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  • Briefed international community on J&K, CAA; countries have shown understanding: Govt

    The government has briefed the international community on the abrogation of Article 370 provisions in Jammu and Kashmir and the amended citizenship law, and these countries have shown an understanding of India's position, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday. In a written reply to a question, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said as a result of government's efforts, countries have shown a better understanding that matters related to Jammu & Kashmir are internal to India...Read More

  • Tokyo Olympics Could Be Delayed, Admits Athletics Chief Sebastian Coe

    Olympic bosses acknowledged on Wednesday there was no "ideal" solution as a growing number of athletes expressed concern. The COVID-19 pandemic is playing havoc with the global sporting calendar, forcing the postponement of Euro 2020 and a suspension of the tennis season. International Olympic Committee chairman Thomas Bach said earlier this week that starting on schedule on July 24 remained the organisation's goal. But Coe, who is a member of the Tokyo Olympics Games Coordination Commission, conceded in an interview with the BBC that a delay was possible. "That is possible, anything is possible at the moment," said Coe when asked whether the Games could be postponed to Septembe...Read More

  • Attendee at political summit featuring Trump has coronavirus

    A person who attended a gathering of top US political conservatives including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence has tested positive for the new coronavirus, officials said Saturday. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is one of the country's largest annual gatherings of political conservatives, attracting thousands, and in addition to Trump and Pence the February 26-29 event near Washington also featured several Cabinet members and top White House officials. ...Read More

  • Setting aside differences, Israel, Palestine join hands to fight coronavirus

    As the deadly coronavirus continues to infect more people worldwide—the number of people diagnosed with the disease has crossed 100,000—Israeli and Palestinian Authority officials set aside differences and launched a joint effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19. According to media reports, joint training sessions for Palestinian and Israeli medical professionals were held recently to share information on safety measures to be taken while handling infected patients. The Palestinian Authority and Israeli officials have also agreed to work together on epidemiologic investigations of the tourists who visited both Israel and the West Bank, Haaretz reported. Coordinator of Governme...Read More

  • Coronavirus deaths surge to 19 in US; New York declares emergency

    With two more deaths at the hands of the novel coronavirus in the United States, the national casualty rate now stands at a total to 19. The latest two infections were reported in the Washington state. At the same time, a person who attended a gathering of top US political conservatives including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is one of the country's largest annual gatherings of political conservatives, attracting thousands, and in addition to Trump and Pence the February 26-29 event near Washington also featured several Cabinet members and top White House officials. This ...Read More

  • Princess Haya says she feared Dubai ruler would abduct her kids

    Princess Haya, the former wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum said in court that she feared that the Sheikh would abduct the couple's two children. Princess Haya had fled to Britain with her two children in April last year. The princess, who is also Jordan's King Abdullah's half-sister, fled after the Dubai ruler conducted a campaign of fear and intimidation against her. The London High Court confirmed the same. Judge Andrew McFarlane at the High Court in London said, t...Read More

  • Head of UN body in CAA row is torture victim who became Chile's president

    Earlier this week, the headlines in India were dominated by a little-known UN organisation. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) had announced its intention to file an intervention plea in the Supreme Court against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The ministry of external affairs responded by declaring that no foreign party had any locus standi on issues pertaining to Indian sovereignty. The decision of the OHCHR to approach the Supreme Court over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act has invited loud criticism. It has also brought into the focus the organisation's head, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. Michelle Bachelet became the seventh ...Read More

  • Virus kills 124 people amid 4 747 confirmed cases in Iran

    Kabul, Mar 6: At least 27 people were killed in an attack on a political rally in Kabul on Friday, officials said, in the deadliest assault in Afghanistan since the US signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban. The attack highlights the glaring lack of security in the heavily fortified Afghan capital just 14 months ahead of the scheduled withdrawal of all foreign forces under an agreement signed on February 29 by the US and the Taliban. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said women and children were among the dead with an additional 29 wounded, adding that "special forces units are carrying out clearance operations against the attackers". "The figures will change," he ...Read More

  • Virus kills 124 people amid 4 747 confirmed cases in Iran

    Kabul, Mar 6: At least 27 people were killed in an attack on a political rally in Kabul on Friday, officials said, in the deadliest assault in Afghanistan since the US signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban. The attack highlights the glaring lack of security in the heavily fortified Afghan capital just 14 months ahead of the scheduled withdrawal of all foreign forces under an agreement signed on February 29 by the US and the Taliban. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said women and children were among the dead with an additional 29 wounded, adding that "special forces units are carrying out clearance operations against the attackers". "The figures will change," he ...Read More

  • Indian national arrested for 'spying', claims Pakistan police

    Police in Pakistan's Punjab province claimed to have arrested an "Indian spy" in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan. Quoting police, local media reported that they arrested an Indian national who "admitted" himself to be a spy. Spying is punishable by death in Pakistan. Police said the accused, identified as Raju Lakshman, was arrested on Wednesday from Rakhi Gaj area of Dera Ghazi Khan district, some 400-km from Lahore. He has been shifted to an undisclosed place for further investigation. Poli...Read More

  • Edward Snowden to release memoir on September 17

    Six years after former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden leaked a secret government programme to track every phone call and text being made, the American whistleblower has announced that his memoir will be released on Constitution Day, September 17. In a video posted on Twitter, Snowden outlined the theme of Permanent Record, which will be about the mass surveillance program that he helped build with the NSA. "Everything that we do now lasts forever. Not because we want to remember. But, because we're no longer allowed to forget. HelpiThe book will be published by Macmillan, whose website says that "The book will tell the story of his time working as a CIA agen...Read More

  • Germany reluctant to join US mission in Straits of HormuzG

    A week after the United States requested Germany to join in a naval mission to 'secure' the Strait of Hormuz and combat 'Iranian aggression', Germany's foreign minister Heiko Mas has stated that Germany "will not take part in the sea mission presented and planned by the United States". Speaking to reporters while on a visit to Poland, Mas reiterated Germany's earlier stance that the US strategy of "maximum aggression" against Iran was wrong, preferring instead to de-escalate tensions. A government spokesperson said that Germany was reluctant to participate in the mission as its policy on Iran “differs significantly” from the US approach. “For us, it is important to pursue the avenue of d...Read More

  • Bus strikes roadside bomb in Afghanistan, 32 killed

    At least 32 people were killed and 15 wounded as a roadside bomb blasted through a bus in western Afghanistan. Most of the casualties were civilians. A roadside bomb tore through a bus in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 32 people, including women and children, a provincial official said. Mohibullah Mohib, spokesman for the police chief in Farah province, said many were in critical condition, indicating the death toll could rise. The bus was travelling on a main highway be...Read More

  • Russia refutes report that nuclear accident caused 2017 radiation cloud

    Russian state atomic agency ROSATOM has refuted claims that a nuclear accident from a Russian plant was the source of a radiation cloud detected over Europe in 2017. Responding to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), a ROSATOM statement said, "We maintain that there have been no reportable events at any of Rosatom-operated plants or facilities. Both the national regulator and experts from an independent international inquiry inspected the Mayak facility back in 2017 and found nothing to suggest that the ruthenium-106 isotope originated from this site, nor any traces of an alleged accident, nor any evidence of per...Read More

  • Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters face riot charges, appear in court

    Several pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong appeared before a judge on Wednesday after they were charged with rioting, with demonstrators chanting slogans supporting them outside the court. It was announced on Tuesday that 44 people have been charged with rioting. Protesters clashed with the police again on Tuesday night as more people joined the demonstration to voice their outrage over the charges. Police used pepper spray and batons against hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside a police station in solidarity with those who had just been charged. The ones who were charged with rioting on Wednesday took turns to appear before the judge, who read the charges and granted th...Read More