Jokowi: We’re doing our best to stop forest fires

JAKARTA: Indonesian president Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said Indonesia is doing everything it can in efforts to tackle forest fires that have led to severe haze in several parts of the republic. “We are doing everything to put out the fire

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Activists urge US Congress to pass Hong Kong bill

Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the US Congress yesterday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that such a move would be inappropriate US involvement in another country’s affairs. “This is

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India: We will take back Pakistani Kashmir…one day

NEW DELHI: India’s foreign minister said yesterday that the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan belongs to India and that he expected New Delhi to gain physical control over it one day, as the two countries again traded barbs over

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Too close to call for a winner in Israel

Exit polls following Israel’s second general election in five months suggest the result is too close to call. The centrist Blue and White alliance of former military chief Benny Gantz is projected to win between 32 and 34 seats, and

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Hindu temple, school ransacked by Pakistani rioters over ‘blasphemy’

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: A crowd in Pakistan ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said yesterday, the latest case to raise concern about the fate of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country. The

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Haze: Indonesian activists blast govt for failing to contain forest fires

JAKARTA: Indonesian environmental activists have criticised the government for its apparent lack of seriousness in tackling forest fires, resulting in the bad haze, and affecting public safety. According to press reports, the haze has not only affected locals, but has

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Carrie Lam to hold dialogue with the public next week

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said today that she would engage directly with her governing team in a dialogue with the community next week, while reiterating calls for an end to the violence that has roiled the city

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Indian pilgrim corridor to Pakistan Sikh temple planned for Nov opening

KARTARPUR: A corridor for Indian Sikh pilgrims travelling to a holy temple in Pakistan will open in November, in time for one of the religion’s most sacred festivals. The visa-free border crossing from India to Kartarpur, Pakistan will be inaugurated

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HK activist Joshua Wong seeks US support for protests

NEW YORK: Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said yesterday he was seeking the support of US lawmakers for the demands of his fellow protesters who have led months of streets demonstrations, including a call for free elections. Wong, who

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Haze: Do what you must, Yeo tells Indonesia

PUTRAJAYA: Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin urged the Indonesian government to do what it takes to tackle the haze situation affecting the region. This comes after the Indonesian authorities singled out four Malaysian-linked companies

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