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India eases some curbs in Kashmir, including fixed line phone use - Dotemirates
17/08/2019

India eases some curbs in Kashmir, including fixed line phone use

India eases some curbs in Kashmir, including fixed line phone use >> Kashmiris walk past broken window glass after clashes between protesters and the security forces on Friday evening, during restrictions following the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Srinagar August 17, 2019. Reuters Indian authorities eased restrictions on movement and restored landline telephone links in some parts of Kashmir on Saturday, the biggest relaxation in a crippling lockdown since New Delhi announced it was removing the region's special status on Aug. 5. The moves came even as there were celebrations and protests...


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Bangladesh in all-out war against dengue

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12/09/2019

US declares Abu Sayyaf leader global terrorist

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12/09/2019

Palestinian refugees seek immigration, find Australia most welcoming country

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12/09/2019

Tonga’s prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, died Thursday. He was 78.Pohiva died at the Auckland City Hospital at about 9 a.m. after being medically evacuated to New Zealand a day earlier, political adviser Lopeti Senituli told The Associated Press. Prior to that, he had been hospitalized in Tonga for two weeks suffering from pneumonia before his condition turned critical, Senituli said.“He will be remembered as the champion of democracy and being primarily responsible for the democratic reforms that were incorporated...
12/09/2019

Netanyahu proposals dangerous: Abbas adviser

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12/09/2019

Egypt signs MoU with Chinese firm to expand production of electric vehicles

CAIRO: Egypt is motoring ahead with ambitious plans to expand its production of eco-friendly electric vehicles.Government officials are closing in on securing cooperation agreements with a number of major car manufacturers, in the wake of a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese automotive group to make electric buses, trucks and taxis.As part of the country’s drive toward investing in renewable energy projects, the Egyptian Minister of Public Business Sector Hesham Tawfik toured factories in China to see some of the latest advances in electric-vehicle manufacturing.And separately, Egypt’s Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed El-Assar attended a...