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Turkey has no intention to invade Syria: Erdogan


Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey has "no intention to invade or annex the Syrian territory". Speaking at an event of his ruling party in Istanbul, Erdogan noted that the problem in Idlib, the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria, would not be resolved until the government forces are drawn to the...

COVID-19: China’s death toll increases over 2,000


Beijing: The death toll due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China rose to over 2,000 as 136 new deaths from the disease were reported, while the confirmed cases stood at 74,185, the health authorities announced. In its daily report, the National Health Commission (NHC) said that 2,004 people had died of COVID-19 so far. The...

B’desh likely to drop Rohingya relocation plan


Dhaka: Bangladesh has announced that it may drop its previous plans to move 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island located in the Bay of Bengal. "Our main target is to repatriate Rohingya to their original homeland, Myanmar's Rakhine state," Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen told reporters in the capital Dhaka following a meeting...

US to sign peace deal with Taliban, withdraw forces over 18 months


New Delhi/Washington: The US government and the Taliban, by the end of this month, are to sign their peace treaty which includes a plan for a week-long ceasefire and withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan over a period of 18 months. Top sources involved in the negotiations between the US and the Taliban in...

UN chief applauds Pak, censures India during Islamabad trip


New Delhi/Islamabad: Just a week ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit to New Delhi, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres during his four-day trip to Islamabad applauded Pakistan for its peace efforts and expressed concern for the Muslims in India. The UN chief in an interview to Pakistani newspaper Dawn commented on India's Citizenship...

Strong Indian-American presence at Oscars 2020


Los Angeles: On Feb 9 when a foreign language film made history by winning the Oscar for Best Picture, the Indian-American representation at the gala event only highlighted the growing global nature of the Academy Awards. Indian-American writer and actor Mindy Kaling graced the stage as a presenter for two categories - best animated feature...

Pak event manager in Indian govt radar for funding anti-India activities in US


Houston: The Indian-American community here has welcomed the reported move of the Indian authorities to track the activities of a Houston-based Pakistani event manager for allegedly funding anti-India activities in the US. The community members said they have repeatedly raised, with both the foreign and the union home ministries, the issue of Rehan Siddiqui, who...

India plans huge ‘Kem Chho, Trump’ welcome, Melania excited


New Delhi/Washington: US President Donald Trump will get a red carpet welcome in Gujarat later this month -- on a grander scale than the event organized for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston last year. Sources said the government is organizing 'Kem Chho, Trump', the Gujarati equivalent of Texas event 'Howdy Modi' in Prime Minister's...

Rishi Sunak becomes UK’s new Chancellor of Exchequer


London: Indian-origin Conservative Party leader Rishi Sunak was appointed UK's new Chancellor of the Exchequer as incumbent Sajid Javid quit over differences with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday following Brexit. Sunak, 39, who is married to Akshata, the daughter of Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy, was Chief Secretary to the...