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India frees Kashmir separatist leader after four years

Published On: September 23, 2023 11:20 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

SRINAGAR, India, Sept 23: The Indian government freed Kashmir's chief Muslim cleric and influential separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday after more than four years of house arrest.

In tit-for-tat move India expels Canadian diplomat as Ottawa links India to slaying of Sikh exile, expels intel chief

Published On: September 19, 2023 12:21 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

OTTAWA, Sept 19: Canada on Monday accused India's government of involvement in the killing of a Canadian Sikh leader near Vancouver last June, prompting tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions after New Delhi rejected the charge as "absurd."

Chinese FM Wang Yi to visit Russia for security talks

Published On: September 19, 2023 08:05 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BEIJING, Sept 19: China's top diplomat Wang Yi will begin a four-day visit to Russia for security talks on Monday, his foreign ministry said, the latest in a series of high-level visits and phone calls between the two sides.

N.Korea's Kim leaves Russia, given drones as gift

Published On: September 18, 2023 10:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MOSCOW, Sept 18: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Russia on Sunday on his armoured train, Russian news agencies reported, wrapping up a six-day trip which has focused largely on military matters.

EU fines TikTok 345 million euros over child data

Published On: September 16, 2023 08:50 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LONDON, Sept. 16: A European Union regulator fined Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok 345 million euros over child data breaches on Friday. Ireland's Data Protection Commission said in a statement that it has handed down the "administrative fine", which is equivalent to $369 million, over the breaches it uncovered in a two-year inquiry.

COP28 participants urged to challenge UAE on human rights

Published On: September 14, 2023 10:05 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LONDON, Sept 14: More than 200 rights groups Wednesday urged participants at this year's COP28 climate talks in Dubai to challenge the United Arab Emirates over its human rights record.

Israeli delegation makes first open visit to Saudi Arabia

Published On: September 11, 2023 03:52 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

RIYADH, Sept 11 : An Israeli delegation is in Riyadh for a UNESCO meeting, an Israeli official told AFP on Monday, marking the country's first publicly announced visit to Saudi Arabia. The visit, for UNESCO's World Heritage Committee session, coincides with speculation about a potential normalization of ties between the two countries in future.

Nine hurt as Air China plane makes emergency landing in Singapore

Published On: September 11, 2023 08:25 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

SINGAPORE, Sept 11: An Air China flight made an emergency landing in Singapore on Sunday after its left engine caught fire, leaving nine of the 155 people on board with minor injuries, authorities said.

G20 leaders paper over divisions on Ukraine, climate

Published On: September 10, 2023 09:32 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, Sept 10: G20 leaders papered over deep divisions on the war in Ukraine and tackling climate change Saturday, avoiding direct criticism of Moscow and any concrete pledge to phase out polluting fossil fuels.

'Historic' EU-Mid East-India trade plan launched

Published On: September 9, 2023 07:32 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, Sept 9: A broad alliance of states on Saturday unveiled ambitious plans to create a modern-day Spice Route linking Europe, the Middle East and India, boosting trade ties with potentially wide-ranging geopolitical implications.

Global rice prices hit 15-year high after India curbs: FAO

Published On: September 9, 2023 08:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PARIS, Sept 8: Global rice prices reached a 15-year high in August after top exporter India banned some overseas sales of the grain, the Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday.

China warns against 'new Cold War' as big powers meet in SE Asia

Published On: September 7, 2023 07:45 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

JAKARTA, Sept 7: China's premier said on Wednesday major powers must keep their differences under control and avoid "a new Cold War", in a thinly veiled reference to Washington, as top Asian and US officials gathered for talks in Indonesia.

UN experts slam India's 'inadequate' response to Manipur abuses

Published On: September 5, 2023 08:45 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

GENEVA, Sept 5: UN experts condemned Monday the Indian government's "slow and inadequate response" to reported serious rights violations, including sexual violence, amid deadly ethnic clashes in the country's remote northeast.

Rain halts India's reply against Nepal in Asia Cup

Published On: September 4, 2023 09:08 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

KANDY, Sri Lanka, Sept 4: Rain halted India at 17-0 in reply to Nepal's 230 in the final Group A match of the Asia Cup in Pallekele on Monday.

Rain briefly interrupts Nepal's batting against India in Asia Cup

Published On: September 4, 2023 07:04 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

KANDY, Sri Lanka, Sept 4: The Group A clash of the Asia Cup between India and cricketing minnows Nepal in Pallekele in Sri Lanka was briefly halted by rainfall on Monday.

US trade chief: Talking to China is no 'sign of weakness'

Published On: September 4, 2023 07:45 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, Sept 4: Holding talks with Beijing officials is not a sign of weakness by Washington, the US commerce secretary said Sunday, adding that not talking can lead to greater tensions and misunderstanding.

India records strong 7.8 percent growth in June quarter

Published On: August 31, 2023 10:21 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, Aug 31: India's GDP grew by 7.8 percent in the June quarter, official figures showed Thursday, despite government fears over the impact of higher consumer prices on household budgets.

Azam and Ahmed punish Nepal as Pakistan score 342-6

Published On: August 30, 2023 08:03 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MULTAN, Pakistan, Aug 30: World number one batter Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed scored punishing hundreds as Pakistan reached 342-6 against Nepal in the opening game of the Asia Cup in Multan on Wednesday.

Air pollution greatest global threat to human health, says benchmark study

Published On: August 29, 2023 07:34 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, Aug 29: Air pollution is more dangerous to the health of the average person on planet Earth than smoking or alcohol, with the threat worsening in its global epicenter South Asia even as China fast improves, a study showed Tuesday.

US, China to set up commercial issues working group

Published On: August 29, 2023 08:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BEIJING, Aug 29: The United States and China will set up a new working group for discussing trade tensions, Washington said Monday, as the world's largest economy seeks to cool tensions with its strategic competitor.