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Lawmaker in India quits to protest New Delhi crackdown in Kashmir

A prominent Kashmiri politician has resigned from India’s parliament to protest an ongoing crackdown by Indian government forces in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Tariq Hameed Karra quit on Thursday to express his anger at the “brutal policy” adopted by Indian Premier Narendra Modi’s administration in the Muslim-majority valley. ...

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Anti-Pyongyang sanctions can lead to a dead end: Beijing

China says sanctions alone cannot solve the North Korean nuclear issue as the UN and the US are pushing for fresh bans against Pyongyang following its recent nuclear test. On Friday, North Korea said it had conducted a successful “nuclear warhead explosion” test, which marked the country’s fifth and biggest nuclear ...

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15 die in packaging factory explosion in Bangladesh

At least 15 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a boiler explosion at a packaging factory in central Bangladesh. The early Saturday blast took place at Tempako Packaging Factory in Gazipur District, just north of the capital Dhaka. “The death toll has risen to 15 and at ...

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Afghan forces push Taliban out of most of Tarin Kot

Afghan government forces have pushed Taliban militants out of most of the southern city of Tarin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province. Mohammad Radmanish, the deputy spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, announced on Friday that the government forces had regained control over all strategic locations inside the provincial capital. ...

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North Korea confirms conducting nuclear test

North Korea confirms that it has conducted a successful “nuclear warhead explosion” test, saying it was meant to counter US hostility. “Our nuclear scientists staged a nuclear explosion test on a newly developed nuclear warhead at the country’s northern nuclear test site,” a TV announcer said on Friday. The confirmation came after South Korean authorities ...

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Beijing disapproves of North Korea’s latest nuclear test

China has criticized North Korea for its latest nuclear test, urging Pyongyang to resolve issues in the region through dialog. “Despite universal opposition from the international community, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted its fifth nuclear test,” said Hua Chunying, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, on Friday at a press ...

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Taliban militants advance on Uruzgan provincial capital

The capital of Afghanistan’s central province of Uruzgan is on the brink of falling into militants’ hands in the wake of an advance by Taliban, who have taken position within a few kilometers of the city. Abdul Karim, the head of Uruzgan provincial council, on Wednesday warned of the collapse of ...

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