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Colombia Recognizes Palestine As Sovereign State Days Before New President Ivan Duque Takes Over

New Delhi: According to a letter from the foreign ministry made public that Colombia has recognised Palestine as the sovereign state in the days before new President Ivan Duque took office.

“I would like to inform you that in the name of the government of Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos has decided to recognise Palestine as a free, independent and sovereign state,” said the letter dated August 3.

The letter was signed by Santos’s foreign minister Maria Angela Holguin.New foreign minister Carlos Holmes said he would review the “implications” of the previous government’s decision, in accordance with international law and good diplomatic practice.

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Protests By Students Demanding Better Road Safety Laws In Bangladesh Fizzles Out

New Delhi: With thousands of agitators returning to their classes after a nine-day-long stir that paralysed the country and left over 150 people injured in clashes with riot police as the unprecedented protests by the students demanding better road safety laws in Bangladesh fizzled out.

The agitation prompted prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet to approve a tougher transport law and launch a crackdown on reckless driving.

At the height of the protest, students were seen managing Dhaka’s notorious traffic and checking whether drivers of the cars and buses have valid licences and proof of roadworthiness of their vehicles.

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SA Suspends Diplomatic Ties With Canada On The Release Of Women’s Rights Activists

New Delhi: Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Ottawa and ordered the Canadian envoy to Riyadh to leave within 24 hours.Saudi Arabia suspended diplomatic ties and new trade dealings with Canada in response to Canada’s call for the release of women’s rights activists — a dramatic escalation that highlights the kingdom’s increasingly assertive foreign policy under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Ottawa and ordered the Canadian envoy to Riyadh to leave within 24 hours, according to a foreign ministry statement. Canada is “seeking greater clarity” about the matter, a spokeswoman for foreign minister Chrystia Freeland said.

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PTI Leader Tells US To Worry About Its Own Debt To China Instead Of Worrying About Pakistan

New Delhi: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar has said that the United States should pay heed towards paying off its own loans to China instead of worrying about Pakistan. Asad Umar, who is set to be Pakistan’s next finance minister under Imran Khan’s premiership, said the new government will bring all China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreements to the fore to show no such issue will take place.

Umar, set to be Pakistan’s next finance minister under Imran Khan’s premiership, told the media on Saturday that he categorically rejected US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s statement pertaining to capital from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) being used to pay off Pakistan’s debt to China. He said the PTI government will bring all China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreements to the fore to show no such issue will take place.

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Pakistan’s Two Dominant Political Parties To Field Their Candidate For The PM In Parliament

New Delhi: To challenge former cricket star Imran Khan, whose party won last week’s general election, Pakistan’s two former dominant political parties said on Thursday they would join forces to field their own candidate for prime minister in Parliament.

The alliance with several other smaller parties appeared unlikely to derail Khan’s election as prime minister, but it could leave him with a thin majority that could make enacting his agenda difficult.

Khan’s party, which won 116 of the 272 elected seats in the National Assembly, is believed to have enough would-be coalition partners among smaller parties and independents to win a majority vote to form a government.