Israel, Sudan agree to normalise ties with US help — Joint statement

Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Sudan the third Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past two months. US President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on Nov 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call on Friday […]

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Trump calls India’s air ‘filthy’ as New Delhi chokes on severe smog

New Delhi was blanketed in noxious haze on Friday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to “severe” levels, hours after US President Donald Trump described the air in the vast nation as “filthy”. Smoke from agricultural burning, vehicle fumes and industrial emissions — combined with cooler temperatures and slow moving winds […]

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Less chaotic final Trump and Biden debate covers coronavirus, racism, personal attacks

US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered sharply contrasting views on the still-raging coronavirus pandemic at Thursday’s final presidential debate, seeking to persuade the few remaining undecided voters 12 days before the November 3 election. Trump, a Republican, adopted a more restrained tone than he did during the chaotic first presidential debate […]

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Israel, Sudan agree on steps toward normalisation of ties, announcement expected Friday — US official

An agreement between Israel and Sudan on steps toward normalisation of relations is expected to be announced later on Friday, a senior US official said. President Donald Trump’s decision to remove Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism helped pave the way for Khartoum to become the latest Arab state to reach a deal […]

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In a first, Pope says supports civil unions for gay couples

Pope Francis defended the right of gay couples to enter into legally recognised civil unions in a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday. In the film, “Francesco” by Evgeny Afineevsky, the Argentine pope says that gays have “the right to be in a family”. “These are children of God, they have […]

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China welcomes lifting of TikTok ban in Pakistan

China has welcomed Pakistan’s decision to lift the ban on the widely popular video-sharing app TikTok. “The government always asks overseas Chinese enterprises to strictly comply with international rules and local laws and regulations, and fully respect local customs and religious beliefs,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian during a regular press briefing on Tuesday. “We […]

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At least 15 dead in stampede near Pakistan consulate in eastern Afghanistan

At least 15 people were killed in stampede among thousands of Afghans gathered outside Pakistan’s consulate on Tuesday as jostling broke out between people applying for visas, officials in the eastern city of Jalalabad said. An estimated 3,000 Afghans had congregated on the open ground outside the consulate, waiting to collect tokens needed to apply […]

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UN rights chief slams India over arrests, restrictions on NGOs

GENEVA: UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet voiced her dismay on Tuesday at the arrest of activists in India and restrictions to the work of non-governmental organisations. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to New Delhi to safeguard the rights of human rights defenders and NGOs. Bachelet regretted what she called the application […]

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2.2m Facebook and Instagram ads rejected ahead of US vote

A total of 120,000 posts on Facebook and Instagram have been withdrawn for attempting to “obstruct voting” in the United States presidential election and 2.2 million ads have been rejected, Facebook’s vice president Nick Clegg said in an interview published on Sunday. In addition, warnings were posted on 150 million examples of false information posted online, […]

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French police target Islamist networks after teacher’s beheading

French police on Monday launched a series of raids targeting Islamist networks three days after the beheading of a history teacher who had shown his pupils a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin vowed there would be “not a minute’s respite for enemies of the Republic”, after tens of thousands took part in […]

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