Day: August 15, 2019

Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought to seize

MADRID — Gibraltar on Thursday allowed a detained Iranian supertanker to leave the British overseas territory despite a last-minute U.S. attempt to seize the vessel, potentially defusing tensions between London and Tehran as a British-flagged tanker remains held by the Islamic Republic.Full Coverage: Persian Gulf tensions The release of […]


India’s Modi defends Kashmir policy amid clash with Pakistan

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday used an Independence Day speech to defend his decision to strip Kashmir of its special status as about 7 million residents of the disputed region endured an unprecedented security lockdown and communications blackout for an 11th day.Full Coverage: Kashmir […]

Scientists confirm July set new global heat record

BERLIN — Meteorologists say July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 0.95 degrees Celsius (1.71 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the 20th century average for the month. The results had been […]

In Kashmir’s Srinagar, only a few celebrate India’s Independence Day

SRINAGAR – India tightened security on Thursday in disputed Kashmir, sealing off many roads with barbed wire in the main city of Srinagar, as government officials and security forces held an Independence Day parade attended by only a few local people. Streets were empty outside the Sher-i-Kashmir cricket […]

With ‘sabka vishwas’, govt working to meet people’s aspirations, dreams: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 15: The BJP-led NDA government is working to meet people’s aspirations in its second term after addressing their needs in the last five years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, asserting it has prepared a blueprint for India in the 21st century. Addressing the nation […]

China asks for U.N. Security Council to discuss Kashmir this week: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS – China on Wednesday backed Pakistan’s request for the United Nations Security Council to discuss India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, asking for the body to meet behind closed doors on Thursday or Friday, diplomats said. However, France responded to the […]

Families of Kashmir detainees in dark about where or why they are locked up

PULWAMA, India – Eleven days after Indian authorities began detaining hundreds of local leaders and activists in Kashmir, fearing violence after the region’s special status was withdrawn, it is unclear in many cases where they are or why they were taken away. On Aug. 4, a day before […]

PM Modi announces chief of defence staff post to improve military integration

NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Thursday the establishment of the post of chief of defence staff for better coordination between the army, air force and navy along the lines of Western military forces. Defence experts have long called for such a post. A […]

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