Category: World News

Trump says rapid exit from Afghanistan “unacceptable”

22 August, Washington: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that a rapid exit of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan was “unacceptable” and his new Afghanistan strategy will shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions on the ground. Trump made the announcement in a prime-time address at 9 p.m. local time (0100 GMT, Tuesday) from Fort Myr in Virginia. He did not talk about the widely anticipated increase of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In the over-30-minute speech, Trump ruled out a quick withdrawal of the U.S. troops, saying that it would have unacceptable consequences and “create...

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Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill PM Hasina

21 August, Dhaka: A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death Sunday over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies. The men were sentenced to death by firing squad for planting a huge explosive near where Hasina was scheduled to speak during her first term as prime minister in 2000, prosecutor Shamsul Haq Badol told AFP. “The bomb was planted in an attempt to kill Sheikh Hasina, high-ranking leaders of the (ruling) Awami League party and dignitaries,” Badol said. The 76 kilogram (167 pound) explosive was...

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23 killed, 40 injured in India train accident

20 August, New Delhi: At least 23 people were killed and over 40 others injured, some of them critically, on Saturday after a passenger train derailed in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said. According to Indian railways spokesperson, 14 coaches of the train derailed in the accident.The accident took place in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, around 100 km from New Delhi, India’s national capital. A derailed coach hit a nearby house, damaging it severely, reports said. “Today a train derailed here causing coaches to fall upon one another,” a statement issued by Uttar Pradesh police to...

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Chief minister of Bihar state joins India’s ruling alliance

19 August, New Delhi: Chief Minister of the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, on Saturday joined the country’s ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The decision to join Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA was taken this morning at the national executive meeting of Kumar’s regional Janata Dal (United) party that governs Bihar, a spokesperson said. The move came nearly a week after BJP chief Amit Shah had invited Bihar’s Chief Minister, who is also the head of Janata Dal (United), to join the NDA in the wake of the two parties’ recent alliance...

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Knife attacker in Russian city wounds 8, shot by police

19 August, Moscow: A knife attacker stabbed eight people on the street in Russia’s far northern city of Surgut before being shot by police, investigators said Saturday. The male attacker “carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds to eight” while “moving along central streets of the city” at around 11:20 am local time (0620 GMT) said Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes. It said that armed police then arrived and used their weapons on the attacker and “liquidated” him. The incident took place in a city some 2,100 kilometres (1,330 miles) northeast of Moscow in the oil-rich...

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Nigeria probing “strange disease” reportedly killing dozens

19 August, Abuja: Nigeria is investigating a “strange disease” that is fast spreading in the north central state of Kogi, officials have said. The disease, whose symptoms include diarrhea, blood-stained vomiting and high fever, had killed up to 50 people as of Friday, Nigeria’s English newspaper The Guardian reported Friday. Investigators said the disease broke out about three weeks ago. The first case was confirmed to involve a young child, who died earlier this week. So far, three villages in Yagba West local area of Kogi State have been afflicted by the disease and locals have expressed worry that...

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Russian aircraft returns after examining high climate zones

18 August, Kathmandu: A Russian aircraft that arrived here a one month before to conduct a study about Nepal’s high-altitude weather and climate conditions returned some days ago after completing the two-week long study. A team comprising around 250 members including climate and weather experts from the US, UK, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, technical human resources and crew members arrived here on the aircraft sent by the Russian Federation. The study project commissioned by the European Union was carried out with cooperation from the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and in collaboration with the Nepal-based German Embassy....

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34 farmers commit suicide in India’s Maharashtra in last 8 days: government

18 August, New Delhi: At least 34 farmers have committed suicide during the last eight days in India’s western state of Maharashtra as per an official report, India’s state-run broadcaster All India Radio reported on Thursday. The deaths were recorded by the local authorities in the state’s eight districts of Marathwada region from Aug. 6 to Aug. 13. According to officials until now the region has witnessed below-average rainfall this monsoon, thereby posing a threat to kharif crops (monsoon crops) because of the ongoing dry spell. Reports said since the beginning of this year, so far around 580 farmer...

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UN chief condemns terror attacks in Nigeria

17 August, United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Nigeria, which killed at least 27 people. In a statement released by his spokesman Stephane Dujarric late Tuesday night, the UN chief called for those responsible for the attacks in Nigeria and neighboring countries to be swiftly brought to justice. The secretary-general reiterated the UN’s solidarity with the government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism, said the statement. Guterres also renewed the world body’s commitment to support the counter-terrorism initiatives of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, it said. Two separate suicide attacks...

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