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Trump’s Tweet Supporting Israel’s Claim Of Sovereignty Over Golan Heights Draws Condemnation

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump’s tweet supporting Israel’s claim of sovereignty over Golan Heights, which it seized from Syria in 1967, doesn’t change much on the ground but it was condemned by most major players in the region and might further imperil his long-awaited West Asia peace initiative.

Syria has protested and vowed to recover the lost territory “by all available means”, and its allies, Russia and Iran, have also condemned Trump’s announcement. And US allies, the European Union and Turkey for instance, have also criticized it, saying they will continue to hold Golan Heights as occupied territory.

Trump’s tweet, which seeks to reverse decades-old US policy of calling Golan Height as occupied territory, as does the United Nations and other countries, was widely seen as a gift to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.

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A College Student In Pakistan Feels Party With Women Un-Islamic; Stabs Professor To Death

New Delhi: A student stabbed a college professor to death in eastern Pakistan apparently because he felt that a planned party that women were going to be involved with would be un-Islamic.

Khalid Hameed, an English professor at the Government Sadiq Egerton College in Bahawalpur, was preparing for the farewell party when one of his students attacked him with a dagger, police said.

“Apparently, the accused has no link to any religious group but we are investigating about his past and the reasons behind his mindset,” local police official Farhan Hussain said. He added that the motive given by the alleged attacker was Hameed’s decision to hold the party.

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Pakistan Government Decides To Sell Unused Properties Owned By Federal Ministries To Pay Off Country’s Debts

New Delhi: Pakistan which is already under a debt of over 27 trillion Pakistani rupees, its government has decided to sell unused properties owned by federal ministries to pay off the country’s mounting debts. The decision was taken during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan aimed at finding solutions for generating revenue and boosting up the country’s paralysed economy.

 Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that only those properties of ministries and allied departments would be put up for sale which are lying unused.

“Prime Minister Khan has sought the lists of properties of ministries for disposal,” the minister was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.

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Pressure On Facebook Inc And Other Social Media Platforms To Stop Hosting Extremist Propaganda

New Delhi: Pressure is building on Facebook Inc. and other social media platforms to stop hosting extremist propaganda including terrorist events, after Friday’s deadly attacks on two mosques in New Zealand were live-streamed.

Australia’s prime minister has urged the Group of 20 nations to use a meeting in June to discuss a crackdown, while New Zealand media reported the nation’s biggest banks have pulled their advertising from Facebook and Google.

“We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and what is said is not the responsibility of the place where they are published,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told parliament on Tuesday. “They are the publisher, not just the postman. There cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility.”

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A Gunman Kills Three People And Wounds Nine Others On A Tram In Central Dutch City Of Utrecht

New Delhi: A gunman killed three people and wounded nine others on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht, sparking a manhunt that saw heavily armed officers with sniffer dogs zero in on an apartment building close to the shooting.

Authorities immediately raised the terror alert for the area to the maximum level, and the city’s mayor said a “terror motive” was the most likely theory. Dutch military police went on extra alert at Dutch airports and at key buildings in the country as the Utrecht manhunt took place.

A few hours after the shooting, Utrecht police released a photo of a 37-year-old man born in Turkey who they said was “associated with the incident.” The photo showed a bearded man on board a tram, dressed in a dark blue hooded top.