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India and Pakistan walk conflict tightrope

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On Wednesday at least one Indian warplane was shot down by Pakistani forces after crossing the worldwide border. It isn't just that China shares a border with the contested region of Kashmir - Beijing also has important links with both Pakistan and India that it needs to balance. Read More »

Opposition slams Modi for politicising military action

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NDTV is one of the leaders in the production and broadcasting of un-biased and comprehensive news and entertainment programmes in India and overseas. "We stand with our soldiers & will continue to question the Modi Govt on their apathy", the opposition party tweeted. "The BJP only knows the politics of distraction, lies, branding and marketing". Read More »

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu faces corruptions charges

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the Kremlin. Netanyahu will still have a chance to hold off any indictment during a court hearing. In both of these investigations, Mandelblit is expected to urge the filing of an indictment of the prime minister. The news comes ahead of Israel's April 9 election and deepens uncertainty over Netanyahu's prospects in a tight race. Read More »

Saudis, UAE lead way with new funds for Yemen sought by UN

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The U.N. said 40 pledges totalling $2.6 billion were received during the day-long conference, a 30-per cent increase from the amount drummed up at a similar conference a year ago. The mission follows an agreement struck in Sweden on February 17, in which the sides in Yemen's conflicts agreed to redeploy their fighters outside the ports and away from areas that are key to the humanitarian relief effort in the country. Read More »

Woman facing deportation after attacking man wearing MAGA hat, authorities say

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Santos then approaches Turner and tries to pull the MAGA hat off his head as he struggles to keep it on. In the video , Santos grabs the hat and pulls it over Turner's face. She asked him if he had made the gesture and he said he did because of the hats. "She goes, 'Why would you wear that here?' And I said, 'It's America and I can wear this hat wherever I want'". Read More »

US's Kushner in Gulf region to seek support for Mideast peace plan

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Kushner, US President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law, and Greenblatt, the US Middle East peace envoy, met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Monday, the US embassy in the UAE said . Trump's advisers don't hold out much hope that the "Deal of the Century" will succeed, Israel Hayom reports . Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to discuss any peace plan with the United States in the wake of Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of ... Read More »

Teen video app Musical.ly agrees to FTC fine

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The TikTok app , formerly known as Musical.ly, will now restrict functionality for kids 12 and under. After running into trouble in the United States over the "child privacy" case, TikTok has now assured that it will continue to explore ways to expand and evolve its protective measures for global users. Read More »

Macron, Merkel hold talks on Brexit and other European Union issues

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Unable to get her deal for a smooth withdrawal through a British parliament torn between those wanting looser ties to the European Union and those who want to remain, Prime Minister Theresa May this week conceded that members of parliament could oblige her to ask Brussels to let Britain stay beyond a negotiating deadline of March 29. Read More »

US President meets North Korean leader for CRUNCH nuclear talks

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On the agenda, trying to iron out the next steps in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who's country is hosting the Trump-Kim summit, has issued a call for reconciliation and peace ahead of the two world leader's meeting. Read More »

In questioning Cohen, Ocasio-Cortez focuses on potential Trump fraud

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Ed Markey of MA introduced a Green New Deal on February 7. Continuing in this vein two months into her tenure of office it was this climate alarm upon which Ocasio-Cortez predicated her comments, claiming that it's legitimate to question whether it's "okay to still have children", given there's a "scientific consensus" that their lives "are going to be very difficult" because of climate change. Read More »

Can Maduro hold onto power in Venezuela? | The Stream

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The draft resolution, seen by AFP, calls for "free, fair and credible presidential elections", with the presence of worldwide observers, and describes the May vote in which Maduro was declared the victor as "neither free nor fair". He claimed the move could make poverty in Venezuela much worse. Brazil is hosting one of the Venezuelan opposition's collection points for aid and together with the United States has funded the 200 tonnes of food and medicine being stockpiled in the northern city ... Read More »

Egypt train fire: Deadly blaze at Cairo's main railway station

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The accident at the Ramsis railway station set off a massive fireball, incinerating the front cars of the train and causing horrific burns to passengers and bystanders on the platform adjacent to the crash. The fire sent black smoke billowing above Ramses station in the centre of the Egyptian capital. Egypt's transportation minister sacked the head of the railway authority at the time. Read More »

Convicted Australian cardinal taken to prison

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Pell's lawyers withdrew a bail application scheduled at the Court of Appeal, stating in a release that Pell "believes it is appropriate from him to await sentencing", reported Australian newspaper The Age . But because Cardinal Pell knows he is innocent, he was determined to go home to defend his honor-and, in a broader sense, to defend his decades of work rebuilding the Catholic Church in Australia , the living parts of which owe a great deal to his leadership and courage. Read More »

Ice Tsunami: Photos & Videos

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Wind-driven ice has been piling up along the eastern end of Lake Erie and has led officials to urge evacuations in a NY community. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to spill over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. Read More »

Saved from Pakistani mob, downed Indian pilot becomes face of Kashmir crisis

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If this (situation) escalates, it will no longer be in my control or in (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi's", Khan said. "The kind of weapons you have and we have, can we afford to go for a war?" In conventional terms, India's armed forces are numerically superior in both troops and equipment, making it likely that they would overpower Pakistan's defences if New Delhi ordered a large-scale assault. Read More »

Plea seeking Nawaz Sharif's release rejected

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The High Court cites a recent judgment by the Supreme Court in the case, Tallat Ishaq vs National Accountability Bureau (NAB), in which the apex court wrote that a High Court may grant bail to an accused person arrested under the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 'in extraordinary circumstances and not in run of the mill cases or as a matter of course. Read More »

What the world is saying on rising tensions between India and Pakistan

Pakistan said its air force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir, and that one Indian pilot was captured on Wednesday. "We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint, take initiatives that are conducive to promoting dialogue, meet halfway and make active efforts for lasting peace and stability in South Asia", Lu said. Read More »

American held hostage in Yemen freed

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US citizen Danny Burch had been detained in Yemen and was later released to the third-party country in January of 2018. Burch was an oil worker in Yemen and was held hostage by Iranian backed Houthi Rebels for 18 months. Trump also reaffirmed the rescue of American hostages held overseas as a chief goal of his White House. He announced Burch's release from the plane, almost two hours into the flight. Read More »

China urges Pakistan and India to show restraint, seek dialogue

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That year also saw an Indian fighter jet shoot down a Pakistani naval aircraft , killing all 16 on board. Pakistan's foreign ministry on Wednesday said strikes were carried out against a "non-military target" to avoid loss of life and demonstrate Pakistan's right and ability to defend itself. Read More »

3 funeral firms to sue South African pastor for 'resurrection stunt'

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The man was "brought back to life" by the pastor. The church said they remain steadfast in their belief that not only can people be healed but they can be resurrected. Elliot who was said to have died and was dressed for burial, woke up to the amazement of many after Pastor Alph Lukau prayed for him. By Tuesday, the Alleluia church had distanced itself from the video, telling local media "it was not a resurrection miracle". Read More »

U.S. Navy ships sail through strategic Taiwan Strait

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It said that the ships' transit through the strait demonstrates the USA commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. According to the spokesman, the Navy of the North American country "will continue flying, navigating and operating in any place that global law allows". Read More »

Cardinal Pell behind bars after bail revoked

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Pell is due to return to court on Wednesday for the start of his sentencing hearing. Pell was convicted on five counts of child sexual assault in December 2018 but that verdict has just been released in Australia. In 2017, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard came out in defense of Pell, underscoring the cardinal's well-documented efforts to root out sex abuse. Read More »

Highest Number of Civilians Killed in Afghanistan in 2018

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The National Security Advisor's Office in a statement on February 24 said the Afghan forces are undertaking new strategies to prevent civilian casualties in their operations. The U.S. military says it carried out 6,823 sorties last year in which munitions were fired - the highest number in the last six years. With the shockwaves of a looming hasty USA withdrawal echoing all over, Afghanistan saw a bloody start to 2019 with over 1700 war-related casualties in January alone. Read More »

Iranian president rejects Foreign Minister Zarif's resignation

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Rouhani rejected Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's resignation on Wednesday, the government's official website said. President Hassan Rouhani earlier gave a speech praising Mohammad Javad Zarif after the foreign minister's sudden resignation shocked the Islamic Republic late on Monday night. Read More »

US, Taliban talk troop withdrawal, counter-terrorism at peace talks

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Mr. Khalilzad tweeted that he and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Islamist movement, had held a " working lunch " ahead of a fresh round of talks with the insurgent group as the us seeks a way out of its longest war. "Ceasefire and the release of prisoners are marginal issues". The top US envoy for peace in Afghanistan met a senior Taliban leader in Qatar on Monday as the two sides resumed talks to end 17 years of war despite the insurgents' continued refusal to deal with ... Read More »

Cardinal's bail revoked after sexual abuse conviction — George Pell

Australia's former prime minister, John Howard, has provided a character reference for disgraced Catholic cardinal George Pell , who has been convicted of multiple counts of child sex abuse . He reiterated that the Vatican has "maximum respect for the Australian judicial authorities" and that Pell "has confirmed his innocence and has the right to defend himself to the last degree". Read More »

NWS issues High Wind Warning starting Sunday, ending Monday evening

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Be prepared for possibility of trees blocking roads and widespread power outages . Late tonight and again on Monday morning, frequent gusts up to 45 miles per hour will probably cause scattered power outages across the region. High temperatures Monday will reach about 39, but wind chill temperatures will feel like between 15 and 25 degrees. "Travel will be very unsafe to impossible", the NWS said. Read More »

Toxic, illegal moonshine kills 133, hospitalizes 200 in India

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Almost 300 were hospitalised in the two districts by Saturday of which at least 112 lost their lives. Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has formed an inquiry commission to investigate the incident, reports said . Authorities collected samples for the medical tests. The deaths come less than two weeks after more than 100 people died from drinking tainted alcohol in two northern Indian states, Uttarkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Read More »