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Hong Kong police fire tear gas to disperse protesters

International Desk: Hong Kong police fired tear gas and brief spurts of water cannon amid running battles with brick-throwing protesters in driving rain on Sunday (Aug 25) after violent clashes a day earlier in which police fired tear gas for the first time in more than a week.

Kashmiri woman narrates horrific situation to Rahul Gandhi

International Desk: A video of a Kashmiri woman has surfaced on social media highlighting plight of Kashmiris before Indian National Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who was traveling to Srinagar on Saturday.

IAS officer quits, says ‘Disturbed’ over Kashmir

International Desk: A 33-year-old Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer said he has filed his papers to quit the coveted government job. While stating his reasons, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan said one of them was denial of "fundamental rights" to lakhs of people in Jammu and Kashmir for weeks after special status was scrapped from the state earlier this month.

US must compromise to get UK trade deal: Boris Johnson

International Desk: The US must lift restrictions on UK businesses if it wants a trade deal with the UK, Boris Johnson has said.

Rahul Gandhi sent back from airport

International Desk: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and 11 leaders of other opposition parties who landed on Saturday at Srinagar airport were sent back to Delhi, news agency ANI reported. Restrictions have been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir since the centre withdrew special status from the state and divided it into two union territories earlier this month.

Iran test fires new missile

International Desk: Iran has test fired a new missile, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said on Saturday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

Former Indian Minister Arun Jaitley dies

International Desk:  Former Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has died at Delhi's AIIMS hospital, days after he was admitted following complaints of breathlessness. He was 66.

Rahul Gandhi not allowed to visit Kashmir

International Desk: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and 11 leaders of other opposition parties are today (Saturday) flying to Jammu and Kashmir, where restrictions have been imposed since the centre withdrew special status from the state and divided it into two union territories earlier this month.

Wife of Al-Qaeda leader detained in Pakistan

International Desk: Al-Qaeda has accused Pakistani security forces of detaining the wife of its chief, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and two other families of the insurgent group’s “martyrs” for nearly a year.

China releases British consulate worker

International Desk: A worker at the UK consulate in Hong Kong has been released by mainland China after being held at the border, Chinese police in Shenzhen have said.

North Korea fires two suspected missiles

International Desk: North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea’s military said, a day after it threatened to remain America’s biggest threat in protest against US-led sanctions on the country.

Brazil sends army to help tackle Amazon blazes

International Desk: Brazil's president has ordered the armed forces to help fight a record number of forest fires in the Amazon.

France threatens to block trade over Amazon fires

International Desk: France and Ireland say they will not ratify a huge trade deal with South American nations unless Brazil does more to fight fires in the Amazon.

North Korea ready for both dialogue, confrontation

International Desk: North Korea's top diplomat said on Friday (Aug 23) that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a "diehard toxin" who only complicates denuclearization talks and that Pyongyang was ready for both dialogue and standoff.

Security tightened in Kashmir following call for march

International Desk: Authorities have intensified patrols in the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir after posters appeared calling for a public march to a United Nations office to protest New Delhi's tightened grip on the disputed region.