Saturday, February 22, 2020

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Trump blasts best-picture Oscar for South Korean film ‘Parasite’

President Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed the historic best-picture Oscar win for South Korean film “Parasite,” telling a campaign rally he wished for the return of Hollywood classics like 1939’s “Gone with the Wind.” “Parasite,” a dark social satire about the gap between rich and poor in modern Seoul, earlier this month became the first […]

Seven-day Period of ‘Reduced Violence’ to Begin Tonight in Afghanistan

Afghan, international and Taliban forces will observe a seven-day period of reduced violence in Afghanistan beginning at midnight (1930 GMT), an Afghan official and Taliban leaders said on Friday. The agreement was struck during protracted negotiations between U.S. and Taliban representatives that began in Qatar in 2018, and could lead to a withdrawal of American […]

Saudi Arabia intercepts, destroys missiles fired from Yemen toward kingdom

Saudi Arabia said on early Friday it had intercepted and destroyed several ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi militia toward Saudi cities. In a statement, Coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki Al-Malki said the projectiles were fired from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Al-Malki said the coalition will continue using decisive measures to protect civilians from such attacks. […]

Mainland China reports 394 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, lowest since Jan 23

Mainland China had 394 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Wednesday, the National Health Commission said on Thursday, down from 1,749 cases a day earlier and the lowest since Jan. 23. That brings the total accumulated number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 74,576. The death toll from the outbreak in […]

China objects to Indian Home Minister’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh

China on Thursday objected to the visit of Indian Home Minister Amit Shah to a disputed area in the east sector of China-India boundary, saying the Chinese government had never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh. Amit Shah is in Arunachal Pradesh to attend the 34th Statehood Day function and launch a number of projects related […]

U.S. congressmen express concern over Occupied Kashmir situation

Two United States (US) Congressmen, Ami Bera and George Holding, have expressed concern over the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir, insisting that the Narendra Modi government should release political detainees and restore normalcy in the territory at the earliest. Democrat Chair of Asia Pacific Group of House Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Congress, […]