SRINAGAR (AA): At least three militants were killed in a gunfight with Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the army and police said Saturday. Vijay Kumar, a senior police officer, told reporters that the gunfight broke out during a search operation in Ariparigam village of Pulwama district, a militancy stronghold in southern Kashmir. He said…

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LONDON (Monitoring Desk): India has failed to get the Republic Day protest banned in London on 26 January by a group of Kashmiris and Sikhs coming together to demand freedom from India. The protest on Sunday is being orgaised by Tehreek-e -Kashmir UK and World Sikh Parliament outside Indian High Commission at noon. After the…

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YANGON, Myanmar (AA): At least two Rohingya women were killed after artillery shells hit a village in the Myanmar’s western Rakhine state on Friday, according to media reports and a lawmaker. Narinjara, a local news service, reported that two Rohingya women, 18 and 28, were killed and eight villagers injured when the shells landed in…

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KUALA LUMPUR/ ISLAMABAD (AA): Malaysia and Pakistan on Saturday extended condolences to Turkey over the loss of lives caused by a powerful earthquake on Friday evening. “I am deeply saddened to hear about the earthquake that struck Turkey, resulting in the loss of lives and injuries, and damage to buildings,” said Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister…

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BRUSSELS (AA): Parties to the Iran nuclear deal will meet in February because more expert-level discussions are necessary, EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell announced Friday. The European members of the pact – the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, also known as E3 – triggered the dispute resolution mechanism Jan. 14 after Iran decided to…

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PARIS (AA): The first two confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected in France, Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said Friday. One has been confirmed in Paris and one in Bordeaux. Both patients are currently in the hospital. The patients had recently traveled from China, the site of what the World Health Organization (WHO)…

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Monitoring Desk WUHAN: The Chinese army deployed medical specialists on Saturday to the epicentre of a spiralling viral outbreak that has already killed 41 people and spread around the world, as millions spent their normally festive Lunar New Year holiday under lockdown. The country’s most important celebration has been all-but cancelled for people in a…

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RIYADH (Agencies): Saudi Arabia has a strong relationship with the US and is working to counter Iranian escalation to avoid a regional war, said Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman in a wide-ranging interview, obtained in full by Al Arabiya English, in which he also discussed Yemen and Lebanon. “The Saudi-US…

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JERUSALEM (Agencies): Jewish settlers set fire to a mosque in Israeli-annexed Jerusalem and vandalized its walls with racial slurs. Eyewitnesses said Friday a group of settlers set fire to the Badriya mosque in the town of Beit Safafa. The witnesses added that the townspeople put out the fire before it spread into the mosque. The…

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