‘Balakot strike was done for sole purpose of winning Lok Sabha elections’: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah Monday made serious allegations against the BJP-led Centre, saying it ordered the air strike in Pakistan’s Balakot with the “sole purpose” of winning Lok Sabha elections. The Srinagar MP alleged the BJP has “failed” on all fronts and it was apprehended that there would be a fight or skirmish with Pakistan before the polls so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi becomes some kind of an “avatar” without whom India cannot survive. “This surgical strike (air strike) was done only for the purpose of election…totally…

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‘Need responsible solution’, says China on terrorist tag for Jaish-e-Mohammed’s Masood Azhar

China on Monday said it was only through discussions that a “responsible solution” could come out on the issue of listing Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader Masood Azhar as a terrorist at the UN Security Council (UNSC). The Chinese foreign ministry’s comment comes in the backdrop of the US, the UK and France moving a fresh proposal at the UNSC to list Azhar as a global terrorist in the aftermath of the JeM claiming responsibility for the suicide attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14. According to reports, the resolution was…

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85% of Kuwaitis reject cooperation with Israeli regime, survey finds

A recent opinion poll has found that a large proportion of Kuwaitis oppose their country cooperating with the Zionist regime amid reports that a number of countries in the Persian Gulf region are warming ties with the Tel Aviv regime following years of clandestine contacts. According to Press TV, the survey, conducted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, revealed that 85 percent of the respondents disagree with the idea of Kuwait working with Israeli regime on issues like technology transfer and counterterrorism despite the existing differences between the two sides.…

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Venezuela: Huge power outage leaves majority of country in dark

At least 18 of 23 Venezuelan states were affected by a blackout that authorities blamed on anti-government saboteurs from the United States. Fifteen Venezuelan kids with kidney disease reportedly died after being unable to get dialysis during the power outage as President Maduro says a new cyber attack prevented authorities from restoring power. The impact was felt in Sabana Grande and Plaza Venezuela, two neighborhoods in the center Caracas, where traffic lights had stopped working causing chaos for drivers. Commuters in the capital were also forced to walk home after…

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Search for crashed Ethiopian plane’s black box continues

Rescuers are racing against time to search for the black box of a plane that crashed near the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa minutes after take-off on Sunday morning. The Ethiopian Airlines (ET) aircraft ET 302, a Boeing 737-800 MAX, took off at 08:38 local time from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and was scheduled to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya at 10:25. It lost contact at 08:44, and crashed around Bishoftu town, some 45 kilometers from Addis Ababa. All 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard ET 302 are confirmed dead. The…

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Rouhani, Iraqi counterpart meets, confer in Baghdad

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Baghdad on a trip aimed at solidifying strategic ties despite US efforts to keep the two neighbors apart and curb Iran’s influence in the region. He met with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih shortly after arrival on Monday for important talks which the Iranian president described as “very good.” “Strengthening ties between Tehran and Baghdad works to the benefit of both countries and we won’t let this positive path towards progress slow down to a halt,” Rouhani said at a joint news conference. Salih described the…

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