UK ‘concerned’ about missing Hong Kong consulate employee

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Office has said it is “extremely concerned” by reports that a staff member at the consulate in its former colony of Hong Kong has been detained in mainland China. Simon Cheng did not return to work on August 9 after visiting the neighbouring mainland city of Shenzhen the previous day, Hong […]

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‘Fighting back’: Kashmir enclave blocks entry of Indian troops

For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely-populated enclave in Indian-administered Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain a round-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighbourhood. Each of the dozen or so entrances have been blocked with makeshift barricades of bricks, corrugated metal sheets, wooden […]

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Africa ‘s youngest billionaire kidnapped in Tanzania

A man believed to be the youngest African billionaire was kidnapped in the largest city in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, police said. Mohammed Diouji, 43, was abducted from outside the gym in a luxury hotel where he practiced his daily exercises. Police said they had arrested two people linked to the incident and that two […]

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Fire of Egyptian Antiquities in the Museum of Brazil hits Cairo with sadness

The huge fire at the Rio de Janeiro National Museum in Brazil has destroyed 700 pieces of unique Egyptian antiquities, the largest and oldest collection of Egyptian antiquities in South America. Egyptian archaeologists regretted the loss of part of Egypt’s ancient heritage. Conditions on the museums of the world, ensure the protection of Egyptian antiquities […]

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US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa

The United States is ending all funding for the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, the US State Department says. It described the organisation, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), as “irredeemably flawed”. The US administration has “carefully reviewed” the issue and “will not make additional contributions to Unrwa,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. A spokesman […]

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Captivity, candor and hard votes: 9 moments that made McCain

WASHINGTON — John McCain lived most of his life in the public eye, surviving war, torture, scandal, political stardom and failure, the enmity of some colleagues and the election of President Donald Trump. Even brain cancer didn’t seem to scare McCain so much as it sobered and saddened him. “The world is a fine place […]

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Britons seem relatively relaxed in the face of Brexit apocalypse

Before heading off for his summer break Mark Carney said the risks of a no-deal Brexit were uncomfortably high. Last week, Philip Hammond warned the Treasury would take an £80bn hit if negotiations between Britain and the EU failed completely. There is a risk to this latest manifestation of Project Fear. If the public really […]

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N. Korea has not stopped nuclear, missile program – confidential U.N. report

North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Friday. The six-month report by independent experts monitoring the implementation of U.N. sanctions was submitted to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee late on Friday. “(North Korea) has […]

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Pakistan polls: PTI yet to announce formation of govt

Islamabad, Aug. 4 — The Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) is yet to make an announcement on forming the next government despite claims that it has achieved the required numbers, prompting observers to suggest the party is still negotiating deals with smaller parties and independent MPs to form a coalition at the centre. The PTI has 116 […]

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