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Former Maldives president Nasheed injured in blast


May 7, 2021

MALE: Mohamed Nash­eed, the first democratically elected president of Maldives and current parliament speaker, was injured in a blast on Thursday near his home and was being treated in a hospital in the capital. Photos circulated on social media showed a ripped up motorcycle at the scene, but it was not clear whether the blast was an assassination attempt. Nasheed, …

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170 endangered seals found dead on Russia’s Caspian coast


May 7, 2021

MOSCOW: At least 170 endangered seals washed up dead over the course of several days on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Russia’s republic of Dagestan, researchers said on Thursday. “These are the dead animals that we saw, photographed and whose GPS coordinates we noted,” said Viktor Nikiforov of the Moscow Marine Mammals research centre. Images shared showed several …

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Support for Palestinians’ struggle reaffirmed


May 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan would continue supporting the Palestinian people in their struggle for right to self-determination and attaining the goal of establishment of an independent state, said Foreign Office Spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri on Thursday. Speaking at a webinar hosted by the Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI) on ‘Dynamics of Muslim World & Future of Palestine: Time to Fight Back’, the spokesman …

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PM leaves for Saudi Arabia today on three-day visit


May 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is leaving for Saudi Arabia on Friday (today) on a three-day visit (May 7-9) and a number of bilateral agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) are expected to be inked between the two countries during his visit. It is expected that the visit will serve to improve “strained” relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia that …

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Urdu scholar Shamim Hanafi dies at 81 in Delhi


May 7, 2021

NEW DELHI: India’s leading Urdu scholar and literary critic Shamim Hanafi died here on Thursday, his friends and followers said. He was 81 and the cause of his death was not immediately known. Mr Hanafi was one of the most respected literary critics, playwrights and poets of the subcontinent. A former academic at the Urdu department of Jamia Millia Islamia …

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String of polls in UK’s Super Thursday elections


May 7, 2021

LONDON: Millions set out for polling stations on ‘Super Thursday’ as England, Scotland and Wales cast a bumper set of votes that marked the biggest election outside a general election. It also marked the first post-Brexit, post-Covid-19 election, with new coronavirus prevention protocols in place at polling booths amid fears of a low turnout. Voters elected 129 members to the …

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India’s virus surge pressures Modi to impose strict lockdown


May 7, 2021

With coronavirus cases still surging to record levels, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a harsh nationwide lockdown amid a debate whether restrictions imposed by individual states are enough. Many medical experts, opposition leaders and some of the Supreme Court judges have suggested the lockdown seems to be the only option with the virus raging in cities and towns, …

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2 men arrested, over 7kg of uranium seized in India


May 7, 2021

Indian police seized over seven kilogrammes (15.4 pounds) of natural uranium and arrested two men in the western Maharashtra state for “illegally possessing” the highly radioactive substance, an authority said on Thursday. According to the anti-terrorism squad in Maharashtra, the confiscated material is worth around $2.9 million and an investigation into the case is under way. “We had received information …

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Army chief calls on Saudi crown prince in Jeddah


May 7, 2021

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman in Jeddah, the military’s media affairs wing said on Friday. In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said matters of mutual interest, the regional security situation including developments in the Afghan peace process, bilateral …

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EU urged to raise human rights issues with India


May 6, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Eight human rights bodies in their joint statement have called upon the European Union leaders to raise the issue of fast deteriorating human rights situation in India during their scheduled summit with the Indian leaders on May 8 in Portugal. “The European leaders should press the Indian government to reverse its abusive and discriminatory policies and immediately release all …

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