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China says India concocting excuses in border row

China has accused India of “concocting” excuses over the illegal entry of the South Asian nation’s military into Chinese territory on their disputed border, adding that China had shown great restraint. The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up ...

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Bomb attack hits foreign convoy in Afghanistan

A bomb explosion has targeted a convoy of international troops near the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, causing some casualties, security officials say. “At around noon, a car bomb targeted a convoy of foreign forces in Daman area of Kandahar,” said provincial police spokesman Zia Durrani. NATO ...

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China offers aid to new friend Gambia

China has offered to support Gambia in the sectors of infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, and other areas, following the African country’s severance of formal ties with Taiwan. At a meeting in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his visiting Gambian counterpart Ousainou Darboe that China was ready “to enhance cooperation ...

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Russian jets intercepted by NATO planes over Estonia

NATO planes have intercepted three Russian jets flying near neutral waters close to Estonia, says the Western military alliance. “Two Spanish F-18 jets assigned to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission scrambled from Estonia’s Amari Air Base. Finnish jets also scrambled to intercept the aircraft,” said NATO in a statement released ...

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Iran complains to JCPOA commission over new US bans: Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic has lodged a complaint with the joint commission supervising implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal with six world powers over the new sanctions imposed by the United States on Tehran. “With regard to the imposition of new sanctions by the US, in addition ...

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Iran rejects as ‘untrue’ Saudi claim about visit to diplomatic missions

Iran has rejected as “untrue” claims by a Saudi Foreign Ministry official about Tehran’s refusal to fully investigate the 2016 storming of the kingdom’s embassy and consulate in the Islamic Republic. “Visas for a Saudi delegation to visit the diplomatic missions were issued last month,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi was ...

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UN concerned about growth of HIV infections in Philippines

The Philippines has the fastest growing number of HIV infections in Asia, a report by the United Nations and the government showed Tuesday. The Southeast Asian nation saw a 140 percent increase in new cases from 2010 to 2016, even though the annual number of new infections in Asia-Pacific declined ...

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Iran rejects as ‘untrue’ Saudi claim about visit to diplomatic missions

Iran has rejected as “untrue” claims by a Saudi Foreign Ministry official about Tehran’s refusal to fully investigate the 2016 storming of the kingdom’s embassy and consulate in the Islamic Republic. “Visas for a Saudi delegation to visit the diplomatic missions were issued last month,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi was ...

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Violent anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir after rebel leader killed

The killing of a top Kashmiri commander and his comrade by New Delhi forces has sparked massive protests and violent clashes across the Indian-controlled Himalayan valley. Police spokesman Manoj Pandita said on Tuesday that Abu Dujana, of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, was gunned down with an accomplice during a pre-dawn operation ...

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