings (Ld)

Kuala Lumpur, April 5 (IANS) Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s attempt to overturn his corruption conviction dealt with an early blow after the country’s Court of Appeal refused his request for a one-month adjournment of the hearings, which started on Monday. Judge Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil said there was insufficient grounds to postpone the […]

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Netanyahu back in court as corruption trial resumes

Tel Aviv, April 5 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to a Jerusalem court on Monday as the corruption trial against him resumed with opening arguments and witness testimony. Netanyahu, 71, is the first sitting premier in Israel’s history to stand trial,reports dpa news agency. He is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of […]

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26 killed in B’desh ferry capsize (Ld)

Dhaka, April 5 (IANS) At least 26 people were killed after a ferry capsized in the Shitalakkhya river in Bangladesh’s Narayanganj district, an official said on Monday. The accident site is about 20 km away from the capital Dhaka. Ershad Hossain, senior duty officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarters, told Xinhua news […]

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Israeli President starts post-election talks

Tel Aviv, April 5 (IANS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday began consultations with party leaders two weeks after the country held its fourth parliamentary elections in two years which also ended in a deadlock. He met representatives of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, the first in a series of meetings planned for the […]

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4 killed in B’desh ferry capsize

Dhaka, April 5 (IANS) At least four people were killed after a ferry capsized in the Shitalakkhya river in Bangladesh’s Narayanganj district, an official said on Monday. The accident site is about 20 km away from the capital Dhaka. Ershad Hossain, senior duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarters, told Xinhua news agency […]

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Soldier killed, 4 injured in Kabul blast

Kabul, April 5 (IANS) One soldier was killed and four others were wounded in an IED explosion that targeted an army vehicle in Kabul’s Qarabagh district on Monday, police said in a statement. The incident took place at around 7 a.m. in Sabz Sang village, TOLO News reported. “Another mine was seized and defused by […]

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Israeli air force debuts new spy aircraft

Tel Aviv, April 5 (IANS) The Israeli Defence Ministry said the country’s Air Force has received on a new intelligence aircraft that will provide the military with “unprecedented” reconnaissance capabilities. The so-called “Oron” airplane landed on Sunday in the Nevatim airbase after more than nine years of developments by the Defence Ministry, Air Force, Intelligence […]

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Pak judge, family members shot dead

Islamabad, April 5 (IANS) A Pakistan anti-terrorism court judge, his wife and two children were killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire at his vehicle in Swabi district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, police sources said. The judge was on his way to the national capital Islamabad when the militants ambushed him and killed him with his family […]

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Lebanon wants talks with Syria over maritime borders

Beirut, April 5 (IANS) Lebanese caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe said that Beirut must negotiate with Syria about the demarcation of maritime borders, official media reported. “Now is the right time for negotiations to demarcate maritime borders between Lebanon and Syria,” Xinhua news agency quoted Wehbe as saying on Sunday. Wehbe’s comments came after the […]

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Another TTP terrorist killed in Pak

Islamabad, April 5 (IANS) Another Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorist was killed by security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a day after another active militant was eliminated in the province, an Army statement said. The statement on Sunday said that security forces conducted an operation in the Dewagar area of North Waziristan district in the province on […]

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EU stresses support for Libya’s stability

Tripoli, April 5 (IANS) Charles Michel, President of the European Council, met the Prime Minister of Libya Abdul Hamid Dbeibah in the capital Tripoli, and stressed the European Union (EU)’s support for stability in the war-torn country. “Michel expressed the EU’s readiness to provide all forms of support to the Government of National Unity to […]

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23 dead in Indonesia flash floods (Ld)

Jakarta, April 4 (IANS) At least 23 people were killed, while two others reportedly missing in flash floods and landslides that hit villages in Adonara Island in eastern Indonesia, an official said. Raditya Jati, a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency, said heavy rainfall since Saturday caused the flooding that hit East Flores district […]

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Libya receives 1st Covid vax shipment

Tripoli, April 4 (IANS) Libya has received its first shipment of vaccines against Covid-19, with 101,250 doses from Russia, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. The Sputnik doses arrived in the capital Tripoli and will be stored in the Health Ministry’s warehouses, according to official news agency LNA. No date has been given for when […]

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Airstrikes kill 82 militants in Afghanistan

Kabul, April 4 (IANS) At least 82 militants have been confirmed dead as warplanes pounded Taliban hideouts and positions in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, the former stronghold of the militant group, a top police official said on Sunday. The sorties began on Saturday night in parts of the restive Arghandab district, Xinhua news agency quoted the […]

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Identification of Taiwan train accident victims continue

Taipei, April 4 (IANS) Taiwanese authorities on Sunday continued the identification process of victims killed in the deadly train derailment in Hualien county, according to the Central Emergency Operation Centre (CEOC). On Friday morning, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) No. 408 Taroko train en route from Shulin, New Taipei, to Taitung, suddenly derailed as it […]

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Myanmar protesters hold ‘Easter egg strikes’

Yangon, April 4 (IANS) Protesters across Myanmar staged “Easter egg strikes” on Sunday, painting and writing anti-military slogans on eggs as a symbol of defiance and opposition to the February 1 coup. The eggs, decorated to mark Easter Sunday, were placed in public areas, while photos were also shared on social media, dpa news agency […]

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20 dead in Indonesia flash floods, landslides

Jakarta, April 4 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed, nine others injured and five reported missing as flash floods and landslides struck Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday, the National Disaster Management Agency said. The natural disaster took place in Flores Timur district at about 1 a.m., Xinhua news agency quoted Raditya Jati, […]

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Palestine eases lockdown measures

Ramallah, April 4 (IANS) Following a flattening coronavirus curve, Palestine has decided to ease lockdown restrictions across the West Bank starting from Sunday until April 12.. In a statement on Saturday, Palestine government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem announced a set of measures for easing restrictions, while keeping some preventative measures, including wearing masks and social distancing […]

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TTP terrorist killed in Pak

Islamabad, April 4 (IANS) An active Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorist was killed during an intense exchange of fire with security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an army statement said. The security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Boya area of North Waziristan on confirmation of the presence of terrorists, the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public […]

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15 kidnapped victims rescued in Nigeria

Lagos, April 4 (IANS) At least 15 people kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria’s northern state of Kaduna have been rescued, according to an official. The victims were rescued by police operatives on Thursday at different locations in the Chikun area of the state, Samuel Aruwan, a commissioner for internal security and home affairs in the […]

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5 people killed in Bangkok house blaze

Bangkok, April 4 (IANS) Five people were killed due to a blaze at a three-storey house in Bangkok, which led to the collapse of the structure, according to authorities in the Thai capital. A firefighter, three rescue workers and a resident of the house were killed at the scene on Saturday and six others were […]

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Thousands of houses still submerged in Indonesia

Jakarta, April 4 (IANS) Thousands of houses still remain submerged by floods in Indonesia’s East Java province, but the waters have been receding and a number of evacuees returned home, according to the National Disaster Management Agency. Agency spokesman Raditya Jati on Saturday said houses in Pasuruan district were still inundated with flood waters, reports […]

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Lockdown extended in Metro Manila, 4 adjacent areas

Manila, April 4 (IANS) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to extend the strict Covid-19 lockdown measures in Metro Manila and four adjacent areas for another week as the virus case count continues to surge, his spokesperson said. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced in a televised address on Saturday that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) […]

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4th Covid wave underway in Iran: Rouhani

Tehran, April 4 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is already underway in two provinces. “If people in other provinces do not honour (health guidelines), they may experience the fourth wave as well,” Xinhua news agency quoted Rouhani as saying on Saturday. “According to the statistics, compliance […]

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5.9 magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia

Jakarta, April 4 (IANS) A 5.9 magnitude quake jolted Indonesia’s eastern province of Maluku early on Sunday, the meteorology and geophysics agency said. The quake struck at 1:42 a.m. on Sunday Jakarta Time (1842 GMT Saturday), with the epicenter at 163 km south of Ambon, the capital of the province, and the depth of 329 […]

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B’desh to impose 1-week lockdown

Dhaka, April 3 (IANS) The Bangladesh government has decided to enforce a one-week lockdown from April 5 to control the new Covid-19 wave in the country, a Minister announced here on Saturday. Bangladeshi Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader made the announcement in an online press conference in Dhaka on Saturday. Meanwhile, the country’s […]

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41 killed in Taiwan train derailment (2nd Ld)

Taipei, April 2 (IANS) At least 41 people were killed in a deadly train derailment in Taiwan’s in Hualien county on Friday, officials said, adding 72 passengers were still trapped. At 9.28 a.m. (local time), the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) No. 408 Taroko train en route from Shulin, New Taipei, to Taitung, suddenly derailed as […]

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Suga to meet Biden on April 16: Japan

Tokyo, April 2 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will hold face-to-face talks with US President Joe Biden in Washington on April 16, the Tokyo government said on Friday. Suga will become the first foreign leader to meet Biden in person after he took office on January 20, dpa news agency quoted Japanese government spokesman […]

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34 killed in Taiwan train derailment (Ld)

Taipei, April 2 (IANS) At least 34 people were killed in a train derailment in Taiwan on Friday, authorities said, adding that 72 passengers were still trapped. At 9.28 a.m. (local time), the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) No. 408 Taroko train en route from Shulin, New Taipei, to Taitung, suddenly derailed as it entered the […]

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Israel urged to stop violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque

Amman, April 2 (IANS) The Jordan government saidit has sent an official note of protest through diplomatic channels, calling on Israel to stop violations and provocations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and respect its legal and historical status quo. Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Deifallah Fayez said on Thursday the Israeli acts against Al-Aqsa Mosque are rejected […]

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Train derails in Taiwan, multiple casualties

Taipei, April 2 (IANS) A train derailed in Taiwan on Friday, causing multiple casualties, according to authorities. The derailment occurred in a tunnel in Hualian, Xinhua news agency quoted the country’s fire fighting agency as saying. By around 10.30 a.m. (local time), three severely wounded people had been rushed to a hospital and some 20 […]

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Chile to tighten restrictions

Santiago, April 2 (IANS) Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris announced that current health restrictions will be tightened, after the country registered a new peak of Covid-19 infections which increased the overall tally to over a million. In the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry reported 7,830 new Covid-19 cases, which surpassed the previous record of […]

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Myanmar reports 32 new Covid-19 cases

Yangon, April 2 (IANS) Myanmar reported 32 more Covid-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the tally in the country to 142,466, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports. No new death was reported on Thursday, leaving the death toll at 3,206 in the country, the release said. According to the ministry’s figures, […]

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Foreign tourists to Indonesia drop by 86.9%

Jakarta, April 1 (IANS) The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia was recorded at 117,000 in February 2021, an 86.59 per cent drop compared to the same month last year, a top official announced here on Thursday. Meanwhile, the number of foreigners travelling to Indonesia in February 2021 decreased by 14.74 per cent compared to […]

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Afghan targeted killings kill 60 in March

Kabul, April 1 (IANS) About 60 people lost their lives and many others wounded in targeted attacks across Afghanistan in March, according to official figures released on Thursday. On a single day on Wednesday, seven people were killed in separate targeted killings across the country, according to the figures published by Xinhua news agency. The […]

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Iraqi Parliament approves 2021 budget

Baghdad, April 1 (IANS) The Iraqi Parliament has endorsed a bill for the 2021 budget with about $89 billion and a deficit of $19 billion after months of delay due to political differences. A statement by the media office of Parliament said 215 lawmakers attended a session chaired by Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi on Wednesday and […]

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