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During the period, 314 people were injured due to the use of brute force including the firing of bullets, pellets, and tear-gas shells by the Indian army, paramilitary, and police personnel on peaceful protesters. Over 288 persons including Hurriyat leaders, activists, and students were arrested during house raids and crackdown operations. The troops also damaged 67 residential houses and disgraced six women during the month.

NEW DELHI: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said that peace should be given a chance in Indian-occupied Kashmir. In an exclusive conversation with The Economic Times, the Indian army top boss stated that he supports dialogue to solve the ongoing problems in the restive valley, and to break the cycle of militant groups recruiting more Kashmiri youth. “Talks …

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UN urges inquiry into human rights violations in IoK

A United Nations report has accused India of having used excessive force in occupied Kashmir to martyr and wound civilians since 2016, as it called for an international inquiry into the accusations of rights violations. The first UN report on human rights in Indian-occupied Kashmir focuses mainly on serious violations in the region from July 2016 to April 2018. Activists …

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13 dead as boat capsizes off Indonesia’s Sulawesi

MAKASSAR – At least 13 people died when a passenger boat overloaded with holidaymakers celebrating Eid capsized off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Wednesday, officials said. Twenty-four surviving passengers were admitted to hospital but dozens are believed still missing, said local disaster agency head Amiruddin, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. The packed traditional wooden boat – …

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Two stabbed to death in South Africa mosque, attacker killed

Malmesbury, South Africa: A man stabbed two people to death and wounded two others in an attack Thursday at a mosque in South Africa before being shot dead by police, officers said. Police have surrounded the building in Malmesbury near Cape Town outside which a body lay under a tree and a penknife had been discarded nearby, said an AFP …

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4 UAE troops killed in battle to retake Yemen’s port city Hodeida

The United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said on Thursday that the four Emirati troops who were killed in Yemen were taking part in the campaign to retake the port city of Hodeida. Ambassador Obaid Salem al-Zaabi made the comments during a news conference with journalists. Al-Zaabi declined to offer further specifics about the soldiers’ deaths. Asked …

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Trump in surprise summit move says he will halt Korea war games

SINGAPORE: U.S. President Donald Trump made a stunning concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday about halting military exercises, pulling a surprise at a summit that baffled allies, military officials and lawmakers from his own Republican Party. At a news conference after the historic meeting with Kim in Singapore, Trump announced he would halt what he called …

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EU tensions flare over migrants as Macron blasts Italy

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron blasted Italy on Tuesday for “irresponsibility” after it turned away a rescue boat carrying African migrants, exposing deep tensions in the European Union over the issue. The decision by Italy to stop the Aquarius rescue boat landing on its shores at the weekend with 629 migrants on board has created the first serious clash …

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Ivanka Trump´s “Chinese proverb” tweet mystifies China

BEIJING: Ivanka Trump did not accompany her father to Singapore for his summit with Kim Jong Un, but in an apparent show of support, tweeted what she described as a Chinese proverb: “Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it. “That sounds like pearls of wisdom from a Chinese sage-except that many Chinese people …

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Afghan Taliban chief calls for direct talks with US

Taliban leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada has called for direct talks with the United States, stating that occupying forces should leave Afghanistan if they want peace in the country. In an Eid message Akhundzada said, the US forces and “other occupying forces” should leave the country so that an independent intra-Afghan government “can take root”, Voice of America reported. “If the American officials truly …

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France alarmed after Trump ‘practically hugged’ Kim: minister

PARIS: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian criticised Donald Trump’s “destabilising” foreign policy on Wednesday after the US leader fell out with historic US allies then “practically hugged” North Korea’s dictator in a matter of days. Le Drian said Tuesday’s historic summit between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was “an undoubted step forward”, but he expressed concern about …

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