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Analysis: India sharpens stand on Ukraine war but business as usual with Russia

NEW DELHI: India is articulating its position against the Ukraine war more robustly to counter criticism that it is soft on Russia, but it still has not held Moscow responsible for the invasion and will not alter its policy on

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Pakistan court extends Imran Khan’s bail on terrorism charges

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court on Monday extended former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s (pix) pre-arrest bail for eight more days on terrorism charges relating to a speech in which he allegedly threatened police and judicial officers, his lawyer said. Khan, who appeared in

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Sri Lanka situation remains fragile, says top U.N. human rights official

NEW DELHI: A top United Nations human rights official has described Sri Lanka’s current situation as “fragile” and urged the government to promote national reconciliation as the country tries to overcome its worst financial crisis. U.N. Acting High Commissioner for

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UN envoy sets Suu Kyi meeting as a condition for visiting Myanmar again

A senior U.N. official who made a rare trip to hold talks with Myanmar’s military rulers last month said on Monday she would visit the Southeast Asian country again only if she were allowed to meet ousted leader Aung San

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Malaysian contractor in US Navy bribery case escapes house arrest – Media

A Malaysian businessman at the center of a major U.S. Navy bribery scandal has escaped house arrest ahead of his impending sentencing by cutting off his monitoring anklet, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Monday. Leonard Glenn Francis, popularly known

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China approves world’s first inhalable COVID-19 vaccine

CHINESE drug regulators have approved the world’s first inhalable COVID-19 vaccine, made by Tianjin-based manufacturer CanSino Biologics, boosting the company’s share price by seven per cent on Monday. The National Medical Products Administration gave the go-ahead for the vaccine for

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Japan to waive pre-departure COVID tests for vaccinated travellers

TOKYO: Japan will waive pre-departure COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travellers to the country, but daily caps on entrants will remain in place, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday. The requirement for tests will be lifted from Sept. 7, Kishida

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Indonesia’s Sumatra checks for damage from 6.3 magnitude earthquake

INDONESIA’S disaster agency is assessing the impact of a strong earthquake that hit off the southern coast of Sumatra island late on Tuesday, it said in a statement, noting there had been no reports of damage or casualties by near

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Monsoon rains leave 820 dead in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: At least 820 people have been killed and 1,315 others injured in separate accidents caused by heavy rains across Pakistan since the start of monsoon season on June 14, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Monday, reported

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Rohingya demand favourable environment in Myanmar for repatriation

DHAKA: Rohingya refugees on Tuesday called on visiting United Nations (UN) rights chief Michelle Bachelet to actively engage the UN in creating a conducive environment in Myanmar for the sustainable repatriation of the persecuted minority to their home country, reported

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