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Last Updated = Fri, Aug 23, 2019, 10:45 am SL Time

* Pakistan leader vents frustration at India: ‘no point in talking to them’

Aug 23 (BDN) Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan intensified his criticism of India on Wednesday over its Kashmir crackdown, saying he would no longer seek dialogue with Indian officials and raising the threat of a military escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
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* Amazon fires: 'Our house is burning', Macron warns ahead of G7

Aug 23 (BBC) French President Emmanuel Macron has said the record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest is an "international crisis" that needs to be on the top of the agenda at the G7 summit. "Our house is burning," he tweeted.
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* US raps China for 'escalation' in South China Sea

Aug 23 (CNA) The United States on Thursday (Aug 22) sharpened its criticism of China's activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea, slamming an "escalation" in efforts to intimidate other claimants" such as Vietnam.
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* P Chidambaram: India's former finance minister arrested

Aug 22 (BBC) Former Indian finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram has been arrested on charges of corruption and money laundering. He is being investigated over allegations that he cleared foreign investments in exchange for bribes while he was finance minister.
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