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Israeli forces kill 5 Hamas men


September 27, 2021

BIDDU: Israeli forces clashed with Hamas militants in the West Bank on Sunday in several fierce gun battles that left five Palestinians dead and two Israelis seriously wounded, officials said. The violence started after Israeli army troops and special police units launched an overnight operation reportedly to dismantle a Hamas cell and arrest suspected militants, Israel’s army said. The raids, …

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US allows humanitarian assistance, Quad reaches understanding on Taliban


September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON: The US Treasury Department has issued licenses to facilitate humanitarian aid and financial assistance to the people of Afghanistan, while upholding sanctions on the Taliban. “Treasury is committed to facilitating the flow of humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and other activities that support their basic human needs,” Andrea Gacki, director of the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign …

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Russia in sync with China, US, Pakistan on Taliban: Lavrov


September 27, 2021

UNITED NATIONS: Russia, China, Pakistan and the United States are working together to ensure that Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers keep their promises, especially to form a genuinely representative government and prevent extremism from spreading, Russia’s foreign minister said on Saturday. Sergey Lavrov said the four countries are in ongoing contact. He said representatives from Russia, China and Pakistan recently travelled …

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Merkel’s party makes worst showing in polls since WWII


September 27, 2021

BERLIN: Germany’s Social Democrats came first by a narrow margin in Sunday’s national election, projected results showed, putting them in pole position to lead a government for the first time since 2005 and to end 16 years of conservative-led rule under Angela Merkel. The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) were on track for 25.5 per cent of the vote, ahead of …

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Swiss voters say big ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage


September 27, 2021

GENEVA: Nearly two-thirds of Swiss voters backed the government’s plan to introduce same-sex marriage in a referendum held on Sunday, with campaigners calling it a historic day for gay rights in Switzerland. With results in from 20 of the wealthy Alpine nation’s 23 cantons, 64 percent of voters backed the move, on a 52 percent turnout. Switzerland was one of …

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Tunisians protest president’s power grab


September 27, 2021

TUNIS: About 3,000 demonstrators gathered in Tunis on Sunday under a heavy police presence to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied’s seizure of governing powers in July and called on him to step down. Saied this week brushed aside much of the 2014 constitution, giving himself power to rule by decree two months after he sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament and …

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UK leader refuses to apologise for calling ruling party ‘scum’


September 27, 2021

LONDON: The deputy leader of Britain’s main opposition party refused on Sunday to apologise for calling the governing Conservatives “scum”. Labour Party lawmaker Angela Rayner called members of the government “a bunch of scum homophobic, racist, misogynistic (persons)” during a reception on Saturday at the party’s annual conference. The comment drew a reprimand from Labour leader Keir Starmer, who said …

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Putin ends self-isolation with Siberian fishing trip


September 27, 2021

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin spent several days hiking and fishing in Siberia in early September, the Kremlin said on Sunday as it published pictures of the president on the holiday. A caption under one of the 20 pictures published on the Kremlin web site said the president stopped for a few days in Siberia after a working trip to …

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India’s farmers renew protests, challenging Modi government


September 27, 2021

Thousands of Indian farmers blocked traffic on major roads and railway tracks outside of the nation’s capital on Monday, marking one year of demonstrations against government-backed laws that they say will shatter their livelihoods. The farmers have renewed their protests with calls for a nationwide strike on the anniversary of the legislation’s passage. The drawn-out demonstrations have posed one of …

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Xi warns of ‘grim’ situation with Taiwan


September 27, 2021

TAIPEI: The situation in the Taiwan Strait is “complex and grim”, Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in a congratulatory letter on Sunday to the newly elected leader of Taiwan’s main opposition party, who has pledged to renew talks with Beijing. Taiwan’s Kuomintang (KMT) elected as their leader on Saturday former New Taipei City mayor Eric Chu, who said he would …

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