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A military coup in Kashmir

A Kashmiri activist has criticized the New Delhi government’s recent decision to strip the disputed Kashmir region of its special constitutional status, saying it seems like the restive Muslim-majority Himalayan region has been taken over by the Indian army in a “military coup”. 

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Imam Ali Khamenei expresses concern about Kashmir, urges India to follow fair policy toward Muslim-majority region

Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed concern about tensions in Kashmir, urging India to follow a fair policy with respect to people of the Muslim-majority region. This item is being updated.  

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Huawei dismisses 90-day reprieve from “unjust” US bans

The US Commerce Department effectively suspended for a second time tough rules stopping the sale of components and services to the telecoms titan and a prohibition on buying equipment from it. However, it also said it would add 46 more companies to its list of Huawei subsidiaries and affiliates that would be covered by the ban if it is implemented…

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Iran hails N Korea for standing against ‘unilateral’ US demands

He made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Vice Chairman of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly Pak Chol-min in Tehran on Tuesday. Larijani said that North Korea adopted an “intelligent” decision in the face of Washington’s “unilateral demands,” adding that “the Americans are not after striking a true deal with North Korea, but they merely want to disarm the country…

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Pakistan accuses India of using water as weapon of war

Muzammil Hussain, whose government agency is responsible for water in Pakistan, said on Monday that India was using its position upstream to wage “fifth-generation warfare” on the country. “They try to isolate diplomatically, they try to strangulate economically, they’re trying to strangulate our water resources – and water automatically will have an impact on your economy, your agriculture and your…

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Dozens wounded in blasts on Afghanistan’s Independence Day

Afghan officials said at least 10 bombings struck restaurants and public squares in the provincial capital of Jalalabad on Monday, leaving at least 66 people injured. “The explosions were caused by IEDs in different parts of the city and as groups of people were celebrating independence day,” Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said, referring to improvised explosive devices. Health officials…

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Developments in India-controlled Kashmir amount to military coup: Activist to Press TV

A Kashmiri activist has criticized the New Delhi government’s recent decision to strip the disputed Kashmir region of its special constitutional status, saying it seems like the restive Muslim-majority Himalayan region has been taken over by the Indian army in a “military coup,” Press TV reports.  “I could say a military coup has taken place in Kashmir. The Indian army has over…

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Iran Raps Deadly Suicide Attack on Afghan Wedding

In a statement on Sunday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi strongly condemned the attack that killed more than 60 people on Saturday night. Expressing sympathy with the Afghan government and people, particularly the bereaved families of victims of the “inhumane” attack, Mousavi voiced Iran’s support for Afghanistan’s government and nation, and branded the perpetrators of such crimes as “the enemies of humanity,…

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Nigerian Islamic Movement Exposes Abuja’s Plot for Murdering Zakzaky in India

Sheikh Zakzaky was, from the very beginning of his travel to India, bothered and pressed by the hostile decision of the Nigerian government, according to a Friday statement signed by Ibrahim Musa, the President of the Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). The movement added in its statement that even upon returning from New Delhi, the top…

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50,000 people homeless after fire in slum in Bangladesh’s capital

About 15,000 homes were destroyed in the blaze, which hit the Mirpur area late on Friday and left 50,000 people homeless, according to the BBC. Atiqul Islam, mayor of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), has said victims of the fire will be looked after in temporary shelters until they can be rehoused. “All basic needs for the homeless people…

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