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‘3 Pakistani, 5 Indian soldiers die’ in clash

India denies five of its troops died in a cross-border exchange of fire in the contested Kashmir region WT24 Desk Pakistan said on Thursday three of its soldiers were killed in a cross-border exchange of fire in the contested Kashmir region, but India denied that five of its troops died too, Reuters reports. Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesman of Pakistan ...

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PM Imran Khan visits PoK as tensions boil with India

PM Imran Khan’s visit to mark Paksitan’s Independence Day comes more than a week after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to strip Kashmir of its special status WT24 Desk Prime Minister Imran Khan travelled to Pakistan occupied Kashmir on Wednesday where he was expected to issue a fresh challenge to India over its move to scrap Article 370 which gave special ...

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Hong Kong airport reopens amid warnings over pro-democracy protests

Ten weeks of increasingly violent clashes between police and pro-democracy protesters, angered by a perceived erosion of freedoms, have plunged the Asian financial hub into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997. WT24 Desk Hong Kong’s airport resumed operations on Wednesday, rescheduling hundreds of flights that had been disrupted over the past two days ...

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Hong Kong airport cancels all departures after blockade by protesters

Airport authuroties said that terminal operations have been seriously disrupted. WT24 Desk Authorities at Hong Kong airport on Tuesday cancelled all departing flights after pro-democracy protesters blocked the facility for a second day, AFP reports. “Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, all departure flights have been cancelled,” a statement on the airport website said. “All passengers are ...

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75 years ago, Paris freed from Nazi occupation

Following six days of street clashes, random attacks and armed barricades, they were joined by French and US soldiers and victory was confirmed. WT24 Desk In August 1944 ordinary Parisians rose up, led by resistance fighters supported by workers, women and even priests to throw off the Nazi yoke after four years, AFP reports. Following six days of street clashes, ...

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Eid in Kashmir muted as India bans large congregations

Residents could visit mosques but not able to call relatives on eighth day of crackdown WT24 Desk Large congregations have been banned for the major Islamic festival of Eid in Indian-administered Kashmir, where an unprecedented communications block on landlines, mobile and the internet remained in place for an eighth day, The Guardian reports. Residents have been allowed to visit their local ...

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British government’s Hong Kong intervention riles China

Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, underlines ‘one country, two systems’ in call to Carrie Lam, the Hong Kong chief executive WT24 Desk China has lashed out at the British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, after he spoke to Hong Kong’s leader about protests that have morphed from a campaign against a controversial extradition bill into rolling street demonstrations demanding electoral reforms, ...

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Over 2 m Muslims gather in Makkah for hajj

Pilgrimage takes faithful along a path traversed by the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) WT24 Desk Makkah, Saudi Arabia: More than 2 million pilgrims were gathered in the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia to perform initial rites of the hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage that takes the faithful along a path traversed by the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) some ...

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‘P is for protest’: Hong Kong families take to the streets in pro-democracy rally

Event billed as rally to ‘guard our children’s future’ given permit by authorities, unlike others planned for weekend WT24 Desk Armed with balloons and strollers, several hundred families took to the streets in Hong Kong on Saturday to show support for pro-democracy protests that are now in their third month, AFP reports. The colourful and calm atmosphere at the rally was ...

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