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Australia to return ‘stolen’ precious artefacts to India


Australia's National Gallery said on Thursday that it will return 14 artworks to India, at least six of which are believed to have been stolen or illegally exported.  The artworks include sculptures, photographs and a scroll. The gallery has identified the works as either looted, stolen or of unknown origin. The collection is composed largely of...

Terrorism to be India’s key agenda as UNSC President


New York: India, which has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, will serve as the president of the powerful 15-nation UN body for the month of August. The scourge of terrorism will not only be the utmost agenda for India during its presidency in August, but also during the rest of its...

Imran Khan’s PTI wins PoK polls amid rigging charges


Islamabad: Amid allegations of poll rigging by the Opposition, Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party has won 25 of 45 seats in Pakistan occupied Kashmir legislative assembly elections marred by deadly violence. The PoK assembly has a total of 53 members but only 45 are directly elected. His Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) won 25 seats in the 45-seat...

Myanmar Junta cancels results of 2020 election


Yangon: Myanmar's junta canceled the results of 2020 polls won by Aung San Suu Kyi's party, announcing they were not "free and fair" almost six months after deposing the Nobel laureate in a coup. Investigations had uncovered more than 11 million cases of fraud in the elections in which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy trounced...

Pak-based LeT shifting base into country: Afghan govt to India


New Delhi: The Afghanistan government has informed the Indian side that Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba is shifting base inside the country, media reports said. The development comes even as the Taliban makes territorial gains in the country and the fear is that ungoverned places may be used by international terror groups. India has been in various private...

Xi visits Tibet; first by Chinese president in 30 years


Beijing: President Xi Jinping made a rare trip to China's politically sensitive region of Tibet recently, state media reported, the first such visit by the country's top leader in more than three decades. Tibet has alternated over the centuries between independence and control by China, which says it "peacefully liberated" the rugged plateau in 1951...

N Zealand to accept ISIS-linked woman and her kids


Wellington: New Zealand announced it would accept a woman linked to the Islamic State group and her two children, after Australia cancelled the former dual national's citizenship. The New Zealand-born woman - identified as Suhayra Aden - moved to Australia at age six and was a dual national until Canberra stripped her of citizenship last year. At...

Don’t get carried away with falling Covid cases: Johnson


London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that people should not get carried away by six days of better COVID-19 infection data. The number of new daily COVID-19 cases has fallen each day for the last six days, though Johnson stressed the pandemic is not over. "I've noticed obviously that we're six days into some better figures,...

Koreas restore once-severed hotline: Seoul


New York: South and North Korea have restored their once-severed hotlines as part of efforts by the two countries' leaders to rebuild strained ties, Seoul's presidential Blue House said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have exchanged multiple letters since April and agreed to reconnect the hotlines, said Moon's press...