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Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president arrested after violent clashes

BISHKEK: Police in Kyrgyzstan detained the Central Asian nation’s ex-president on Thursday following violent clashes with his supporters, a day after a previous attempt to arrest him left one policeman dead and nearly 80 people injured. The violence has raised the threat of a new round of turmoil in the …

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High tide spits out $2M worth of cocaine onto New Zealand beach

WELLINGTON: Cocaine worth millions of dollars washed up on a New Zealand beach with police urging the public Thursday to hand in any more packages that may turn up. Police were called to Bethells Beach in West Auckland on Wednesday evening when packages of the drug were found along the …

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Zakzaky supporters reject delays in releasing cleric

ABUJA: A peaceful protest by the supporters of jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in Abuja lasted only a few minutes as protesters quickly dispersed in order to avoid crackdown by security forces who were rushing to the scene to launch attacks. Demonstrators called on the Nigerian authorities to expedite …

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Kashmir dispute: India PM Modi defends lifting special status

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appeared on state media to defend his highly controversial decision to remove the special status accorded to Kashmir. Mr Modi said a “new era” was beginning for the Indian-administered part of the region, where “hindrances” to its development had been lifted. The …

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U.S. supports direct dialogue between Pakistan, India on Kashmir

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday said it supports direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on the disputed Kashmir region and called for calm and restraint as the dispute escalated. “We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern,” a department spokeswoman …

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India urges Pakistan to review downgrading of diplomatic ties

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday urged Pakistan to review diplomatic ties after Islamabad said they would downgrade diplomatic relations with the neighbouring country, days after New Delhi stripped occupied Kashmir of its special autonomy. “The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India,” the Ministry …

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Former India FM Sushma Swaraj passes away at 67 after heart attack

NEW DELHI: Former Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away late Tuesday night at the age of 67 after suffering a heart attack, Indian media outlets reported. Swaraj, 67, was admitted to a local hospital in a critical condition after the cardiac arrest but passed away later. Swaraj was a …

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UK asks India and Pakistan to ‘remain calm’

LONDON: The British government has called on India and Pakistan to “remain clam” after tensions escalated in the wake of Indian government’s decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian constitution regarding occupied Kashmir – in complete violation of the United Nations resolution. Speaking to Geo News, a spokesman of …

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