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WATCH | Kashmiri Pandits reach out to poverty-ridden Muslim family battling hunger in South Kashmir

HAPATNAR (KASHMIR) Battling with hunger for few days due to utter poverty, the seven-member family of Mouzudin Bhat in remote Hapatnar hamlet of South Kashmir had a meal on Thursday after a group of displaced Kashmiri Pandits braved heavy snowfall to bring them essential supplies. Not only did the displaced Pandits from the Mattan transit …

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Crazy-rich Iranians face blowback at a time of sanctions and economic stress

ISTANBUL The lives of Iran’s privileged youths – including expensive holidays, glitzy parties and access to cash and jobs – have sparked public anger in recent months as U.S. sanctions squeeze the economy. The young elite, some with government connections, flaunt their wealth on Instagram and in the streets of …

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Military cargo plane crashes near Tehran, killing 15: Iran TV

TEHRAN (IRAN) A military cargo plane overshot a runway, crashed and caught fire during a botched landing near the Iranian capital Tehran, killing 15 people, the army said Monday. The plane was carrying meat from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan when it crashed near the capital Tehran, an army spokesman told state …

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Video | Zeenat-ul-Islam killing: Militants offer gun-salute as thousands attend funeral, at least 12 injured in clashes

SRINAGAR Militants, Sunday, offered “gun salute” Al-Badr commander Zeenat-ul Islam even as thousands attended the slain militant’s funeral at his native Sugan village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. Reports said thousands thronged Islam’s home in Sugan village and multiple rounds of funerals where held to accommodate the large number of …

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Al-Badr commander Zeenat-ul-Islam among two militants killed in Kulgam encounter

SRINAGAR Top Al-Badr commander Zeenat-ul-Islam was among the two militants killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Sunday. “The two militants killed in the Katpora encounter have been identified as Zeenat-ul-Islam and Shakeel Ahmad Dar. Both were involved in several crimes,” a police official said. Islam, a category A++ militant, was a …

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Video | Shah Faesal keen to contest Lok Sabha polls but won’t join mainstream parties or Hurriyat ‘as of now’

SRINAGAR Former IAS officer Shah Faesal, who quit the service recently, Friday shared his future plans, saying he would not join any mainstream political parties “as of now”, or separatist Hurriyat Conference, but would be happy to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. The 2010-batch officer said he was deeply inspired by the style of politics of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran …

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‘Unprecedented’ US sanctions pressuring Iran while ‘first class idiots’ running Washington’s policy: Ayatollah Khamenei

GENEVA U.S. sanctions are putting unprecedented pressure on Iranians while “first class idiots” are running Washington’s policy, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday. U.S. President Donald Trump last year pulled out of an international pact on Iran’s nuclear program and re-imposed sanctions intended to scupper Tehran’s oil exports, …

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Next course of action will depend on what people of Kashmir want from me: Shah Faesal

SRINAGAR A day after quitting the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Shah Faesal, who topped the exam in 2009, Thursday said his next course of action will depend on what the people of Kashmir, especially the youth, want him to do. Faesal said he received both abuse and adulation over his decision to …

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#SaveRahaf: How a Saudi asylum seeker outflanked Thai authorities with a phone and some hashtags

BANGKOK When an 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker arrived in Bangkok she faced immediate deportation — but instead she is in the hands of the UN refugee agency, her social media savvy galvanising a global campaign that caught the Thai government flat-footed. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun fled the ultra-conservative Saudi kingdom after …

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