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UN chief urges world to stamp out religious persecution

United Nations, Aug 23: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the world to "stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups" on the first international day to remember people targeted for their religion and beliefs.

He said that "Jews have been murdered in synagogues,...

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Nirav Modi's judicial custody extended till Sept 19 by London court

London, Aug 22: A London Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday extended the judicial custody of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi till September 19 in connection with Rs 13,500- crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case.

The 48-year-old businessman appeared before the court via video link from Wandsworth...

Kashmir a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan; should be resolved politically: France

Paris, Aug 21: France has said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, asking them to resolve their differences over it through political dialogue and refrain from any step likely to aggravate tensions.

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's remarks came as his Pakistani...

Donald Trump offers to mediate in 'explosive' Kashmir standoff

Washington, Aug 21: US President Donald Trump offered on Tuesday to mediate the "explosive" situation in Kashmir amid mounting international concern over a flare-up in violence between India and Pakistan in the divided region.

Speaking a day after phone calls with the premiers of both countries, Trump...

Imran Khan, Saudi crown prince discuss Kashmir issue

Islamabad, Aug 20: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Monday discussed the Kashmir issue with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan over a phone call.

During the telephonic conversation that took place late on Monday, both leaders discussed the current situation in the region after India revoked Article 370...

Twitter, Facebook accuse China of HK discord campaign

Hong Kong, Aug 20: Twitter and Facebook have accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and sow political discord in the city.

The American tech giants announced on Monday they had suspended nearly 1,000 active accounts linked to the campaign,...

After call with PM Modi, Trump dials Imran Khan, asks to 'moderate rhetoric'

Washington, Aug 20: US President Donald Trump has in a telephonic conversation urged Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to "moderate rhetoric" with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in an effort to reduce tensions.

Trump's call with Khan - the second in less than a week -...

10,000 homeless after fire razes Bangladesh slum

Dhaka, Aug 18: At least 10,000 people are homeless after a massive fire swept through a crowded slum in the Bangladesh capital and destroyed thousands of shanties, officials said on Sunday.

The fire broke out at in Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood late on Friday and razed around 2,000 mostly tin...

Suicide bomber kills at least 63, injures 182 at a wedding in Kabul

Aug 18: A suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a wedding reception in the Afghan capital on Saturday night, the interior ministry said.

The Taliban denied responsibility for the blast at a west Kabul wedding hall, in a minority Shi`ite neighbourhood, packed with...

Imran Khan welcomes UN's move to discuss Kashmir

Islamabad, Aug 17: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday welcomed the UN Security Council's decision to discuss tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir, a day after India slammed the rare meeting.

Tensions have soared since India earlier this month stripped the part of Kashmir that...