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India's prime minister calls Kashmir's former status unjust - Dotemirates
15/08/2019

India's prime minister calls Kashmir's former status unjust

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that stripping the disputed Kashmir region of its statehood and special constitutional provisions has helped unify the country. Modi spoke Thursday in an Independence Day address from India's Mughal-era Red Fort in New Delhi as an unprecedented security lockdown kept people in Indian-administered Kashmir indoors for an eleventh day. The lockdown and a near-complete communications blackout affecting about 4 million residents of the Kashmir Valley have been in place since Aug. 4, just before a presidential order to subsume the Muslim-majority region into India's federal government by downgrading it from a state to a...


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16/08/2019

Greenland tells Trump it is open for business but not for sale

Greenland tells Trump it is open for business but not for sale Greenland on Friday dismissed the notion that it might be up for sale after reports that US President Donald Trump had privately discussed with his advisers the idea of buying the world’s biggest island. “We are open for business, but we’re not for sale,” Greenland’s foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters.Trump is due to visit Copenhagen in September and the Arctic will be on the agenda during meetings with the prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory.Talk of a Greenland purchase was first reported...
16/08/2019

India says committed to 'no first use' of nuclear weapons for now

India says committed to 'no first use' of nuclear weapons for now >> A surface-to-surface nuclear capable Agni V missile is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, in this January 26, 2013 file photo. Reuters India has stuck to its commitment of 'no first use' of nuclear weapons but future policy will depend on the situation, the defence minister said on Friday, which analysts said introduced a level of ambiguity in a core national security doctrine. India declared itself a nuclear weapons power after conducting underground tests in 1998 and long-time rival Pakistan responded with its...
16/08/2019

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing urges love in response to growing protests

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's richest man, Li Ka-shing, urged people to "love China, love Hong Kong and love yourself" on Friday in a bid to calm the city's escalating crisis as pop concerts and public events were cancelled in response to anti-government protests.Li's message in front-page advertisements in major newspapers in the Asian financial hub urged the public to "cease the anger with love" and "stop the violence". The advertisements were signed "a Hong Kong citizen Li Ka-shing".Ten weeks of confrontations between police and protesters have plunged Hong Kong into turmoil, and present the biggest popular challenge to Chinese...

16/08/2019

Malta migrants: Sole survivor describes 11 days in dinghy

"There were 15 of us on the boat and I am the only one alive," says Mohammed Adam Oga from his hospital bed in Malta.The migrants had each paid a smuggler $700 (£575; €630) to make the journey from Libya to Europe in the scorching heat of the Central Mediterranean. Then their fuel ran out. Then their food. Then their water. He is the sole survivor, he says, of the passengers, including a pregnant woman, who attempted the arduous journey in one of the deadliest stretches of water in the world. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA...
16/08/2019

N. Korea fires missiles, rejects further talks with South

SEOUL — North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on "foolish" calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, rejecting further peace talks with Seoul.It was the sixth round of launches in recent weeks in protest at ongoing joint military drills between Seoul and the US. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has described the tests as a "solemn warning" to the South.Pyongyang has routinely expressed anger at the war games, which it considers rehearsals for invasion, but in the past has avoided carrying out tests...
16/08/2019

"Had To Do It," Says Chernobyl Pilot Who Made 3 Flights Within 20 Minutes

Chernobyl, Ukraine: More than three decades after he flew his helicopter above the radioactive volcano that was Chernobyl's nuclear reactor number four, the site of the world's worst nuclear accident, Mykola Volkozub recalls how he feared for his life.Now 87, the Ukrainian military pilot returned to Chernobyl last month for the first time since the 1986 accident and recalled how he had made three separate flights over the reactor to measure the temperature and composition of gases inside."Some people may say they have no fear but nobody is not afraid. The only thing is that people perceive fear differently. One...