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New clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh after Washington talks

New clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh after Washington talks

/ /Nagorno-KarabakhNew clashes broke out between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over Nagorno-Karabakh a day after talks in Washington to try to end the deadliest fighting in the mountain enclave in more than a quarter of a century.Azerbaijan’s defence ministry reported fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a part of Azerbaijan populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.Local officials accused Azerbaijan’s forces of shelling buildings in Stepanakert, the largest city in the region, which Baku denied.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met separately with the foreign ministers of...

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FATF dashes Pak hopes of getting out of grey list, then a harsh rebuke

FATF dashes Pak hopes of getting out of grey list, then a harsh rebuke

/ /Hindustan Times, New DelhiThe , the world’s top anti-terrorism monitoring group, on Friday voted to keep Pakistan on a grey list for the Imran Khan government’s with a 27-point action plan handed to it, people familiar with the matter said.The global watchdog’s decision comes as a huge setback for PM Khan who had made efforts in the run-up to the virtual meeting of the FATF plenary to get his country off-the-hook including to push its narrative. The FATF, however, didn’t let Pakistan’s status change, mostly in view of Pakistan’s inability to substantially deliver on 6 of the 27 action...

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China may not recognise British-issued Hong Kong passports

China may not recognise British-issued Hong Kong passports

/ /BeijingChina’s foreign ministry said Friday it may decide not to recognise British-issued passports for Hong Kong residents in retaliation for London’s moves to open a path to citizenship for those holding the documents.Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that Britain had “violated its promises” and “played up” the issue of the British National (Overseas) passports.Britain said in May that it would allow holders of such passports extended stays and the possibility of citizenship, prompting thousands of Hong Kongers to rush to renew or apply for them as Beijing steps up restriction on...

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Opposition fears of autocracy as Sri Lankan President gains more powers

Opposition fears of autocracy as Sri Lankan President gains more powers

/ /ColomboSri Lankan lawmakers approved amendments to the constitution that strengthened the powers of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and took away parliament’s role in making key appointments such as judges and the police chief.The new amendments were passed by parliament late on Thursday with a two-thirds majority after a raucous two-day debate.Rajapaksa, a former defence chief who oversaw the military defeat of Tamil separatists a decade ago, swept to power last November and has since consolidated control.In August, his party and its allies overwhelmingly won a parliamentary election on an...

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China warns Canada not to damage relations over Uyghur genocide issue

China warns Canada not to damage relations over Uyghur genocide issue

/ /BeijingBeijing [China], October 23 (ANI): China has accused Canadian parliamentarians of spreading “lies and rumours,” over the issue of genocide against the Uyghur minority community in Xinjiang.“The sub-committee of the Canadian parliament neglects the fact of political stability, economic growth, ethnic solidarity and social harmony in Xinjiang. Its groundless statement is full of lies and disinformation. This is blatant interference in China’s internal affairs and reflects those Canadian individuals’ ignorance and prejudice,” said Chinese spokesperson Zhao Lijian while responding to...

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114 dead, 21 missing in central Vietnam’s floods, landslides

114 dead, 21 missing in central Vietnam’s floods, landslides

/ /HanoiFloods, landslides, and other natural disasters triggered by downpours have left 114 people dead and 21 others missing in central Vietnam since early October, the country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Thursday.The fatalities, up from 111 reported on Wednesday, were mainly reported in the provinces of Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Nam, according to the committee’s latest report.As of 7:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, nearly 59,300 households with some 206,800 people in the localities of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri had...

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Day before Imran Khan’s big FATF test, India hammers Pak for terror safe havens

Day before Imran Khan’s big FATF test, India hammers Pak for terror safe havens

/ /Hindustan Times, New DelhiEven as the (FATF) assesses Islamabad’s compliance with a counter-terror financing action plan, India on Thursday accused Pakistan of continuing to shelter terror groups and failing to act against UN-designated terrorists such as Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told a weekly news briefing that Pakistan had addressed only 21 of the 27 items in an action plan given by. His remarks came against the backdrop of the multilateral watchdog’s virtual plenary meeting, which is widely...

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114 dead, 21 missing in central Vietnam’s floods, landslides

114 dead, 21 missing in central Vietnam’s floods, landslides

/ /HanoiFloods, landslides, and other natural disasters triggered by downpours have left 114 people dead and 21 others missing in central Vietnam since early October, the country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Thursday.The fatalities, up from 111 reported on Wednesday, were mainly reported in the provinces of Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Nam, according to the committee’s latest report.As of 7:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, nearly 59,300 households with some 206,800 people in the localities of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri had...

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Special Taliban unit ambush Afghan forces butchering 34 during peace talks

Special Taliban unit ambush Afghan forces butchering 34 during peace talks

/ /A special unit of Taliban militants ambushed a convoy of Afghan security forces on Tuesday evening, killing as many as 34 even as the insurgent group holds peace talks with the Kabul government to end the 19-year-old war.The night raid by Taliban fighters, some armed with night-vision goggles and laser-assisted rifles, took place in Afghanistan’s north as the convoy made its way to the city of Takhar, said Jawad Hejri, a spokesman for the province. Hejri said many soldiers and police officers were wounded and still missing. Abdul Qayum, the head of the province’s public health...

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Thailand protests: Student activists move court against govt-declared state of emergency

Thailand protests: Student activists move court against govt-declared state of emergency

/ /BangkokStudent activists applied to a court Wednesday to try to revoke a state of emergency that Thailand’s government declared last week in an effort to rein in the country’s growing anti-government protests.Demonstrations have continued daily in a movement that calls for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down, for a more democratic constitution and for reforms to the monarchy — a revered institution traditionally treated as sacrosanct in Thailand.Protesters were gathering Wednesday for an eighth straight day, even though many of their top leaders have been detained and the state...

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Parents of 545 children separated by US border policy still untraceable: Report

Parents of 545 children separated by US border policy still untraceable: Report

/ /Washington, DCThe parents of 545 migrant children who were separated under US border policy cannot be located, a court filing and US rights group revealed Tuesday.The separations were carried out in relation to US President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward migrants who illegally crossed the border.“Through our litigation, we just reported to the court that the parents of 545 kids - forcibly separated by the Trump administration’s cruel family separation practice - still cannot be found,” the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU)tweeted.Under the zero tolerance program, the US...

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India recorded highest air pollution exposure globally in 2019: Report

India recorded highest air pollution exposure globally in 2019: Report

/ /Hindustan Times, New DelhiIndia recorded the highest annual average PM 2.5 concentration exposure in the world last year, according to the State of Global Air 2020 (SOGA 2020) report released on Wednesday. India was followed by Nepal, Niger, Qatar and Nigeria in high PM 2.5 exposures. This means people in are exposed to the highest PM 2.5 concentrations globally.Also Read: The report also said that India has been recording an increase in PM 2.5 pollution since 2010 contrary to Centre’s claims that annual air pollution levels in the country are coming down. Out of the 20 most populous...

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India considers trade talks with Taiwan as both spar with China

India considers trade talks with Taiwan as both spar with China

/ /Support is growing within India’s government to formally start talks on a trade deal with Taiwan as both democracies see relations with China deteriorate.Taiwan has sought trade talks with India for several years, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been reluctant to move ahead because it would involve a messy fight with China once any pact is registered at the World Trade Organization, according to a senior Indian government official who asked not be named, citing rules for speaking with the media.Yet over the past few months the hawks in India who want to start trade...

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People spot ‘alien’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida. Turns out to be Iron Man shaped balloon

People spot ‘alien’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida. Turns out to be Iron Man shaped balloon

/ /NoidaAnxiety gripped locals in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida on Saturday as they noticed a strange flying object in the sky that later turned out to be an ‘Ironman’ shaped balloon filled with air, according to police.The object was spotted in the sky in the Dankaur area in the morning and later landed in a canal near Bhatta Parsaul village, where a crowd had gathered to see what some of them thought was “an alien”, officials said.“It was a balloon filled with air that had gone up in the sky and later came down and got stuck in the bushes along the canal. A part of the balloon was...

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Proud of my son, says father of Pakistani man who stabbed 2 in Paris

Proud of my son, says father of Pakistani man who stabbed 2 in Paris

/ /Hindustan Times, IslamabadThe father of Ali Hassan, a young man who stabbed two persons in an attack using a meat cleaver outside the former Paris office of the controversial Charlie Hebdo magazine last week, has said he is “proud” of his son. In an interview to the web-based channel Naya Pakistan, the father, whose name is not revealed, said his son has “done a great job” and he is “very happy” about the attack.The French government had condemned the stabbing on Friday outside the former office of the satirical magazine as an act of “Islamist terrorism”.The man, earlier identified as...

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Proud of my son, says father of Pakistani man who stabbed 2 in Paris

Proud of my son, says father of Pakistani man who stabbed 2 in Paris

/ /Hindustan Times, IslamabadThe father of Ali Hassan, a young man who stabbed two persons in an attack using a meat cleaver outside the former Paris office of the controversial Charlie Hebdo magazine last week, has said he is “proud” of his son. In an interview to the web-based channel Naya Pakistan, the father, whose name is not revealed, said his son has “done a great job” and he is “very happy” about the attack.The French government had condemned the stabbing on Friday outside the former office of the satirical magazine as an act of “Islamist terrorism”.The man, earlier identified as...

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Herd immunity unviable, Covid-19 vaccine the only solution

Herd immunity unviable, Covid-19 vaccine the only solution

Coronavirus Outbreak/ /Updated:Vaccines put the spotlight back on herd or population immunity in the 1960s and 1970s as public health specialists worked to achieve sufficient levels of vaccine coverage to stop disease transmission, and in the case of smallpox and polio, eradicate diseases.(Reuters Photo. Representative image)With coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases crossing 30 million globally, the appeal of herd immunity as an end to the pandemic becomes increasingly persuasive. Yet, some countries, including India, have recently re-confirmed re-infection using genome sequencing to...

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China’s new bacterial outbreak Brucellosis infects thousands: All you need to know

China’s new bacterial outbreak Brucellosis infects thousands: All you need to know

/ /Hindustan Times, New DelhiAnother outbreak in China has sparked a wave of concern among authorities after thousands of people in the northern part of the country tested positive for a bacterial infection. The infection spread among people working in a state-owned biopharmaceutical plant in Lanzhou city, which produces animal vaccines after a leak occurred last year.Here’s all you need to know about Brucellosis outbreak:* According to Chinese authorities, the biopharmaceutical plant had used expired disinfectants for producing Brucella vaccines for animals between July and August last...

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Climate Change: Soybean farms flourish in Northern Russia, close to Arctic Tundra

Climate Change: Soybean farms flourish in Northern Russia, close to Arctic Tundra

/ /Just below the Arctic tundra, in the vast plains that blanket much of northern Russia, a once-unthinkable business is taking hold: soybean farming.It’s the result of years of rising global temperatures, which are thawing the permafrost and turning the land into fertile soil, and now Agronomist Gennady Bochkovsky is helping to take the crop to the next frontier, testing whether the beans can handle the upper areas of the Moscow region. So far, he says, the results are promising.“Sprouts have emerged and they look beautiful,” said Bochkovsky, who worked with farming company TulamashAgro to...

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India readies for QUAD and 2 plus 2 dialogues, China is elephant in the room

India readies for QUAD and 2 plus 2 dialogues, China is elephant in the room

/ /Hindustan Times, New DelhiUnited States, India, Australia and Japan are in conversation to decide the venue and date of QUAD security dialogue next month, which will be followed by the 2 plus 2 dialogue between India and US here. As of now, Japan is an option for the QUAD dialogue or both QUAD and 2 plus 2 dialogues could be held back to back in New Delhi late next month.The QUAD dialogue is an informal tie-up between democratic countries that share military logistics support, inter-operability through exercises and information and are committed to keep the Indo-Pacific sea lanes of...

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China belts out Punjabi numbers for Indian soldiers at Ladakh. It is a ‘62 trick

China belts out Punjabi numbers for Indian soldiers at Ladakh. It is a ‘62 trick

/ /Hindustan Times, New DelhiChinese military strategist Sun Tzu in his famous book “Art of War” wrote way back in 6th century BC that the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. It is to his credit that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Communist party mouthpieces use the same weapons of psychological warfare against the Indian troops deployed in Ladakh and India even today.After the Indian Army outflanked the PLA on Rezang La- Rechin La ridgeline south of Pangong Tso on August 29-30 and repositioned its troops to dominate the heights of Finger 4 spur on the north...

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Hindi speeches to Punjabi pop: PLA’s psy-ops at LAC

Hindi speeches to Punjabi pop: PLA’s psy-ops at LAC

/ /The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has started using some interesting weapons against Indian troops along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh -- Punjabi pop in the north bank of Pangong Tso, and Hindi speeches on how Indian troops were being deployed in harsh conditions at the whims of politicians. After the Indian Army outflanked PLA on Rezang La- Rechin La ridgeline south of Pangong Tso on August 29-30 and repositioned its troops to dominate the heights of Finger 4 spur on the north bank of the lake, the Chinese Army first tried to flex its military muscle by moving in tanks...

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Russia to sell 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ to India: Report

Russia to sell 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ to India: Report

/ /MoscowRussia’s sovereign wealth fund has agreed a deal to sell 100 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik-V, to a major listed pharmaceutical company in India, a source close to the deal said on Wednesday.Clinical trials of the Russian vaccine in India are expected to follow and to be held jointly with this firm, the source said. Both the trials and supply deal depend on domestic regulatory approval.The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has already inked vaccine supply deals with Kazakhstan, Brazil and Mexico and has reached a manufacturing partnership agreement with India to...

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