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  •   13 13 13 13 Taliban leader orders release of political detainees 13 13 13 13 13 13 Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has ordered the unconditional release of political detainees from all Afghan prisons 13 13 Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has ordered the unconditional release of political detainees from all Afghan prisons Qari Yousuf Ahmadi spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said on Thursday that the political prisoners will reunite with their families on Friday The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Emirate Hibatullah Akhundzada ordered the release of political prisoners from all jails The provincial governors will unconditionally release all political prisoners of low and high ranks from the country s prisons and will hand them over to their families tomorrow Ahmadi tweeted The Taliban entered the Afghan capital on Aug 15 ending weeks long offensive and resulting in the collapse of the U S backed government Sputnik NAN HLM MZA Source NAN
    Taliban leader orders release of political detainees
      13 13 13 13 Taliban leader orders release of political detainees 13 13 13 13 13 13 Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has ordered the unconditional release of political detainees from all Afghan prisons 13 13 Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has ordered the unconditional release of political detainees from all Afghan prisons Qari Yousuf Ahmadi spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said on Thursday that the political prisoners will reunite with their families on Friday The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Emirate Hibatullah Akhundzada ordered the release of political prisoners from all jails The provincial governors will unconditionally release all political prisoners of low and high ranks from the country s prisons and will hand them over to their families tomorrow Ahmadi tweeted The Taliban entered the Afghan capital on Aug 15 ending weeks long offensive and resulting in the collapse of the U S backed government Sputnik NAN HLM MZA Source NAN
    Taliban leader orders release of political detainees
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    Taliban leader orders release of political detainees

    Taliban leader orders release of political detainees

    Taliban leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, has ordered the unconditional release of political detainees from all Afghan prisons.

    Taliban leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, has ordered the unconditional release of political detainees from all Afghan prisons.

    Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said on Thursday that the political prisoners will reunite with their families on Friday.

    “The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Emirate Hibatullah Akhundzada ordered the release of political prisoners from all jails.

    “The provincial governors will unconditionally release all political prisoners of low and high ranks from the country’s prisons and will hand them over to their families tomorrow,’’ Ahmadi tweeted.

    The Taliban entered the Afghan capital on Aug. 15, ending weeks-long offensive and resulting in the collapse of the U.S.-backed government. (Sputnik/NAN) ( )

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  •   Local media on Friday reported that Turkish police detained 79 suspects in a nationwide operation as part of terrorism related investigations The state run Anadolu agency said at least 25 people were apprehended by security forces over their suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK in the western province of Izmir northwestern Balikesir and southern Mersin According to the report multiple digital materials and documents were also seized in the operations The PKK listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey the United States and the European Union has been rebelling against the Turkish government for 30 years Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a statement about the country s fight against the PKK that the number of terrorists which was between 2 475 and 2 780 in 2016 has dropped to 320 Our goal is to reduce the number to less than 300 before the year is over Meanwhile as part of a separate investigation carried out against the suspected members of a network believed to be behind a coup attempt in 2016 54 people were detained Police launched simultaneous operations in 17 provinces across the country to capture the suspects who were believed to have links to the network the Demiroren news agency said Those targeted in operations included expelled soldiers and military school students it noted The Turkish government blames the network headed by the United States based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen for being behind the coup bid in July 2016 in which 250 people were killed HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Turkey detains 79 suspects over alleged terrorism links
      Local media on Friday reported that Turkish police detained 79 suspects in a nationwide operation as part of terrorism related investigations The state run Anadolu agency said at least 25 people were apprehended by security forces over their suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK in the western province of Izmir northwestern Balikesir and southern Mersin According to the report multiple digital materials and documents were also seized in the operations The PKK listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey the United States and the European Union has been rebelling against the Turkish government for 30 years Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a statement about the country s fight against the PKK that the number of terrorists which was between 2 475 and 2 780 in 2016 has dropped to 320 Our goal is to reduce the number to less than 300 before the year is over Meanwhile as part of a separate investigation carried out against the suspected members of a network believed to be behind a coup attempt in 2016 54 people were detained Police launched simultaneous operations in 17 provinces across the country to capture the suspects who were believed to have links to the network the Demiroren news agency said Those targeted in operations included expelled soldiers and military school students it noted The Turkish government blames the network headed by the United States based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen for being behind the coup bid in July 2016 in which 250 people were killed HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Turkey detains 79 suspects over alleged terrorism links
    General news2 years ago

    Turkey detains 79 suspects over alleged terrorism links

    Local media on Friday reported that Turkish police detained 79 suspects in a nationwide operation as part of terrorism-related investigations.

    The state-run Anadolu agency said at least 25 people were apprehended by security forces over their suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the western province of Izmir, northwestern Balikesir, and southern Mersin.

    According to the report, multiple digital materials and documents were also seized in the operations.

    The PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for 30 years.

    Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a statement about the country’s fight against the PKK that the number of “terrorists” which was between 2,475 and 2,780 in 2016 has dropped to 320.

    “Our goal is to reduce the number to less than 300 before the year is over.’’

    Meanwhile, as part of a separate investigation carried out against the suspected members of a network believed to be behind a coup attempt in 2016, 54 people were detained.

    Police launched simultaneous operations in 17 provinces across the country to capture the suspects who were believed to have links to the network, the Demiroren news agency said.

    Those targeted in operations included expelled soldiers and military school students, it noted.

    The Turkish government blames the network headed by the United States-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen for being behind the coup bid in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.

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  •   Austria on Tuesday opposed Italy s proposal of a Europe wide shutdown of ski slopes over the year end holidays to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID 19 Finance Minister Gernot Bluemel said in a statement in Vienna that for Austria s tourism industry and its winter tourism the COVID 19 pandemic is an enormous threat in every way in terms of health and in economic terms The ministry said that a ski shutdown could result in the loss of around 2 4 billion euros 2 8 billion dollars in the form of revenues over the course of the three week Christmas vacation season If the EU really wants that it has to pay for it it said He argued that the European Union would have to compensate 80 per cent of these revenues in line with the Austrian government s own COVID 19 aid scheme for shuttered businesses HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Austria opposes Italy’s proposal for Europe-wide skiing ban during year-end holidays
      Austria on Tuesday opposed Italy s proposal of a Europe wide shutdown of ski slopes over the year end holidays to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID 19 Finance Minister Gernot Bluemel said in a statement in Vienna that for Austria s tourism industry and its winter tourism the COVID 19 pandemic is an enormous threat in every way in terms of health and in economic terms The ministry said that a ski shutdown could result in the loss of around 2 4 billion euros 2 8 billion dollars in the form of revenues over the course of the three week Christmas vacation season If the EU really wants that it has to pay for it it said He argued that the European Union would have to compensate 80 per cent of these revenues in line with the Austrian government s own COVID 19 aid scheme for shuttered businesses HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Austria opposes Italy’s proposal for Europe-wide skiing ban during year-end holidays
    Foreign2 years ago

    Austria opposes Italy’s proposal for Europe-wide skiing ban during year-end holidays

    Austria on Tuesday opposed Italy’s proposal of a Europe-wide shutdown of ski slopes over the year-end holidays to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Finance Minister Gernot Bluemel said in a statement in Vienna that “for Austria’s tourism industry and its winter tourism, the COVID-19 pandemic is an enormous threat in every way – in terms of health and in economic terms.’’

    The ministry said that a ski shutdown could result in the loss of around 2.4 billion euros (2.8 billion dollars) in the form of revenues over the course of the three-week Christmas vacation season.

    “If the EU really wants that it has to pay for it,’’ it said.

    He argued that the European Union would have to compensate 80 per cent of these revenues, in line with the Austrian government’s own COVID-19 aid scheme for shuttered businesses.

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  •  Health authorities in South Korea said on Thursday that the country would resume offering free seasonal flu shots in phases a month after suspending the programme amid safety concerns over mishandled vaccines during storage According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency KDCA the nationwide free flu shot scheme would restart on Tuesday KDCA said the vaccines would be administered first to those in the ages between 13 and 18 and would also be given to elderly citizens until the end of the year The programme was halted on Sept 22 after some of the inactivated vaccines were exposed to room temperatures during shipping However the agency said the subsequent quality tests and inspections on the vaccines found no safety problems Despite the test results the agency decided to collect 480 000 doses that could have low potency as part of precautionary measures In order to prevent any recurrences KDCA vowed to strengthen the monitoring of the vaccine distribution process South Korea government has provided free flu shots to prevent a potential twindemic during winter as respiratory viruses including influenza and COVID 19 have nearly identical symptoms including fever and sore throat HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim Source NAN
    Gov’t to resume free flu vaccines programme after safety concerns cleared
     Health authorities in South Korea said on Thursday that the country would resume offering free seasonal flu shots in phases a month after suspending the programme amid safety concerns over mishandled vaccines during storage According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency KDCA the nationwide free flu shot scheme would restart on Tuesday KDCA said the vaccines would be administered first to those in the ages between 13 and 18 and would also be given to elderly citizens until the end of the year The programme was halted on Sept 22 after some of the inactivated vaccines were exposed to room temperatures during shipping However the agency said the subsequent quality tests and inspections on the vaccines found no safety problems Despite the test results the agency decided to collect 480 000 doses that could have low potency as part of precautionary measures In order to prevent any recurrences KDCA vowed to strengthen the monitoring of the vaccine distribution process South Korea government has provided free flu shots to prevent a potential twindemic during winter as respiratory viruses including influenza and COVID 19 have nearly identical symptoms including fever and sore throat HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim Source NAN
    Gov’t to resume free flu vaccines programme after safety concerns cleared
    Foreign2 years ago

    Gov’t to resume free flu vaccines programme after safety concerns cleared

    Health authorities in South Korea said on Thursday that the country would resume offering free seasonal flu shots in phases, a month after suspending the programme amid safety concerns over mishandled vaccines during storage.

    According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), the nationwide free flu shot scheme would restart on Tuesday.

    KDCA said the vaccines would be administered first to those in the ages between 13 and 18 and would also be given to elderly citizens until the end of the year.

    The programme was halted on Sept. 22, after some of the inactivated vaccines were exposed to room temperatures during shipping.

    However, the agency said the subsequent quality tests and inspections on the vaccines found no safety problems.

    Despite the test results, the agency decided to collect 480,000 doses that could have low potency as part of precautionary measures.

    In order to prevent any recurrences, KDCA vowed to strengthen the monitoring of the vaccine distribution process.

    South Korea government has provided free flu shots to prevent a potential “twindemic” during winter, as respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19, have nearly identical symptoms, including fever and sore throat.

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  •  Afghanistan on Thursday received more anti epidemic supplies from China to aid its fight against the coronavirus COVID 19 The much needed supplies included 20 000 protective suits nearly 40 000 test kits two fully automated nucleic acid extractors two PCR polymerase chain reaction machines and masks and gloves Afghanistan was in the sixth batch of Chinese aid to the war torn Asian country which was hit by the outbreak of COVID 19 in late February Chinese Ambassador Wang Yu while addressing the handover ceremony held in the capital Kabul said in spite of the huge pressure on its own shoulders China has since April overcome enormous difficulties and actively provided to the best of its ability assistance for Afghanistan in pandemic response Facing challenges caused by the pandemic China and Afghanistan have always stood by each other and witnessed a true friendship in need Sarwar Danish Afghanistan s second vice president voiced his country s gratitude to China for the assistance Afghanistan has received several batches of Chinese aid I sincerely thank China and other countries for their generous assistance to Afghanistan China donated the first batch of medical supplies to Afghanistan on April 2 Afghanistan on Wednesday reported 62 new confirmed COVID 19 cases bringing its total to 39 548 HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim Source NAN
    Combating COVID-19: Afghanistan receives 6th batch of Chinese aid
     Afghanistan on Thursday received more anti epidemic supplies from China to aid its fight against the coronavirus COVID 19 The much needed supplies included 20 000 protective suits nearly 40 000 test kits two fully automated nucleic acid extractors two PCR polymerase chain reaction machines and masks and gloves Afghanistan was in the sixth batch of Chinese aid to the war torn Asian country which was hit by the outbreak of COVID 19 in late February Chinese Ambassador Wang Yu while addressing the handover ceremony held in the capital Kabul said in spite of the huge pressure on its own shoulders China has since April overcome enormous difficulties and actively provided to the best of its ability assistance for Afghanistan in pandemic response Facing challenges caused by the pandemic China and Afghanistan have always stood by each other and witnessed a true friendship in need Sarwar Danish Afghanistan s second vice president voiced his country s gratitude to China for the assistance Afghanistan has received several batches of Chinese aid I sincerely thank China and other countries for their generous assistance to Afghanistan China donated the first batch of medical supplies to Afghanistan on April 2 Afghanistan on Wednesday reported 62 new confirmed COVID 19 cases bringing its total to 39 548 HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim Source NAN
    Combating COVID-19: Afghanistan receives 6th batch of Chinese aid
    COVID-192 years ago

    Combating COVID-19: Afghanistan receives 6th batch of Chinese aid

    Afghanistan on Thursday received more anti-epidemic supplies from China to aid its fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The much-needed supplies included 20,000 protective suits, nearly 40,000 test kits, two fully automated nucleic acid extractors, two PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machines, and masks and gloves.

    Afghanistan was in the sixth batch of Chinese aid to the war-torn Asian country which was hit by the outbreak of COVID-19 in late February.

    Chinese Ambassador Wang Yu, while addressing the handover ceremony held in the capital Kabul, said, “in spite of the huge pressure on its own shoulders, China has since April overcome enormous difficulties and actively provided to the best of its ability assistance for Afghanistan in pandemic response.

    “Facing challenges caused by the pandemic, China and Afghanistan have always stood by each other and witnessed a true friendship in need.’’

    Sarwar Danish, Afghanistan’s second vice president, voiced his country’s gratitude to China for the assistance.

    “Afghanistan has received several batches of Chinese aid. I sincerely thank China and other countries for their generous assistance to Afghanistan.’’

    China donated the first batch of medical supplies to Afghanistan on April 2.

    Afghanistan on Wednesday reported 62 new confirmed COVID-19 cases bringing its total to 39,548.

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    Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed/Emmanuel Yashim)
    Source: NAN

  •  UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday that Iran should release all imprisoned political activists citing the risk of COVID 19 in the country s overcrowded prisons The UN rights chief singled out prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who is serving a 30 year prison term Bachelet said I am very concerned that Nasrin Sotoudeh s life is at risk pointing to her heart condition and recent hunger strike Earlier Sotoudeh won a 2020 Right Livelihood Award also known as the alternative Nobel prizeIran is the Middle Eastern country that has been hit the hardest by COVID 19 with nearly half a million cases and some associated 27 000 deaths As the novel coronavirus also spread through the prison system some 120 000 inmates were temporarily released in February to avoid further infections However people serving long sentences for national security offences were excluded from this policy As a result most of the imprisoned rights activists lawyers environmental campaigners and other dissenters have remained behind bars Bachelet added that expressing dissent is not a crime It is a fundamental right that should be protected and upheld demanding their unconditional release HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim Source NAN
    UN rights chief demands release of all political prisoners in Iran
     UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday that Iran should release all imprisoned political activists citing the risk of COVID 19 in the country s overcrowded prisons The UN rights chief singled out prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who is serving a 30 year prison term Bachelet said I am very concerned that Nasrin Sotoudeh s life is at risk pointing to her heart condition and recent hunger strike Earlier Sotoudeh won a 2020 Right Livelihood Award also known as the alternative Nobel prizeIran is the Middle Eastern country that has been hit the hardest by COVID 19 with nearly half a million cases and some associated 27 000 deaths As the novel coronavirus also spread through the prison system some 120 000 inmates were temporarily released in February to avoid further infections However people serving long sentences for national security offences were excluded from this policy As a result most of the imprisoned rights activists lawyers environmental campaigners and other dissenters have remained behind bars Bachelet added that expressing dissent is not a crime It is a fundamental right that should be protected and upheld demanding their unconditional release HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim Source NAN
    UN rights chief demands release of all political prisoners in Iran
    Foreign2 years ago

    UN rights chief demands release of all political prisoners in Iran

    UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday that Iran should release all imprisoned political activists, citing the risk of COVID-19 in the country’s overcrowded prisons.

    The UN rights chief singled out prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is serving a 30-year prison term.

    Bachelet said “I am very concerned that Nasrin Sotoudeh’s life is at risk,” pointing to her heart condition and recent hunger strike.

    Earlier, Sotoudeh won a 2020 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternative Nobel prize

    Iran is the Middle Eastern country that has been hit the hardest by COVID-19, with nearly half a million cases and some associated 27,000 deaths.

    As the novel coronavirus also spread through the prison system, some 120,000 inmates were temporarily released in February to avoid further infections.

    However, people serving long sentences for national security offences were excluded from this policy.

    As a result, most of the imprisoned rights activists, lawyers, environmental campaigners and other dissenters have remained behind bars.

    Bachelet added that “expressing dissent is not a crime. It is a fundamental right that should be protected and upheld,’’ demanding their unconditional release.

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  •  Top diplomats from Japan India Australia and the United States agreed on Tuesday to enhance their cooperation with an eye on the COVID 19 pandemic and China s growing assertiveness United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a meeting in Tokyo that it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partnerships from the Chinese Communist Party s exploitation and corruption and coercion We see it in the South and East China seas in Mekong the Himalayas Taiwan Strait these are just a few examples Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also participated in the talks Motegi said the four nations share fundamental values of democracy rule of law and free economy Jaishankar also tweeted that remaining committed to upholding the rules based international order underpinned by the rule of law transparency freedom of navigation respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty and peaceful resolution of disputed The four countries top diplomats a group they call the Quad held the second ministerial level multi party conference as China has stepped up its territorial claims in the South and East China seas Earlier Payne and Pompeo had their third meeting she wrote on twitter that we spoke about our ongoing cooperation to promote peace stability and prosperity in our region Great to meet again with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne today in Tokyo to discuss Quad cooperation Pompeo also tweeted that the United States Australia India Japan relationship is integral to ensuring an open and transparent Indo Pacific Japan s Foreign Ministry said Pompeo held talks with Motegi exchanging views concerning the situations in North Korea and the South and East China seas According to the ministry the two agreed that the United States and Japan would coordinate closely to deal with North Korean missile and nuclear weapons development In his first visit to Japan since Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga took office in mid September Pompeo met with the new Japanese leader Pompeo was originally scheduled to visit Mongolia and South Korea this week but the trips were cancelled after U S President Donald Trump was hospitalised following a positive coronavirus test HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim Source NAN
    Japan, United States, others discuss cooperation amid China’s growing assertiveness
     Top diplomats from Japan India Australia and the United States agreed on Tuesday to enhance their cooperation with an eye on the COVID 19 pandemic and China s growing assertiveness United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a meeting in Tokyo that it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partnerships from the Chinese Communist Party s exploitation and corruption and coercion We see it in the South and East China seas in Mekong the Himalayas Taiwan Strait these are just a few examples Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also participated in the talks Motegi said the four nations share fundamental values of democracy rule of law and free economy Jaishankar also tweeted that remaining committed to upholding the rules based international order underpinned by the rule of law transparency freedom of navigation respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty and peaceful resolution of disputed The four countries top diplomats a group they call the Quad held the second ministerial level multi party conference as China has stepped up its territorial claims in the South and East China seas Earlier Payne and Pompeo had their third meeting she wrote on twitter that we spoke about our ongoing cooperation to promote peace stability and prosperity in our region Great to meet again with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne today in Tokyo to discuss Quad cooperation Pompeo also tweeted that the United States Australia India Japan relationship is integral to ensuring an open and transparent Indo Pacific Japan s Foreign Ministry said Pompeo held talks with Motegi exchanging views concerning the situations in North Korea and the South and East China seas According to the ministry the two agreed that the United States and Japan would coordinate closely to deal with North Korean missile and nuclear weapons development In his first visit to Japan since Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga took office in mid September Pompeo met with the new Japanese leader Pompeo was originally scheduled to visit Mongolia and South Korea this week but the trips were cancelled after U S President Donald Trump was hospitalised following a positive coronavirus test HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim Source NAN
    Japan, United States, others discuss cooperation amid China’s growing assertiveness
    Foreign2 years ago

    Japan, United States, others discuss cooperation amid China’s growing assertiveness

    Top diplomats from Japan, India, Australia and the United States agreed on Tuesday to enhance their cooperation, with an eye on the COVID-19 pandemic and China’s growing assertiveness.

    United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a meeting in Tokyo that “it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partnerships from the Chinese Communist Party’s exploitation and corruption and coercion.

    “We see it in the South and East China seas, in Mekong, the Himalayas, Taiwan Strait these are just a few examples.’’

    Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, and Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also participated in the talks.

    Motegi said, “the four nations share fundamental values of democracy, rule of law and free economy.”

    Jaishankar also tweeted that remaining “committed to upholding the rules-based international order, underpinned by the rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty and peaceful resolution of disputed.’’

    The four countries’ top diplomats, a group they call the Quad, held the second ministerial-level multi-party conference as China has stepped up its territorial claims in the South and East China seas.

    Earlier, Payne and Pompeo had their third meeting, she wrote on twitter that “we spoke about our ongoing cooperation to promote peace, stability and prosperity in our region.

    “Great to meet again with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne today in Tokyo to discuss Quad cooperation.

    Pompeo also tweeted that the United States-Australia-India-Japan relationship is integral to ensuring an open and transparent Indo-Pacific.

    Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Pompeo held talks with Motegi, exchanging views concerning the situations in North Korea and the South and East China seas.

    According to the ministry, the two agreed that the United States and Japan would coordinate closely to deal with North Korean missile and nuclear weapons development.

    In his first visit to Japan since Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga took office in mid-September, Pompeo met with the new Japanese leader.

    Pompeo was originally scheduled to visit Mongolia and South Korea this week, but the trips were cancelled after U.S President Donald Trump was hospitalised following a positive coronavirus test.

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  •  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday signaled a potential government reshuffle which local media said could include axing Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in favour of businessman and veteran politician Serhiy Tihipko Confidence in Zelenskiy s government has slid since the actor and comedian scored a surprise landslide election victory in 2019 promising to root out corruption and end the war with Russian backed rebels in the eastern Donbass region However progress on either front has been patchy and the 42 year old Zelenskiy remains Ukraine s most electable politician According to a survey by the Kiev based Razumkov Centre think tank Zelenskiy public trust score has fallen from a high watermark of 79 per cent in September to 51 per cent in February Honcharuk s position had already come into the spotlight in January after the leak of an embarrassing audio recording that suggested he had criticised the president in a closed meeting with the finance minister and central bank Any reshuffle would come just as Ukraine is trying to secure the release of billions of dollars in loans from the International Monetary Fund a move contingent on Kiev s progress in passing reforms and tackling graft A source familiar with the situation said work in the prime minister s office was carrying on as normal adding that over the last three months there had been constant efforts to remove Honcharuk Tihipko 60 has been deputy prime minister twice first under President Leonid Kuchma in a short lived 1997 government and then in 2010 under President Viktor Yanukovich who eventually fled to Russia after the 2014 Maidan street protests He has also been central bank governor and co founded PrivatBank the former Soviet republic s largest lender Zelenskiy has prioritised ending the war in Donbass but while he has implemented some confidence building measures with Russia including prisoner swaps the conflict simmers on According to Razumkov survey in October 48 2 per cent of Ukrainians rated those in power as better than their predecessors but that figure declined to 29 5 per cent in February HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed
    Ukraine’s Zelenskiy signals possible gov’t reshuffle as trust declines
     Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday signaled a potential government reshuffle which local media said could include axing Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in favour of businessman and veteran politician Serhiy Tihipko Confidence in Zelenskiy s government has slid since the actor and comedian scored a surprise landslide election victory in 2019 promising to root out corruption and end the war with Russian backed rebels in the eastern Donbass region However progress on either front has been patchy and the 42 year old Zelenskiy remains Ukraine s most electable politician According to a survey by the Kiev based Razumkov Centre think tank Zelenskiy public trust score has fallen from a high watermark of 79 per cent in September to 51 per cent in February Honcharuk s position had already come into the spotlight in January after the leak of an embarrassing audio recording that suggested he had criticised the president in a closed meeting with the finance minister and central bank Any reshuffle would come just as Ukraine is trying to secure the release of billions of dollars in loans from the International Monetary Fund a move contingent on Kiev s progress in passing reforms and tackling graft A source familiar with the situation said work in the prime minister s office was carrying on as normal adding that over the last three months there had been constant efforts to remove Honcharuk Tihipko 60 has been deputy prime minister twice first under President Leonid Kuchma in a short lived 1997 government and then in 2010 under President Viktor Yanukovich who eventually fled to Russia after the 2014 Maidan street protests He has also been central bank governor and co founded PrivatBank the former Soviet republic s largest lender Zelenskiy has prioritised ending the war in Donbass but while he has implemented some confidence building measures with Russia including prisoner swaps the conflict simmers on According to Razumkov survey in October 48 2 per cent of Ukrainians rated those in power as better than their predecessors but that figure declined to 29 5 per cent in February HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed
    Ukraine’s Zelenskiy signals possible gov’t reshuffle as trust declines
    Foreign3 years ago

    Ukraine’s Zelenskiy signals possible gov’t reshuffle as trust declines

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, on Wednesday signaled a potential government reshuffle, which local media said could include axing Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in favour of businessman and veteran politician Serhiy Tihipko.

    Confidence in Zelenskiy’s government has slid since the actor and comedian scored a surprise landslide election victory in 2019 promising to root out corruption and end the war with Russian-backed rebels in the eastern Donbass region.

    However, progress on either front has been patchy, and the 42-year-old Zelenskiy remains Ukraine’s most electable politician.

    According to a survey by the Kiev-based Razumkov Centre think-tank, Zelenskiy public trust score has fallen from a high watermark of 79 per cent in September to 51 per cent in February.

    Honcharuk’s position had already come into the spotlight in January after the leak of an embarrassing audio recording that suggested he had criticised the president in a closed meeting with the finance minister and central bank.

    Any reshuffle would come just as Ukraine is trying to secure the release of billions of dollars in loans from the International Monetary Fund, a move contingent on Kiev’s progress in passing reforms and tackling graft.

    A source familiar with the situation said work in the prime minister’s office was carrying on as normal, adding that over the last three months there had been constant efforts to remove Honcharuk.

    Tihipko, 60, has been deputy prime minister twice, first under President Leonid Kuchma in a short-lived 1997 government, and then in 2010 under President Viktor Yanukovich, who eventually fled to Russia after the 2014 Maidan street protests.

    He has also been central bank governor and co-founded PrivatBank, the former Soviet republic’s largest lender.

    Zelenskiy has prioritised ending the war in Donbass but while he has implemented some confidence-building measures with Russia, including prisoner swaps, the conflict simmers on.

    According to Razumkov survey in October, 48.2 per cent of Ukrainians rated those in power as better than their predecessors, but that figure declined to 29.5 per cent in February.

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  •  Afghanistan Interior Ministry on Tuesday said six people were killed and 12 others wounded in an explosion near a military academy in the capital Kabul According to the ministry a suicide bomber blew himself up at a roundabout close to the Marshal Fahim Military Academy The Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said that two civilians and four army personnel were killed and at least 12 others including five civilians were wounded According to Rahimi the figures are initial and subject to change adding that the site of the incident has been cordoned off by security forces There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack In a WhatsApp message a Taliban spokesman told dpa that the insurgents were still investigating whether they were involved in the attack in any way Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called the bombing a crime against humanity Ghani said in a statement that the nation demands an immediate end to the violence and a durable ceasefire Representatives of the Taliban and the U S are currently holding talks in Qatar aimed at ending the war in the country The European Union Special Envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia tweeted following the attack You want to be heard Do politics not butchery Be it to derail peace talks or to put pressure on them terrorist attacks are unacceptable and counterproductive HLM MZAEdited By Hadiza Mohammed Maharazu Ahmed
    Suicide bombing near military academy in Kabul kills 6
     Afghanistan Interior Ministry on Tuesday said six people were killed and 12 others wounded in an explosion near a military academy in the capital Kabul According to the ministry a suicide bomber blew himself up at a roundabout close to the Marshal Fahim Military Academy The Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said that two civilians and four army personnel were killed and at least 12 others including five civilians were wounded According to Rahimi the figures are initial and subject to change adding that the site of the incident has been cordoned off by security forces There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack In a WhatsApp message a Taliban spokesman told dpa that the insurgents were still investigating whether they were involved in the attack in any way Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called the bombing a crime against humanity Ghani said in a statement that the nation demands an immediate end to the violence and a durable ceasefire Representatives of the Taliban and the U S are currently holding talks in Qatar aimed at ending the war in the country The European Union Special Envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia tweeted following the attack You want to be heard Do politics not butchery Be it to derail peace talks or to put pressure on them terrorist attacks are unacceptable and counterproductive HLM MZAEdited By Hadiza Mohammed Maharazu Ahmed
    Suicide bombing near military academy in Kabul kills 6
    Foreign3 years ago

    Suicide bombing near military academy in Kabul kills 6

    Afghanistan Interior Ministry on Tuesday said six people were killed and 12 others wounded in an explosion near a military academy in the capital Kabul.

    According to the ministry a suicide bomber blew himself up at a roundabout close to the Marshal Fahim Military Academy.

    The Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said that two civilians and four army personnel were killed and at least 12 others, including five civilians, were wounded.

    According to Rahimi, the figures are initial and subject to change adding that the site of the incident has been cordoned off by security forces.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

    In a WhatsApp message, a Taliban spokesman told dpa that the insurgents were still investigating whether they were involved in the attack in any way.

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called the bombing a crime against humanity.

    Ghani said in a statement that the nation demands an immediate end to the violence and a durable ceasefire.

    Representatives of the Taliban and the U.S. are currently holding talks in Qatar aimed at ending the war in the country.

    The European Union Special Envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia tweeted following the attack: “You want to be heard? Do politics, not butchery.’’

    “Be it to derail peace talks or to put pressure on them, terrorist attacks are unacceptable and counterproductive.”

    HLM//MZA


    Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed/Maharazu Ahmed

  •  Three students on Thursday are under investigation for shouting Nazi slogans from an open window in the town of Bautzen The college reported that the students are attending a college for would be police officers in the eastern German state of Saxony The college rector Carsten Kaempf said shouts of Sieg Heil Hail to Victory had been heard from a window of a flat college and the Police were called to the building by neighbours The three students in their first year of study to become police inspectors have been suspended Investigations have proceeded into a possible charge of making use of symbols of organisations banned under the German constitution Kaempf said we will not tolerate anti constitutional attitudes in the Saxon police Germany s constitution bans all symbols related to Adolf Hitler s Nazi party that ruled the country from 1933 up to the end of World War II in 1945 Sieg Heil was chanted at Nazi rallies throughout the period Support for the far right Alternative for Germany AfD has risen sharply in the state In state elections in September 2019 the AfD secured 27 5 per cent of the vote to become the second largest party after just 9 7 per cent in the 2014 elections HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed
    German police students probed for allegedly shouting ‘Sieg Heil’
     Three students on Thursday are under investigation for shouting Nazi slogans from an open window in the town of Bautzen The college reported that the students are attending a college for would be police officers in the eastern German state of Saxony The college rector Carsten Kaempf said shouts of Sieg Heil Hail to Victory had been heard from a window of a flat college and the Police were called to the building by neighbours The three students in their first year of study to become police inspectors have been suspended Investigations have proceeded into a possible charge of making use of symbols of organisations banned under the German constitution Kaempf said we will not tolerate anti constitutional attitudes in the Saxon police Germany s constitution bans all symbols related to Adolf Hitler s Nazi party that ruled the country from 1933 up to the end of World War II in 1945 Sieg Heil was chanted at Nazi rallies throughout the period Support for the far right Alternative for Germany AfD has risen sharply in the state In state elections in September 2019 the AfD secured 27 5 per cent of the vote to become the second largest party after just 9 7 per cent in the 2014 elections HLM Edited By Hadiza Mohammed
    German police students probed for allegedly shouting ‘Sieg Heil’
    Foreign3 years ago

    German police students probed for allegedly shouting ‘Sieg Heil’

    Three students on Thursday are under investigation for shouting Nazi slogans from an open window in the town of Bautzen.

    The college reported that the students are attending a college for would-be police officers in the eastern German state of Saxony.

    The college rector Carsten Kaempf said shouts of “Sieg Heil” (Hail to Victory) had been heard from a window of a flat college and the Police were called to the building by neighbours.

    The three students, in their first year of study to become police inspectors, have been suspended.

    Investigations have proceeded into a possible charge of making use of symbols of organisations banned under the German constitution.

    Kaempf said “we will not tolerate anti-constitutional attitudes in the Saxon police.’’

    Germany’s constitution bans all symbols related to Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party that ruled the country from 1933 up to the end of World War II in 1945. “Sieg Heil” was chanted at Nazi rallies throughout the period.

    Support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has risen sharply in the state.

    In state elections in September 2019, the AfD secured 27.5 per cent of the vote to become the second-largest party, after just 9.7 per cent in the 2014 elections.

    HLM/


    Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed

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