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GAZA CITY: At least two Palestinians, including a child, were killed today by Israeli army gunfire near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone.
In a statement, Gaza’s Health Ministry said a 14-year-old boy – whose name was not given – had been killed instantly after being shot in the head by Israeli troops east of the town of Jabalia.
Meanwhile, east of Khan Yunis, a young Palestinian man – also not yet identified – sustained a fatal gunshot injury, according to the ministry.
Eight other Palestinians, including three children, were reportedly injured by Israeli army gunfire elsewhere along the buffer zone.
Today, Palestinians converged on the border area to take part in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s decades-long occupation.
Since the rallies began on March 30, scores of Palestinians have been killed and thousands more injured by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the buffer zone.
Protesters demand the “right of return” to their homes and villages in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.
They also demand an end to Israel’s 11-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its more than two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

 

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India diverting attention from Spy’s case?

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda has termed the Indian threat to stop the flow of water from eastern rivers to Pakistan a “failed attempt”, just like the Pulwama incident, to divert attention from its failure in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in International Court of Justice (ICJ).
In his reaction over India’s threat to stop Pakistan’s water, he said India could not blame Pakistan for its failure in the International Court of Justice to prove spy Kulbhushan innocent. As per Indus Water Treaty, India could not stop Pakistan’s water, he added, says a press statement here on Friday.
Describing the threat hilarious and void, he said the Indian government was preparing the ground to seek public support in next election by hurling allegation against Pakistan. “India must keep it in mind that it is a New Pakistan,” Vawda said adding that valiant Armed Forces of Pakistan would give a befitting response if India launched any misadventure. He said India would get nothing from its war hysteria except embarrassment among the comity of the nations.

 

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Brexit: 9th MP leaves Labour in a week!

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LONDON: The Labour party contingency of Britain’s parliament lost more blood Friday, with a ninth MP leaving Labour in less than a week, blasting alleged anti-Semitism in the party leadership.
Ian Austin, representing Dudley North in the West Midlands, chose the local paper Express and Star to make his announcement, in a guest op-ed slamming the party as “broken.” Citing the alleged anti-Semitism in the party, Austin said he was “appalled at the offense and distress [leader] Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party have caused to Jewish people.”
“I always tell them the truth and I could never ask local people to make Jeremy Corbyn prime minister,” he said. “It is terrible that a culture of extremism, antisemitism, and intolerance is driving out good MPs and decent people who have committed their life to mainstream politics,” he wrote. He said that he had not spoken to the new Independent Group, now made up of eight Labour MPs and three former Conservative MPs.
“The hard left is now in charge of the party, they’re going to get rid of lots of decent mainstream MPs and I just can’t see how it can return to the mainstream party that won elections and changed the country for the better,” Austin said. He added, “I think the Labour party is broken and clearly things have to change but that’s not what today is about, and I’ve not talked to them about that.”
A Labour spokesman said the party “regrets” Austin quitting, adding, “He was elected as a Labour MP and so the democratic thing is to resign his seat and let the people of Dudley decide who should represent them.” Earlier this week, amid the continuing chaos over Brexit, a group of seven MPs resigned from Labour and said they would stay in parliament as independent lawmakers, followed soon thereafter by an eighth. Three Conservative MPs also resigned their party this week to join the Independent Group.

 

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China, Laos to promote people-to-people ties

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VIENTIANE: A visiting Chinese delegation has reached agreements with its Lao counterpart to promote the people-to-people exchanges during talks.
At the invitation of the Lao Committee for Peace and Solidarity, Gao Yunlong, vice chairman of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, visited Laos from Wednesday to Friday.
During his visit, Gao held working-level talks with Somphan Phengkhammy, the deputy president of Lao National Assembly and president of the Lao Committee for Peace and Solidarity. Both sides agreed to treasure traditional friendship, to promote people-to-people communication and jointly build a community of shared future.
Gao also met the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) politburo member and National Assembly President Pany Yathotou, LPRP politburo member and President of Lao Front for National Development Saysomphone Phomvihane, and Sounthone Xayachack, head of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee’s Commission for external relations.

 

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