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WorldIndian leftist groups protest US secretary of state's visit

16:31  25 june  2019
16:31  25 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

At least 44 dead as bus plunges off Indian mountain road

At least 44 dead as bus plunges off Indian mountain road At least 44 people were killed and 35 injured when a bus plunged off a road in India's hilly northern state of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, a government official said. "Around 78 to 80 people were on board the bus," said Akshay Sood, a senior civil servant in Kullu district, where the accident took place. All passengers on the bus had now been rescued and accounted for, and the injured people were being administered medication, Sood said, adding that the death toll could still rise.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unscheduled, fleeting visit to Iraq, amid growing tensions with Iran. "The deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force are considered a prudent step in response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to

The secretary of state is a senior official of the federal government of the United States of America, and as head of the United States Department of State

Indian leftist groups protest US secretary of state's visit
Indian leftist groups protest US secretary of state's visit
Indian leftist groups protest US secretary of state's visit
Indian leftist groups protest US secretary of state's visit

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of left-wing groups marched in India's capital on Tuesday to protest a visit by the U.S. secretary of state and denounce American policies in the Middle East.

India rejects critical US religious freedom report

India rejects critical US religious freedom report India hit out Sunday at a US report saying religious intolerance was growing under its right-wing government, setting off a new spat ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. An annual report on international religious freedom released by Pompeo on Friday said Hindu-groups had used "violence, intimidation, and harassment" against Muslims and low-caste Dalits in 2017 to force a religion-based national identity. 

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Ramallah in order to engage in peace negotiations with Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas.

The US Secretary of State Pompeii is due to visit Pakistan to meet with PM IK. A loud and clear message must be given that elected PM speaks on behalf of people of Pakistan and all other institutions of state , including security establishment. For this our PM may meet Secretary of State in presence

They demonstrated in central New Delhi as riot police watched along the streets ahead of Mike Pompeo's scheduled arrival later in the evening.

Pompeo is traveling to India after visiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on a trip aimed at building a global coalition to counter Iran. He is scheduled to meet with his counterpart, S. Jaishankar, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday amid growing tensions between the two countries over trade and tariffs.

India imposed tariffs on 28 American products on June 16 in retaliation for the U.S. ending India's preferential trade status on June 1. The Trump administration imposed higher duties on products including aluminum and steel.

The protesters held banners reading "No war on Iran" and chanted slogans such as "Hands off Iran, hands off!" and "War mongering America, down down."

They urged the Indian government not to cut off imports of oil from Iran, as the U.S. has demanded.

"The relationship that the U.S. wants with countries like India is between a master and a servant," said Arun Kumar, a protester. "We are opposed to that. We want a relationship between equals."

Some other protesters also called for an end of American actions against the governments of Cuba and Venezuela, terming them "imperialism."

Copters retrieve 7 bodies believed to be Himalayan climbers.
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Officials say seven bodies believed to be from a missing team of international climbers have been evacuated in helicopters from a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain in northern India. Local civil administrator Vijay Jogdande says the bodies were brought to Pithoragarh town in northern India's Uttarakhand state on Wednesday in Indian Air Force helicopters. 

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