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China welcomes India’s positive response to FM’s remarks on bilateral ties

Beijing, March 12: China today welcomed as "positive" India's willingness to work with it to enhance political mutual trust and discuss differences on the basis of mutual respect and sensitivity to each other's interests. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang's remarks came after India said it was willing to work with China to develop relations based on commonalities, while dealing with differences on the basis of mutual respect and sensitivity to each other's interests. "We have noted such positive remarks by the Indian side," Lu told a media briefing here...
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Russia test-fires Kinzhal hypersonic missile, the ‘ideal weapon’

Moscow, MArch 12: Russia said today it successfully launched a hypersonic missile which President Vladimir Putin called "an ideal weapon" as he unveiled a new array of next-generation arms earlier this month. The high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the South Military District in Russia's southwest, the defence ministry said. "The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target," the ministry added. The ministry released video footage showing two pilots gearing up for a...
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Ex-Bangladesh PM Zia gets bail in graft case

Dhaka, March 12: Bangladesh's ex-premier and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia today received a temporary relief after a top court granted her a four month bail in a corruption case, a month after being sentenced to five years in jail. Zia, 72, was sentenced to five years in jail on February 8 in connection with the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about USD 250,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her late husband Ziaur Rahman, a military ruler-turned-politician. The High Court in Dhaka today granted...
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US officials: NKorea will face no more conditions for talks US

Washington, March 12: Trump administration officials say there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation's leaders beyond the North's promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize US-South Korean military exercises. The officials' comments yesterday followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May. "This potential meeting has been agreed to, there are no additional conditions being stipulated, but, again they they cannot engage...
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First-ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator sworn in Pakistan

Islamabad, March 12: Krishna Kumari Kolhi, Pakistan's first-ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator, was among 51 legislators who were sworn in today as the members of the upper house. Kolhi, 39, who belongs to a remote village in Nagarparkar district of Thar in Sindh province, is a member of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Presiding Officer Sardar Yaqoob Khan Nasar administered the oath to the Senators elected on March 3 by the federal and provincial assemblies. Former finance minister Ishaq Dar, an accused in the Panama Papers scandal, was...
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Don’t let pillow talk lead you to corruption: Xi warns

Beijing, March 11: President Xi Jinping has warned Chinese officials to shed "pillow talk" and ensure that they and their families refrain from indulging in corruption as he is set to rule China perhaps for life after the abolition of term limits. China's rubber-stamp parliament today ratified a historic constitutional amendment abolishing the decades-old practice of two-term limits for the president, paving way for Xi to become China's leader-for-life. In his interaction with the deputies of the National People's Congress (NPC), Xi said officials should strengthen self-control and not get...
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Shoe thrown at Nawaz Sharif at madrasa in Pak

Lahore, March 11: A shoe was hurled at Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif by a religious extremist today during a function at an Islamic seminary in Lahore. The incident took place a day after religious extremist blackened the face of Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif with ink when he was addressing his party's worker's convention in his hometown in Sialkot, some 100-km from Lahore. Today Sharif was a chief guest at Jamia Naemia seminary, Ghari Shahu Lahore. As Sharif was heading towards rostrum for a speech, a student hurled...
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Russia test-fires ‘ideal’ hypersonic missile

Moscow, March 11: Russia said on Sunday it successfully launched a hypersonic missile which President Vladimir Putin called “an ideal weapon” as he unveiled a new array of next-generation arms earlier this month. The high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the south military district in Russia’s southwest, the defence ministry said. “The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target,” the ministry added. The ministry released video footage showing two pilots gearing up for...
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Fresh violence erupts in Lanka as Muslim-owned restaurant comes under attack

Colombo, March 11: Fresh violence erupted in Sri Lanka after a Muslim-owned restaurant was attacked in an alleged hate crime incident in the northwestern province today, a day after President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a commission to probe a spate of anti-Muslim riots in the violence-hit Kandy district that prompted him to impose a nationwide state of emergency. The restaurant located in Puttalam district's Anamaduwa city, 130 kilometres from Colombo, was targeted early morning even as police are keeping a tight vigil following the eruption of communal clashes on Monday that...
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Deal with North Korea very much in the making, says Trump

Washington, March 10: A deal with North Korea is very much in the making, and if completed, it would be a very good one for the world, US President Donald Trump has said, a day after he stunned the global community by accepting an invitation to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "The Washington Post" said Trump's personal involvement in the White House's deliberations over the world's most serious and vexing security situation "has placed a president who considers himself a master dealmaker into the most fraught faceoff of his...
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