- India didn't seek mediation as Trump claimed: US official (Lead)(23:08)
By Arul Louis
New York, Aug 23 (IANS) A senior US official has conceded that India has not requested any mediation with Pakistan on Kashmir, contradicting President Donald Trump's claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate or arbitrate.
- UAE will partner India in $5tn economy target: Minister(22:18)
Abu Dhabi, Aug 23 (IANS) India's partnership with the UAE is set to play a key role in its march towards its ambitious goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE's Minister of Economy has said, welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to his country.
- In New India, corruption, loot reined in: Modi (Roundup)(21:06)
Paris, Aug 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in "new India, corruption, nepotism, dynasty, loot of people's money, and terrorism have been reined in like never before", in an indirect reference to the arrest of senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for alleged corruption.
- Putin, Erdogan to step up counter-terror efforts in Syria(20:00)
Moscow, Aug 23 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Friday to intensify joint efforts to eliminate terrorist threats in Idlib, the last major rebel enclave of Syria.
- China to impose additional tariffs on $75 bn US goods(19:56)
Beijing, Aug 23 (IANS) China will impose additional tariffs on American imports worth about $75 billion in response to the newly-announced US tariff hikes on Chinese goods in a move that will further escalate the ongoing trade war between the two economic giants.
- Macron: Brazil President lied about climate at G20(19:30)
Paris, Aug 23 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron has said that his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro "lied" about his commitments to climate change, the media reported on Friday, quoting a statement released by the leader's office here.
- HK protesters form human chain in tribute to Baltic Way(19:04)
Hong Kong, Aug 23 (IANS) Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters formed a human chain on Friday spanning dozens of districts in a fresh pro-democracy intervention that paid tribute to the Baltic Way -- one of the largest anti-Soviet demonstrations which saw over a million people linking hands to form a chain spanning over 600 km.
- Man completes 800 km backwards walking to save forest(18:36)
Jakarta, Aug 23 (IANS) An Indonesian man on Friday completed an incredible feat of walking backwards nearly 800 kilometres from his village in eastern Java to capital Jakarta to raise awareness about deforestation and seek the government's help in saving a forest in his home province.
- India may attempt covert military ops: Imran (Lead)(18:32)
Islamabad, Aug 23 (IANS) With the world virtually shutting its doors to Islamabad's attempts to get them to censure India, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday took to Twitter again to attack India, this time warning that India is likely to attempt a "false flag" or covert operation to divert attention from Kashmir.
- Labourers lose job as trade suspended(18:06)
Lahore, Aug 23 (IANS) The India-Pakistan trade suspension amid increasing tension over Kashmir issue has left at least 2,500 labourers unemployed at Wagah and Attari border.
- Pak more unsafe, unstable, internationally weak now: PPP(17:44)
Islamabad, Aug 23 (IANS) The opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has issued a "white paper" on the one year performance of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government, alleging that "Pakistan is more unsafe, unstable, more economically vulnerable and internationally weak" since last years general elections.
- Pakistan Railway Minister pelted with eggs, punched in UK(17:06)
Islamabad, Aug 23 (IANS) Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was allegedly assaulted in the UK by two officials of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) who pelted him with eggs and also punched him for using "abusive language" for their party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
- Researchers develop colour-changing 'chameleon skin'(16:46)
London, Aug 23 (IANS) Researchers have developed artificial 'chameleon skin' that changes colour when exposed to light and could be used in applications such as active camouflage and large-scale dynamic displays.
- Took 70 years to remove what was temporary: Modi(16:44)
Paris, Aug 23 (IANS) Taking an indirect jibe at his political opponents, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday invoked Ram and Krishna to refer to the abrogation of Article 370 and said it was ironical that a country with such strong cultural heritage had taken 70 years to eliminate a temporary provision.
- Fish oil pills won't protect you from diabetes: Study(16:28)
London, Aug 23 (IANS) If you are popping fish oil supplements to protect yourself against diabetes, you may be mistaken. According to the researchers, Omega-3 fats have little or no effect on risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- India diverting attention from Kashmir: Imran(15:38)
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan reacted on Friday to reports about possible infiltration of militants across the Line of Control (LoC), saying these claims are "predictable" to divert attention from developments in Jammu and Kashmir.