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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Women’s inclusion is critical to sustainable peace and development in Afghanistan,...

"Women's inclusion is critical to sustainable peace and development in Afghanistan. Afghan women can rely on the full solidarity and commitment of everyone here today as individuals, and as representatives of member states and organizations," Mohammed said at the launching ceremony of the Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan in New York on Monday.

‘Cold and hungry’ HK radicals start to surrender

The two sides have been locked in a violent confrontation since Sunday, with sporadic clashes over the past 24 hours interspersed with those inside making increasingly desperate bids for freedom, reports the South China Morning Post.

California sues largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes

"We've worked too hard, committed our hard-earned money for too long combating harmful tobacco use to stand idly by as we now lose Californians to vaping and nicotine addiction," Efe news reported citing Attorney General Xavier Becerra as saying at a news conference here on Monday.

Philippines evacuates 5000 people ahead of typhoon Kalmaegi

Manila:   Some 5,000 people have been evacuated in the northern Philippines ahead of the arrival of typhoon Kalmaegi, which is expected to make landfall in...

Thousands march in Chile to mark one month of protests

The Plaza Italia, the ground zero of the protests and renamed by the protesters as "Plaza Dignidad" (Square of Dignity), once again on Monday became the epicentre of a large gathering, reports Efe news.

Israel thanks US for decision on West Bank settlements

"Israel is deeply grateful to President (Donald) Trump, Secretary (Mike) Pompeo and the entire US administration for their steadfast position supporting truth and justice," Xinhua news agency reported citing a statement issued by Israeli Prime Minister's Office as saying on Monday night.

Police, protesters clash at HK varsity campus

Following a tense night in which many Hongkongers watched events unfold on live streams with apprehension, the fate of the anti-government activists stranded in PolyU in the harbour-side district of Hung Hom remains in limbo, reports Efe news.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn-in as 7th President of Sri Lanka

Rajapaksa, who contested the presidential election from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party, was declared as the President on Sunday upon his victory, the Daily Mirror reported.

Libya: Immigration Control Department announces deportation of illegal immigrants

The immigrants were deported by land through the southern borders with Chad and Sudan, the department said in a statement released on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Gotabaya wins Sri Lanka polls, but loses minorities

Gotabaya Rajapaksa won in most of the Sinhala majority southern districts, according to the results announced by 12 noon.

Pak’s MQM founder seeks asylum, financial help from India

On October 10, Hussain was charged by the UK's Crown Prosecution Services with the terrorism offence in a case related to his incendiary speech relayed from the UK to his followers in Pakistan in 2016, Geo News said in the report.

Schools to remain closed as HK braces for more protests

Schools were officially closed on November 14 and 15 as transport chaos gripped the city, although many opted to shut earlier last week, reports the South China Morning Post.

Israel launches fresh air strikes on Gaza

The Israeli army said several Hamas targets were attacked after two rockets were fired around 2 am local time (00.00 GMT) on Saturday that led to sounding of sirens in Beersheba, the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel.

241 IS members surrender in Afghanistan

"A total of 241 IS members and loyalists -- 71 men, 63 women and 107 children -- have surrendered to local authorities in Achin and Mohman Dara districts over the past three days," Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying.

Protests in Bolivia after 5 demonstrators shot dead

The five protesters were shot on Friday during a confrontation with Bolivian police and troops outside the city of Cochabamba, Nelson Cox, a representative of the Ombudsman's Office, told Efe news. At least 22 others were wounded in the clash.

Protests erupt in Iran over fuel price hike

The National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) said in a statement late Thursday that the price of a litre of regular gasoline had gone up to 15,000 rials (12.7 US cents) from 10,000 rials and the monthly ration for each private automobile was set at 60 litres per month, the Tehran-based Press TV said in a report.

Trump’s digital intrusion into impeachment hearing called witness intimidation

Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted by Trump from her Ambassadorship in Ukraine, was testifying on Friday before the impeachment inquiry in Washington when he shot off the tweet: "Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavourably about her."

Gunmen open fire on buses carrying voters in Sri Lanka

The group hurled stones on the first bus, damaging the windscreen, and then they opened fire on the second bus from behind, the spokesman told Xinhua news agency.

Voting begins for Sri Lanka presidential election

Voting which commenced at 7 a.m. at 12,845 polling centres islandwide, will end at 5.00 pm.

China lifts nearly 5-year ban on US poultry import

In January 2015, China banned the import of chicken and poultry products from the US to protect itself from bird flu that had been recorded in some areas of America in 2013 and 2014, reports Efe news.

Hong Kong protesters attack Justice Minister

She later made a report to the London police and asked them "take the case seriously and put the culprits to justice", her office said in a statement.

US is not a friend of Islam, says Iranian President

Addressing an international Islamic unity conference in Tehran, Rouhani said, "Transregional states cannot solve the problems of the region. They have rather been the source of problems."

Israel-Gaza ceasefire begins 2 days after fighting

The fighting took place after Israel on Tuesday killed Baha Abu al-Ata, one of the PIJ's most senior commanders in the Gaza Strip in an airstrike.

Death toll from Australian bushfires reach 4

New South Wales Police reported in a statement that a body was found on Wednesday night in burnt-out bushland near the city of Kempsey, located on the north coast of the state, reports Efe news.

New Zealand to hold referendum on euthanasia in 2020

The so-called End of Life Choice Bill passed its third and final reading on Wednesday night with 69 votes in favour and 51 against, reports Efe news.

Court rules against Trump’s plea to keep financial records from Congress

The latest ruling was the response to Trump's appeal seeking a full-court rehearing of the 2-1 vote cast by the court's three judges last month to reject the president's request to prevent lawmakers from subpoenaing Mazars USA, the accounting firm.

Trump impeachment: US House Intelligence Committee Chairman announces next round of...

Schiff, a California Democrat, announced on Twitter on Tuesday that the testimonies of the eight witnesses, all of whom had testified previously behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, will be held over three days next week, Xinhua reported.

Bolivian senator Jeanine Anez declares herself president

Lawmakers from Morales' party boycotted the session, meaning there was no quorum for the appointment, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

Ghani confirms release of Haqqani Network prisoners

Ghani named the prisoners as Anas Haqqani, Haji Mali Khan and Hafiz Rashid, Xinhua news agency.

Bolivia’s Morales flies to Mexico to seek asylum

"Evo Morales is already on the Mexican government plane sent to ensure his safe transfer to our country," Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard tweeted at about 7.45 p.m. on Monday.

Train accident in Bangladesh kills 16, injures 58

The accident occurred at around 3 a.m. when a train bound for Dhaka was travelling on the same railway track as another going to the port city of Chittagong, about 100 km from Dhaka, Police Chief Anisur Rahman told Efe news.

Rohingyas are threat to regional security, says Sheikh Hasina

"The Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh due to the military atrocities are not only a threat to Bangladesh but also to the regional security," Hasina said as she inaugurated the Dhaka Global Dialogue 2019 on Monday.

Chilean protesters demand new constitution

The "Super Monday" mobilization was convened by the Social Unity Roundtable, a coalition of some 70 labour unions and grassroots organizations, reports Efe news.

US gives formal notice to quit Paris Agreement on climate change

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the US sent the notification to the UN starting the year-long process of ending Washington's participation in the climate deal.

Tens of thousands protest against Lebanese government

On Sunday afternoon, tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Beirut's Martyrs Square, reports Efe news.

Militant attack in Mali kills 53 soldiers

The attack in the landlocked West African country took place on Friday evening when the militants stormed the camp in Indelimane of Menaka region, reports Efe news.

Trump criticises Johnson’s Brexit deal

Speaking to LBC, he said that, without the deal, the two countries could "do many times the numbers" than now, the BBC reported on Thursday.

Pakistan violated Vienna Convention over access to Jadhav, says ICJ chief

In his address on the occasion of the 74th session of the UNGA, Yusuf said that in its Judgment in the Jadhav case, delivered on July 17, "the Court found that Pakistan had violated its obligations under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and that appropriate remedies were due in this case".

UNESCO selects Mumbai, Hyderabad as creative cities

Mumbai has been selected for its contribution to the world of film, and Hyderabad for gastronomy.

Facebook agrees to pay fine to UK over Cambridge Analytica

In 2017, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) commenced a formal investigation into the misuse of personal data in political campaigns.

EU agrees Brexit extension to January 31, 2020

Tusk said the bloc would allow for a so-called "flextension" - meaning the UK could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament, the BBC reported.

Anti-govt protests in Iraq: Death toll rises to 74

Ali al-Bayati, a member of the Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), said in a statement that the clashes between the protesters and the security forces from October 25 to 27 left 74 people killed, the Efe news reported.

John Conyers, longest-serving African-American member of US Congress dies at 90

The Democrat resigned under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations in December 2017 after a career lasting nearly 53 years, reports the BBC.

Chilean President lifts state of emergency

With this decision, Pinera carried out what had been announced on Saturday, namely the fact that he intended for the start of the coming week to remove the military from being in charge of national security.

IS chief Al-Baghdadi died ‘whimpering, crying’ in US raid, says Trump

His death on Saturday in a US Special Forces operation in the Idlib area of Syria is a setback to the IS for whom he was an inspirational leader, extending its tentacles even into India. As recently as two months ago, he had released an audio urging attacks worldwide by his supporters.

Anti – govt protesters celebrating Joker

He believes that Todd Philipps’ film has inspired demonstrators because “it speaks mainly of being alone, separated from any sense of a collective. This isolation is a real contemporary evil.”

China, Russia, US, Pakistan hold talks on Afghanistan

The parties believe that it was a universal and sincere demand of the Afghan people to end the ongoing war and achieve sustainable peace, Xinhua news reported citing a joint statement issued on Friday after the second quadrilateral consultation on the Afghan issue here.

Iraq: 24 dies, 2000 injures in anti- government protest

According to a statement by the Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), the 24 protesters were killed by either tear gas suffocation or live bullets used by the guards protecting the headquarters of the provincial governments and the offices of the political parties, the Xinhua news agency reported.

California wildfires force massive evacuation

Led by dry winds and high heat, about 10 wildfires occurred throughout the state, Xinhua news agency quoted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) as saying on Thursday.

Trump cancels NYT, Washington Post subscriptions from WH

"Not renewing subscriptions across all federal agencies will be a significant cost saving for taxpayers - hundreds of thousands of dollars," White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia appoints new Foreign Minister

Prior to his appointment as Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal served as the Saudi Ambassador to Germany from March 2019.

Anti-government protest leads to 2400 arrests in Chile

On Wednesday, the National Institute of Human Rights said that 898 of the arrests occurred in the capital city of Santiago, where close to 100,000 protesters gathered on Wednesday at the Plaza Italia, while 1,512 took place in the rest of the country, reports Efe news.

Malaysia minister defends Mahathir’s Kashmir remarks

He told reporters that Mahathir had a duty to speak up for the people of Kashmir whom he said had been "bullied and oppressed" for a long time.

Trump withdraws sanctions on Turkey over attack in northern Syria

He said he was lifting the sanctions he had imposed on Turkey after it attacked Washington's erstwhile allies, the Kurds, in the area, because of the ceasefire agreement.

Murder investigation launches after recovering dead bodies in a lorry in...

Essex Police said the vehicle travelled from Bulgaria and entered the UK on Saturday via Holyhead, Anglesey, over 300 miles from where the bodies were recovered from Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays at around 1.40 am BST on Wednesday, the Telegraph reported.

US Congressional hearing: Pak terror hurt Kashmiri Muslims most, says Journalist

"What the foot-soldiers of the Pakistani military and ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) have done to ordinary Kashmiri Muslims in the last 30 years, pales in comparison to the human rights violations committed by the Indian state," she said on Tuesday at a hearing on human rights in South Asia held by the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific in Washington.

Qatar to expand key airport in preparation for FIFA WC 2022

"The expansion project includes 11,720 square meters of retail and food and beverage space, a 10,000-square meter indoor tropical garden and a 268-square meter water feature," Xinhua quoted CEO of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker as saying at a press conference in Doha on Tuesday.

With Brexit in ‘purgatory’, Johnson may seek election

Johnson "paused" his Brexit bill on Tuesday after MPs rejected his plan to get it signed off in three days.

Will probably terminate New York Times, Washington Post from WH, says...

Trump made the remarks while exclusively speaking to Fox News anchor Sean Hannity on Monday night.

Johnson publishes his Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill was accompanied by another 124 pages of explanatory notes.

Trudeau’s Liberals win Canadian general elections

Speaking to cheering party leaders and followers at the Liberals' headquarters in Montreal, Trudeau, 47, said early Tuesday that he would always put "this country and its people first", reports CBC News.

US firm unrelated to India using Sanskrit name threatens Trump

After the company placed a nine-metre advertisement in Times Square showing Trump lying on the ground in front of the White House with a woman putting her foot on his face and tying him up, Indian cultural organisations with a similar name mistakenly received strong protests.

US forces move 1,500 IS women from Syria to Iraq

As the US forces are withdrawing from northern Syria in tandem with the Turkish assault on the Kurdish militia, the US troops have so far taken with them 1,500 IS women from the al-Hol camp in the northeastern province of Hasakah to Iraq, according to Xinhua news agency on Monday.

8 dead in Chile mass riots over metro price hike

In addition, a curfew was decreed in Santiago, Valparaiso and Concepcion, as well as in La Serena, Coquimbo and Valdivia, and authorities have announced it will continue in those cities between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Canada polls: Jagmeet Singh luring youngsters via TikTok

Singh said the TikTok videos were a way to "show what I'm for, who we're in it for as a team," before adding it was a "cool way" to share his campaign message.

UK govt to make 2nd attempt to pass Johnson’s deal

The UK is due to leave the EU at 11 p.m. on October 31.

4 dead over offensive Facebook post in Bangladesh

Since the controversy broke out, some 200 temples, houses and businesses belonging to Hindus had been vandalized across Bangladesh.

EU envoy calls for resumption of US-Taliban talks

During the past year, the US and the Taliban held nine rounds of negotiations in Doha, in which a draft agreement was reached, before Trump abruptly cancelled the talks over the Taliban claimed attack in Kabul which killed 12 people, including an American soldier.

30 world leaders to attend Naruhito’s enthronement

Emperor Naruhito, 59, ascended to the throne on May 1, 2018, after the abdication of his father Akihito, and his enthronement will be marked by public ceremonies to which representatives from more than 190 countries have been invited, reports Efe news.

UK PM refuses to sign letter requesting Brexit delay

According to Xinhua news agency, the request would be accompanied by another letter, signed by Johnson, which says he does not want a delay, the reports added.

Syrian Kurds urge US to press Turkey for ceasefire

SDF commander, Mazlum Abdi, said in a statement that his side pledged to abide by the 120-hour truce reached on Thursday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence, Efe news reported.

Johnson’s Brexit deal worse than May’s: Labour Party leader

Johnson on Saturday morning addressed the House of Commons ahead of a "knife-edge" vote on his latest Brexit deal, a last-ditch attempt before the October 31 deadline to leave the European Union (EU), the BBC reported.

UK PM Boris Johnson addresses House of Commons for new Brexit...

Business in the House of Commons started at around 9.30 a.m. - the first weekend sitting since the invasion of the Falklands in 1982, the BBC reported.

Fresh US sanctions against Cuba for backing Maduro

The announcement of new sanctions, which will come into effect on October 21, was made by the US Department of Commerce on Friday through the Federal Register, the government's official journal, reports Efe news.

Indian fugitive in FBI’s top 10 most wanted list

Though the top 10 list of most wanted fugitives is constantly updated and changed, as Bhadresh Patel continues to run from one place to another, his name continues to figure in the latest FBI list (2019), which includes some of the most dreaded fugitives. Patel's name first figured in the top 10 list in 2017.

Blast at mosque kills 62 people in Afghanistan

The mosque is in the Jaw Dara area of the Haska Meyna district of Nangarhar.

Boris Johnson launches drive to win support for Brexit deal

A spokesperson for the British Prime Minister said he along with his team were reaching to the MPs from across the House of Commons to win support for the deal, BBC reported.

Pro-independence unions’ protest against Spanish Supreme Court’s ruling

The strike has been called by Intersindical-CSC and Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya reports Efe news.

Sri Lanka: President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurates Jaffna International Airport

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the Jaffna International Airport, at a function during which Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was also present.

Hong Kong police block Sunday protest march against mask ban

Residents took to the streets in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Kwun Tong districts, the South China Morning reported.