Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of violating its airspace, Islamabad rejects charge

Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of violating its airspace, Islamabad rejects charge

Kabul: Afghanistan on Thursday accused Pakistan of air strikes causing “huge financial damages” in its province of Kunar bordering Pakistan, highlighting long-standing mistrust between the neighbours, even as both seek ways to improve security. The incident came ahead of a visit to Kabul on Friday by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for talks with […]

Indian decision on F-16, F-18 could lead to 5th gen fighter jets: US official

Indian decision on F-16, F-18 could lead to 5th gen fighter jets: US official

Washington: The trajectory of the India-US defence ties in the fighter jet segment depends on New Delhi’s decision on the F-16 and F-18 warplanes being offered by the US, a top Defence Department official has said. A positive decision by India could be a precursor to advanced fifth-generation fighter technology, Joe Felter, Deputy Assistant Secretary […]

Yulia Skripal describes ‘disorientating’ episode in UK police statement

Yulia Skripal describes ‘disorientating’ episode in UK police statement

Salisbury poisoning victim Yulia Skripal has released a statement through police in London. Yulia has insisted she is on the road to recovery. She and her father Sergei were attacked with a nerve agent on March 4. Yulia issued a statement on Thursday saying the “entire episode is somewhat disorientating“. “I woke up over a […]

Convicted pedophiles face life sentences under Duma proposals

Convicted pedophiles face life sentences under Duma proposals

The Russian lower house Committee for Family, Women and Children has approved calls to hold a vote on introducing life sentences as possible punishment for sex crimes against children. If passed, the bill would change the current situation in which the maximum punishment for sex crimes against persons under 14 years of age is 20 […]

Duma mulls sanctions against Latvia over new law targeting Russian in schools

Duma mulls sanctions against Latvia over new law targeting Russian in schools

The Russian lower house has passed a statement decrying as “inadmissible” the Latvian ban on teaching in minorities’ languages in schools. The statement also warns Riga of potential reciprocal economic sanctions. The statement approved by the State Duma on Tuesday reads that the Latvian authorities’ actions contradicted the mutual respect, understanding and cooperation between all […]

Indian companies dramatically reduced H1B visa filing: US media

Indian companies dramatically reduced H1B visa filing: US media

Washington: Indian IT companies have dramatically reduced their H-1B visa filings and foreign nationals are exhibiting reluctance to make the jump to a US company due to the Trump administration’s hardline anti-immigration stance, a top Silicon Valley newspaper has said. San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board has said applicants for the H-1B visa programme are anticipating […]

UK government accused of quietly rewriting ‘torture guide’ for MI5

UK government accused of quietly rewriting ‘torture guide’ for MI5

A guide for British intelligence officers on how to avoid breaching the human rights of detainees is being secretly rewritten by government, according to reports. The guide is being redrafted without the help of rights groups, despite a clear recommendation from the intelligence services commissioner to this effect; leading UK activists to worry if the […]

UK funding 33,000 teachers promoting jihad & martyrdom in Palestine schools, minister admits

UK funding 33,000 teachers promoting jihad & martyrdom in Palestine schools, minister admits

Millions in UK taxpayer money being spent on helping Palestinians is also funding schools teaching a curriculum that promotes martyrdom and jihad against Israel, a government minister has confirmed. In his answers given to the UK Parliament, Minister of State for International Development Alistair Burt confirmed that British taxpayers’ money is funding the wages of […]

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