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UK imposes sanctions on 49 people, organizations

07-07-2020 By SJA Jafri + Bureau Report + Agencies LONDON/ RIYADH, MOSCOW: The UK is imposing sanctions on 49 people and organizations behind the most “notorious” human rights abuses of recent years. Individuals implicated in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 will have their UK assets frozen …

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India becomes 3rd worst coronavirus-hit country

06-07-2020 NEW DELHI: India has overtaken Russia with the world’s third-highest number of novel coronavirus cases, at nearly 700,000, according to the latest data, as the outbreak shows no sign of slowing. India registered 24,248 positive cases in the last 24 hours taking the tally to 697,413, according to the …

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Latest round of Black Lives Matter protests in Australia

05-07-2020 Bureau Report SYDNEY: Thousands of people have gathered in New South Wales for peaceful Black Lives Matter rallies, calling for racial equality and action against Indigenous deaths in custody. Thousands rallied in Sydney on Sunday and hundreds more demonstrated in Newcastle. The Newcastle protest proceeded with authorization by the …

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PEMRA suspends “pro-Shia” TV channel 24NewsHD’s licence

05-07-2020 By Syed Jaffer Abbas Jafri + Agencies KARACHI/ ISLAMABAD/ LAHORE: The Pakistan Electronic Media Authority Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Friday suspended with “immediate effect” allegedly “pro-Shia” television channel 24NewsHD’s licence for “illegal transmission of news and current affairs content”. According to a press release issued by the regulatory authority, …

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Trump at White House’s Independence Day event

05-07-2020 WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump has vowed to defeat the “radical left” in a July Fourth Independence Day speech at the White House, condemning recent efforts to remove or rethink monuments to historical figures as attempts to destroy the US. Trump claimed without evidence that 99 percent of …

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UK offers home to 3 million Hong Kong citizens

04-07-2020 LONDON/ CITY OF VICTORIA/ BEIJING: Boris Johnson’s government will allow almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens to move to the U.K., risking a further escalation of tensions with China after it enforced a sweeping security law on the former British colony. Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, …

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Iran declines to disclose cause of nuke site fire

04-07-2020 TEHRAN/ JERUSALEM: Iranian investigators have determined the cause of a fire at the Natanz nuclear plant, a spokesman for Iran’s top security body said, while declining to immediately release details of the findings over “security reasons”. The National Security Council’s statement came as Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran’s civilian …

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