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China appoints new defence minister, 2 months after ousting ‘missing’ Li Shangfu

[ad_1] China on Friday appointed Dong Jun as its new defence minister, replacing Li Shangfu who was ousted two months ago without any explanation after he went missing since August. The appointment of the new defence minister came as Chinese President Xi Jinping is upgrading the military as part of [...]

NYC protesters for Gaza ceasefire hold mock funeral – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW YORK: Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of New York on Thursday, staging a mock funeral in a demonstration against Israel’s continued heavy bombardement of the besieged Gaza strip. Holding banners demanding an immediate ceasefire, the activists gathered in Manhattan’s Bryant Park while some briefly stood [...]

H-1B visa application premium processing fee increased by 12%

[ad_1] Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker $1,500 (H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status) $2,500 (All other available Form I-129 classifications (E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, LZ, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-1S, P-2, P-2S, P-3, P-3S, Q-1, TN-1, and TN-2)) $1,685 (H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status) $2,805 (All other [...]

UN slams media ‘repression’ in Guinea – Times of India

[ad_1] GENEVA: The United Nations voiced concern Friday about “increased repression of media freedom” in Guinea and urged the military-led authorities to change course immediately.Since May, restrictions on non-official media have multiplied with social networks and private radio stations cut off, news websites interrupted or suspended and journalists detained.“Journalists have [...]

Turkey detains 29 people with suspected Islamic State ties planning attacks, says minister

[ad_1] Turkish authorities have detained 29 people suspected of having ties to militant group Islamic State in operations across nine provinces, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said on Friday. Authorities have ramped up operations against Islamic State and Kurdish militants in recent weeks. (AP) Suspects captured in “Operation Heroes-37” on Friday [...]

Pakistan court allows Imran Khan’s party leaders to hold election meetings with him in jail

[ad_1] The Islamabad High Court on Friday granted leaders and lawyers of Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan’s party to visit him at Adiala Jail and hold election strategy meetings in the run-up to the February 8 polls. Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan. (Reuters/File) The order was passed by [...]

Israeli army fired at aid convoy returning from Gaza: UN aid agency

[ad_1] The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees said Friday an aid convoy came under fire by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip, without causing any casualties. Israeli army fired at aid convoy returning from Gaza: UN aid agency(REUTERS/Representational image) “Israeli soldiers fired at an aid convoy as it [...]

UN condemns Nicaragua for ‘forced disappearance’ of priest – Times of India

[ad_1] PANAMA CITY: The United Nations high commissioner for human rights condemned the “forced disappearance” of a Catholic bishop in Nicaragua, where it said there has been a wave of arrests of religious figures.Bishop Isidoro Mora was “forcibly disappeared” eight days ago, OHCHR in Central America and the Caribbean posted [...]

North Korea’s new reactor at nuke site likely to be formally operational next summer, Seoul says – Times of India

[ad_1] SEOUL: A light-water reactor at North Korea‘s main nuclear complex will likely be formally operational by next summer, South Korea’s defense minister said, amid suspicions that the North may use it as a new source of fissile materials for nuclear weapons. Concerns about North Korea’s nuclear program deepened recently [...]