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Pakistan urges China to ease pressure on Uighur Muslims amid warnings by right groups

Pakistan has urged China to ease pressure on the country’s Muslim minorities amid warnings by rights groups. China’s Uighur Muslims currently face strict restrictions on religious activities and mass detention in so-called “re-education camps”. The appeal is significant as Pakistan has traditionally had good ties with its large neighbour. I’m …

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Trump administration imposes sanctions on China for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles

Donald Trump’s administration has slapped heavy sanctions on China’s military after it bought missiles and fighter jets from Russia. The purchases breached a broad US sanctions law brought in to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The US State Department announced it would immediately impose the …

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Russia says US is trying to ‘squeeze out’ competitors in the global arms trade

Moscow has accused the US of trying to “squeeze out” competitors in the global arms trade, after Washington imposed sanctions on China for buying Russian fighter jets. The US on Thursday blacklisted 33 Russian nationals and three entities in a new round of sanctions over Russia’s interference in the 2016 …

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Texas Hindus have split reaction over ‘offensive’ Republican political ad

Republicans in Texas have apologised for a political advertisement which asked Hindu voters: “Would you worship a donkey or an elephant? The choice is yours.” Despite the apology, Hindu groups in the state appear to have had differing reactions.  The advertisement was considered offensive by some in the South Asian American community …

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Erdogan’s legacy construction projects stall amid Turkish financial crisis

Turkey’s financial meltdown has brought the country’s years-long construction boom screeching to a halt, with even some of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s favourite projects being suspended or scaled back amid a cash crunch and debt woes. In recent weeks, worried murmurs about stalled projects among developers and ordinary Turks about dormant …

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Jet Airways plane returns to Mumbai as passengers report bleeding from noses and ear pain

A Jet Airways plane was forced to return mid-flight to Mumbai airport after dozens of passengers began suffering from nosebleeds and ear pain after a loss of cabin pressure.  The flight, which was carrying 166 passengers and five crew members, had been en route to Jaipur, a city and popular tourist destination in western India. It landed normally …

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Imran Khan visits Saudi Arabia in first overseas trip as Pakistan prime minister ‘to seek financial aid’

Pakistan’s new prime minister Imran Khan is meeting for talks with the king of Saudi Arabia, amid speculation he will use his first official visit to request financial aid. Comments from the former cricketer’s finance minister suggested Pakistan would turn to its major allies like China and Saudi Arabia, rather than rely on another bailout from …

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