Xi Jinping gave marathon speech for 3.5 hours

As Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered his three-plus-hour speech at the Communist Party congress, delegates ranging from men in suits to military officers and former presidents dutifully turned every page as they read and listened to his words. On the internet, government bureaus peppered social media with their favourite phrases from Xi’s speech, while photos circulated of children watching Wednesday’s congress in classrooms. The carefully orchestrated address was in keeping with the cult of personality that state media have crafted around the Chinese leader, who is expected to consolidate his…

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Nuclear war may break out any moment: North Korea

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned on Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In Ryong told the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s — and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense. He pointed to large-scale military exercises every year…

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China can play constructive role in resolving Kashmir Issue: Global Times

China’s right-leaning newspaper Global Times said today China “can play a constructive role” in resolving the Kashmir issue if both India and Pakistan require help. “China has remained neutral on the Kashmir issue, hoping that the two can peacefully solve their disputes. Otherwise, China would not get involved,” the Chinese daily said in its op-ed piece. The daily said it is “inappropriate for Swaraj to connect terrorism with Pakistan” asserting that “a global consensus has emerged that terrorism should not be linked to nationality or religion”. The daily criticised India’s…

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Kashmir dominates Pakistan PM’s speech at UN, mentions it 17 Times

UN should appoint special envoy on Kashmir Fact-finding team be sent to JK to probe HR abuses Warns India against pursuing ‘limited war’ doctrine against Pak Islamabad won’t be a scapegoat in Afghan war Rohingya ethnic cleansing an affront to humanity Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Friday devoted much of his speech at the 72nd session of UN general assembly to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and asked the international body to appoint a special envoy. In his first speech at the UN as PM, Abbasi’s script was…

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7.1 Magnitude earthquake kills more than 140 in Mexico

More than 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City — home to 20 million people — clawed through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies. Local media reported that families were getting Whatsapp messages pleading for help from desperate relatives trapped under the debris. Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while Morelos state directly…

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (Pak PM) to bring up Kashmir, Rohingyas in UN General Assembly speech

He’s likely to use his interactions with American officials to halt a rapid deterioration in US-Pakistan relations, reports said. While scheduling President Donald Trump’s engagements with world leaders, the US kept Pakistan out of even casual meetings with Trump. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will highlight the Kashmir and Rohingya issues in his address to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. He’s likely to use his interactions with American officials to halt a rapid deterioration in US-Pakistan relations, reports said. The Pakistan Prime Minister, who reached New York on…

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Paris awarded 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles gets 2028 Games: IOC

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday awarded the 2024 summer Olympic Games to Paris and the 2028 edition to Los Angeles following a vote in the Peruvian capital. Paris, which has hosted two previous Olympics, will stage the event 100 years after its last Games in 1924 while Los Angeles will also organise its third Games after 1932 and 1984. The IOC decided in July to award both Games at the same time, following the withdrawal of four of the six cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics, amid concerns about…

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Aung San Suu Kyi likens issue to Kashmir, calls for need to sift terrorists from innocent people

Facing the problem of Rohingya Muslims, Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday likened the issue to Kashmir and said that there is the trouble of sifting terrorists from innocent citizens. Suu Kyi told the media here that there was a need to differentiate between terrorists and innocent people and India was well versed with it, as it had been tackling the issue in Kashmir. “You in India will be very well versed in this. Because (there is) a large Muslim community in India and in places like…

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Darshan Lal first Hindu in Pak govt in over two decades

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi formed his cabinet on Friday, filling it with his toppled predecessor Nawaz Sharif’s aides and allies. It also included the first Hindu in a Pakistan government in more than 20 years, Darshan Lal. The “reshuffle” was aimed at bolstering support for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ahead of the general elections in mid-2018, with President Mamnoon Hussain administering the oath of office to 47-member cabinet that included 28 federal and 19 state ministers in a televised ceremony at his official residence. Darshan…

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Withdraw troops from Doklam: China tells India

‘India reduces troops from 400 to 40’ China Wednesday said it has conveyed its firm stand to India that it must take concrete actions by immediately pulling back troops from Doklam in the Sikkim section with no strings attached to resolve the current standoff. Providing the details of the July 28 meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and State Councillor Yang Jiechi for the first time, Chinese Foreign Ministry told PTI that the two officials exchanged views on BRICS cooperation, bilateral relations and relevant major problems. Doval was in…

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