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India, Pakistan agree to end Kashmir firing

Storm kills 38 in India SRINAGAR, India, May 30, (Agencies): Thousands of people from the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir headed back to their homes near the de facto border with rival Pakistan on Wednesday, after their armies agreed to stop exchanging artillery fire following repeated recent clashes. …

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Belgium shooting rampage terrorist act — prosecutors

BRUSSELS, May 30, (Agencies): The man who killed three people during a knife and Belgium shooting rampage terrorist act: prosecutors shooting rampage through the Belgian city of Liege carried out an act of “terrorist murder,” prosecutors said Wednesday, as authorities tried to establish whether he acted alone. Benjamin Herman, an …

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US to fingerprint child migrant’s parents

False accusations about immigration fly between opponents WASHINGTON, May 30, (RTRS): The Trump administration will soon begin fingerprinting parents claiming custody of children who entered the United States illegally without an adult relative, officials said on Tuesday, prompting criticism that children may be abandoned by those who fear being identified …

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UAE bans vegetables from Kerala – India steps up ‘hunt’ for origin of mysterious virus

UAE, May 29, (Agencies): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned imports of fresh vegetables and fruits from the Indian state of Kerala after an outbreak of the Nipah virus (NiV) there, the Gulf state’s ministry of environment said on Tuesday. It has also banned imports of live animals from …

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Attacker kills 3 in Belgium

LIEGE, Belgium, May 29, (RTRS): A man killed two policewomen and a bystander in the Belgian city of Liege on Tuesday before being gunned down at a school in what officials say was a terrorist attack by a radicalised “lone wolf” just out of prison. The man was named by …

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IRAN FACING TOUGHER ACCESS TO GLOBAL CAPITAL MARKETS

Stiff ‘dressing-down’ for Khamenei – Tehran presses Europe for economic package by May 31 TEHRAN, Iran, May 29, (Agencies): Iranian university students in a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered harsh criticism of the country’s direction, local media reported Tuesday, an unusually frank discussion showing the concerns many feel …

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Iran in ‘outreach’ to India, China, Russia

NEW DELHI, May 28, (Agencies): India wants nations that are party to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to engage constructively with Tehran, a government statement said, after the withdrawal of the United States from the pact. The statement was issued after a meeting of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj with …

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Kabul library bus drives Afghan children to read

Library-on-wheels aims to improve reading, storytelling skills of children KABUL, May 28, (AFP): The door of the blue bus slides open and dozens of children excitedly bound up the steps, eager to get their hands on hard-tofind books in Kabul’s first mobile library. Named Charmaghz — the Dari for walnut, …

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‘Hero’ Malian who saved child to be given French citizenship

A Malian migrant who scaled a four-storey Paris apartment bloc with his bare hands to save a child was honoured by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday and offered citizenship. Two days after his daring Spiderman-style rescue — viewed millions of times online — Mamoudou Gassama was received by Macron …

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Rohingya Muslims brace for monsoon

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, May 27, (Agencies): Marooned on a dusty slope in the world’s largest refugee camp, Osiur Rahman looked to the hill where a Rohingya girl was buried in a landslide just days earlier and contemplated his chances should the earth give way beneath his feet. “Our families would …

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